Indiana – mandatory HOA mediation legislation (April 2019)

Hand shake agreement mediation

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   This year, Indiana Legislators are considering an important bill related to homeowners and condominium associations disputes. Many HOA disputes result in an impasse. That is, the association’s internal dispute resolution process is rejected by one or both parties, or the dispute cannot be resolved. When that happens, current statute in Indiana gives both parties the option of resolving their dispute through either mediation or binding arbitration, before commencing Continue ReadingIndiana – mandatory HOA mediation legislation (April 2019)

How HOAs pressure cities to create more HOAs

Rules restrictions hand written

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Residents of an HOA-governed neighborhood, in a small town in Indiana, demand similar property values and restrictions for proposed new development. The Daily Journal reports that Windstar HOA is putting pressure on Franklin’s planning department to restrict a developer’s plans to build 478 homes that will connect to its subdivision. The name of the new development, The Bluffs at Youngs Creek, will occupy a 167 acre land parcel. The Continue ReadingHow HOAs pressure cities to create more HOAs

IN Judge rules in favor of HOA, says City of Charlestown’s fines are unconstitutional

Property does not have rights People do

Judge agrees with HOA’s complaint that City of Charlestown acting in collusion with private developer   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I have been following reports from Charlestown, Indiana, for more than three years. That’s how long Mayor Bob Hall has been working on his grand redevelopment plan for the city. It all started with declaring the neighborhood “blighted.” And some of the homes were in bad condition. But many of them were Continue ReadingIN Judge rules in favor of HOA, says City of Charlestown’s fines are unconstitutional

Archive: Charlestown, Indiana and eminent domain

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Archived posts from Neighbors at War blog (Ward Lucas)   Indiana Residents Fighting Eminent Domain for Private Development Originally posted on Neighborsatwar.com October 31, 2014, guest blog by Deborah Goonan I follow Institute for Justice on social media. See the link below for their recent press release about the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood of Charlestown, Indiana. This is yet another case where the city seeks to declare several city blocks “blighted” Continue ReadingArchive: Charlestown, Indiana and eminent domain