What is the<br />Village Council Concept?<br />
Joining together to create a neighborhood coalitionwith a strong, united voice for San Tan Valley residents<br />
San Tan Valley Neighborhood Coalition<br />The San Tan Valley Neighborhood Coalition (STVNC) is an alliance of community g...
    What are the objectives?<br /><ul><li>Represent and advocate shared community values and standards
Inform residents in a timely manner of important issues
Collect and report factual data about neighborhood interests
Communicate commonly held positions to government agencies
Facilitate citizen involvement</li></li></ul><li>What do we care about?<br /><ul><li>Quality of Life
Economic development
Foreclosures and vacant properties
Roads and Highways
Parks and Recreation
Fire and Safety
Health and Well Being
Water conservation
Recycling and waste management</li></li></ul><li>Does it work?<br />Yes, in Verde Valley, AZ<br />Yes, in San Diego, CA<br...
Verde Valley, AZ<br />12 communities (most unincorporated)<br /><ul><li> individually organized by community
 began 2005
 completed Verde Valley Regional Land Use Plan (2006)</li></ul>General Advisory on quality of life topics and intercommuni...
San Diego,  CA<br />Pilot Village Programs<br /><ul><li> implements City of Villages Strategy (from General Plan)
 5 demonstration projects initially selected – began 2002
 now moved into implementation and building phases</li></ul>General Advisory on mutual concerns among neighborhoods includ...
Surprise, AZ<br />9 Villages<br /><ul><li> organized one at a time –  began 2009
 to date, two Villages have completed plans
 outlying Villages include members from </li></ul>          adjacent, unincorporated communities<br />General Advisory on ...
Bellingham, WA<br />24Neighborhood Villages – began 2007<br /><ul><li> members recommended by neighborhood coalition are</...
Phoenix, Arizona<br />15 Neighborhood Villages <br />first nine villages organized at the same time<br />successfully oper...
Why should my neighborhood be represented?<br />
The Council’s Voice will enable residents to be heard on:<br /> . . . broad issues that affect everyone<br />growth and po...
cultural and recreational amenities</li></ul> . . . economic development<br /><ul><li>address project impacts on residenti...
local jobs and shopping opportunities
preserve community values</li></li></ul><li>What would be different? <br />
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  1. 1. What is the<br />Village Council Concept?<br />
  2. 2. Joining together to create a neighborhood coalitionwith a strong, united voice for San Tan Valley residents<br />
  3. 3. San Tan Valley Neighborhood Coalition<br />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. <br />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. <br />
  4. 4. What are the objectives?<br /><ul><li>Represent and advocate shared community values and standards
  5. 5. Inform residents in a timely manner of important issues
  6. 6. Collect and report factual data about neighborhood interests
  7. 7. Communicate commonly held positions to government agencies
  8. 8. Facilitate citizen involvement</li></li></ul><li>What do we care about?<br /><ul><li>Quality of Life
  9. 9. Economic development
  10. 10. Foreclosures and vacant properties
  11. 11. Roads and Highways
  12. 12. Parks and Recreation
  13. 13. Fire and Safety
  14. 14. Health and Well Being
  15. 15. Water conservation
  16. 16. Recycling and waste management</li></li></ul><li>Does it work?<br />Yes, in Verde Valley, AZ<br />Yes, in San Diego, CA<br />Yes, in Surprise, AZ<br />Yes, in Bellingham, WA<br />Yes, in Phoenix, AZ<br />
  17. 17. Verde Valley, AZ<br />12 communities (most unincorporated)<br /><ul><li> individually organized by community
  18. 18. began 2005
  19. 19. completed Verde Valley Regional Land Use Plan (2006)</li></ul>General Advisory on quality of life topics and intercommunity cooperation <br />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."<br />Meetings when needed, based on issues, concerns or opportunities as they arise <br />
  20. 20. San Diego, CA<br />Pilot Village Programs<br /><ul><li> implements City of Villages Strategy (from General Plan)
  21. 21. 5 demonstration projects initially selected – began 2002
  22. 22. now moved into implementation and building phases</li></ul>General Advisory on mutual concerns among neighborhoods including transit and trail connectivity, infrastructure, as well as redevelopment efforts <br />“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.<br />Meetings held as necessary <br />
  23. 23. Surprise, AZ<br />9 Villages<br /><ul><li> organized one at a time – began 2009
  24. 24. to date, two Villages have completed plans
  25. 25. outlying Villages include members from </li></ul> adjacent, unincorporated communities<br />General Advisory on planning, growth, economic development, infrastructure <br />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).<br />Informal monthly meetings<br />
  26. 26. Bellingham, WA<br />24Neighborhood Villages – began 2007<br /><ul><li> members recommended by neighborhood coalition are</li></ul> appointed to serve on Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory<br /> Commission<br /><ul><li> most Neighborhood Plans completed by City staff with</li></ul> citizen input <br />General Advisory on neighborhood issues as well as recommendations for Mayor and Planning Commission consideration on proposed changes to comprehensive and neighborhood plans. <br />Tim Stewart, Planning and Community Development Director, press release: <br />“Since 2007, the Columbia, Cornwall Park and Lettered Streets Neighborhoods have <br />been very successful at working together <br />to develop a shared vision for their neighborhoods through their outreach <br />and planning efforts.”<br />Formal Monthly Meetings<br />
  27. 27. Phoenix, Arizona<br />15 Neighborhood Villages <br />first nine villages organized at the same time<br />successfully operating for three decades<br />all have completed plans<br />Case-by-Case Advisory on planning and zoning matters <br />Regular meetings every 2-4 weeks; transmit formal recommendations to P&Z and Council<br />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.”<br />
  28. 28. Why should my neighborhood be represented?<br />
  29. 29. The Council’s Voice will enable residents to be heard on:<br /> . . . broad issues that affect everyone<br />growth and population density<br />Traffic<br />area zoning changes<br /> . . . community-wide public investments<br /><ul><li>road improvements, drainage, public safety
  30. 30. cultural and recreational amenities</li></ul> . . . economic development<br /><ul><li>address project impacts on residential areas
  31. 31. local jobs and shopping opportunities
  32. 32. preserve community values</li></li></ul><li>What would be different? <br />
  33. 33. Current Voices<br />Pinal County Board of Supervisors<br />Developers<br />Lobbyists<br />Special <br />Interests<br />Friends of the<br />Board<br />One Citizen<br />
  34. 34. New Voices from the Neighborhood<br />Pinal County Board of Supervisors<br />Developers<br />Lobbyists<br />Special <br />Interests<br />Friends of the<br />Board<br />San Tan Valley Village Council<br />A Neighborhood Coalition<br />Village 1<br />Village 3<br />Village 2<br />Over 81,000 Citizens<br />
  35. 35. How would the neighborhood coalition be structured? <br />
  36. 36. San Tan Valley Village CouncilBoard - 5 to 7 membersOne Representative from each Village<br />Village 4<br />3 to 7 members<br />Village 3<br />3 to 7 members<br />Village 5<br />3 to 7 members<br />Village 2<br />3 to 7 members<br />Village 1<br />3 to 7 members<br />San Tan Valley Neighborhoods<br />
  37. 37. How will it all work? <br />
  38. 38. Voices from the Neighborhood<br />PINAL COUNTY<br />Idea presented to County after approved by Village Council<br />Village Representatives deliver ideas to their Villages and request feedback<br />Council Research Sub-Committee <br />Village Council<br />Added research, If necessary<br />Village Rep submits idea to Council<br />Other Villages<br />Village Research Sub-Committee<br />Village 1 Committee<br />Committee formed, if necessary<br />Initially introduced to Village<br />IDEA<br />(i.e., need for a <br />community dog park)<br />
  39. 39. Which neighborhoods would form a Village Council? <br />
  40. 40.
  41. 41. What are the benefits of a coalition?<br />Creates a clearinghouse for everyone’s opinions<br />Issues are publicized and openly discussed<br />Recommended solutions are tested and tailored to fit neighborhood values of the greater community<br />Provides advance notice of threats or opportunities<br />The pros and cons of issues are evaluated according to merit and factual data<br />Workable solutions are developed for community based support<br />Recognized entity empowered to partner with County government to achieve objectives<br />
  42. 42. Together, we will be theVoice of the Villages<br />Shared Priorities – Articulate the concerns that are most important to the majority of residents<br />Proposals with Broad Support and Appeal – not just a single person or HOA position<br />A Unity of Interest – supporting or opposing major projects affecting the area<br />
  43. 43. Where do we start?<br />The Village Council Handbook<br />
  44. 44. SAN TAN VALLEY VILLAGE <br />COUNCIL COMMITTEES<br />
  45. 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!<br />
  46. 46. LOGO COMMITTEE:Responsible for creating a custom logo for San Tan Valley Villages Neighborhood Coalition.Creative persons wanted!<br />
  47. 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! <br />
  48. 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!<br />
  49. 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.<br />
  50. 50. New Voices from the Neighborhood<br />Pinal County Board of Supervisors<br />Developers<br />Lobbyists<br />Special <br />Interests<br />Friends of the<br />Board<br />San Tan Valley Village Council<br />A Neighborhood Coalition<br />Village 1<br />Village 3<br />Village 2<br />Over 81,000 Citizens<br />

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