Super neighborhoods were created to encourage residents of neighboring communities to work together to identify, prioritize and address the needs and concerns of the broader community. This creates a manageable framework for community action and allows the city to provide services more efficiently.
WHAT IS A SUPER NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL?
Residents and stakeholders (i.e. businesses, faith institutions, schools, etc.) of each super neighborhood join ranks and form a super neighborhood council. The council serves as a forum where residents and stakeholders can discuss issues impacting their super neighborhood, reach a consensus on projects and develop a super neighborhood action plan (SNAP) for community improvements.
Super neighborhood councils are one way that City Departments and City Council can work more effectively with neighborhoods, be responsive to communities, and deliver city services and needed improvements promptly and courteously.
We encourage continued participation through civic club or homeowners association, as it is essential to the success of the super neighborhood council. We also encourage citizens to access city government through their city council members and other existing service channels, such as 3-1-1 or the Mayor's Citizens Assistance Office
HOW CAN MY COMMUNITY FORM A SUPER NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL?
To be effective, the super neighborhood councilmembers must represent the largest possible number of residents and major stakeholders in that super neighborhood. The council must provide a public forum for all to participate. To achieve this goal, residents of individual communities must collaborate with their neighbors on issues that concern them. This may be a new and challenging experience for some neighborhoods. The City's Planning and Development Department can help with organizational guidance and community outreach.
A group must take these steps first:
- Identify stakeholders in the community
Stakeholders include groups like civic clubs, non-profit associations, community development corporations, business associations, the faith community, school districts, institutions, etc.
The Department can help you identify the major stakeholders in your community. To be recognized as a super neighborhood council, your community must demonstrate that stakeholders were given ample opportunity to participate and that no interested stakeholder was denied participation.
- Create an organizational framework
There are different types of organizational frameworks. Your council may choose to simply adopt "Articles of Incorporation" with the approval of all participating entities. In a more structured approach, stakeholders may agree to form a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation or similar entity.
- Adopt by-laws
After agreeing on an organizational framework, stakeholders will formulate and adopt by-laws. By-laws address fundamental issues on conducting business and making decisions. Information about designing by-laws.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Once you have completed the steps to forming a council, your council will be officially recognized at a ceremony by the Mayor and city officials.