How Do I?
Neighborhood associations are typically formed for the benefit of the residents; to help them know one another better, to establish positive relationships, increase communication and work on issues of concern together.
One of the most important reasons that neighborhoods become registered is that it affords them legal standing in certain procedures. In 1997, the Arizona Legislature passed legislation that gives neighborhoods new rights in certain criminal cases. The Neighborhood Protection Act (NPA) allows cities to register neighborhoods interested in victims' rights notification. Once registered, a neighborhood is entitled to know about certain parts of the legal proceedings in specific kinds of cases. Registered neighborhoods have the right to:
The types of cases that registered neighborhoods are contacted about are enticement of persons for purposes of prostitution, receiving the earnings of a prostitute, keeping or residing in a house of prostitution, pandering, possession, use, or sale of marijuana, dangerous drugs, or narcotics, use of building for sale or manufacture of dangerous or narcotic drugs, conducting a chop shop and graffiti.
In the City of Tucson, registered neighborhoods also get notification of pending issues such as liquor license applications in their area and are informed of planning, transportation or other municipal issues that may affect them.
On the positive side, registered neighborhoods receive assistance with mailings to their association, meeting space and clean-ups. (Click here for Assistance to Neighborhood Associations on the HCDD Home Page.)