By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Across the U.S., homeowners are considering tax districts to help them make essential repairs to their HOA infrastructure. Volunteer-led HOA boards face the difficult task of finding affordable solutions to deal with their busted dams, silt-filled lakes, crumbling roads and bridges, and obsolete wastewater systems. It’s an increasingly common problem in association-governed common interest communities, especially as infrastructure breaks down or wears out with age. Most HOAs are relatively Continue ReadingHOAs consider infrastructure tax districts
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s post is an update to a story IAC has been following since 2016. In 2009, during installation of a drainage system, the Grand Manor Condominium Association discovered contaminated soil surrounding their housing complex. That prompted three years of investigation. The City of Lowell delayed responding at first, then they tried to clean up the hazardous soil. But, in 2012, the condo association learned that a complete cleanup of Continue ReadingJury: Lowell MA must pay $1.5 M, plus interest, to owners of condos built on top of former garbage dump
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homebuyers often assume that when they buy a home in a new subdivision, it’s unlikely to flood. But there’s increasing evidence that new construction isn’t floodproof. Pace residents look for answers on stormwater drainage issues in Ashley Plantation Anne Delaney, Pensacola News Journal Published 6:06 a.m. CT Sept. 28, 2018 | Updated 6:22 a.m. CT Sept. 28, 2018 Flooding in a small area of a large Pace subdivision captured Continue ReadingWill County help HOA homeowners prevent floods?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities When land becomes scarce and housing demand is high, city and county governments find it very tempting to redevelop brownfields. A brownfield, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): …is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Continue ReadingCritics say scanning for radioactivity at Hunters Point HOA is nothing more than a PR stunt (CA)