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Neighborhood Engagement Process

The Process for updating the Neighborhood Association Recognition Ordinance (NARO).

The Neighborhood Association Recognition Ordinance (NARO) guides the work of the Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC). In the Fall of 2017, City Councilors expressed an intent to address the weaknesses and shortcomings in the NARO.

NEP Update

The Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) is in the middle of the Neighborhood Engagement Process (NEP). This process is in place to gather information from community stakeholders that will help shape the amendments to the Neighborhood Association Recognition Ordinance (NARO). The NEP process includes the hiring of not only the independent contractor Social Innovations Strategy Group (SISGroup), but also facilitators employed by SISGroup to assist. These facilitators are: Dr. Rudy Garcia, Jamie Welles, Barbara Garcia, Antonio Maestas, and Lara Bryson. These facilitators, along with Everette Hill, will be continuing to contact stakeholders in the community to gather their input. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact ONC and we can clarify any issues. Please take a minute and familiarize yourself with all of the facilitators. Their bios can be found at:

The Neighborhood Engagement Process (NEP) was established as a process to collect community input on the elements that can be integrated in the update of the Neighborhood Association Recognition Ordinance (NARO). It has been a fast-paced spring and we are gearing up for an eventful summer! Read the latest update on the NEP here for May 2019!

Since the first quarter of 2018, the City Council and the Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) have been engaged in the Neighborhood Engagement Process (NEP), which is designed to identify community needs to inform updates to the Neighborhood Association Recognition Ordinance (NARO) and to initiate an ongoing dialogue and long-term, reciprocal relationship between the ONC and each of our city’s 263 neighborhood associations. Read an update on the NEP.

Process GoalsNARO working table

  • To establish an ongoing dialogue between ONC and neighborhood associations
  • To create equity in the engagement process
  • To ensure more representative and democratic associations
  • To encourage vibrant and thriving neighborhoods
  • To improve the clarity of and have proper expectations for the NARO
  • To help inform ONC on how best to support neighborhoods

Potential Products from the Process

  • Strengthened relationships between ONC, neighborhood groups, and other City departments.
  • The NARO could be amended with clear language giving more authority to ONC to strengthen coordination between associations across the City.
  • The NARO could be simplified to keep effective elements and clarify elements that result in conflict, confusion, and disagreements.
  • The NARO rewrite may include additional guidelines or resolutions that identify internal ONC procedures to support neighborhood goals, priorities, and values. The process may include clearer guidelines regarding neighborhood association best practices and create trainings for neighborhoods to build capacity.

This is why we need your involvement and your voice. What do you see as the future of the relationship between ONC and neighborhood associations? What is the identity and purpose of your association? Send your ideas, suggestions and thoughts to: [email protected]

Meet the facilitators!

Check this webpage frequently for how to get more involved, project updates, supporting materials, and process summaries.

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