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The city’s fifth summit to help residents build their neighborhoods will feature a workshop on code enforcement along with several other topics. The free series of workshops begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.

City staff members plan workshops based on surveys and other feedback they get from the community, according to Katia Boykin, a planning supervisor for the city.

“We try to get a sense of what people want to hear, as well as current issues,” Boykin said.

The workshops offer a variety of tools and perspectives aimed at assisting residents, business and community groups in self-management and improvement. In the past when some local homeowners associations were going bankrupt following the economic downturn, workshops focused on that topic, even though the city doesn’t govern the groups.

As a result, the crowd can be a little different each year, although some people come every year, Boykin said.

One of the workshops Saturday will feature Denton’s Community Improvement Services department in a talk about the city codes, which have been a hot-button issue this year.

The “People Organizing Place Toolkit” is an interactive workshop with the measures of neighborhood health and tools for advocacy.

Residents will also be introduced to opportunities to serve on city boards and commissions and how to pay for neighborhood improvement projects.

A continental breakfast and catered lunch will be provided. During lunch, residents will learn about community mobilization and volunteering.

For more information, visit www.cityofdenton/neighborhoodplanning. To register, contact Boykin at 940-349-7274 or

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.


What: Denton’s fifth annual Neighborhood Empowerment Summit
When: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.
Details: Door prizes, breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Reservations: Contact Katia Boykin at 940-349-7274 or
On the Web: www.cityofdenton/neighborhoodplanning