3 HOAs need help managing their stormwater ponds

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s been 15 – 20 years since the construction boom of the early 21st century. And now that thousands of planned communities are reaching maturity, it’s time for homeowners associations to dredge retention ponds, clean out stormwater detention basins, and unclog drain pipes. Homeowners and residents complain about unattractive, foul-smelling, stormwater ponds, some of which periodically overflow and flood nearby property. But many HOA boards are discovering that stormwater Continue Reading3 HOAs need help managing their stormwater ponds

HOA, County, VDOT passing the buck to homeowner for $78K stormwater pipe repair

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here’s a story that should be getting widespread national attention, because, with aging storm water infrastructure failures across the U.S., anyone could find themselves in a similar predicament — especially if their home is located within the boundaries of a homeowners’ association. Imagine how stressful and frustrating it would be if a storm water pipe failure caused a huge sinkhole to open up in your front yard, but no Continue ReadingHOA, County, VDOT passing the buck to homeowner for $78K stormwater pipe repair

HOA, condo, co-op Stormwater system articles (Dec 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Retention ponds are the anchor used to create many HOAs. But it is my opinion that constituents should pressure public officials to deprivatize ownership and maintenance of storm water and flood control infrastructure. It is in the public interest to have competent oversight and adequate funding for such important infrastructure, to prevent flooding and environmental impacts to watersheds, wetlands, etc. As long as the public continues to meekly accept Continue ReadingHOA, condo, co-op Stormwater system articles (Dec 2017)

HOA, Condo, Co-op Stormwater and Flood Headaches (Nov. 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   STORMWATER ISSUES LEAVING CITY UP A CREEK (AL) by Emily Featherston September 22, 2017 Excerpt: Vestavia Lake, which sits on private property owned by the Vestavia Lake Homeowners Association (VLHA), has lost between three and six feet of depth in the last 20 years, according to homeowners Tommy McCain and Alan Arrington. That loss of depth, according to numerous studies by independent engineering and environmental firms, is the Continue ReadingHOA, Condo, Co-op Stormwater and Flood Headaches (Nov. 2017)