Poinciana continues battle for independence

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It has been almost three years since Poinciana completed a feasibility study on incorporating as a city. At that time, a group of residents hoped that elected state and county leaders (Osceola and Polk Counties) would allow for a Referendum vote on the issue at the next general election. But in November 2015, the review commission voted against moving forward with a Referendum for the fourth year in a Continue ReadingPoinciana continues battle for independence

Hillcrest Farms HOA de-annexed from city of Kinston, NC

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     Several recent articles have featured mature association-governed communities seeking annexation to a local municipality, or the establishment of a special district to assume important public services that the HOA is no longer able or willing to supply. Here’s the flip side of the coin. Enabled by a recent legislative amendment, Hillcrest Farms HOA recently decided to de-annex from the city of Kinston.   Residents and council members Continue ReadingHillcrest Farms HOA de-annexed from city of Kinston, NC

Apples and Oranges HOA alternatives comparison

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Sometimes a story that is reported in the news is not actually news. Instead, it reads more like a soft sales pitch, an editorial, or, dare I say, political rhetoric. Take this recent article about a Nevada community meeting, where the topic of discussion included HOA alternatives. In my opinion, the article seems a bit like a political campaign for keeping the HOA. Read the article for yourself, and then Continue ReadingApples and Oranges HOA alternatives comparison

Dammeron Valley HOA board not acknowledging recent exit of members?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It never ceases to amaze me when an entrenched HOA board member insists upon going against the will of the people. I wrote about Dammeron Valley, Utah, a few weeks ago. At that time, three additional subdivisions had voted to exit from the 40-plus year old Landowners Association. Seven other subdivisions voted on the issue of removing themselves from DVLA, but lacked sufficient votes for a quorum. However, as Continue ReadingDammeron Valley HOA board not acknowledging recent exit of members?