Get to know your neighbors, improve your community, and connect with your local government. Make a difference!
What is a Neighborhood Association?
A neighborhood association is people living within a designated area of the Village who are concerned about issues affecting their area and who have decided to work together to protect and ensure a better social, economic, and business climate in their neighborhood.
By acting as a voice for the neighborhood residents, an official link to local government and the larger community, a neighborhood association can improve your community. Many residents find that by banding together, they are better able to meet the collective needs of the neighborhood.
A neighborhood association is not the same as a homeowners association (HOA). HOAs include codes and dues that must be followed per a developer agreement.
How to Become a Village-Recognized Neighborhood Association?
4-7 neighbors willing to start a neighborhood association meet to do the following:
- Clearly define a boundary with 150-1200 homes
- Agree upon a name
- Develop a mission statement
- Work with Village staff to develop bylaws
- After initial planning, membership is open to all residents who live within the defined boundaries
- Plan the first public “annual meeting,” where a board of directors is elected by the neighborhood at large
How Can the Village Assist Neighborhood Associations?
- Provide professional assistance and direction for the Planning Committee
- Help with neighborhood outreach when association is first formed
- Make copies for the initial neighborhood outreach letter
- Utilization of the Village Hall or other public spaces for the neighborhood association meetings
- Provide speakers or ideas for neighborhood meetings
What Can a Neighborhood Association Do Once Established?
- Produce a neighborhood newsletter
- Organize block parties and picnics
- Clean up a neighborhood park
- Request traffic counts or street signs
- Educate residents about zoning issues and new developments that might impact the area
- Organize recreational activities
- Represent neighborhood interests to government and media
- Form a committee to address problem properties in the neighborhood
Interested in Getting Started?
Contact: Becky Nyberg, Neighborhood Compliance Inspector
Phone: 920-448-2800 ext. 121
Becky works part-time and is generally in the office on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.