The City of Bozeman has 14 designated Neighborhood Associations. Neighborhood Associations are formed when neighbors organize to propose boundaries of their neighborhood and act on their interest in improving their neighborhoods through hosting meetings, organizing events, and contributing to projects in partnership with the City of Bozeman.
Here is how Neighborhood Associations are formed + requirements to maintain designation:
- Complete the Neighborhood Association Application form and submit to the Neighborhoods Program Coordinator.
- Once the Neighborhoods Program Coordinator has received and reviewed the application, a date for the first meeting will be established and a meeting space will be reserved.
- The agenda for the first meeting will include presentations from City departments or representatives that the neighborhood would like to hear from, adoption of by-laws and boundaries, and the election of a steering committee. One member will be selected to be the InterNeighborhood Council (INC) representative, which represents Neighborhood Association interests to the City Commission.
- The City of Bozeman pays up to $300 towards the public notice for the first meeting. This is typically a postcard that will invite all households located within the proposed boundary to the first meeting.
- After the meeting, the by-laws, boundary map, a copy of the public notice, a copy of the minutes, and a copy of the sign-in sheet are to be submitted to the Neighborhoods Program Coordinator.
- At the next monthly INC meeting, the application and other materials will be reviewed for approval as a City Recognized Neighborhood Association.
- Every year the Neighborhood Association is required to host an annual meeting with up to $300 towards the public notice. In addition, an annual report of the activities from the year are to be submitted to the Neighborhoods Program Coordinator.
Homeowner's Associations are formed by a developer and pertain 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; clubhouse or common area landscaping. All homeowners are compelled to follow the codes, covenants and restrictions governing the development and pay association dues.
Neighborhood Associations are formed based on the needs and desires of residents within a certain area of a city that may contain several subdivisions or HOAs. Neighborhood associations offer a place to meet friends, exchange information, create projects and priorities, propose solutions, and have fun. The association gives residents a forum to discuss common concerns and to brainstorm and implement possible solutions in collaboration with City of Bozeman staff and leadership.