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WHAT IS A NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION?
A neighborhood association by definition is neighbors living within a designated area of the village who are concerned about issues affecting their neighborhood and who have decided to work together to protect and ensure a better social, economic, and business climate in their neighborhood.
A neighborhood association is not the same as a homeowners association (HOA) as HOAs include codes and dues that must be followed per a developer.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION?
The purpose of a neighborhood association is to act as a voice for the neighborhood residents, an official link to local government and the larger community. Many neighborhoods find that by banding together and forming a neighborhood association, they are better able to meet the collective needs of the neighborhood.
HOW TO BECOME A VILLAGE-RECOGNIZED NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION?
• Clearly defined geographical boundaries of neighborhood (between 150-1200 homes)
• An agreed upon name
• A mission statement
• Open membership to all residents within those boundaries
• At least one public “annual meeting,” where a board of directors is elected by the neighborhood at large
• Contact information for the elected president of the neighborhood association
HOW CAN THE VILLAGE ASSIST NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS?
• Provide professional assistance and direction for reaching out to neighbors and establishing the information listed above
• Make copies for the initial neighborhood outreach letter
• Utilization of the Village Hall or other public spaces for the neighborhood association meetings (must reserve space ahead of time)
WHAT CAN A NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION DO?
• Produce a neighborhood newsletter
• Organize block parties and picnics
• Clean up a neighborhood park
• Request traffic counts or street signs
• Educate residents about zoning issues and new developments that might impact the area
• Organize recreational activities
• Represent neighborhood interest to government and media
• Form a committee to address problem properties in the neighborhood
Interested in getting started?
Contact Trevor Fuller, Planning & Zoning Administrator
Phone: (920)-448-2800 ext. 134