Neighborhood Association Guidelines*

A neighborhood association is the officially designated, recognized organization for a specific geographic location. Neighborhood associations are the heart of neighborhood activities in Rochester.

A registered neighborhood association should:

  • Contain only one registered neighborhood association per geographic boundary.
  • Consist of at least 100 residents within established boundaries that do not isolate households or businesses.
  • Strive to have a leadership group that reflects the diversity of their part of the city. This includes, but is not limited to, age, gender, political persuasion, and/or culture. It is suggested that board members include representatives from all areas of the neighborhood.
  • Maintain a current copy of bylaws on file with RNeighbors.
  • Conduct itself in a manner which reflects the positive community building of RNeighbors. Attempt to be receptive to all viewpoints, as they are representative of a portion of your neighborhood. There is strength in a broad all‐encompassing focus. Examples of this include keeping personal and political opinions out of neighborhood meeting business and printed materials.
  • Present an annual update to the RNeighbors Board on your association’s accomplishments, challenges, and how RNeighbors can assist.

These are expectations that will propel your association to success. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in the loss of your official association status with RNeighbors.

*Compiled by opinions submitted from RNeighbors Board members and several neighborhood leaders. Approved by the RNeighbors Board on August 21 and September 18, 2013, and reviewed by the City Council on August 26, 2013.  Guidelines are effective immediately with a grace period of 90 days for current neighborhood associations to comply.