Neighborhood Associations 101:. Neighborhood Leadership Training . What is a “Neighborhood Association?”. The Office of Community Affairs Definition:
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The Office of Community Affairs Definition:
Neighborhood Association members may include, but are not limited to residents, local business owners, faith-based institutions, schools and other organizations located within and who have a vested interest in the area.
Membership is mandatory for all property owners within the boundaries of the development.
Members are usually charged mandatory dues.
Homeowners associations have the legal authority to enact and enforce maintenance and design standards in addition to those established by City ordinance.
Homeowner’s Associations are corporations with formal bylaws, which have a governing board that is elected annually.
Neighborhood Associations are vital to the community.
The BEST Neighborhood Associations are not just “created”, they are BUILT through three key elements:
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
An official Neighborhood Association must have a Board of Directors. These annually elected officers will handle the business of the neighborhood association through the upcoming year.
Any resident who meets the criteria as set forth in the associations by-laws is a prospective candidate for the Board of Directors. It is very important for an association to remain inclusive and open-minded.
The President of the neighborhood association serves as the chief executive of the association. The President serves at the will of the board of directors and members. A few of the President’s responsibilities are:
The Vice-President of the association is responsible for preforming the duties of the president in the absence of the president. Examples of those duties might be:
The Secretary is responsible for maintaining the records of the association, including preparing the notices for all meetings, and authenticating the records of the association.
The treasurer is the custodian of the Association’s funds and financial records.
Committees play an important and vital role in associations. Each Neighborhood Association will need to establish unique committees to address issues in their neighborhoods.
Standing committees continue from year to year and special committees are appointed or elected for special assignments.
Examples of standing committees:
Creating a formal structure for your neighborhood association should include the following:
A work plans allows neighborhood associations to develop goals for the group.
Work plans should be developed for individual projects to help the group(s) stay focused and on target. Achieving goals will be easier if the association takes time to outline goals and objectives and establish a concise plan to accomplish them.
Sample questions to answer when developing a work plan:
Building a strong neighborhood association is HARD WORK!
Just remember, every organization experiences growing pains. Don’t become discouraged if the association seems to struggle.
All organizations should have an organized process to resolve conflicts, issues and problems.
Credibility and success are built by one accomplishment at a time!
The Office of Community Affairs is available to help your organization. Our staff is available to address inquiries regarding community issues, problems, or specific requests from citizens and neighborhood leaders.
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