The White Oaks Neighborhood recently completed the process to become a City of Edina-recognized neighborhood association. The City now has a total of 10 recognized neighborhoods, including the Arden Park, Chowen Park, Concord, Creek Knoll, Lake Cornelia, Morningside, Pamela Park, South Cornelia and Strachauer Park neighborhoods.
“Our neighborhood is well knit, yet we felt compelled to create a more effective communication bridge, not just with each other, but with the City, the 50th & France commercial district and nearby neighborhoods. The City is committed to communicating directly under this program and other recognized neighborhoods on developing projects, proposals and other concerns,” said White Oaks resident Dayna Deutsch. “Becoming recognized is straightforward. You just have to be prepared to commit the time to get your community informed of what it is and what it means. The benefit will be having proactive intercommunication for the neighborhood.”
To become a City-recognized neighborhood association, neighborhoods must establish an organizing team of interested and involved community members, notify City staff that they are interested in becoming recognized, host a neighborhood-wide meeting and submit an application to the City.
Recognized neighborhoods are often more involved in the early stages of projects and initiatives and have more opportunities to communicate with the City. The City communicates with City-recognized neighborhoods when significant neighborhood projects are being discussed or proposed, meetings are held about issues that could impact a neighborhood, a developer requests a neighborhood meeting to review a potential development project or when the City plans to organize a neighborhood group for resident input.
“As a City, we encourage community engagement in community projects and Edina’s Neighborhood Connections program creates a platform for the City not only to share information directly with the neighborhood associations, but for neighborhood associations to communicate back to the City,” said Community Engagement Coordinator MJ Lamon.
For more information about establishing a City of Edina-recognized neighborhood association, contact Lamon at 952-826-0360 or MLamon@EdinaMN.gov. For more information, visit EdinaMN.gov/Neighborhoods.