Typically universities only have enough on-campus housing for roughly one-fifth of its student body. Some municipalities are taking action to accommodate for the need of student housing while also maintaining the character of surrounding residential neighborhoods. The most basic and least controversial regulation is to enforce clear housing quality standards. Another common legal tool that local governments use to regulate student rental housing is to establish occupancy limits. A growing number of cities are adopting rental registration and licensing laws that require landlords to obtain an annual license to rent properties or to register their rental properties. Washington D.C., requires all universities in an area that is zoned as residential to submit a campus plan to the D.C. Zoning Commission for approval each decade. Shelterforce
The Importance of ITGA Power
The University of Vermont's Joe Speidel, Director, Local Government and Community Relations, recently guested on Cornell University's "All Things Equal," about all things town- gown and shared interests. Check it out here. The last five minutes of the 15 minute interview really highlights the importance of ITGA power. Speidel talks about the importance of building relationships with the ITGA network for finding solutions to complex problems. Three examples for the University of Vermont are safe rides home, a food pantry on campus and e-bikes and scooters. Please join us at the 2020 ITGA City & University Relations in Boulder, CO, June 1-3 for continued networking and professional development opportunities. Registration opens in November.
ITGA: Meet an Intern
Shona Boyd, third-year student, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick: "My interest in campus-community work started with having a job as a student ambassador and connecting with prospective students. I found myself talking about how the community we are situated in is so amazing. When an opportunity came available with ITGA Board member Michael Fox, co-author of the "Studentification Guide for North America," it gave me a chance to dive deeper into what the campus-community relationship really is." The ITGA Outreach intern program assists with internal needs and research. Email Outreach@itga.org with questions or inputs.
ITGA Student Engagement
Sixth in a series of representative collaborations
Stanford University/Palo Alto, CA: "Students recover 1,000 pounds of leftover food from concessions." Learn more. Washington State University, Pullman WA: "Police advisory board expands student involvement." Learn more. Student volunteerism and engagement provide countless benefits to ITGA college towns. Would you like student engagement from your community or campus to be highlighted in this space? Email Outreach@itga.org.
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ITGA's growing network of members, now in 38 U.S. states, the U.K. and Canada, continues to break new ground in addressing today's town-gown challenges and opportunities. Our collective populations and missions are diverse in nature and cover every aspect of progressive college town life, from quality-of-life issues to economic development. Among many benefits, members receive weekly newsletters, and have access to the ITGA Listserv and a regularly updated resource center. Contact Susan@itga.org for more information.
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