Registered neighborhoods consist of various types of volunteer-led neighborhood organizations that establish an ongoing partnership with the City, through a formal registration process, to address neighborhood quality of life concerns. By participating in the City’s Neighborhood Registration Program, these organizations are able to access additional City services for their neighborhoods. Registered neighborhood organizations represent the common interests of their neighbors. In so doing, they assume leadership responsibility for building relationships with and among their neighbors, the City and the Community to realize their quality of life goals. Registered neighborhoods provide the essential link between the City and neighborhoods throughout the community for promoting neighborhood wellness and providing responsive, neighborhood-based City services.
Please take the time to find out more about our registered neighborhood organizations by visiting their pages below:
Homeowner associations are formal legal entities created by a real estate developer to enforce the covenants, conditions and restrictions; collect dues; and manage the common amenities within the boundaries of the development. They typically operate as nonprofit corporations. To operate as a nonprofit corporation, homeowner associations must maintain an active registration with the Secretary of State. Membership in a homeowners association is mandatory for all property owners. A board of elected resident-homeowners provides leadership for these organizations. Participation in meetings and activities of the association is voluntary; however, decisions of the board and a majority of the members apply to all property owners and residents. There are currently 16 homeowner associations registered with the City.
A legal entity created typically by a real estate developer that maintains a body of water and the area surrounding it within the development. The association has the authority to enforce the covenants, conditions, restrictions and collect dues for maintaining the lake and the common area around it. Property owners around the lake are mandatory members of these organizations. Key issues for lakeowner associations include drainage, mosquito control, fish and plant maintenance, pond ecology, and basic aquatic vegetation management. A board of elected resident-homeowners provides leadership for these organizations. There are currently three lakeowner associations registered with the City.
A neighborhood association is a group of neighborhood residents who work together to improve and maintain the quality of life in its neighborhood. Membership in these groups is voluntary. The association may include homeowners, renters, apartment residents, business owners, schools, churches and other community based organizations. Boundaries can range from a couple of blocks to as large as an entire subdivision. At a minimum, leadership consists of a primary and secondary leader. Some neighborhood associations have organized boards with a system of bylaws to lead them. The concerns of these groups are typically broader than community safety, differentiating them from Neighborhood Watch groups. There are currently 16 neighborhood associations registered with the City.
Neighborhood Watch is the foundation of crime prevention programs nationwide. It revolves around the active citizen cooperation with law enforcement to prevent and eliminate crime within a neighborhood. Neighborhood Watch groups are essential to Police-neighborhood partnerships for addressing crime in the city of Champaign. Some Neighborhood Watch groups also work with the City’s Neighborhood Services Department to address other neighborhood concerns beyond crime. The leadership of these groups typically consists of a captain and co-captain. Group boundaries must include a minimum of 10 homes. At least 50% of the households within the Group’s boundaries must be active participants. The groups have to conduct at least two (2) meetings annually. Meetings must include staff from the Police Department and/or Neighborhood Services. There are currently 28 Neighborhood Watch groups registered with the City.
A non-residential association is an organization or group of community stakeholders that have an interest in working with the City to advocate for a neighborhood. In rare instances, some associations may have an interest in advocating for multiple neighborhoods. Non-residential associations may have a minimal or no physical stake in the neighborhoods for which they are advocating. They can consist of a group of businesses, interagency collaborations and partnerships with nonprofit and faith organizations. There are currently two nonresidential associations registered with the City.
Interested in organizing a registered neighborhood?
We can help! Please contact the Neighborhood Services Department-Neighborhood Coordination Division at (217) 403-7070; visit the City of Champaign website; or complete and submit: