Organize Your Neighborhood
Neighborhood Associations build community through cooperative engagement and action. The City of Edina recognizes and appreciates the work that these groups do to engage residents, foster interaction between the neighborhood and the City on relevant projects and issues, and build community through events and volunteer opportunities.
Steps to Take
- Talk with neighbors
- Form an organizing team
- Notify City staff
- Select a date, time, and location for initial organizing meeting
- City sends neighborhood-wide meeting invite
- Host neighborhood meeting
- Submit Recognized Neighborhood Association application
More details are in the Neighborhood Connections Electronic Guidebook (PDF).
- What is a Neighborhood Association?
A Neighborhood Association is a group of residents or property owners who advocate for or organize activities within a neighborhood.
- What is the difference between a Homeowners Association and a Neighborhood Association?
The term neighborhood association is sometimes incorrectly used instead of homeowners association (HOA). Some key differences include:
• HOA membership is mandatory generally through rules tied to the ownership of property like deed restrictions. Neighborhood association membership is voluntary or informal. HOAs often own and maintain common property, such as recreational facilities, parks, and roads, whereas neighborhood associations are focused on general advocacy and community events.
• The rules for formation of a neighborhood association in the United States are sometimes regulated at the city or state level. Neighborhood associations are more likely to be formed in older, established neighborhoods, whereas HOAs are generally established at the time a residential neighborhood is built and sold. In some cases, neighborhood associations exist simultaneously with HOAs, and each may not encompass identical boundaries.
• A city-recognized neighborhood association serves a fundamentally different purpose than a homeowners association. Homeowner associations generally exist to govern common areas or to oversee convents for the development. Neighborhood associations bring residents together from a larger area to address community goals. A neighborhood association would also serve as a conduit for information between the city and area residents. Homeowner associations and neighborhood associations can co-exist very successfully.
- Why did Edina create a city supported neighborhood program?
The City of Edina believes that people are what make a neighborhood a living community rather than just a group of buildings. Neighborhood engagement is a vehicle for community and social building. People talking in their front yards, children playing on the sidewalks, walking dogs, mowing lawns, and similar activities are all part of being neighbors. Many other cities support resident neighborhood organization efforts as a means of enhancing neighborhood engagement.
The City also encourages the voluntary formation of Neighborhood Associations for the purpose of creating an open channel for communication from the City to residents and from residents to the City. This partnership can fashion a venue for building a better community and increasing neighborhood engagement.
- What can Neighborhood Associations do?
Neighborhood associations foster communication by:
- Distributing information so that residents can make informed decisions
- Enable two-way communication between neighborhoods and city government
- Create smaller venues for interactions
Neighborhood associations also build community through cooperative action by:
- Organize voluntary projects based on community interests
- Support other City programs such as Adopt-a-Park, Neighborhood Watch and Night to Unite
- Promote social activities
- Ensure neighborhood safety and security