Funding for Neighborhood Conservation projects comes from voter-approved General Obligation Bond Referenda. Since 1996, the County has spent $62.7 million on Neighborhood Conservation projects to beautify and strengthen our neighborhoods. The program has provided funding to assist every participating neighborhood with such improvements as street, gutter and sidewalk repairs, beautification projects and better street lighting.
The funding process is outlined in the Neighborhood Conservation Program Guidebook. Generally, for projects to be eligible for funding:
- Community members must first develop a Neighborhood Conservation Plan, which identifies the improvements residents want most in their neighborhood. Neighborhood Conservation staff work with residents to identify priority improvement projects.
- There are two funding sessions each year. A neighborhood may submit one project to the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC) for approval for each funding round.
- The NCAC uses a points system to prepare a list of qualified projects to the County Board for funding consideration.
- After the County Board approves funding, neighborhood projects move into the active design phase.