Toolkit: Creating a neighborhood plan

Neighborhood plan

The initial neighborhood plan doesn’t need to address every quality-of-life concern or long-range vision that your association might think about – or, really, that you haven’t, because it hasn’t happened yet.  You may wish to complete a more comprehensive plan later, but what you need now is a framework.

Do identify a few problems, wants or needs that you’ve gleaned from your contacts and mapping work.

These are usually items like preserving a historic building, cleaning up a local park, or lobbying for streetlights, sidewalks or other infrastructure improvements. The neighborhood plan should include the reason the association was formed, the association leadership structure and principles, and meeting timetables and how they will be conducted. Also include goals and outcomes you’ve identified from your mapping, and a plan to accomplish those goals.

Students at the Robinson Community Learning Center in the Northeast Neighborhood hope to improve Kelly Park. They’ve met with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, following their work documenting and photographing the neighborhood in the NRC “Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods” program.



Action plans and committee work