Good Neighbor Guide
We all have different expectations of our neighbors. Being a good neighbor helps make Chesterfield neighborhoods great places to live. The outside appearance of your house and property can positively or negatively affect your relationship with your neighbors, your property values and the quality of potential buyers who may become your neighbors.
These simple guidelines will positively affect your neighborhood:
- Get to know your neighbors to enhance safety and communications. Start a neighborhood Facebook group, participate on Nextdoor or hold social gatherings.
- Maintain property and home appearance to help protect your property’s value, as well as the value of your neighborhood.
- Lend a hand by going the extra mile. Drive an elderly neighbor to the grocery store or collect your neighbor’s mail while they are out of town.
- Volunteer in your community.
Great Neighborhoods Attract Good Neighbors
There are several minor things neighbors can do to keep their streets and neighborhoods desirable:
- Be aware of the appearance of structures from your neighbor's view, such as your:
- Dog houses
- Remove litter and debris in right of ways adjacent to your property when safe to do so.
- Maintain grass and shrubs.
- Remove piles of leaves and snow.
- Ensure shrub height does not prevent emergency exits from your house or impair safety.
- Store the following items inside enclosed structures and away from public view:
- Auto parts
- Lawn equipment
- Return empty garbage and recycling containers to the rear or side of your house the day of pickup. Ask a neighbor to do this for you if you are away.
- Maintain structural integrity of your home and associated elements like gutters, shutters and trim.
- Check the appearance of your street frontage every few days.
- Remove cut and collected grass, leaves, shrub cuttings, sticks and limbs. These items should never be placed in drainage ditches by the road as it increases the risk of flooding.
- Keep your dog leashed while walking along roads and rights of way.
- Clean up after your dog and do not allow your dog to go on other’s property.
- Attend to your dog if it continually barks.
- Be courteous to neighbors when hosting outside events.
- Use yard care equipment, such as mowers, blowers, trimmers and chain saws, during daylight hours.
- Enjoy your musical equipment, such as radios, speakers and instruments, with consideration for your neighbors and the time of day. Avoid use of musical equipment that may be heard beyond your property or car, late at night or early in the morning.
- Park vehicles in appropriate areas.
- Keep sidewalks and drainage areas clear of vehicles.
- Park on driveways instead of lawns.
- Park outside of street travel lanes.
- Be aware that private properties are permitted to temporarily have small signs located on the property (check with the Planning Department at 804- 748-1050 for current restrictions), such as:
- Contractor job
- Yard sale
- Remove signs immediately after property sale, rental or lease. Signs are not permitted in the public right of way.
Right of way typically includes the street and publicly owned property adjacent to the street:
- Start a community litter patrol or clean up team.
- Be a good driver in your neighborhood and obey all traffic signs.
- Wear reflective clothing when you walk or run at dawn or dusk as drivers often have trouble seeing dark clothing.
- Keep your road safe by clearing overhanging tree limbs and putting away basketball goals and garbage cans when finished.
- Keep clear sight lines. Signs along the right of way, on traffic signals or on utility poles are not allowed as they distract drivers and obstruct visibility.
Please note: These good neighbor recommendations do not supersede or replace official county codes.
Revitalize Our Communities Committee (ROCC)
The mission of the ROCC is to identify best practices and disseminate information to individuals and organizations to maintain or improve communities. The ROCC offers several tools to improve your neighborhood.