HOA asks City for Thanksgiving street parking ban, homeowners not happy

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How would you feel if your city council and police joined forces with your HOA board to create a parking ban on public streets in your neighborhood? Sounds unbelievable, right? But it’s really happening in one Texas association-governed community. NBC Dallas Fort Worth, Channel 5 news reports that the Allen Police Department has worked with City leaders to pass a parking Ordinance, at the request of Star Creek HOA. Continue ReadingHOA asks City for Thanksgiving street parking ban, homeowners not happy

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Homeowners fight back: SC HOA scraps plan to sanction owners for speeding

Dunes West POA had planned to use electronic tracking equipment to monitor speed and take photos of license plates Offenders would have had their resident gate access suspended Traffic problems in association-governed communities across the U.S. are creating a new trend of self-enforcement by homeowners associations. But many homeowners view HOA enforcement as extreme overreach of authority. One example: Dunes West POA in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Last week, Board President Tom Boyer announced a Continue ReadingHomeowners fight back: SC HOA scraps plan to sanction owners for speeding

City soon to maintain roads for this North Carolina condo association

Abbey Glen condo association, developer preparing “private” roads for dedication to the town of Gibsonville   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some states dedicate all newly constructed roads to the local government — even streets in planned communities with homeowners’ associations (HOAs) or condominiums. In other states, community roads may be considered private, even if there are no gates at entry points. Abbey Glen Condominiums, located in Gibsonville, North Carolina, is a community of approximately Continue ReadingCity soon to maintain roads for this North Carolina condo association

Parking, towing dispute heats up in Hillsborough County Florida HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One of the biggest problems created by short-sighted planning in common interest communities is the scarcity of parking space. For example, in Kings Lake subdivision, Hillsborough County, Florida, driveway space is limited and streets are somewhat narrow. If your household uses the garage for storage, and the driveway only has room for one or two vehicles without blocking the sidewalk, what are you supposed to do with a third Continue ReadingParking, towing dispute heats up in Hillsborough County Florida HOA