In the City of Waco, a Neighborhood Association is an independent, autonomous organization that defines its own purpose, determines its goals and strategies, and develops its own neighborhood plans.
A Neighborhood Association is open to all adult residents within its boundaries and utilizes an open, democratic process to improve or maintain the overall quality of life for everyone within those boundaries.
The purpose of the Neighborhood Associations is to make each neighborhood better, depending on the residents needs, concerns and established priorities.
Why start a neighborhood association?
- To create a sense of community among residents
- To identify and resolve neighborhood issues in an organized and timely manner
- To provide an organized framework to promote, preserve, and enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood
- To provide a united voice to governmental entities
- To provide an organized means to meet and get to know your neighbors through planned community activities
- To provide a means to develop and maintain a neighborhood contact list
- To receive advance information on zoning cases, alcohol sales permit applications and other proposed changes in the neighborhood.
Neighborhood Association Handbook
To learn more about how to start a new neighborhood association or how to improve an existing association, read the City of Waco Neighborhood Association Handbook. The handbook provides strategies to increase neighborhood engagement, helpful City of Waco contact information, and customizable templates, including bylaws, agendas, sign in sheets and more.
What Does the City Provide?
The City Manager's Office coordinates efforts and services for the Neighborhood Associations via staff (Neighborhood Liaisons) that work with the Neighborhood Associations. They can be contacted at 254-750-5640.
In order to assist the Neighborhood Associations be active, viable organizations that help make their neighborhoods better, cleaner & safer places to live, the city has agreed to provide certain services to the Neighborhood Associations at no cost:
- Neighborhood Liaisons and other City staff will attend (or provide information for) Neighborhood Association (NA) general membership meetings as needed, or on request. They also coordinate NA requests for information from the various City departments.
- Certain City facilities may be reserved for NA meetings, activities, and events during the facilities normal hours of operation.
- The Municipal Information Department will advertise the Neighborhood Associations news, activities, meetings and events on Channel 10, on their website, and in the "City Limits" newsletter that accompanies all water bills.
- Solid Waste will supply roll-off dumpster service at three Neighborhood Clean ups each year. Two of the cleanups must be held on predetermined dates that coincide with Baylor's Steppin' Out (community volunteering days). The other date can be chosen by the Neighborhood Association, but must be coordinated with Keep Waco Beautiful (750-5728) at least one month in advance of the clean-up date.
- Neighborhood Services and Parks & Recreation will assist the Neighborhood Associations with Special Events, as outlined in the Outdoor and Parades Event Ordinance. Special Event application fees will be waived for one neighborhood event each year. Applications are due two months prior to the event.
- The Graphics Dept. and Sign Shop will annually provide a specific amount of "free services" tailored to each NA for general operation needs (copies, mailings, meeting signs, etc.) The amount will be determined each budget year.
- The City will waive the fee on two garage sale permits each year for Neighborhood Associations and Homeowners Associations per the Garage Sale Ordinance. (these can be purchased at the Finance dept or Water Office.)
History of Neighborhood Associations
The City of Waco initiated the formation of the first Neighborhood Associations in the early 1990s, in an effort to create better communication and relationships between the City and the neighborhoods. The idea was that from the "neighborhood experts" would provide neighborhood specific information that the City would use for planning, budgeting and general operations purposes to improve those areas.