Neighborhood Program Overview
Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods is a program designed to build relationships with established neighborhood organizations in an effort to enhance the quality of life in the City. Through this program, neighborhood organizations become officially recognized by the City Council and commit to collaborate with City staff to identify solutions to community issues, share information, receive information regarding City services, give feedback on public improvement projects, and participate in City sponsored programs and events. By bringing neighbors together and connecting them to services and information while using their input to ensure the City develops an effective response to meet needs of their neighborhood, a greater sense of community and civic duty is fostered and the City is improved. The program has been a key emphasis of the Mayor, City Council, and City staff members since 2000.
If you have an established neighborhood organization, and your neighborhood association members would like to become an officially recognized neighborhood, simply complete the application and submit it via email or mail it to the Community Outreach Coordinator.
Neighborhood recognition happens once an application is submitted to staff and then reviewed and approved by the City Council. This formally recognizes the neighborhood group’s commitment to partner with the City to work to enhance the quality of life in the City. Neighborhoods seeking recognition must meet the following criteria:
The Neighborhood Organization must occupy a geographically distinct and specific area that is within the City of Concord.
1. The Neighborhood Organization must have a Board of Directors and/or Officers elected by its general membership and must have a defined schedule where a general election is held to elect its board of directors and/or officers.
2. The Neighborhood Organization must have a current written set of bylaws approved by its membership. These bylaws should define the group’s boundaries, membership, role of the elected board, processes for holding meetings and elections, voting, committees, and amendments to the document.
3. The Neighborhood Organization must host at least one general membership meeting annually.
4. The Neighborhood Organization must be open to anyone who lives or owns property in the neighborhood regardless of race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, or physical and mental disability.
If you have an established neighborhood organization, and your neighborhood association members would like to become an officially recognized neighborhood, simply complete an application and submit it via email or mail it to the Community Outreach Coordinator.
Creating a Neighborhood Organization
A neighborhood association can be started by developing a core group of three or four neighbors interested in organizing. The City's Community Outreach Coordinator is available to help your core group. Once you're group is ready to start organizing follow these steps to have your neighborhood association recognized as a formal organization with the City's Neighborhood Program. There are a few easy steps:
1. Conduct organizational meetings with your neighbors
2. Create by-laws and elect officers
3. Establish a meeting schedule
4. Define neighborhood boundaries
5. Develop a list of neighborhood goals
6. Complete an application form
7. Attend a City Council meeting for formal recognition and acceptance into the program
Community Meeting Rooms (Waiver of Public Facility Use Fee)
Fire Stations 7, 8 and 9 have community rooms that are available for use for meetings, birthday parties, homeowner association meetings or many other gatherings. Recognized neighborhood associations have the option of holding their official association meetings at any City of Concord Community Rooms at no cost. Reservations are required and are taken in calendar year of use (January 1-December 31). Visit here for more information on how to make a reservation.
Concord residents are active participants in neighborhood improvement. The City provides many opportunities for residents to invest and improve their community:
Neighborhood Match Program - Recognized Neighborhoods who have participated in the Neighborhood Program for at least one year are eligible to apply for up to $3,000 in grant funds to complete projects that improves the neighborhood physically or addresses a need through active involvement of the neighborhood residents themselves. Neighborhood organizations must match the funds awarded by the City of Concord with contributions of volunteer time, cash or in-kind donations of goods and services.
Neighborhood Cleanups - Biannual Litter Sweep: Every spring and fall neighborhoods in partnership with the city to collect litter along the City’s roadsides. Supplies are provided by the city. Neighborhoods also have the opportunity for to receive awards.
Neighborhood Street Sign Toppers Program - This program is designed to help build stronger neighborhoods by enhancing their visibility through the placement of identification sign toppers at prominent intersections within the neighborhoods boundaries. The toppers are available to recognized neighborhoods at a cost of $37 per topper. Click here for the application form and data sheet.
Each of the City’s Code/Zoning Enforcement Officers are assigned to areas within the City and work directly with neighborhoods to solve problems related to minimum housing code and zoning regulations. Please click here to view the Code Enforcement Areas. For general zoning information, please call the Plan Review Service Center at 704-920-5152.
Improved Solid Waste Routes - The City of Concord will implement an improved solid waste collection route system in May of this year, following the approval of a new route concept by City Council in January. The City of Concord provides curbside collection of garbage and yard waste each week, and every-other-week collection of recycling and bulky waste.
A 14-week municipal education program for adults held each fall. Participants learn about the different aspects of Concord's government, and learn first-hand about the services of the city. Classes are held on Tuesdays and there is an afternoon and evening session available. For more information, contact Public Affairs, 704-920-5210.
National Night Out
National Night Out is celebrated internationally every year on the first Tuesday of August. Neighborhoods are also encouraged to plan their own neighborhood events on National Night Out. To learn more about the National Night Out program, visit the website for the National Association of Town Watch.
The City provides a professionally decorated float for neighborhood representatives to ride every year during the Annual Concord Christmas Parade. Each neighborhood organization is asked to send at least one representative to participate in the annual parade.