January 25, 2005
Chandler is launching an annual event to reach out to homeowner association representatives and members in an effort to identify and address neighborhood issues.
"It kind of originated from the council retreat in September," said Brian Bosshardt, assistant to the Chandler mayor and City Council. "We decided to hold a congress of neighborhoods to invite in our neighborhood homeowners associations and determine what partnerships we can create with them as a city."
The inaugural Congress of Neighborhoods is scheduled for this Saturday at the San Marcos Resort and is free.
Bosshardt said participants will be broken into small groups throughout the day to discuss neighborhood issues and ideas for programs to address those issues. He said maintaining the quality of life in neighborhoods is a priority for the council, and homeowners associations benefit the city by helping enforce city codes and keeping the quality of life high.
"We want to get a dialogue going," Bosshardt said. "The city obviously benefits from the HOAs, so we want to ensure their success over time. I think this is also an opportunity for the various HOAs to talk to each other."
Neighborhoods without homeowners associations are also welcome to attend the event, Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn said.
"We are always trying to reach out to those neighborhoods that don’t have HOAs," he said. "We have had lots of success going out to older neighborhoods. We want to keep selling that message that we want that to occur."
The overall purpose of the congress, he said, is to reach out to all neighborhoods and address their needs and concerns. "This is the starting point of where we say how can we help you as a city?"
Chandler Congress of Neighborhoods
When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: San Marcos Resort, One S. San Marcos Place
Information: (480) 782-2200