Neighborhood Planning Councils
Any person who lives or owns property in an NPC area may attend meetings, which are open to the public. Each group generally meets monthly but, by charter, meets at least six times per calendar year. Members are appointed by the City Commission, on the recommendation of the NPC chairperson.
Each group's roles and responsibilities include:
- Generating comments and/or recommendations to help the City Commission better understand issues impacting neighborhoods.
- Providing informal input and feedback to attending commissioners and/or city staff on citywide initiatives (street improvements, city service improvements, communications and more).
- Sharing city proposals with potential neighborhood impacts with NPC members and participating residents.
- Generating strategies for neighborhood improvements.
Along with attendance, factual guidance and addressing of issues, city staff also provide administrative support, including mailing of meeting agendas, generating Beautiful Battle Creek awards and overseeing compliance with the NPC charter, open meetings act and bylaws.
Click here for the most recent version of the NPC leadership list and meeting information.
NPCs (Neighborhood Planning Councils)
See below each Neighborhood Planning Councils "Resource Guide Book" which contain all information pertaining to each council. (Note: Resource Guide Books are updated annually.) Select to find each NPC's current by-laws, membership list, a boundary map, etc.
Neighborhood Planning Council Resource Guide Books:
- NPC #11 Minges Brook/Riverside Resource Guide Book
Select below to view the individual chapters from the table of contents of the Resource Guide Book:
Section 1 - Membership List
Section 2 - Bylaws
Section 3 - NPC Maps
Section 4 - Beautiful Battle Creek Award (See information at bottom of this page.)
Section 5 - NPC History
Section 6 - City Commissioners with Ward Map
Section 7 - Staff Contacts
City Organizational Chart
City Management Staff Directory
Section 8 - Boards & Commissions
Board and Commission Application
Zoning Board of Appeals Information and Application
Planning Commission Information and Application
Historic District Commission Information and Application
Section 9 - Neighborhood Indicator Maps
Links on Community Development web page for each NPC
NPC #9 Indicator Map
Section 10 - Neighborhood Demographics
ESRI Graphic Profiles for each NPC
Section 11 - Open Meetings Act
Open Meetings Act Summary
Open Meetings Act
- NPC 1: Post Franklin
- NPC 2: North Central
- NPC 3: Central
- NPC 4: Northeast
- NPC 5: Urbandale
- NPC 9: Rural Southwest
- NPC 10: Westlake / Prairieview
- NPC 11: Minges Brook / Riverside
Beautiful Battle Creek Awards
Beautiful Battle Creek Awards are presented monthly to residents and businesses in recognition of their efforts to improve their neighborhood and community through property maintenance and beautification. These good neighbors and businesses act as examples to others in contributing to the community-wide goal of improving the appearance of neighborhoods and the quality of life for Battle Creek's citizens.
Each month the Neighborhood Planning Councils may nominate one residential and one commercial property each month to the Battle Creek City Commission to receive these awards, which are presented by the mayor at the second meeting each month (typically the third Tuesday). This public recognition celebrates those who take care of their properties and encourage others to do the same.