Nuisance Abatement

Nuisance properties, enforcement and ordinances are a common issue for communities. 

WCNDD, with the assistance of the Creighton University School of Law CED Clinic has developed ordinances that will enable your community to effectively and efficiently abate nuisances within your municipal limits.

By utilizing WCNDD as your nuisance officer you ensure that an impartial and equitable process is in place.  An example of our administrative approach to code enforcement can be found by reviewing our Sample Nuisance Ordinance, as well as taking a look at our proven success. If you are not sure what qualifies as nuisance check out this informational page

The Nuisance Process:

Step 1.  Getting Started - Community Leadership will:

  •   Develop and adopt a Nuisance Ordinance.
  •   Appoint a Nuisance Officer.
  •   Decide how to divide up the community.
  •   Sign Agreements.

 Step 2. Publish press release 

  •   WCNDD prepares and publishes the releases throughout the project for the communities knowledge.

  Step 3.  Initial Property Reviews and Courtesy Letters Sent: 

  •  “Windshield” assessments – WCNDD does not trespass on private property. All pictures are taken from public roads or alleyways.
  • Letters to property owners in violation are sent. Letter includes information as to why the property owner(s) &/or tenant(s) are receiving the letter, part of the Ordinance that pertains to their property, photos, and the date the property will be declared a nuisance if not cleared.

Step 5.  2nd Windshield Assessment

  • Approx. 30 days later WCNDD re-visits only those properties that were sent a Courtesy Letter. If owners have cleaned the property they are sent a thank you, if owners have not cleaned their property they will be presented at the next board meeting. 

Step 6.  Resolution of Declared Nuisance 

  •   WCNDD presents the board with pictures of properties and asked to Declare them a Nuisance by Resolution. The board then votes on each property.
  •   Letters are sent to those property owner(s) &/or tenant(s) along with a copy of the resolution giving them a time limit to clean before WCNDD and the Board moves forward with abatement.

Step 7.   3rd Windshield Assessment

  •   WCNDD reviews only the properties that were declared a nuisance by resolution or have contacted the nuisance officer and were granted an extension of time. 

Step 8.   Resolution to Rescind Declared Nuisance or Motion to Abate

  • If Properties have cleared their nuisance items the Board will implement a resolution to rescind the property of nuisance. If the property has not cleared the Board will make a motion to Abate that property. 

Step 9.   4th Windshield Assessment

  •   Review only those properties that have not been cleared and/or have a motion to abate.

Step 10. 5 Day Notice

  •  WCNDD then sends a 5 day notice to the property owner stating that the board has made a motion to abate and that WCNDD and the Abatement crew has the legal right to enter their property and clear it of any nuisance items. This is sent by mail as well as certified return receipt.  Additionally, this Notice must be published in the local newspaper. 

Step 11.  5th Windshield Assessment 

  •  Review the properties which have not cleared and have received 5 day notices. Proceed with scheduling of abatement if properties have not cleared.

Step 12.  Abatement

  •  WCNDD and the abatement crew now have the authority to go onto the property and physically remove and dispose of any nuisance items.

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Property History

13017 

Properties Reviewed

1368

Properties Declared

68

Properties Abated

79

Structures Removed

Nuisance Before
Nuisance After