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Neighborhoods are the basic building blocks of the community, and their health and vitality are essential to the future of Eau Claire. Citizens organize neighborhood associations in order to address problems in their area and to look for ways to improve their neighborhood. What may seem impossible for one person alone to achieve, becomes much easier to accomplish when citizens and their neighbors band together with common goals.

A neighborhood association is a voluntary organization of residents and other stakeholders who work together to improve and maintain the quality of life in their neighborhood. In the late 1970's residents in five of Eau Claire's older neighborhoods organized the following associations:
  • Historic Randall Park
  • Mt. Washington
  • North River Fronts
  • North Side Hill
  • Third Ward
All of these associations, with the exception of Mt. Washington, were still active twenty years later.
In 1996 Eau Claire began experiencing a steady increase in the number of neighborhood associations. Residents on Runway Avenue formed an association in 1996. East Hill residents organized in 1997, followed by residents in the East Hamilton area in 1998. In 1999 residents in the Mt. Washington neighborhood re-established their association. Buffington area residents organized an association in early 2000. Most recently, Putnam Heights organized in 2015.

The City's Planning Division provides staff to work with neighborhood areas to help organize new associations and to assist existing associations with ongoing projects and activities. Individual neighborhood plans are adopted as elements of the City's Comprehensive Plan.  Plans can be found by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page. To find out whether you are currently residing in an organized neighborhood area or to learn more about how to organize an association for your neighborhood, refer to the links below, or contact Senior Planner Pat Ivory, AICP at 715-839-4914, e-mail pat.ivory@eauclairewi.gov

Third Ward Neighborhood Plan Update

The Third Ward Neighborhood Association requested that the City update the 2001 neighborhood plan. In September 2017 the official process began.  A plan update steering committee was formed to work with staff so neighborhood interests were represented and to help develop the plan. See committee meeting minutes below for background. A neighborhood survey was also conducted to gather resident opinions and several coffee chats were held at a local café within the neighborhood.

The draft plan was completed on March 8th, 2019.  After allowing sufficient time for public review, it is anticipated the Third Ward Neighborhood Association will take comments at their July 10th meeting and vote on the plan at their August 14th meeting. Public hearings will be set up at the Plan Commission and City Council thereafter. Final approvals will likely occur in September.

Draft TWN Plan

Committee Minutes

Meeting #1 (Kickoff), Meeting #2 (Issues), Meeting #3 (UWEC Issues), Meeting #4 (Survey & Strategies), Meeting #5 (Draft Review)

For questions about the plan update, please contact Associate Planner, Ned Noel at 715-839-8488.