Registration of Neighborhood Associations is a community service
offered by the City of San Antonio. Registered neighborhoods are included in a listing created by the
Planning Department that is available both in hard copy and through our web site at:
Why Register Your Neighborhood Association?
Registering your Neighborhood Association will:
- Provide the contact information needed for the Zoning Case
Managers to send a notice about a pending zoning case to any registered neighborhood
association whose boundaries fall within 200 feet of a zoning case;
- Help guide and unify your community efforts to improve your
- Facilitate participation with the Police Departments
- Help develop working relationships with the City of San
- Improve communication with other public agencies, the
private sector, and nonprofits
What Do I Need to Know?
The Planning Department encourages neighborhood
associations membership to include renters, homeowners from all sections of the
neighborhood, property owners, large and small businesses, churches, and community groups.
A variety of members help build partnerships and a self-reliant organization.
Neighborhood association boundaries identify the specific
geographic area where community members want to focus their efforts. Schools, churches,
businesses and other neighborhood groups should be included within the neighborhood
boundaries. Generally, a neighborhood association area includes about one square mile,
4,000 10,000 residents (about the population to support an elementary school), or
at least 1,500 dwelling units. The Planning Department discourages neighborhoods from
creating overlapping boundaries. You can work with planning staff to determine appropriate
How Do I Register My Neighborhood Association?
- If you represent an established Neighborhood Association:
Discuss neighborhood registration with association members and complete the attached form.
The information you provide will help us keep current with your activities.
- If you are interested in forming a Neighborhood
Association: Conduct a neighborhood meeting(s). Explain the benefits of forming an
association by holding a public neighborhood meeting for homeowners, renters, commercial
property owners, large and small businesses, churches, and community organizations. Try to
enlist everyone to become a member of your association.
How to Organize a "First" Neighborhood Meeting:
- Inform as many people as possible and keep track of your
efforts to reach all types of individuals (not just residents) including phone calls,
mailings, flyers, etc.
- Make sure everyone signs-in by providing an
"attendance sign-in sheet."
- Discuss (a) why your neighbors want to form or register
your neighborhood association and (b) the area of your neighborhood association. Begin
identifying (c) the areas issues, (d) the strengths of your community, and (e) which
items are most important to you. (A "goal setting" session by the Planning
Department may be helpful to your group. Call 207-7873 for more information.)
- In the neighborhood meeting, approve or designate a
subcommittee to develop your by-laws, help with the election of officers, identify
neighborhood boundaries, identify neighborhood goals and priorities, and collect
(The Planning Department can assist and advise you on all of the above items.)
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