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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do people find out whether there is a neighborhood association in their area?
  2. Will the county assist me in producing fliers and/or newsletters?
  3. How can I be informed of the activities of other neighborhood association activities and community events?
  4. Will the county assist me in securing speakers for my association?
  5. Can the county assist us in finding a place for our association to meet?
  6. Does the county provide maps of all the 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 there is a neighborhood association in their area?

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 your location, we will assist you in organizing your own neighborhood association.

2. Will the county assist me in producing 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 1-week turn-around time. We also reserve the right to add the following disclaimer to each item.

"Neighborhood association newsletters and other communications are copied free of charge by the Clark County Public Information and Outreach office. The information and views expressed are solely those of the neighborhood association and not of Clark County government." Please contact us for additional newsletter instructions at (360) 397-6012 ext. 2.

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

Our Weekly Update page includes information from a variety of sources. Some examples of the information included are: Planning Division applications and approvals, Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners' agendas, news releases, neighborhood highlights from our office, fliers from other county agencies, notices of meetings, updated county phone extensions, etc.

Neighborhood association leaders without Internet access will be mailed weekly information packets.

4. Will the county assist me in securing speakers for my association?

Yes. County officials and employees in various programs are available to meet with your group to discuss a variety of programs. Examples are: representatives from the Sheriff's Office to discuss Neighborhood Watch programs, crime prevention and home safety or a representative from the Planning Division to discuss zoning the land-use plan and planning processes. We will try to accommodate the specific needs and interests of your group.

5. Can the county assist us in finding a place for our association to meet?

In general, it is the responsibility of the association leadership to find a meeting place for the group. We recommend an easily accessible place within the neighborhood, such as schools, churches, legion halls and fire stations.

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

We will provide a list of all the neighborhood associations and their boundaries in our information packet, and include updates in our Friday mail-out. The maps are available at GIS/Assessors Office in the county's Public Service Center, floor 2, 1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver.

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7. Will the county provide signs for our association?

Yes, the county will fabricate and install 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 for the public inquiring about the association for their area. We encourage communication between associations to come up with mutually agreed upon boundaries.

9. What is the difference between a neighborhood association and a homeowner's association?

A neighborhood association can be formed at any time by the residents of a neighborhood not within the defined boundaries of a neighborhood association. It can include both homeowners and renters and 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 homeowner's association is set up by the developer to provide maintenance of common grounds, association amenities, and sometimes to maintain a storm water/drainage facility. Being a member of the association is not optional to the homeowners. It is understood when the home is purchased that there is a homeowner's association with associated 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 regarding a proposed development are mailed, copies are also sent to the closest neighborhood group. This gives you the opportunity to participate in the approval process for new developments.

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 adding your neighborhood to the mailing list, you will have access to a wide range of information each week. 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 can also assist you by making copies of your neighborhood newsletters, notices of meetings, providing neighborhood signs and installing them at your boundaries, providing three annual mailings to your association, and helping you obtain speakers for your meetings.

For more information, please contact the Public Information and Outreach Office, (360) 397-6012 ext. 2 or e-mail 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 Clark County Commissioners

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