Organizing Communities for Progress
The Neighborhood Planning Division serves the residents of Jackson by encouraging and assisting with the organization of neighborhood associations, helping and supporting existing neighborhood associations, facilitating communication between residents and City departments, providing useful information to neighborhoods, and developing educational opportunities for members of associations to help them grow and be successful.
What is a Neighborhood Association?
A neighborhood association represents all residents within the chosen neighborhood boundaries and operates through an open, democratic process to improve and maintain the overall quality of life for residents. Neighborhood associations are usually formed for the following reasons:
To create a sense of community among residents.
To identify and resolve neighborhood issues related to crime, land use, community services and/or code compliance in an organized and timely manner.
To provide a united voice to governmental entities.
What is the difference between a Neighborhood Association and a Homeowner's Association?
Because of their similarity in names, some might confuse a neighborhood association and a homeowner's association. However, the two can be quite different. A homeowner's association is usually formed by a developer and pertains to a specific subdivision or project. The association provides the framework for the future maintenance of the development's common grounds and amenities, for instance a pool or clubhouse. All homeowners are required to follow the association's rules and pay dues.
A neighborhood association can be formed after the homes are built--sometimes years or decades later. Rather than being limited to property owners only, renters can also participate, and membership is voluntary, as is the payment of fees. Very often, perceived threats to the community or a desire to work together on common goals prompts the formation of the neighborhood association.
How can my neighborhood get organized?
The Neighborhood Division staff can assist you in starting a neighborhood association. From establishing boundaries to determining goals, we have the resourses to get you started including sample agenda, minutes, by-laws, newsletters and much more.
Why should we register our neighborhood association with the City?
By registering with the City, your organization will be officially recognized and will automatically receive notification of zoning and development within or near your boundaries. If you already have an organized group, you may register by filling out and returning the Neighborhood Organization Registration.
Toolbox for Neighborhood Organizations
For More Information Contact:
Greg Grimes, Director of Constituent Services
200 S. President St.
Jackson, MS 39205