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Neighborhood Ordinance Update

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 Trudy Jones and Isaac Benton expressed an intent to address the weaknesses and shortcomings in the NARO.

Process GoalsNARO working table

  • 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

Range of Options to Explore Together

  • The NARO could be amended with clear language that gives more authority to ONC to strengthen coordination between associations across the City.
  • The NARO could be simplified to keep the effective elements and clarify elements that result in conflict, confusion, and disagreements.
  • We could write a Resolution to identify internal ONC procedures to support neighborhood goals, priorities, and values.
  • We could create a set of guidelines for neighborhood best practices and create trainings for neighborhoods to build capacity.
  • Or a combination thereof?

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?

Meet the facilitators!

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

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