2 HOAs deal with Canyon Country landslides (CA)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities 5 homes now yellow-tagged due to landslide About two weeks ago, several Santa Clarita homeowners noticed their back yards began to break apart and slide downhill. Two homes on Terri Drive in American Beauty Classics were yellow-tagged, and several other homeowners in The Trestles were notified of the problem. Then more rain poured into Canyon Country, making the landslide bigger and more dangerous. Three homes in The Trestles — Continue Reading2 HOAs deal with Canyon Country landslides (CA)

After a mudslide in this Hawaii community, HOA members assessed $3,900

Many owners of property in association-governed communities have a fundamental misunderstanding of the concept of “common interest.”   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s feature article about special assessments features mudslide-plagued Launani Valley in Mililani, Hawaii. The community of more than 800 homes was originally established in 1992-1993. As the reader can see in the photos taken by Civil Beat, several homes were built in cul-de-sacs, with back yards at the foot of steep Continue ReadingAfter a mudslide in this Hawaii community, HOA members assessed $3,900

Landslide threatens homes in two HOAs in Santa Clarita (CA)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Two homes have been yellow-tagged and several residents in two HOA-governed communities are on high alert, due to an unexplained landslide in Canyon Country, California. Homeowners speculate that recent heavy rainfall may have triggered the earth movement, which began Monday. By Friday, homeowners of two Terri Drive homes were advised to evacuate, pending a geological investigation of structural damage and the cause of the landslide. CBSLA reports that several Continue ReadingLandslide threatens homes in two HOAs in Santa Clarita (CA)

PA Developers appeal N Strabane Twp 2018 Grading Ordinance

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to a report in the Observer-Reporter, two developers of planned housing developments in Washington County, Pa., have filed appeals to North Strabane Township’s “Amended Grading and Ordinance of 2018.” Last year, the Township updated its ordinance after a slope failure in the Majestic Hills development led to a catastrophic landslide and demolition of three relatively new homes. The incident led several homeowners to file a lawsuit against the Continue ReadingPA Developers appeal N Strabane Twp 2018 Grading Ordinance