Frequently Asked Questions
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What public improvements will the LHPID provide?
The primary goal of the LHPID is to enhance public safety services and provide aesthetically pleasing streetscapes within the district and along the Skillman corridor. While the non-profit board will decide how PID funds are allocated, specific examples of services may include: security patrols, litter and graffiti management, pedestrian lighting, signage, landscape enhancements in public right-of-way areas and street medians, promotional communications and grant funds.
What are the boundaries of the Lake Highlands and North Lake Highlands PID?
The physical boundaries of the LHPID encompass a geographic area of more than 500 acres along the Skillman corridor from LBJ on the north end down to Skillman and Abrams on the south. Click here for a map outlining the actual PID boundaries.
Will LHPID money be used to maintain parks within the boundary, including the new Watercrest Park located in the Lake Highlands Town Center?
Are any exemptions allowed for property owners in the district?
What is the assessment rate?
Is the PID funded solely through tax assessments?
Who will operate/oversee the LHPID?
How long will the PID be in existence?
Will PID dollars be used to fund private developments?
I live in a multi-family unit, and I’m pretty sure that my neighbors are involved in illegal activity, but I’m not sure what to do.
I’ve heard about the new IWATCHDALLAS.net crime tip program. When should I call 911 and when should I use IWATCHDALLAS?
I see a lot of retail “stores” that sell strange things and I’m just not sure what is going on. Who can I contact to make sure they have the right licenses or permits to sell things?
What is the difference between a TIF (Tax Increment Financing District) and a PID (Public Improvement District)?
On a very basic level, a TIF is an economic development tool that utilizes public funding incentives to promote private sector investment and re-development projects along integral City corridors – boosting real estate values. A PID is a special tax assessment agreement between the City and property owners within a specified district to fund public improvements beyond existing municipal services. Much like an HOA for homeowners, a PID helps commercial property owners and involved residential owners maintain and revitalize public/common areas within the District.
Sometimes I see high weeds, litter or debris and I’m never sure who to call. What should I do?
Can I run a business out of my home?
A person who engages in a home occupation shall not:
• use an advertisement, sign, or display on the premises;
• use a street address on an advertisement, sign, or display off the premises;
• employ more than two persons on the premises, other than the residents of the premises;
• have employees, other than the residents of the premises, who individually or collectively work on the premises more than four hours in any given week;
• conduct outdoor activities between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.;
• involve more than 10 patrons on the premises at one time;
• conduct outdoor activities unless the activities are screened from the neighboring property by a solid fence of at least six feet in height;
• generate loud and raucous noise that renders the enjoyment of life or property uncomfortable or interferes with public peace and comfort; or
• sell, offer, or advertise products of the home occupation at or on the premises