County works with HOA to dredge lake, improve watershed

Timberlake Campbell County Virginia

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here’s an example of an HOA working with their County to create a tax district to help pay for a $500,000 lake dredging project. The lake community was forced to lower water levels and eventually drain the lake, following flooding earlier this year. Over time, silt has covered the …

Her dream condo was flooded by storm water — 4 feet deep

Muddy roads after flood

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities People don't often think about flooding in landlocked neighborhoods, nowhere near a river or ocean. But storm water floods can cause a heap of damage, as Bonnie Miles, a retired Veteran in Roanoke, Virginia, recently learned. Miles was a first time home buyer as of September 1, 2018. When …

HOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Nov 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The November 2018 roundup includes reports of HOA corruption from embezzlement to wire transfer fraud to money laundering. Orange Sheriff’s Office investigating reported $400K embezzlement from Lake of the Woods Association (VA) By Allison Brophy Champion Culpepper Star-Exponent Nov 27, 2018 The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the …

Spotsylvania sinkhole inspires Virginia HB 1614

Sinkhole

The bill would permit use of grant funds for stormwater and erosion management for private homeowners and HOAs. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Back in July, I wrote a post about Virginia homeowner Doug Woods. His property is the site of the infamous Spotsylvania sinkhole. The hole opened up near Woods' driveway in February, …

Potomac Landing homeowners protest changes to development plan (VA)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Dozens of homeowners from a waterfront community in King George County, Virginia, are protesting a real estate investment company’s plan to change the nature of their planned community. The waterfront neighborhood of Potomac Landing is small and exclusive, with spacious homes located near the Potomac River, not far from Fredericksburg. …