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

HOA Issue #2: 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? Have you ever seen a real estate ad for a home boasting its “water view” or a “lake” view? Here’s a Buyer Beware message for retention ponds, wetlands. Unless you’re viewing a home near a recreational lake — a real lake used for boating, fishing, swimming and other water Continue ReadingHOA Issue #2: HOA Realities — living next to a retention pond or wetland

Storm water management a costly headache for HOAs, homeowners

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Homeowners at mercy of developers, local government, & regulatory agencies   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   As you read these stories, consider this. Every one of these association-governed common interest communities was approved by city or county elected officials, despite their proximity to watershed areas, and with full knowledge of possible adverse site conditions.  If steps were taken at the time of construction to improve soil stability, water quality, or longevity of the Continue ReadingStorm water management a costly headache for HOAs, homeowners