Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP)
ACTION PLANS AND PLAN REVIEWS BY NEIGHBORHOOD
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THE NRP CONCEPT AND HISTORY
The Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) makes the city's residential areas better places to live, work, learn and play. NRP is an investment program based on the belief that the empowerment of residents and the mobilization of untapped resources, energy and creativity can make our collective desire for a better future a reality.
In 1987, with signs of neighborhood decline in Minneapolis becoming increasingly apparent, the Mayor and City Council created a Task Force that reported in May 1988 that physical revitalization of Minneapolis neighborhoods was badly needed and would cost over $3 billion. The Task Force urged the City to initiate a citywide planning effort with guidance from neighborhood residents.
In May 1989 an Implementation Committee proposed a revitalization program that would "protect" fundamentally sound neighborhoods, "revitalize" those showing signs of decline and "redirect" those with extensive problems. Later that year, a Technical Advisory Committee of key local government staff endorsed a process that encouraged the jurisdictions serving Minneapolis to work together to use existing resources to support addressing neighborhood priorities.
Neighborhood based priority setting, planning, and implementation are NRP's core. Residents and other neighborhood stakeholders create Neighborhood Action Plans (NAPs) that describe the neighborhood they want in the future and the goals, objectives and specific strategies that will help accomplish their vision. NRP completes the empowerment process by providing funding to each neighborhood to help implement their approved NAP.
Neighborhoods implement their NRP plans by working with City, County, Parks, and School staff, and to use these experts' knowledge and resources to help improve their neighborhood. Developing new partnerships and renewing old ones helps produce creative solutions. The partnerships created are as varied as the people and interests involved in neighborhoods.
All 84 Minneapolis neighborhoods have been involved in NRP. Thousands of Minneapolis residents have used the NRP planning process to identify and help meet their neighborhood's housing, safety, economic development, recreation, health, social service, environment and transportation needs.
They build a foundation for their future by organizing residents, gathering information, prioritizing needs, brainstorming solutions and implementing the NAP they develop. From increasing the amount of affordable housing to improving the environment, building community centers to creating new jobs and providing services to seniors, Minneapolis residents are the creators and catalysts of change - change aimed at reestablishing a sense of common purpose in their community.
Residents have used a six-step process to help define what they want for their neighborhood, prepare their Neighborhood Action Plan and begin successful implementation.
- Develop a Participation Agreement.
The neighborhood organization prepares a Participation Agreement that spells out how they will:
- select a neighborhood NRP steering committee to coordinate the plan development process,
- get a broad cross section of people and interests involved,
- gather background information for the planning effort,
- define neighborhood issues and opportunities, and
- structure meetings and events to develop their plan.
- Build a diverse citizen participation effort and gather and analyze information.
Issues, needs and opportunities are identified through outreach to individuals and neighborhood groups. Outreach activities include meetings, surveys, events, focus groups and other efforts managed by the neighborhood's NRP steering committee.
- Draft a plan.
Using information gathered through its outreach efforts, the neighborhood NRP steering committee identifies the top issues, needs and opportunities. A draft plan with a vision statement, broad goals and clearly defined objectives is prepared. Assistance from government staff, nonprofit organizations and the private sector helps the steering committee draft the strategies (including time lines, costs and responsibilities) required for successful plan implementation.
- Review and approve the plan at the neighborhood level.
The NRP steering committee presents the draft plan to neighborhood residents and other stakeholders for their review, comment and approval. Neighborhood approval is the final step in the drafting of the NAP.
- Submit the plan to the government jurisdictions for review, approval and funding.
The plan goes to the NCR staff and Policy Board and the four participating jurisdictions for review and comment. This review confirms which organizations will be involved in implementation and manage the needed performance contracts. Revisions, if any appear to be warranted, are suggested to the neighborhood. The neighborhood provides a final plan for presentation to the Policy Board for approval. The Policy Board and the Minneapolis City Council approve the NAP and the Council appropriates the allocation previously set aside by the Policy Board for the neighborhood and implementation of its approved NAP.
- Implement the plan.
The neighborhood organization staff and resident volunteers help carry out, monitor and revise the plan as it is implemented. Implementation occurs by working with government staff, nonprofit organizations and the private sector.
1991 - 2011
By the end of 2011, NRP had committed $290 million to improving neighborhoods and implementing Neighborhood Action Plans. Under the statute committing resources to NRP, the State of Minnesota required that 52.5% of all invested revenues be used for housing and housing related programs, projects, services and activities.
During its first 20 years, NRP and the neighborhoods:
- Invested more than $158 million in improving existing and developing new housing
- Invested more than $10 million in improvements to seven major commercial corridors
- Invested more than $20 million in improving parks, more than $6 million in improving schools and nearly $1 million in improving libraries
- Approved 597 public safety strategies that allocated more than $10 million to increased police services and innovative public safety strategies that ranged from bike and beat patrols to neighborhood organized walking groups
- Provided more than $1.5 million to support alternative transportation approaches and improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists and mass transit
- Planted thousands of trees, shrubs and plants to improve the urban environment and increase green space
- Conducted projects to stabilize lake shores and helped finance improved pedestrian and bicycle paths in parks
- Promoted art in public places throughout the city
- Conducted neighborhood cleanups
- Planted and maintained community gardens
- Promoted energy conservation and recycling
- Helped improve water quality in Minneapolis lakes and streams
- Built playgrounds, tot lots and trails
- Funded programs for youth, seniors, and new Americans
- Funded community health clinics, immunizations, disease screenings and parenting classes
- Financed building improvements for small businesses
- Conducted thousands of community gatherings and events
The City of Minneapolis invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event within our city. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or should you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting 612-673-3737.
Last updated Jan. 23, 2014