California lawmakers block transit-oriented housing density bill

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities California’s controversial Senate Bill 50 has been tabled until 2020. The bill was killed when Sen. Anthony Portantino (D), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that it would not be discussed in committee this legislative session session. Portantino reportedly opposed SB 50, because its policies would override local government zoning rules. Many neighborhoods in California zone entire neighborhoods for single family homes only. For analysis of the pros and Continue ReadingCalifornia lawmakers block transit-oriented housing density bill

HOA condo legislation updates (CO, HI, IA, TX, MI, May 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Selected highlights of legislation. Subjects: HOA manager licensing (Colorado); proxies in condo association elections (Hawaii); construction defects “right to cure” (Iowa); MRTA changes and HOA lien status in tax sale foreclosures (Michigan); limiting the HOA developer control period (Texas). Colorado HOA, condo manager licensing statute extended In May, the Governor approved HB19-1212, which extends the sunset date for HOA management licensing through August 31, 2020. Stan Hrincevich of the Continue ReadingHOA condo legislation updates (CO, HI, IA, TX, MI, May 2019)

Arizona HOA, condo, co-op legislation update (End of session 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities End of session summary of several bills impacting HOA-governed communities, tracked by Arizona Homeowners Coalition (AZHOC). Subjects: Applicability of Planned Community Act, HOA foreclosure, Condominium Association termination. A mixed bag for homeowner rights in Arizona’s association —governed common interest communities. Click on “continue reading” below for updates. Arizona Legislative updates: Assessments, HOA foreclosure, Condominium Association termination (2019)

Town of Riverhead, Highway Supervisor neglecting roads they once maintained

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Since 2017, IAC has been following the status of legal disputes over road maintenance in several Long Island communities in the town of Riverhead. Many of the older homes in the town were originally designed with private roads. As more people moved to Long Island, driving from one part of town to another became difficult, especially in the winter. To make sure roads were safe and passable, at least Continue ReadingTown of Riverhead, Highway Supervisor neglecting roads they once maintained