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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do people find out whether their area has a neighborhood association?
  2. Will the county help produce fliers and/or newsletters?
  3. How can I be informed of other neighborhood association activities and community events?
  4. Will the county get speakers for my association?
  5. Can the county help findia place for our association to meet?
  6. Does the county provide maps of all neighborhood associations and their boundaries?
  7. Will the county provide signs for our association?
  8. What if the boundaries of my neighborhood association overlap the boundaries of another?
  9. What is the difference between a neighborhood association and a homeowner's association?
  10. Does the county inform us of new developments in our area?
  11. What is the advantage of registering my neighborhood group with the county?

1. How do people find out whether their area has a neighborhood association?

Call us at (360) 397-6012 ext. 2. We can locate your address on our neighborhood map and give you the name, contact person and phone number of the association nearest you. If there isn't an active association near you, we can help you organize one.

2. Will the county help produce fliers and/or newsletters?

Yes. We will copy your newsletters and fliers free of charge on white paper. To complete your copy job, we require a minimum one-week turn-around time. We also require the following disclaimer on each item:

"Neighborhood associations are volunteer groups and not agents of Clark County government. Newsletter information and views are solely those of the neighborhood association and not of Clark County government. Clark County Public Information and Outreach Office supports these volunteers by printing and distributing their newsletters." Please contact us at (360) 397-6012 ext. 2 for additional newsletter instructions .

3. How can I be informed of other neighborhood association activities and community events?

Our Weekly Update page includes information from a variety of sources. Examples are: Planning Division applications and approvals, Planning Commission and Board of County Councilors agendas, news releases, neighborhood highlights from our office, fliers from other county agencies, meeting notices and updated county phone extensions.

4. Will the county help get speakers for my association?

Yes. Some county officials and employees can meet with your group to discuss a variety of programs. For examples: representatives of the Sheriff's Office can discuss Neighborhood Watch programs, crime prevention and home safety; or a representative of the Planning Division can discuss zoning, the land-use plan or planning processes. We will try to accommodate your group's specific needs and interests.

5. Can the county help find a place for our association to meet?

Generally, the association leadership finds a meeting place. We recommend an easily accessible place in the neighborhood, such as a school, church, legion hall or fire station.

6. Does the county provide maps of all neighborhood associations and their boundaries?

Yes. We will provide a list of all neighborhood associations and their boundaries. The maps are available at GIS Office in the county's Public Service Center, second floor, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.

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7. Will the county provide signs for our association?

Yes, the county will fabricate and install four (4) signs at your boundaries free of charge.

8. What if the boundaries of my neighborhood association overlap the boundaries of another?

We discourage overlap because it causes confusion. We encourage communication between associations to come up with mutually agreeable boundaries.

9. What is the difference between a neighborhood association and a homeowners association?

A neighborhood association can be formed by residents within defined boundaries. It can include both homeowners and renters, but is not a requirement of living within a certain development. Participation is voluntary. A neighborhood association is not regulatory and does not charge fees for membership or voting privileges.

A homeowners association is set up by the developer to provide maintenance of common grounds, amenities and, sometimes, a storm water/drainage facility. Being a member of the association is not optional for homeowners. When people buy a home in a homeowners association, they understand they are subject to association fees, codes, covenants and restrictions.

10. Does the county inform us of new developments in our area?

Yes. When requests for comments, State Environmental Impact Statements (SEPAs) and hearing notices about a proposed development are mailed, copies are sent to the closest neighborhood group. This gives members the opportunity to participate in the approval process for new developments. Weekly development project reports and pre-application conference agendas are posted at www.clark.wa.gov/neighborhoods/weeklyupdate.html.

11. What is the advantage to being a part of the county's neighborhood outreach program?

The county can help a neighborhood association in a number of ways. We are an information resource. By visiting the weekly update page at http://www.clark.wa.gov/neighborhoods/weeklyupdate.html, you will have access to a wide range of information. We will add your recorded boundaries to the neighborhood map, which will generate mailings from the Planning Division regarding new developments in your area. We also can assist by making copies of your neighborhood newsletters and meeting notices, providing and installing neighborhood signs at your boundaries, providing three annual mailings to your association and lining up speakers for your meetings.

For more information, please contact the Public Information and Outreach Office at (360) 397-6012 ext. 2 or neighbor@clark.wa.gov.

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Neighborhood Outreach Program Coordinator: Holly Gaya
Street Address: 1300 Franklin Street, 6th Floor, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
Main phone: (360) 397-6012 ext. 2 | FAX: (360) 397-6015
E-mail: Holly.Gaya@clark.wa.gov
Responsible Elected Official: Board of County Councilors

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