Instead of HOA, Community Development District enforces restrictions

Rules restrictions hand written

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A Community Development District in The Villages is enforcing deed restrictions, demanding that homeowners tear out driveway extensions, or face steep monetary fines. In my opinion, this is one of the most stupid and petty architectural covenants ever. But, even worse, in this case, it’s not an HOA enforcing …

HOAs consider infrastructure tax districts

Road bridge iron railing

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Across the U.S., homeowners  are considering tax districts to help them make essential repairs to their HOA infrastructure. Volunteer-led HOA boards face the difficult task of finding affordable solutions to deal with their busted dams, silt-filled lakes, crumbling roads and bridges, and obsolete wastewater systems. It’s an increasingly common …

City says no trash pick up unless owners create HOA

Garbage trash recycling cans bins

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The purpose of the Urban Service District (USD) was to expand Metro Services,  that were available to residents of Nashville, but not outlying suburban neighborhoods. Those services include trash pick up, curbside recycling, street lights and the addition of liquor stores. In exchange for inclusion into the USD, homeowners would …

Colorado developer plans new 900-home community with no HOA

Craft Homes LLC community will be established as a Metropolitan Special District By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Is Colorado developer Tim Craft actually thinking outside the HOA box? Yes, according to a report on Denver 7 News. Craft says his new 900-home community, Independence, will be financed by a Metropolitan Special District (MSD) …

Spring Creek HOA needs $90M for road repair (NV)

Owners also seek options to private water and sewer utility. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities For more than two years, Spring Creek Association in Elko, Nevada, has been looking for the magic cure for its crumbling infrastructure. In addition to a variety of recreational amenities, the sprawling association has more than 5,400 lots, 150 …

HOA, condo, & co-op Golf Community updates (June 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A monthly roundup of news from golf communities across the U.S. Three Brevard County-owned golf courses prepare to change hands Dave Berman and Eric Rogers, Florida Today Published 5:13 p.m. ET May 17, 2018 Updated 10:25 p.m. ET May 17, 2018 Two groups are in the process of taking …

Louisiana State Senator blocks homeowner attempts to fix HOA roads

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This news report left me shaking my head. Here’s a state senator that apparently doesn’t understand that a special tax district is a public entity, not a private entity such as a homeowners’ association. Senator Dan Claitor accuses Cypress Point HOA President, Grant Herrin, of trying to use taxpayer …

HOA, condo, & co-op golf community updates (May 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   PALM DESERT EXECUTIVE GOLF COURSE RESIDENTS FURIOUS OVER CONDO PLANS Vincenzo Marino APRIL 26, 2018 5:30 PM Imagine buying a home on a beautiful golf course. Then a developer comes along, closes the golf course, and plans to build condos there right in front of you. That’s what’s happened in …

S. Ponte Vedra Beach areas planning MSTU for massive sand dune replacement project

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today’s post provides another method of funding major community improvements, this one through the use of an ad valorem taxing unit. Many beach front home and condo owners have been unable to enter their properties since Hurricane Irma, when huge volumes of sand was swept away from beneath …

Investigative journalists confirm abusive nature of HOAs, common interest communities

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American communities   Nearly eight years ago, when my husband and I purchased and moved into a nearly-new home in a master planned community, we had only a vague understanding of what it means to own and reside in an association-governed common interest community. Like most first-time residents of homeowners, condominium, …