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Start a Neighborhood Association
Community. Neighbors. Friends. Neighborhood associations build stronger neighbor relationships, advocate for positive change in the area and establish an organized voice in city government. A city neighborhood association is a volunteer-based group of homeowners, renters, apartment dwellers, and representatives from businesses, churches, and schools in a defined neighborhood boundary.
View Starting a Neighborhood Association guide.
Asking the Right Questions
When considering to organize a neighborhood visit with neighbors and ask a few questions:
- Why do you think we should organize?
- Are there concerns that need to be addressed?
- How do we want to improve the neighborhood?
- What resources do we have?
Answering these type of questions will assist in discussions with a larger group of neighbors in your area.
Types of Neighborhood Organizations
A Neighborhood Association is a group of volunteers who are residents or property owners who work together to improve and enhance the neighborhood in which they live through the exchange of ideas, solutions, prioritizing potential projects and in discussing concerns that affect their neighborhood.
Homeowner Associations represent homeowners that live in homes built by the same builder. These groups meet regularly to discuss concerns that affect their particular housing development. Homeowner associations are governed by a set of rules that homeowners agree to when they purchase their home. These rules, or covenants (deed restrictions), often govern construction regulations, membership/dues requirements and other concerns.
Resources to Get Started
Sample Articles of Incorporation
Overview of Roberts Rules of Order
Sample Neighborhood Action Plan
For questions and assistance, email Tammy Hanson and Rebecca Banks