Will homeowners support a new special tax district?

River Place HOA supports establishment of Limited District following annexation to the City of Austin By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Austin’s recent annexation of the River Place subdivision has temporarily shifted certain maintenance responsibilities from a Municipal Utility District (MUD) to a Limited Improvement District (LD). In River Place, the HOA and LD …

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Recreation districts as an alternative to HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Slowly but surely, homeowners’ associations are beginning shift costs and liabilities for assets and amenities back to public entities, including special tax districts. Today, let’s look at two examples of Recreation Districts (also known as Park Districts) as an alternative to HOA maintenance of amenities.   City commission …

Private property rights should trump developer’s right to control communities

Why does U.S. housing policy allow developers to control the future of millions of property owners and residents in homeowners, condominium, and cooperative associations?   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Check out my link below to today’s post from the Admin of the Build a Better Diamondhead Facebook page. Diamondhead, Mississippi, has been incorporated as a …

Reality check: HOA managers face decline of their industry, like it or not

By Deborah A Goonan, Independent American Communities   How many times have we heard representatives from HOA industry trade groups utter the words, “Homeowner Associations are not going away?” But that, dear readers, is nothing more than wishful thinking. Let’s start with the facts. The construction industry is building fewer new HOA homes and condos …

Timarron Lakes HOA seeks FEMA flood relief, storm drainage improvements

In the aftermath of Harvey, Woodlands Township, Counties, and MUD will each play a role In previous blog posts, I explained that, in general, association governed communities are not eligible for cash assistance from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for post-disaster clean up and repairs. FEMA does not provide taxpayer funding for mandatory community associations, …

As Spring Creek Association cracks down on deed restrictions, HOA considers governance options

The architectural committee of the HOA is enforcing recently revised rules and regulations. Meanwhile, the board recently authorized further study of municipal and tax district alternatives. by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   For more than a year, Spring Creek Association has been exploring HOA alternatives that would shift maintenance and public services to a …

Poinciana continues battle for independence

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It has been almost three years since Poinciana completed a feasibility study on incorporating as a city. At that time, a group of residents hoped that elected state and county leaders (Osceola and Polk Counties) would allow for a Referendum vote on the issue at the next general election. …

Hillcrest Farms HOA de-annexed from city of Kinston, NC

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     Several recent articles have featured mature association-governed communities seeking annexation to a local municipality, or the establishment of a special district to assume important public services that the HOA is no longer able or willing to supply. Here's the flip side of the coin. Enabled by a …

Apples and Oranges HOA alternatives comparison

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Sometimes a story that is reported in the news is not actually news. Instead, it reads more like a soft sales pitch, an editorial, or, dare I say, political rhetoric. Take this recent article about a Nevada community meeting, where the topic of discussion included HOA alternatives. In my opinion, …

Dammeron Valley HOA board not acknowledging recent exit of members?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It never ceases to amaze me when an entrenched HOA board member insists upon going against the will of the people. I wrote about Dammeron Valley, Utah, a few weeks ago. At that time, three additional subdivisions had voted to exit from the 40-plus year old Landowners Association. Seven …