Neighborhood Enhancement Program

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Residents and staff chat on a Neighborhood Walk in 2018.

The Neighborhood Enhancement Program empowers residents to propose and select modest, city-funded capital projects to enhance their neighborhoods. The program rotates through the city's 16 NEP neighborhood areas over the course of seven years, serving two areas each year. The $5 million program allocation is distributed among each of the neighborhood areas, according to the number of households in each area.

Lake Hills selected projects to be announced in late November

Lake Hills residents, watch for the Lake Hills NEP Project Announcement Newsletter to arrive in your mailboxes before Thanksgiving. The projects that you and your neighbors voted in during September and October will be outlined, along with the assigned project managers for each project. Thanks to those who participated in the voting. Please continue to share your thoughts on the process by returning the NEP postage-paid evaluation form that will be included in the Announcement Newsletter.

Downtown/BelRed projects chosen 

Thank you to Downtown/BelRed residents for your participation in the Neighborhood Enhancement Program.

Two new capital improvement projects will be funded from the $491,000 Downtown BelRed allotted budget, thanks to the 523 ballots that were returned:

  • NE 8th Street Pedestrian Enhancements Over Interstate 405
  • Downtown Park Southeast Corner Stairs

NEP coming to Crossroads and Wilburton in 2020

January 2020 will be the kick off month for the Crossroads NEP, with April bringing the program to Wilburton.

Please check the Crossroads and Wilburton Neighborhood Area pages for specific information about those areas' meeting information.


The Sequence

When NEP comes to your neighborhood area, it follows a sequence that includes the following steps.

  1. Solicitation: Residents submit project ideas (mail, website or kick-off meeting).
  2. Scoping: Staff review project ideas using screening criteria and generate ballot projects.
  3. Preview: Residents review ballot projects at public open house.
  4. Voting: Households in the neighborhood area receive ballots in the mail to vote for three projects of their choice.
  5. Implementation: The city implements projects that receive the most votes within five years.
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