In 2002 Mayor Martin O’Malley launched the Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan (SNAP) program to create comprehensive plans for select clusters of neighborhoods throughout the city. Fifteen such clusters citywide then applied to the city for SNAP designation. In January 2003 the York Road Partnership was one of six applicants to be selected.
In May 2003, a public forum was held on York Road and attended by over 100 residents from up and down the corridor to brainstorm priority topics to be addressed in the SNAP. The outcome of this and future meetings was the York Road Partnership Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan was adopted by the City of Baltimore in February 2006.
The York Road SNAP addresses the same boundaries as the York Road Partnership: From the City Line, south on North Charles Street to 39th Street, from 39th Street to Argonne Drive, along Argonne Drive to The Alameda, north on The Alameda to Northwood Drive and along Northwood Drive to the northern City Line. Twenty neighborhoods are included in YRP’s catchment area, 15 of which border York Road.
- Motive: The SNAP had lain dormant for a few years, and YRP’s Action committees had disbanded. A SNAP “update” was used to re-energize both the document and YRP as an organization.
- Focus Groups: Tool used to make the initial updates to the sections and envision the future of the document and its implementation.
- Neighborhood Associations: After the initial updates by focus groups, The new document was presented at the York Road Partnership General Meeting for review.
Final updated SNAP document available here.