Storm water flooding, erosion threaten Fort Worth homes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Each time it rains, a torrential river of storm water threatens to wash away the fenced-in back yard of a North Texas homeowner. Steven Owens shows CBS DFW a video recording of rushing storm waters, which flood the grassy area that divides several back yards of homes in the Villages of Woodland Springs, Fort Worth. When the sun is shining, the area behind Owens’ home is a peaceful babbling Continue ReadingStorm water flooding, erosion threaten Fort Worth homes

3 HOAs need help managing their stormwater ponds

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s been 15 – 20 years since the construction boom of the early 21st century. And now that thousands of planned communities are reaching maturity, it’s time for homeowners associations to dredge retention ponds, clean out stormwater detention basins, and unclog drain pipes. Homeowners and residents complain about unattractive, foul-smelling, stormwater ponds, some of which periodically overflow and flood nearby property. But many HOA boards are discovering that stormwater Continue Reading3 HOAs need help managing their stormwater ponds

IL HOAs ask Village to change policy for dedication of private roads

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities    More and more homeowners are discovering that, after a few years, the allure and prestige of living on a private road loses its charm. It’s not easy to find reliable contractors to plow snow in the winter and fix potholes in the warmer seasons. It’s hard to keep up with cracked and crumbling roads, and poor storm drainage, too. HOA board members and property owners are sick and Continue ReadingIL HOAs ask Village to change policy for dedication of private roads

HOA Realities — living next to a retention pond or wetland

Suburban pond lake sidewalk storm water woes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Have you ever seen a real estate ad for a home boasting its “water view” or a “lake” view? Today’s post is a Buyer Beware message. Unless you’re viewing a home near a recreational lake — a real lake used for boating, fishing, swimming and other water sports — that ornamental “lake” is nothing more than a retention pond. Its primary purpose is to collect stormwater runoff for environmental Continue ReadingHOA Realities — living next to a retention pond or wetland