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  • 1. What is the
    Village Council Concept?
  • 2. Joining together to create a neighborhood coalitionwith a strong, united voice for San Tan Valley residents
  • 3. San Tan Valley Neighborhood Coalition
    The San Tan Valley Neighborhood Coalition (STVNC) is an alliance of community groups, businesses and individuals that brings together San Tan Valley neighborhoods which share common interests.
    The STVNC is a division of, and sponsored by, the Pinal County Taxpayers’ Association (PCTA), a non-profit [501 (c) 4 ], non-partisan volunteer organization.
  • 4. What are the objectives?
    • Represent and advocate shared community values and standards
    • 5. Inform residents in a timely manner of important issues
    • 6. Collect and report factual data about neighborhood interests
    • 7. Communicate commonly held positions to government agencies
    • 8. Facilitate citizen involvement
  • What do we care about?
    • Quality of Life
    • 9. Economic development
    • 10. Foreclosures and vacant properties
    • 11. Roads and Highways
    • 12. Parks and Recreation
    • 13. Fire and Safety
    • 14. Health and Well Being
    • 15. Water conservation
    • 16. Recycling and waste management
  • Does it work?
    Yes, in Verde Valley, AZ
    Yes, in San Diego, CA
    Yes, in Surprise, AZ
    Yes, in Bellingham, WA
    Yes, in Phoenix, AZ
  • 17. Verde Valley, AZ
    12 communities (most unincorporated)
    • individually organized by community
    • 18. began 2005
    • 19. completed Verde Valley Regional Land Use Plan (2006)
    General Advisory on quality of life topics and intercommunity cooperation
    Judy Miller, resident of unincorporated Cornville, Arizona, was a key figure in forming what many believe to be a prime example of grassroots citizen coalition in the State of Arizona. She remarked that "The one big thing that our regional effort recognized was that unincorporated places should have a 'say' too."
    Meetings when needed, based on issues, concerns or opportunities as they arise
  • 20. San Diego, CA
    Pilot Village Programs
    • implements City of Villages Strategy (from General Plan)
    • 21. 5 demonstration projects initially selected – began 2002
    • 22. now moved into implementation and building phases
    General Advisory on mutual concerns among neighborhoods including transit and trail connectivity, infrastructure, as well as redevelopment efforts
    “Each project has a unique flair that will draw people to their community and inspire the building of other Villages throughout the city” predicted Planning Director Gail Goldberg.
    Meetings held as necessary
  • 23. Surprise, AZ
    9 Villages
    • organized one at a time – began 2009
    • 24. to date, two Villages have completed plans
    • 25. outlying Villages include members from
    adjacent, unincorporated communities
    General Advisory on planning, growth, economic development, infrastructure
    Vineetha Kartha, Planner, reported that three of the Village groups are moving forward in their Plans. Organization structure is informal, emphasizing outreach to each Village’s various stakeholders (e.g., mostly homeowners; businesses and residential; State Land/County/ adjacent communities).
    Informal monthly meetings
  • 26. Bellingham, WA
    24Neighborhood Villages – began 2007
    • members recommended by neighborhood coalition are
    appointed to serve on Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory
    • most Neighborhood Plans completed by City staff with
    citizen input
    General Advisory on neighborhood issues as well as recommendations for Mayor and Planning Commission consideration on proposed changes to comprehensive and neighborhood plans.
    Tim Stewart, Planning and Community Development Director, press release:
    “Since 2007, the Columbia, Cornwall Park and Lettered Streets Neighborhoods have
    been very successful at working together
    to develop a shared vision for their neighborhoods through their outreach
    and planning efforts.”
    Formal Monthly Meetings
  • 27. Phoenix, Arizona
    15 Neighborhood Villages
    first nine villages organized at the same time
    successfully operating for three decades
    all have completed plans
    Case-by-Case Advisory on planning and zoning matters
    Regular meetings every 2-4 weeks; transmit formal recommendations to P&Z and Council
    Sherman Bendalin, former City of Phoenix Planning Commission Member and activist in early Urban Village organization, remarked that “the Villages have represented special, localized character of City neighborhoods for more than thirty years and are still going strong.”
  • 28. Why should my neighborhood be represented?
  • 29. The Council’s Voice will enable residents to be heard on:
    . . . broad issues that affect everyone
    growth and population density
    area zoning changes
    . . . community-wide public investments
    • road improvements, drainage, public safety
    • 30. cultural and recreational amenities
    . . . economic development
    • address project impacts on residential areas
    • 31. local jobs and shopping opportunities
    • 32. preserve community values
  • What would be different?
  • 33. Current Voices
    Pinal County Board of Supervisors
    Friends of the
    One Citizen
  • 34. New Voices from the Neighborhood
    Pinal County Board of Supervisors
    Friends of the
    San Tan Valley Village Council
    A Neighborhood Coalition
    Village 1
    Village 3
    Village 2
    Over 81,000 Citizens
  • 35. How would the neighborhood coalition be structured?
  • 36. San Tan Valley Village CouncilBoard - 5 to 7 membersOne Representative from each Village
    Village 4
    3 to 7 members
    Village 3
    3 to 7 members
    Village 5
    3 to 7 members
    Village 2
    3 to 7 members
    Village 1
    3 to 7 members
    San Tan Valley Neighborhoods
  • 37. How will it all work?
  • 38. Voices from the Neighborhood
    Idea presented to County after approved by Village Council
    Village Representatives deliver ideas to their Villages and request feedback
    Council Research Sub-Committee
    Village Council
    Added research, If necessary
    Village Rep submits idea to Council
    Other Villages
    Village Research Sub-Committee
    Village 1 Committee
    Committee formed, if necessary
    Initially introduced to Village
    (i.e., need for a
    community dog park)
  • 39. Which neighborhoods would form a Village Council?
  • 40.
  • 41. What are the benefits of a coalition?
    Creates a clearinghouse for everyone’s opinions
    Issues are publicized and openly discussed
    Recommended solutions are tested and tailored to fit neighborhood values of the greater community
    Provides advance notice of threats or opportunities
    The pros and cons of issues are evaluated according to merit and factual data
    Workable solutions are developed for community based support
    Recognized entity empowered to partner with County government to achieve objectives
  • 42. Together, we will be theVoice of the Villages
    Shared Priorities – Articulate the concerns that are most important to the majority of residents
    Proposals with Broad Support and Appeal – not just a single person or HOA position
    A Unity of Interest – supporting or opposing major projects affecting the area
  • 43. Where do we start?
    The Village Council Handbook
  • 45. COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE:Responsible for establishing and implementing a communication system with Pinal County staff and elected officials. This Committee will ultimately be responsible for communicating the Village Council recommendations to the Pinal County Board of Supervisors and Pinal County staff. Strong communicators needed!
  • 46. LOGO COMMITTEE:Responsible for creating a custom logo for San Tan Valley Villages Neighborhood Coalition.Creative persons wanted!
  • 47. OUTREACH COMMITTEE: Responsible for getting information out to member HOA’s and other interested parties in each Village as well as providing notification of meetings, hearings and agenda items. For people who like to inform, be informed and email!
  • 48. PROFILE COMMITTEE:Responsible for creating a written description of individual Villages’ unique characteristics such as demographics, history, transportation, points of pride, etc. Sample provided, writers are wanted!
  • 49. RESEARCH COMMITTEE:Responsible for tracking Pinal County Planning & Zoning Commission and Board of Supervisors meeting agendas and determining whether or not action from the Village Council is needed. This Committee will also keep tabs on news that may affect any of the Villages.
  • 50. New Voices from the Neighborhood
    Pinal County Board of Supervisors
    Friends of the
    San Tan Valley Village Council
    A Neighborhood Coalition
    Village 1
    Village 3
    Village 2
    Over 81,000 Citizens