Homeowners need new ways to pay for HOA private roads

Private neighborhood roads across the nation are in desperate need of repair.  Residents seek help from local governments.   An infrastructure maintenance crisis is underway in association-governed communities across the U.S. Private subdivision roads are in poor condition. Some are downright unsafe. Decades of fast and cheap road construction saddled thousands of homeowners with narrow, substandard roads, as well as awkward traffic plans that create daily commuting headaches. The following examples illustrate the need for Continue ReadingHomeowners need new ways to pay for HOA private roads

Long Island Civic Association demands public maintenance of roads

Riverhead, NY town council, highway Superintendent debate whether public funds should be used to maintain private roads for Oak Hills Association (HOA)   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Road maintenance has become a controversial issue in states across the U.S. It is no secret that decades-old roads and highways are in desperate need of repair and repaving. Municipal budgets are stretched to the limit just trying to keep up with snow plowing, leaf Continue ReadingLong Island Civic Association demands public maintenance of roads

PA owners stuck with road the borough cannot maintain, and there’s no HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Recently I posted a blog entitled Flooding and Erosion common problems faced by HOA planned communities. The topic generated considerable interest and comments on several discussion forums. One reader, an Urban Planning professional and consultant, challenged my assertion that sometimes municipal and county governments end up approving infrastructure that does not meet current codes acceptable to either the state or local government. I did provide at least a half Continue ReadingPA owners stuck with road the borough cannot maintain, and there’s no HOA

HOA’s “lousy” roads are doubly taxing (MS)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Road maintenance – or lack of it – is becoming a common headache for homeowners, especially in Association Governed Communities such as HOAs. Today’s report comes from a very small homeowners association in Mississippi. Oak Hill Estates has only 20 homes situated on two roads, Hill Drive and Corner Stone Lane. And those roads are in “lousy” shape, according to residents. The HOA President and others recently attended Continue ReadingHOA’s “lousy” roads are doubly taxing (MS)