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Helping neighbors work together and with their local government.

The City of Fort Collins is working with community members to create new ways for people to impact the decisions that affect their area. Neighborhood Connections will enhance neighborhood engagement by creating simple and flexible ways for neighborhoods to work with each other and the City. The project will explore how people can share neighborhood management, use resources, establish clear lines of communication, and improve their neighborhood's livability.

Following an extensive public engagement process and research of best practices in neighborhood engagement and involvement throughout the country, staff has developed a pilot program unique to the Fort Collins community. The Neighborhood Connections pilot program meets with neighborhood representatives bi-monthly, on the second Monday of the month, working through a leadership development curriculum, developing resources for effective neighborhood organization, and engaging with City staff regarding current issues and programs.

What

Continuing to co-create with the community, staff will pilot the Neighborhood Connections program through spring 2017. The program will explore new resources and opportunities for residents and neighborhood groups to get involved. It will also enhance connectivity between neighbors, among neighborhoods, and with the City.

  • Resources to be provided by City
    • Tools for managing neighborhood conflicts
    • Customized and comprehensive City updates/notifications to residents and neighborhoods
    • Opportunities to sharpen leadership skills
    • Proactive and innovative methods for public engagement and community problem-solving
    • New resources to support neighborhood organization and collaborative action
  • Program Goals
    • Bring neighbors together
    • Connect neighborhoods to each other and to the City
    • Help identify and refine neighborhood priorities
    • Co-manage issues and projects
    • Expand social and community building activities
    • Develop priorities around neighborhood livability
      • Crime prevention, land use issues, code compliance, physical improvements, transportation, economic development, diversity, accessibility

How

A key component to the Neighborhood Connections engagement platform is based on regularly scheduled bi-monthly meetings coordinated by Neighborhood Services. These meetings will:

  • Enable neighborhood representatives to connect, network, and share opportunities and challenges.
  • Provide access to online and in-person deliberative engagement/participatory democracy curriculum developed and administered by CSUs Center for Public Deliberation (CPD)
  • Offer guest speakers who will engage representatives about current issues and new programs
    • Mediation techniques; asset mapping; Climate Action Plan (CAP) implementation waste reduction, energy efficiency; neighborhood livability; disaster response/resiliency; crime prevention
  • Explore resources needed for the future of the program, such as: dedicated staff liaisons, neighborhood matching grant program
  • Evaluate future qualifications and criteria for participation in the program, such as: minimum meeting requirements, neighborhood boundary criteria

Who

Neighborhood Representatives; City staff program managers from Neighborhood Services, Planning Services, and Communications & Public Involvement (CPIO); Dr. Martin Carcasson and CSUs Center for Public Deliberation

  • Representatives from 20 neighborhoods throughout the community.
    • Current level of neighborhood engagement and interest in the pilot program varies widely. Examples include:
      • Residents looking to move beyond occasional block parties and exchanges on Nextdoor to establishing regularly scheduled neighborhood meetings.
      • Neighbors getting a head start on collaborating with the City on a sub-area plan update for the area through targeted engagement with the diverse populations currently residing in their neighborhood.
      • Residents looking to open new lines of communication in the neighborhood regarding safety, changing demographics, traffic, and the built environment.
      • Representatives of a neighborhood wanting to create a link between the Citys Climate Action Plan implementation strategies at a neighborhood scale.

Recent Meeting Highlights

February 13, 2017

Designing Innovative Neighborhood Meetings

January 9, 2017

Neighborhood Engagement

Neighborhood Connections Meeting Notes
NCDD Resource Guide on Public Engagement
Sustainable community development: from what's wrong to what's strong

November 14, 2016

Changing the Conversation: The Case for Facilitative Leadership

Neighborhood Representatives Meeting
Neighborhood Association Resources
Neighborhood Association Bylaws - Suggested Content and LanguagePortland, Oregon
Taking Action! A Manual for Neighborhood AssociationsCollege Station, Texas
Department of Neighborhood EmpowermentLos Angeles, California
Duke Park Neighborhood Association BylawsDurham, North Carolina
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Inc. Denver, Colorado
Queen Anne Community CouncilSeattle, Washington

September 19, 2016

Neighborhood Representatives Meeting

October 13, 2015

Neighborhood Leadership Advisory Group Agenda
Positives and concerns from Oct 13 meeting
Wrap-Up Neighborhood Engagement Advisory Committee Meeting
Community Advisory Group Meeting Presentation

November 10, 2015

Citizen Advisory Group Agenda
Citizen Advisory Group Meeting Minutes
November 10 Meeting Sketch
November 10 Meeting Sketch close-up 1
November 10 Meeting Sketch close-up 2

Document Archive

Date

Document

April 25, 2015 Event Agenda
April 15, 2015 Presentation
April 25, 2015 Blue Sky Exercise Results
April 25, 2015 Table Notes - Lets Talk Neighborhoods: Neighbors Leading Neighbors
April 25, 2015 Table Notes - Polarity Exercise
April 25, 2015 Table Notes - From Facilitators
April 25, 2015 Wordless Visual, Created From Polarity Exercise
April 25, 2015 Polarity Exercise Analysis
November 15, 2014 Presentation
November 15, 2014 Survey Data and Public Comment from Live Polling
November 15, 2014 Results from Questions Throughout Presentation
November 15, 2014 Neighborhood Grant Process Public Comment