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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Third Ward Neighborhood Association requested that the City update the 2001 neighborhood plan in September 2017. A plan update steering committee was formed to work with staff so 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 coffee chats were held at a local café within the neighborhood. Several meetings were held with the association over the summer of 2019, before the Third Ward Neighborhood Association Steering Committee approved the plan on August 14th.
Public hearings were held at the City's Plan Commission meeting on September 16th at 7 p.m. and at the City Council's meeting on the 23rd at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 203 S. Farwell St. The City Council approved the plan on September 24th. The plan can be viewed immediately below.
Plan Update Steering Committee Minutes
For questions about the plan update, please contact Associate Planner, Ned Noel at 715-839-8488.