STATE OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS AWARDS + WORKSHOPS
Welcome to the Tempe Neighborhood Services Division web site.
Created by City Council resolution in 1987, the City of Tempe's Neighborhood Services Division serves to improve and preserve neighborhood vitality by fostering public participation and facilitating interaction between residents and their city government.
The Neighborhood Services Division's key focus is to maintain clear communication lines between neighborhood groups, residents and City Hall. By linking Tempe residents with City officials and staff, the Division helps them identify, address and resolve neighborhood issues and establish future goals and priorities.
The collaborative partnership between City Hall, neighborhood groups and residents continues to strengthen and grow. Every year four to five new neighborhood associations form. In addition, the Division recently expanded to include the new Tempe 311 service, a centralized method to contact City Hall. Most importantly, more and more Tempe residents are finding that one doesn't have to "fight City Hall" but rather work with it to improve and maintain the quality of life in our community.
Functions of the Neighborhood Services Division:
- Coordinate the City’s public involvement for outreach efforts to neighborhoods
- Research issues and coordinate meetings between neighborhood representatives and City staff or elected officials regarding neighborhood concerns
- Serve as a centralized point of contact for the City through Tempe 311
- Assist residents with starting and maintaining inclusive neighborhood associations, including distributing neighborhood associations’ newsletters and announcements
- Maintain a database of all neighborhood and homeowners’ associations’ contacts to distribute topical information and agendas of Development Review Commission, Board of Adjustment and Hearing Officer meetings
- Attend neighborhood and homeowners’ association meetings
- Coordinate the Neighborhood Grant Program, which allocates a portion of the City’s capital improvement funds (CIP) for projects requested by associations
- Organize an annual Neighborhood Workshop and Awards event
- Arrange for mediation services through the Community Services Department to help resolve conflicts between neighbors
- Chair the Interdepartmental Work Team, a task force made up of several City departments focusing on neighborhood issues
- Seek out links to local and national neighborhood programs (e.g. Neighborhoods USA - NUSA) to research new ideas for strengthening neighborhoods
- Staff the Neighborhood Advisory Commission
This site provides links to information on a wide range of neighborhood-related topics. There is also information on our neighborhood associations (including photos and local schools) and the Neighborhood Services Division itself. Choose a topic from the menu below and find out more about our neighborhoods.
If you can't find what you want at this site, please contact the Neighborhood Services staff:
City of Tempe Neighborhood Services Division
21 E. 6th Street, Suite 208
Tempe, AZ 85281
fax: (480) 350-8996
Neighborhood Services Director