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

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

Missouri HOA stuck with natural spring flowing in its streets

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Homeowners and residents in one Missouri, subdivision Find themselves stuck with a big problem with no easy solution. According to a KMOV report last month, the Country Haven Homeowners’ Association recently discovered that a persistent stream of water running through the neighborhood is not due to a water main leak or bad storm water drainage. Jefferson County officials say the community is built on top of a natural underground Continue ReadingMissouri HOA stuck with natural spring flowing in its streets

The slow, painful deaths of HOA & condo associations

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities HOA-industry trade groups promote housing development governed by homeowners and condominium associations as sustainable communities. But don’t be fooled. Those claims are nothing more than public relations and marketing hype. The truth is, most “community associations” succumb to a variety of problems and crises that lead to their slow, painful decline and ultimate death. Today I’ll highlight two examples.   Camelot burns to the ground, but HOA still collects Continue ReadingThe slow, painful deaths of HOA & condo associations