CAD - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the features of the CAD?

The directory is fully available online. The directory has a search function to help citizens find information about community and neighborhood-based business associations. It also has numerous sort functions to help people find and export lists of groups by name, address, cross street, and type of organization—e.g., community association, Planning District, City Council or Police District.

Which organizations are eligible to register in the CAD?

  • Community Organization
  • Community Development Corporation (CDC)
  • Neighborhood Business Association
  • Other Community Organizations

How are the eligible organizations defined?

Community Organization

A community or neighborhood organization is a group, which is frequently comprised of volunteers, of individual residents, owners of real property, business owners and other interested stakeholders within a certain prescribed area of the city, and/or a coalition of such groups (an "Umbrella" Group), that work together to improve and enhance the neighborhood.

Community Development Corporation (CDC)

A community development corporation (CDC) is a not-for-profit organization incorporated to provide programs, offer services, and engage in other activities that promote and support community development. While they are most commonly involved in developing affordable housing, they are often involved in a range of initiatives critical to community health such as economic development, sanitation, streetscaping, and neighborhood planning projects, and oftentimes provide education and social services to neighborhood residents.

Business Association

Business associations are neighborhood-based membership organizations engaged in promoting the business interests of their members, which usually includes an interest in improving the neighborhoods in which they are located.

Are there different categories of registration?

There is one category of registration.  An organization may choose to provide additional, optional information about its structure and operations.

How will the information be updated?

At any time, a representative of the organization can update the information.  Once done, the request will be forwarded to the Department of Planning representative, who will inform the community planner of the requested update. The information can also be updated by the appropriate City Council office staff or the Mayor's Office.

Is there an annual renewal required?

Yes. An automatic e-mail notice will be sent to the current contact, community planner, City Council Office, and Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods notifying all parties that an election is scheduled in the coming month, including a reminder to update the contact information. An automatic e-mail will also be sent to the primary contact and those listed above with the new information once the update has been done. If the update in not made in the month of the election, a reminder e-mail will be sent. If the update is not received within 30 days, the organization will be notified by e-mail that it will be put into an inactive status until the update has been done.

How can the information be sorted? Can it be exported?

You can sort and export by type of organization and also by the following geographic areas:

District: Police, Legislative, Planning, or City Council