Neighborhood Planning Councils
September 2022 - NPCs are back!
After a pandemic hiatus, five of the city's eight NPCs will meet again starting this month:
|1 - Post-Franklin||First Thursday||Doris Hale Facility, 100 Green St.|
|2 - North Central||Second Monday||Washington Heights United Methodist Church, 153 Wood St. N|
|3 - Central||Second Thursday||Trinity Community Center, 10 W. Bidwell St.|
|4 - North East||Third Wednesday||First Congregational Church, 145 Capital Ave. NE|
|5 - Urbandale||Second Monday||Christ United Methodist, 65 N. Bedford Road|
All meetings begin at 7 p.m, with the exception of NPC #2 which meets at 6 p.m. The city will work with NPCs 9, 10, and 11 in the spring to determine if they wish to meet again. Please stay tuned for more information as these first five groups get reorganized.
See more information below or contact the Community Development team at 269-966-3364 with questions.
Neighborhood Planning Councils -- commonly referred to as NPCs -- are groups of citizens from the same residential area who meet to discuss issues or concerns of that neighborhood. City staff members from various departments, including police and community services, work with these eight groups to provide facts and guidance and address issues as necessary.
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.
Click here to download a NPC Resource Guide or to review individual sections.
- 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.