Organizing Your Neighborhood

Becoming a Recognized Neighborhood Organization

If you are interested in becoming an Officially Recognized Neighborhood Organization, the City requires that you:

  1. Hold an organizational meeting where the purpose of being organized is discussed, bylaws are approved, members join, officers are elected, and a petition to be certified is signed by at least 20 property owners within the proposed neighborhood’s boundaries.

    Provide written notice, by first class mail, of the meeting to all eligible property owners. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement will help you identify those entitled to notice and provide postage for mailing.

  2. Submit your completed application, the signed petition, bylaws and a list of current officers and your designated representatives to the Neighborhood Involvement Committee to Lee Husfeldt, ONI staff liason , who will forward your packet to the City Manager for recommendation for approval by City Council.

Congratulations on deciding to organize your neighborhood. We hope you are as excited about creating a new neighborhood organization as we are in welcoming you.

Neighborhood Organizing Toolbox

This toolbox section of the website is where you’ll find information, forms, and tips and advice to guide you. If you have questions, please contact Lee Husfeldt, the City’s ONI liason , who will provide you with answers or put you in touch with a representative of an existing neighborhood organization who will lend their insight and experience to your effort.

10 Easy Steps for Organizing your Neighborhood

  1. Solicit help from a couple of your neighbors. The more people involved, the greater chance for success and the easier the effort.
  2. Determine what your neighborhood boundaries should be. The City’s staff liaison can help you with this.
  3. Download the Neighborhood Organization Application , Petition Form and Sample ByLaws .
  4. Find a place to hold your first neighborhood meeting at a time and day that is convenient for most people and that can accommodate a crowd. City staff can offer guidance on this too.
  5. If you intend to mail your meeting notice, go to a title company and get the addresses for every property within the proposed boundaries of your neighborhood organization .
  6. Prepare a letter inviting people to your first meeting. (Click here for a sample letter ).
  7. Put together an agenda for your first meeting and include it with the letter. (Click here for a sample agenda ).
  8. Mail the letter with the agenda about two weeks before the meeting.
  9. If you’d like to place signs in your neighborhood a week before the meeting, contact Jim Lundin at 760-275-0878 to find out how they do it in their neighborhood.
  10. Make sure to invite the City’s staff liaison and City Manager to the meeting.

At your first meeting make sure to:

  1. Have a sign-in sheet where people will write their name, address, phone number and e-mail address.
  2. Provide name tags and markers so people can learn each other’s name.
  3. Have flip charts for listing what people have to say.
  4. Start on time and keep it between an hour and 90 minutes in length.
  5. Follow the agenda.
  6. Refreshments are nice, but not mandatory. (No one needs cookies, but who doesn’t like them?)
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Becoming a Recognized Neighborhood Organization

If you are interested in becoming an Officially Recognized Neighborhood Organization, the City requires that you:

  1. Hold an organizational meeting where the purpose of being organized is discussed, bylaws are approved, members join, officers are elected, and a petition to be certified is signed by at least 20 property owners within the proposed neighborhood’s boundaries.

    Provide written notice, by first class mail, of the meeting to all eligible property owners. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement will help you identify those entitled to notice and provide postage for mailing.

  2. Submit your completed application, the signed petition, bylaws and a list of current officers and your designated representatives to the Neighborhood Involvement Committee to Lee Husfeldt, ONI staff liason , who will forward your packet to the City Manager for recommendation for approval by City Council.