Our City government puts a high priority on neighborhoods. As we see it, neighborhoods are the building blocks of cities. And, to that end, we are working to organize neighborhoods throughout Palm Springs.
If you live in a neighborhood that has been organized, we hope you become involved and attend some of the meetings and social opportunities planned throughout the year. It is a great way to meet and get to know your neighbors.
If you live in an area in the City that does not have a neighborhood organization and you’d like to form one, or at least learn more about the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, please call our Director of Public Affairs, Lee Husfeldt, who is the liaison to the ONI. Lee can be reached at 323-8255. Who knows, some of your neighbors might be trying to organize your area now and could use your help.
If you set out to organize your neighborhood, we’ve made the process as easy as possible.
On this web site you will find “10 steps for organizing your neighborhood.” One of the first steps is to determine what your neighborhood boundaries should be. You’ll want to invite all the people within those boundaries to a meeting and we’ve included a sample letter to send or deliver to them along with a sample meeting agenda.
Eventually you’ll need at least 20 people who own property within your neighborhood boundaries to sign a petition to form an official neighborhood organization. We’ve included the petition for you to download and fill out. Your organization will need to fill out an application form and we’ve included one for you to download and complete.
Eventually your neighborhood organization also will need to approve bylaws and we’ve provide a sample set of bylaws for you to work from. Make sure that all the requirements spelled out in the application are addressed in your bylaws. Items like:
- The method by which officers are chosen
- Membership and voting requirements
- A system through which the Neighborhood Organization will reasonably communicate with all eligible members on a regular basis. Eligible members shall include all residents, (including business occupants) and owners of property within the Neighborhood's boundaries
- Electing a representative and alternate to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement Committee
- Guaranteeing that all meetings will be open and public and will permit, to the extent feasible, every person eligible for membership to participate in the conduct of business, deliberation and decision-making.
If some of the information is not clear, or if you have any questions, please call Lee Husfeldt at 323-8255 or click here to send an email. We hope you are anxious to get your neighborhood organized, and we are here to help you.