Delaware Village of Five Points HOA bullies local library

Little Free Library compressed

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   You’ve probably noticed that HOAs across the U.S. tend to hate Little Libraries. HOA restrictions rarely allow a homeowner to keep one. But today’s post shares an HOA vs. Little Library story with a twist. The Cape Gazette just published two articles about the Villages of Five Points HOA in Lewes, Delaware. The HOA reportedly has a history of opposing new development near its community, including a proposed Continue ReadingDelaware Village of Five Points HOA bullies local library

Land use covenants and local law collide in Sussex County Delaware

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The Cape Gazette recently published an article about a land use controversy involving a home-based business. Country Lawn Care & Maintenance LLC, c/o Gerald and Stephania Dougherty, is asking Sussex County to issue a Conditional Use (CU) application so the owners can continue to operate their business on their 4-acre property, as they have for the past three years. The Planning and Zoning board voted 2-2 the Doughertys’ application. Continue ReadingLand use covenants and local law collide in Sussex County Delaware

How HOAs pressure cities to create more HOAs

Rules restrictions hand written

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Residents of an HOA-governed neighborhood, in a small town in Indiana, demand similar property values and restrictions for proposed new development. The Daily Journal reports that Windstar HOA is putting pressure on Franklin’s planning department to restrict a developer’s plans to build 478 homes that will connect to its subdivision. The name of the new development, The Bluffs at Youngs Creek, will occupy a 167 acre land parcel. The Continue ReadingHow HOAs pressure cities to create more HOAs

NJ court: homeowners are members of HOA, must pay fees for lakes

Gavel and legal books lawsuit court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last month, State Superior Court Judge Christine A. Farrington issued her opinion on a 2-year-old legal dispute over Ramapo Mountain Lake (RML) Association’s legal rights to demand dues and place liens on more than 800 of its nearby homes. In short, Farrington ruled that RML is a common interest community (planned real estate development). As such, each property owner is legally obligated to pay annual assessments to maintain its Continue ReadingNJ court: homeowners are members of HOA, must pay fees for lakes