What is a Lake Oswego Neighborhood Association?
Neighborhood associations are the officially recognized channel for citizen participation in Lake Oswego. Twenty formally recognized neighborhood associations offer an opportunity for citizens to participate in decision-making in the geographic area in which they live. These volunteer organizations bring neighbors together to improve the livability of Lake Oswego's neighborhoods. Participation in a neighborhood association is voluntary and open to all citizens who live, own property or a business within its boundary.
Most neighborhood associations are concerned with issues that affect the quality of life in the community. Neighborhoods often discuss and make recommendations on zoning regulations, traffic improvements, and public facilities and services. Neighborhood associations also sponsor social events that strengthen neighborhoods on a person-to-person basis. Sponsoring neighborhood festivals, block parties, crime prevention activities and upgrading neighborhood parks are important projects for neighborhood associations.
What do Neighborhood Associations have to do with the City of Lake Oswego?
Neighborhood Associations are advisory groups chartered by the City to act on issues affecting neighborhoods. Lake Oswego chartered neighborhood associations in the belief that it is desirable for citizens to be involved in the decisions that affect the health and quality of their neighborhoods.
What does a neighborhood Association do?
Neighborhood Associations provide a forum for members to discuss common concerns about livability, land use, traffic, zoning, etc. Neighborhood members elect boards to represent their views before the Planning Commission, City Council and other public bodies and to maintain ongoing communications with City government.
Why organize a Neighborhood Association?
Only recognized Neighborhood Associations receive these support services and benefits from the City:
•Information from the City on all issues (transportation, development, etc.) that may occur in the neighborhood.
•Can be selected to develop a Neighborhood Plan.
•The neighborhood becomes part of the City network of 21 recognized neighborhood associations that work together to create the type of community it wants.
•Enables the Neighborhood Association to testify at public hearings with additional time limits not given to individuals.
•The City can help with mailings to inform your members about upcoming meetings.
How do I organize a Neighborhood Association?
The Community Development Department can provide you with a copy of the Citizen Involvement Guidelines, which contain the rights and responsibilities for becoming a neighborhood association. Minimum requirements include bylaws, one or more meetings in which formation has been discussed, a map showing the area to be included and a list of elected officers and board members.