Neighborhood Program

 

Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods is a program designed to build relationships with established neighborhood organizations in an effort to enhance the quality of life in the City. Through this program, neighborhood organizations become officially recognized by the City Council and commit to collaborate with City staff to identify solutions to community issues, share information, receive information regarding City services, give feedback on public improvement projects, and participate in City sponsored programs and events. By bringing neighbors together and connecting them to services and information while using their input to ensure the City develops an effective response to meet needs of their neighborhood, a greater sense of community and civic duty is fostered and the City is improved. 

The program has been a key emphasis of the Mayor, City Council, and City staff members since 2000. Through the program, neighborhoods are partnered with a City staff member, who serves as their liaison, and attends the neighborhood meetings to assist residents in identifying solutions to problems. Based upon these relationships, the City is better able to deliver services tailored to the needs of individual neighborhoods and obtain feedback on proposed public improvement projects within neighborhoods.

 

Formally Recognized Neighborhood Organizations

Currently, there are 38 active neighborhood organizations  throughout the City of Concord formally recognized by the City Council to participate in the City's Neighborhood Program. Neighborhood organizations in the program represent both traditional older sections of the city and newly developed subdivisions. This growing partnership will not only continue to strengthen the social fabric of the City but it will lead to the development of a more vibrant City. Click here to discover more about the neighborhoods currently participating in the program.

 

To view a map of these neighborhoods, select below:

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Neighborhood Recognition

Neighborhood recognition happens once an application is submitted to staff and then reviewed and approved by the City Council. This formally recognizes the neighborhood group’s commitment to partner with the City to work to enhance the quality of life in the City. Neighborhoods seeking recognition must meet the following criteria:

 

  1. The Neighborhood Organization must occupy a geographically distinct and specific area that is within the City of Concord.

  2. The Neighborhood Organization must have a Board of Directors and/or Officers elected by its general membership and must have a defined schedule where a general election is held to elect its board of directors and/or officers. 

  3. The Neighborhood Organization must have a current written set of bylaws approved by its membership.  These bylaws should define the group’s boundaries, membership, role of the elected board, processes for holding meetings and elections, voting, committees, and amendments to the document.

  4. The Neighborhood Organization must host at least one general membership meeting annually.

  5. The Neighborhood Organization must be open to anyone who lives or owns property in the neighborhood regardless of race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, or physical and mental disability. 

If you have an established neighborhood organization, and your neighborhood association members would like to become an officially recognized neighborhood, simply complete an application and submit it via email or mail it to the Community Outreach Coordinator.  

  

Creating a Neighborhood Organization

A neighborhood association can be started by developing a core group of three or four neighbors interested in organizing. The City's Community Outreach Coordinator is available to help your core group. Once you're group is ready to start organizing follow these steps to have your neighborhood association recognized as a formal organization with the City's Neighborhood Program. There are a few easy steps:

  • Conduct organizational meetings with your neighbors
  • Create by-laws and elect officers
  • Establish a meeting schedule
  • Define neighborhood boundaries
  • Develop a list of neighborhood goals
  • Complete an application form
  • Attend a City Council meeting for formal recognition and acceptance into the program

 

Neighborhood Programs Services

 

Neighborhood Liaison

Neighborhood Liaisons are City employees who are specifically appointed for an indefinite term by the City Manager to be responsible for and accountable to recognized neighborhoods in a specific geographic area of the City. Liaisons are selected based upon their skills and experience or upon their expressed desire and ability to serve in this role. The neighborhood liaisons regularly attend community association meetings to listen and respond to neighborhood concerns that can be addressed through City services and resources. They are a valuable source of information and assistance to neighborhoods throughout Concord.

 

Monthly Neighborhood E-Inform Newsletter

Monthly newsletter sent to neighborhood leaders, police, public officials, code enforcement officers, liaisons, and other interested partners to inform them of neighborhood meetings, and upcoming community events, program, and services. Click on the links below to ready the recently published newsletters.

  December 2013     January 2014   February 2014   March 2014  April 2014    May 2014   June 2014   July 2014  August 2014

 

Use of Fire Station Community Rooms

Fire Stations 7, 8 and 9 have community rooms that are available for use for meetings, birthday parties, homeowner association meetings or many other gatherings.  Reservations are required. Recognized neighborhood organizations can reserve a community room for neighborhood meetings free of charge. Reservations are taken in calendar year of use (January 1-December 31). Click here for more information. 

 

Neighborhood Leadership Council (NLC)

The Neighborhood Leadership Council provides neighborhood leaders with an open, flexible, and consistent forum to come together and share experiences, exchange information, and have access to focused leadership training. The meetings are open to neighborhood leaders from each of the City’s officially recognized neighborhood organizations. In most cases this is the neighborhood association chair or president, although any active member is welcomed to attend meetings. Recognized neighborhood organizations are encouraged to designate a primary and an alternate representative to serve as its NLC representative.

The 2nd quarter 2014 NLC meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday June 26th at Fire Station #3.  Click here to download the event flyer for additional details. The NLC will meet quarterly.

 

Neighborhood Matching Grant Program

The grant is available to recognized neighborhoods to complete projects that will improve the neighborhood physically, market the neighborhood, or enhance the neighborhood organization. Each neighborhood will compete for the grant with other recognized neighborhoods. Neighborhood organizations must match the funds awarded by the City of Concord with contributions of volunteer time, cash or in-kind donations of goods and services. Click here to download the application form. For more information on program requirements read the program guidelines. 

 

Automated Phone Messaging Services

Recognized Neighborhoods are welcomed to use the City’s Blackboard System, which is an automated phone messaging system to send prerecorded phone call messages or text messages to notify or remind members of upcoming meetings and events.  
 
 

Neighborhood Traffic Calming 

The City has a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Committee with representatives from the Fire, Police, Transportation, and Planning departments. The members of this committee meet monthly to address concerns from neighborhoods about speeding, sidewalks and crosswalks, traffic circulation, pedestrian safety, on-street parking, street connections, etc.
 

Neighborhood Cleanups - Biannual Litter Sweep

Every spring and fall, the City employees together with the neighborhood organizations, collect litter along the City’s roadsides. The City provides bags and trash pick up, as well as an opportunity for neighborhoods to receive awards. The Spring 2014 Litter Sweeip is scheduled for April 26th - May 10th.   
 

Neighborhood Plans

The residents within the older, established neighborhoods surrounding downtown have established neighborhood plans through a master planning process for the Center City area. Please click here to view the Center City Plan.

 

Citizen Corps Council

The City recently established this Committee to promote Citizen Corps programs engage neighborhoods in development and enhancement of programs and expand opportunities for residents to engage in volunteer service. Each neighborhood is encouraged to have representation.

 

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

CERT training is an 8-week educational program that teaches residents how to be prepared in the event of a disaster. For additional information, please contact the Emergency Management Coordinator at 704-920-5528.

 

Code Enforcement

Each of the City’s Code/Zoning Enforcement Officers are assigned to areas within the City and work directly with neighborhoods to solve problems related to minimum housing code and zoning regulations. Please click here to view a map of Code Enforcement Areas. For general zoning information, please call the Plan Review Service Center at 704-920-5152.

 

Concord 101

Through this eleven-week course, residents learn about each of the City’s departments and services. Please click here to link to additional information and an application form.

 

National Night Out

National Night Out is celebrated internationally every year on the first Tuesday of August. The City will sponsor a National Night Out Kick-Off Event on Saturday August 2, 2014 and all neighborhoods are encouraged to participate.  Neighborhoods are also encouraged to plan their own neighborhood events on National Night Out.  If you are interested in additional information, please contact Police Capt. Betty Stocks at 704-920-5010.  To learn more about the National Night Out program, visit the website for the National Association of Town WatchRSVP for the 2014 NNO Kick-off Event - Click Here! 

 

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is a practiced concept of neighbors looking out for one another, working with the police, and sending the message to potential criminals that eyes are residents are actively keeping watch for suspicious and criminal activity. Through this program, neighborhoods learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and report suspicious activities to the police department. If you are interested in additional information, please  Sgt. Edie Moss at 704-920-5063.

 

Traffic Calming 

The City has a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Committee with representatives from the Fire, Police, Transportation, and Planning departments. The members of this committee meet monthly to address concerns from neighborhoods about speeding, sidewalks and crosswalks, traffic circulation, pedestrian safety, on-street parking, street connections, etc.

 

Neighborhood Street Sign Toppers

The City’s Neighborhood Street Sign Toppers Program is designed to help build stronger neighborhoods by enhancing their visibility through the placement of identification sign toppers at prominent intersections within the neighborhoods boundaries. The toppers are available to recognized neighborhoods at a cost of $37 per topper.  Click here for the application form and data sheet.

 

Christmas Parade

The City provides a professionally decorated float for neighborhood representatives to ride every year during the Annual Concord Christmas Parade. Each neighborhood organization is asked to send at least one representative to participate in the annual parade. 

 

Concord Police Disticts and Recognized Neighborhoods

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

 
 

 

 

Neighborhoods

 

For more info, contact:
 
Cherie Jzar
Community Outreach Coordinator
704-920-5298