Building a Stronger Lancaster, Block by Block

Strong Neighborhoods

“I did not feel empowered by the city until ‘Love Your Block’ and the block party. And now I feel empowered to seek changes that I’ve always looked forward to, which is building strong community and strong neighborhoods.”
Valerie Bradley
City Resident

Strong Neighborhoods

Lancaster’s diverse and vibrant neighborhoods are welcoming places that foster connections among our residents. Residents are actively engaged in the day-to-day life of their neighborhoods to create and sustain strong community.

Strategic Goals – Strong Neighborhoods

Last Revised January 22, 2019

Begin to develop a comprehensive plan that brings community stakeholders together to strengthen their neighborhoods.

Success Indicators

  • Four new neighborhood groups are formed with volunteers organized and actively working to achieve neighborhood goals.
  • Three resident-driven neighborhood plans are in place to support coordinated improvement efforts.
  • A comprehensive City-wide planning process is underway to guide future decision-making.

Strengthen our neighborhoods by proactively coordinating and engaging all departments to implement neighborhood plans and solve problems.

Success Indicators

  • The Neighborhood Working Group addresses problems proactively, ensuring that high priority resident cases are closed within 5 business days.
  • The Neighborhood Working Group actively addresses properties with a repeat failed inspections and/or public safety response calls over a six month period and develops plans to reduce problem property issues by 30%.
  • Thirty-five percent increase in the number of housing units that are designated as Lead Safe.

Identify and cultivate community leaders who will partner with the city to strengthen their neighborhoods.

Success Indicators

  • Sixty individuals representing neighborhoods in every City quadrant successfully complete the Neighborhood Leader’s Academy.
  • Twelve Block Captains are identified and recruited.
  • Four neighborhood improvement grants are awarded to support implementation of resident driven priorities.
  • At least 20 residents who have not previously served on a City board, commission, or authority are appointed.

Increase the active participation of residents, business, and other neighborhood stakeholders to elevate the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

Success Indicators

  • Adopt-a-block participation increases by 10% citywide.
  • Participation in Neighborhood Week activities increases by 10% each year.
  • Public Art Community Engagement Events are held in each City quadrant.

Increase community outreach efforts to maintain and improve public trust and safety between the community and Lancaster City Bureaus of Police and Fire.

Success Indicators

  • Community response team is in place to respond to critical issues in support of police and community.
  • Number of youths participating in PAL increases 10% annually.
  • At least 2 police cadets are recruited annually.
  • When testing is offered, at least 10 City residents apply and test to become a firefighter or police officer.

Use metrics to guide decisions and direct resources.

Success Indicators

  • Key data used to allocate resources is accessible on the City’s website.
  • Ten social media posts each month generate a 10% increase in the number of hits/likes.
  • Surveys are used to solicit input and evaluate performance

Community Feedback

This strategic plan can’t work without input from people like you. You know your neighborhood, your street, and your needs better than anyone. We value your input as we work together to build a stronger Lancaster, block by block.