About Neighborhood Associations
Clark County Neighborhood Outreach Program
Clark County recognizes the value of neighborhood associations and working with residents to build community. Clark County has offered various services to neighborhoods since 1991, and established the Neighborhood Outreach Program in August 1996 to serve those living in unincorporated Clark County.
To receive services from the Neighborhood Outreach Program, associations must meet the following standards:
- Define, with assistance from the county, boundaries of the association.
- Adopt bylaws for the organization that meet administrative guidelines for the Neighborhood Outreach Program and keep one copy on file with the county.
- Maintain a current roster of board members and keep one copy on file with the county.
- Hold at least one meeting per year.
To look up your address and find out if your home is located within an active neighborhood association, go to www.clark.wa.gov/county-manager/neighborhood-association-directory
Home Owners Associations (HOAs) are different than Neighborhood Associations. If you have questions about your HOA, please contact your HOA board or management company. If you need copies of your CC&Rs, you can contact the Auditor's office or your local title company to obtain those records. CC&Rs are a civil legal document that is private and separate from county management and/or enforcement.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Marilee McCall, Clark County Neighborhood Program Coordinator
Benefits of forming an association
Neighbors nationwide have come together to shape the areas in which they live. By forming neighborhood associations, citizens work in partnership with their local governments to maintain or enhance the livability of their communities.
Neighborhood associations usually form when a single issue unites people in a geographic area. Concerns range from crime to traffic to development issues. From there, most groups evolve and focus on the long-range overall health of the neighborhood.
It is fun, easy and rewarding to participate in your local neighborhood association. Most groups advertise meeting times, dates and locations in the Neighbors section of The Columbian newspaper. Or, feel free to call your neighborhood association president and find out how you can get involved.
Volunteering to help can be as easy as delivering meeting notices and newsletters or helping to identify projects that can improve your community.
If you don't already have a neighborhood association in your area, you might want to form one. Talk with a few of your neighbors to see if they would like to help. Clark County's Neighborhood Relations Coordinator can guide you through the process.
Your neighborhood association will benefit in a number of ways by participating in the Clark County Neighborhood Outreach Program. They include:
Assistance with organizing* and building your neighborhood association, including labels and postage for three neighborhood association mailings per year, within your boundaries.
Online updates, including items such as:
- Meeting notifications of the Board of County Councilors, Planning Commission and any advisory board or commission whose decisions might affect the neighborhood.
- County activities, projects or news events.
- Special events throughout the county.
- Opportunities for involvement in county projects and processes.
Free printing* of your monthly neighborhood newsletter and meeting postcard/flyers.
Posting of neighborhood association identification signs.* Four neighborhood signs are made and installed around the association boundary.
A Clark County Sheriff's Office deputy* will be appointed as your neighborhood liaison. His or her mission is to provide assistance and answer questions. The deputy also can "keep an ear to the ground" regarding issues that might affect you or help coordinate partnership projects with your organization and the county.
Low-cost mediation services from Community Mediation Services. Trained members will help resolve neighborhood conflicts such as barking dogs, harassment, vandalism and noise complaints.
Guest speakers for your neighborhood association meetings.
Sheriff Auxiliary, Crime Watch, Church Watch and other programs offered by the Clark County Sheriff's Office.
* Services exclusive to county neighborhood associations.
Please note that Clark County neighborhood associations are not agents of Clark County government.
Home Owners Associations (HOA's)
Clark County supports active neighborhood associations registered with the county within the guidelines listed above. Neighborhood associations are formed by residents within defined boundaries. They can include both homeowners and renters, but participation is voluntary. A neighborhood association is not regulatory and does not charge fees for membership or voting privileges.
Home Owners Associations (HOAs) are different and separate from Neighborhood Associations.
HOAs are set up by the developer of a subdivision to provide maintenance of common grounds, amenities and, sometimes, a storm water/drainage facility. When people buy a home within a HOA, they understand they are subject to association fees and codes, covenants and restrictions (also referred to as CC&Rs) and membership is not optional. The CC&R document is a civil contract that is attached to the deed of trust of the property. CC&R dues, maintenance and enforcement are all matters that should be handled by the HOA board or their property management company. If issues are in dispute, residents should contact a mediator or land use attorney. If you need a copy of your CC&Rs , contact your HOA, the County Auditor records, or a local title company.