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Governor vetoes a bill that generated controversy in Spotsylvania County (VA)

Spotsylvania Parkway’s picturesque—and pricey—landscaping is here to stay.  After an outcry from some homeowners, Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently vetoed a bill that could have turned the parkway’s landscaping over to the Virginia Department of Transportation. The 2-mile stretch of Spotsylvania

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Dispute over road repairs raises questions in Mill Creek (WA)

Help from the homeowners association certainly added volume to the latest complaints.  Before there was the city of Mill Creek there was the development of Mill Creek.  The nonprofit Mill Creek Community Association, formed by its developer in 1974, now

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Homeowners Association repairing their own dunes (FL)

When Hurricane Matthew blew out of town, the 2.3 mile stretch of dunes on the Hammock Dunes Beach was left destroyed.  The storm that crept along the coast Oct. 7, 2016 left just enough of the dunes to protect the

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Homeowners to shoulder costs of sewer work (OH)

When a new sewer system is installed in the Pheasant Run housing development over the next year, homeowners there will be responsible for helping to pay off the cost of the project, with most shouldering an assessment of $14,679.48.  That

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Speed Busters: Group wants action taken on speeding problem in Seminole Heights neighborhood (FL)

The Hampton Terrace Community Association is nestled in the Seminole Heights area. They believe there is power in numbers. 65 people showed up when the city of Tampa and the Tampa Police Department joined them in support of their speeding

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Financial woes downstream for Falling Waters (IN)

With years of financial and legal woes now in the past, developers of the Falling Waters subdivision are hoping to get back on track, welcoming new buyers to the upscale development.  “The homeowners are just ecstatic,” said Babe Woodward of

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There’s Something Rotten at the DBPR: Regulating Florida’s Condo Associations

With more community associations than every other state combined, Florida is a behemoth in the community association management space. Lawmakers in other states look to Florida to set an example for how to legislate an industry that now represents one

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Money remains the big challenge in addressing Ahwatukee flood hazards (AZ)

Maricopa County flood control experts have proposed over $1 million worth of drainage improvements to seven Ahwatukee sites where serious flooding could cause more than an estimated $2.4 million in damage to homes and businesses.  But when those fixes might

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Can anyone just ride on through? (FL)

On a recent Friday afternoon, Watercrest Condominium Association employees John Coppenhaver and Ricardo Taliaferro had partially disassembled an emergency-only gate at the back of the Lakewood Ranch condo complex.  Coppenhaver and Taliaferro found that someone had removed the covering to

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Grand jury calls Florida agency inept and ill-suited to probe condo complaints

In Pasco County, residents of one community were shocked when their homeowners association approved a special assessment for new roofs even though a study showed most of the existing roofs still had years of “useful life.”  In a Tampa high-rise,

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Lawsuit settlement over collapsed flume/storm sewer OK’d (PA)

Bob Duncan, assistant Lower Merion Township manager, said the collapse of the flume involved four properties along the upper portion of the road near the Wawa at Conshohocken State Road. The site includes one property owned and used by the

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Patton proposes funding plan for Dunlap Lake dredging (IL)

The dredging project for Dunlap Lake has a new proposal on the table. Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton approached the Dunlap Lake Homeowners Association at their annual meeting at the Edwardsville Moose Lodge Thursday night in an effort to gather support

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Mayor, HOA reps to conduct meeting

Glen Carbon Mayor Rob Jackstadt has invited the presidents of area homeowners associations to a meeting at the Glen Carbon Village Hall.  The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 in the council chambers at Village Hall, 151

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Leesburg Faced with Dam Lawsuit (VA)

The Town of Leesburg may be headed to court if no resolution can be found between the municipality and one of its largest homeowner’s associations.  The Exeter Homeowner’s Association filed a lawsuit last year seeking to get the town to

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Condo feud boils over as neighbors sic city on neighbors (FL)

A feud among owners at Vantage View Condominiums could land a lot of unneighborly neighbors in hot water with the city.  Since September, the city has received almost 60 anonymous code complaints against individual unit owners accused of doing remodeling

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Baltimore County residents seek ban on developer campaign donations (MD)

Residents from around Baltimore County implored state lawmakers Friday to ban developers from making campaign contributions to the county executive and members of the County Council.  Representing Towson, Edgemere, Bowleys Quarters, Pikesville, and White Marsh, the residents told stories of

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Board to help fund repair of retention pond (IN)

A project to stabilize a retention pond in a Greenwood neighborhood received approval from a city board.  Part of the dam on a retention pond in the Crystal Lakes subdivision, near Smith Valley and Averitt roads, is intended to direct

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Homeowner group asks for new Island Park hours (AZ)

The Malibu Home Owners Association is asking city officials to close Island Park at 6 p.m.  A letter submitted by the HOA to the city last month stated its intent to install entrance gates on Malibu Drive, which leads to

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Farmington Hills residents concerned with water quality (MI)

People are asking for safe, clean water.  The county water resource office said they’re addressing the issues.  Farmington Hills residents living in the Greencastle subdivision, located on 12 Mile Road just east of Middlebelt Road, have been observing water quality

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Cleanup bill unresolved as development of Talus resumes (WA)

More than a year after a landslide stopped construction in Talus, development is set to begin in the subdivision after the city’s hearing examiner approved a plan to subdivide what’s known as Parcels 7 and 8……..The landslide caused damage to

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Oak Hill Estates residents frustrated by roads (MS)

It’s a fight that’s been going on since 2012 and most likely will continue until the gravel meets the road.  Residents of Oak Hill Estates met with the Brookhaven Board of Aldermen again Monday in a work session to discuss

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After 40 years, Avondale security arrangement ends (OH)

For decades, Avondale residents knew someone was watching out for them.  Now, a longstanding policing practice has been called into question and the community is looking for alternatives.  Last month, the Stark County Sheriff’s office put an end to an

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Owner sues over denial to develop Windermere golf course into 95 homes (FL)

The owner of the Windermere Country Club has sued to overturn a county decision that thwarted his plan to turn the shuttered golf course into a 95-home neighborhood.  The challenge, filed last month in circuit court, asks for an order

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HOAs should embrace the power of numbers (NC)

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department hopes to begin convening a council of neighborhood leaders to discuss issues involving the city.  Capt. Todd Lontz, of CMPD’s South Division, told the Ballantyne Breakfast Club on Saturday, Dec. 10, that groups of neighborhoods have

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City reconsiders trash policy for apartments, condos (MA)

Potentially reversing a policy that was instituted nearly 20 years ago, the City Council is considering legislation that would curtail municipal trash pickup at apartment buildings and condominium complexes with more than three units built after Dec. 31, 2016.   Read

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Clear Lake Residents Ticketed for Parking in Their Driveway (TX)

City is willing to meet with HOA’s to talk about the program and minimize the number of tickets being issued   Read the article…………..

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Flooding solutions (OK)

Norman homeowner Charles Browning isn’t concerned that his house will flood if the dam bursts on the small lake in his neighborhood. What Browning fears is flooding downstream and how the failure of the neighborhood dam could affect other Norman

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As Building Code Adoption Increases, Insurance Losses Decrease

Maintaining a safe and secure building is a major concern for property owners and managers. Due to the important role buildings play in society, architects and engineers begin plotting out the the safety measures and standards well before the actual

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Neighborhood seeks help with mailbox traffic concerns (WY)

For residents of the HR Ranch subdivision, there’s plenty to like about where they live.  Located to the south and east of Cheyenne proper, the residents of HR Ranch enjoy large lots and wide-open vistas, but are still just a

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Figure Eight homeowners reject terminal groin (NC)

Figure Eight Island homeowners have voted down plans for a terminal groin, bucking the trend set this year by other coastal communities.  An unincorporated, privately developed barrier island just north of Wrightsville Beach, Figure Eight is bordered to the north

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Knightdale looks to hand HOAs more responsibility for stormwater (NC)

The Town Council is considering an amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance that would modify maintenance requirements for stormwater infrastructure in subdivisions with active homeowner’s associations, putting more of the responsibility on the HOAs.  The town received a letter from

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City to hand off pond maintenance to homeowners (IL)

Hobart city staff are in the process of cleaning up two long neglected detention ponds in the Liberty Heights subdivision, but told its residents that future maintenance will be their responsibility.     Read the article……………

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Homeowner Says City’s Fire Code on Dumpster Compromises Her Safety (CA)

A Canoga Park woman says the city of Los Angeles and her homeowners association reached a deal on a fire code violation. The result, she says, still leaves her safety compromised.  Liudmilla Hairetdinova says the city’s fire code on trash

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County Commissioners Consider Taking Over Roads

Bowie County commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. today to consider accepting maintenance responsibility for two roadways near U.S. Highway 67 inside the Redbridge subdivision.  Both roads are in the county’s Precinct 4 Road Department area.  The Redbridge Homeowners Association

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Osceola County works to improve troubled condo complex (FL)

Osceola County is taking steps to improve a troubled condo complex.  The county has ordered the owners of Lexin to attend a Code Enforcement and Nuisance abatement board meeting to explain what immediate improvements they’ll be making.  “It was about

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Franklin HOA alliance wants to have say in community development (TN)

When Sam Wellington and Rich Buckner learned of a rezoning request near their Franklin neighborhoods, they sprung into action.  The request – to rezone two plots of land on Oak Meadow Drive from general commercial to specific development-residential – would

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Power restored to Temple Hills condo complex (MD)

Although residents of the complex said utility costs are included in their rent, Pepco and Washington Gas cut off service because the complex owes them more than $1 million.  Initially, residents were given just 72 hours to move out, but

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How one Franklin neighborhood is pitching a different sewage plant option

One Franklin neighborhood is voicing its concern with the city’s development plans for its new sewage treatment plant.  The neighborhood of Chestnut Bend is next to the treatment plant near Franklin High School and Hillsboro Road, and on Friday, its

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Condo installs private well it cannot use

I don’t often write about municipal law decisions involving condominiums, but a recent decision of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) should remind condominiums that they need to rely on their professionals. A condominium had a private well drilled on the

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Underreporting of water meters at Sun Lakes settled (CA)

A dispute over a three-year period of underbilling of water meters at Sun Lakes Country Club was settled after the retirement community agreed to pay $113,000 to the Banning Utility Authority.  At its July 15 meeting, the Sun Lakes Country

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Controversial group home gets help from county (TX)

The Red Rock Ranch HOA still has questions, they’re covenant doesn’t allow commercial businesses.  “Its not them though,” said Michelle Miller, Director with the Red Rock Ranch HOA, “they’re not violating the covenant, it’s the owners who signed the covenant

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Why Are There Plastic Bags Around Crane Pond? (NY)

What are those large plastic bags around Crane Pond? We asked Assistant Village Manager Ingrid Richards for an update on this capitol improvement project in Crane Berkley and here is what she shared.  It turns out the pond and surrounding

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White Bear Lake lawsuit: Plaintiffs amend complaint (MN)

Parties on both sides of the lake level lawsuit were back in Judge Margaret Marrinan’s courtroom Oct. 12.  Attorneys representing the plaintiff, the White Bear Lake Restoration Association (WBLRA), and the intervenor association, White Bear Lake Homeowners, presented arguments that

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Cheshire Will Continue to Plow Private Roads (MA)

The Selectmen on Tuesday rejected a letter request to stop plowing and maintaining private roads.  The letter from a citizen had asked that the Department of Public Works end its maintenance of the privately held lanes until the issue could

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City, Cooper Estates in holding pattern on easement (AR)

The city of Mountain Home would like to hear from Cooper Estates.  Monday is the deadline for the Cooper Estates Home Owner’s Association Board to deliver an easement to the city that would allow the city to address some of

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Fence variance approved on Karros Court (IL)

“I have not voted for a variance because I think we have HOA documents that cover it, an ordinance that covers it; we’ve passed a resolution that gave us guidance about when, if there were previous things in an easement,

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Storm brews in Pleasant View over temporary green waste pile (UT)

As a pile of green waste continues to grow in size, tensions also mount between residents in the Park Springs Circle Subdivision and Pleasant View city officials.  The mounting pile of tree limbs, drying leaves and whatnot has been accumulating

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Four Seasons residents await response from Woodland Park officials about decreasing water standby fees

Residents who live in the Four Seasons at Great Notch 55 and older housing complex are asking borough officials to reduce and eventually eliminate their water standby fees.  Residents were hopeful the Woodland Park Mayor and Council would have a

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Dunwoody, DHA setting policies on controversial board service (GA)

In the ongoing dispute about whether Dunwoody Homeowners Association members should serve on city boards, the DHA and the city are starting to set official policies.   Also, the state Attorney General’s Office wants to take a look at the City

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Crumbling streets get $3.8M facelift (MI)

Street repairs totaling $3.8 million are occurring across Canton this summer, ridding some neighborhoods of crumbling pavement and car-rattling potholes.  In all, 20 subdivisions cashed in on a chance to pay just 20 percent of street-repair costs while Wayne County

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