In 2013, the Neighborhood Preservation Corps (NPC) was created in an effort to address mounting concerns about blight in Waterford Township's neighborhoods.
Comprised of 14 volunteer Waterford residents, the NPC is charged with identifying and reporting nuisances in violation of Township Zoning Ordinances and the International Property Maintenance Code. The primary goal for assembling the group was to institute a proactive team of eyes and ears in the field to support the Township’s Code Enforcement staff.
The Neighborhood Preservation Corps gives the residents of Waterford an opportunity to assist the township in locating and tracking conditions of blight in our neighborhoods. The extra eyes that our volunteers bring to the streets will go a long way toward significantly reducing blight in our community.
Each NPC volunteer commits a minimum of 2 hours per week to canvas and identify basic nuisance code violations in their assigned region of the Township. Violations are then recorded and reported to the Township Code Enforcement staff for investigation and resolution.
Common Nuisance Violations
Nuisance violations are defined as not meeting acceptable standards determined by the Township’s Zoning Ordinances (PDF), Camilleri said. The most common nuisances interfere with enjoyment of property and include:
Abandoned or inoperable vehicles
Debris or trash in yards
Overgrown weeds and grass
Vacant building deterioration
Utilizing volunteers to identify and start the process of correcting basic nuisances allows Code Enforcement Officers to focus on more complicated problems that require attention from trained staff.
Ordinance Enforcement Benefits
The enforcement of Township ordinances is a key asset to a thriving community as a whole. In general, the largest single investment that Waterford residents have is their homes. The Township recognizes that one of the best ways to preserve these investments is to ensure all of the properties in the community are well maintained and not allowed to fall into a state of disrepair.
For this reason, the NPC provides a benefit to residents by working to preserve their investments and keep Waterford a beautiful community to live and raise a family in.