Now that President elect Trump is making plans for the new administration, and with all the talk about spending money on infrastructure, this previous blog is even more relevant.
How much of the burden of maintaining and repairing roads, storm water drainage, dams, and water supply will continue to be dumped on to private communities that lack the resources to do the job well?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities
Today, an ironic revelation: common interest developments have not solved the pervasive problem of deferred infrastructure maintenance, one of the main reasons local governments have been promoting and requiring HOAs and Special Districts for the past several decades.
In fact, misguided political policy of shifting responsibility for constructing and maintaining millions of square miles of roads, storm water basins and ponds, and manmade lakes, canals, and dams, from local governments to profit-driven developers, volunteer homeowner association boards, and unaccountable special district boards seems to have only multiplied the cost of rebuilding what is now crumbling infrastructure.
A little known fact is that, when many of these common interest developments were approved, builders were permitted to adhere to relaxed construction standards. Roads could be a bit narrower and their underlayment a bit thinner than municipal or County building codes required at the time. Storm water system…
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