Urban planners push condos, but families want detached houses (Canada)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In case you missed it, I published a page on IAC that documents the pros and cons of higher density, mixed use communities promoted by fans of New Urbanism. It’s a must read for home buyers, business owners, and investors, before buying a home or condo, or signing a residential or commercial lease in a mixed-use or high density community. But our Canadian neighbors to the North also feed Continue ReadingUrban planners push condos, but families want detached houses (Canada)

NH real estate developers favor new Housing Appeals Board

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Across the U.S., an “affordable” housing policy war brews between suburban homeowners and promoters of New Urbanism.” For readers who aren’t familiar with the terminology, the international organization, Congress for the New Urbanism, defines the concept as follows: New Urbanism is a planning and development approach based on the principles of how cities and towns had been built for the last several centuries: walkable blocks and streets, housing and Continue ReadingNH real estate developers favor new Housing Appeals Board

NC Homeowners Associations hope to get their day in Federal Court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last summer, I posted an article about several lake communities struggling to pay to fix dams that are no longer safe or functional. In that article, I cited as an example several North Carolina lake communities. Devonwood-Loch Lomond, Rayconda and the Strickland Bridge Road Homeowners Associations’ and residents’ filed a Federal lawsuit to force the city of Fayetteville to rebuild their lakes’dams, all of which were breached during Hurricane Continue ReadingNC Homeowners Associations hope to get their day in Federal Court

HOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Jan 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The common theme in this months golf course news: a homeowner has little to no control over the future of the centerpiece of the community. And, if homeowners want to retain a playable course or pristine green views, they’d better be willing to pay for it.     Residents Upset Over “Barren” Legends Golf And Country Club By Asher Wildman Lake County PUBLISHED 8:54 AM EST Jan. 15, 2019 Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Jan 2019)