What is a Neighborhood Association?
A neighborhood association is a voluntary organization of residents who work together to improve and maintain the quality of life in their neighborhood. Associations can form out of concern over a particular issue, or as a means of enhancing the "sense of community" in the neighborhood.
Features of a Neighborhood Association:
- Membership is open to all residents in the neighborhood, but participation is optional; boundaries are established by the association (usually 40 - 400 households)
- Dues are voluntary
- There is no legal authority to enact or enforce maintenance or design requirements beyond those established by City ordinances
- To ensure a visibly democratic process, the organization establishes formal or informal bylaws to provide for at least one general membership meeting per year and require an annual election of officers
- Associations create their own newsletters (NO advertising or political campaigning), which the Neighborhood Services Division duplicates and mails to all households in the area
- Association position statements are reached through consensus; any dissenting statements are also attached and sent to the City.
List of Neighborhood Associations
For a list of all Tempe neighborhood associations and their profiles visit Neighborhood Directory & Map. Profiles include photos, neighborhood boundaries, number of households, and links to neighborhood schools (and districts).
If you would like to know whether you live within a neighborhood association area, or would like information on how to form an association, please contact the Neighborhood Services Division at 480-350-8234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.