St. George got hammered in the national media as a water waster. Can the green spot in the desert become a saver? (UT)

Zach Renstrom was pitching water conservation ideas several years ago to a homebuilder in his neighborhood — and clearly boring the man’s wife.  ”One option,” Renstrom said, “is we just pay you to rip out the grass in your yard.”  She suddenly wasn’t bored anymore. “His wife looked up” from her phone, Renstrom remembers, “and […]

Park City affordable housing residents ask city council for HOA relief (UT)

Residents of affordable developments such as Park City Heights and Central Park Condos told the Park City Council Thursday about unexpected HOA costs that are squeezing their budgets.  Luke McCarthy lives in one of the city’s 138 deed-restricted for sale units. McCarthy was able to get a condo last year after a four-year wait on […]

Experts say lack of condo-building comes down to risk, returns (UT)

Developers aren’t building condos in Utah because of design constraints, equity investment issues and the promise of a lower return for a much higher risk, according to a panel of industry experts and interviews with lenders.  The answers come after the share of condos fell to a record low in recent years in Utah and […]

Failure of manway cover determined cause of Highland flood, not pipe burst (UT)

A neighborhood in Highland was flooded by what was initially believed to be a pipe burst, but Provo River Water Users Association said it was actually due to a mechanical failure of a manway cover.  The flooding happened Saturday afternoon near the intersection of 6400 West and 10400 North.Tens of thousands of gallons of water […]

Kamas woman accused of threatening to shoot construction crew for speeding (UT)

The documents state that Deleone had ‘aggressively’ asked local law enforcement and the High Star Ranch Homeowner’s Association to take care of the problem, but allegedly decided to take matters into her own hands by following and berating drivers she deemed to be going “too fast.”   Read the article…………………………….

Neighbors of proposed Canyons condos sue over Red Pine Road driveway (UT)

Homeowners in the Timberwolf and Aspen Creek Crossing subdivisions have followed the condo development closely. They’re worried about traffic and safety impacts to Red Pine Road in upper Canyons Village.  They’d successfully lobbied the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission to ban a driveway on the property, which is behind the Escala Lodge, in 2012.    Read the […]

Fire consumes Moab Springs Ranch condo (UT)

Flames burn a two-story condominium at Moab Springs Ranch early Sunday morning. Photo courtesy of Moab Police Moab Police Chief Lex Bell in his weekly report said fire marshals were called out to investigate and the source of origin was discarded painter rags, confirmed Fire Chief TJ Brewer.    Read the article…………………………….

Neighbor suing Park City Planning Commission chair alleges HOA cover-up (UT)

Bob Theobald filed suit against Park City Planning Commission Chair Sarah Hall and her husband Gerry in May 2023, alleging they violated building and land use rules while renovating their 7-acre property in Park Meadows.  Theobald is also suing city hall, saying it didn’t provide proper oversight and adequate enforcement.    Read the article…………………………….

HOA suspects plenty of blame in Draper flooding, others say no (UT)

The HOA president in Draper’s Bellevue neighborhood said the developer, a contractor, Draper City and Salt Lake County may all share some blame in flooded basements that “looked like swimming pools” amid heavy rain this week    Read the article………………………..

Fire to multi-family condo unit in Park City displaces 20 people (UT)

Park City Police say 20 people have been displaced following a fire inside a multi-family condo unit Wednesday afternoon.  Authorities tell KSL TV’s Lauren Steinbrecher that police have arranged housing for all of those individuals displaced by the fire. The incident is in the area of 1000 Park Avenue.   Read the article………………………..

HOA fee shenanigans sour homebuying experience (UT)

There never seems to be a lack of material to discuss when it comes to HOAs (homeowner’s associations). Oh, how I wish we didn’t have to go there again, but alas, we do. Allow me to provide some context. This morning, I received a call from the buyer’s agent on a listing of mine that […]

Fox Tail Trail development draws HOA condemnation (UT)

James Letchford, president of the Hidden Meadows Homeowners Association, which represents all of the homes in the nearby area, said that the applicant will ultimately be able to make their own rules by establishing their own HOA.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Park City landowner accused of spending $3.7M of HOA funds on personal chef, nanny (UT)

A prominent Park City landowner and landlord renting out commercial and residential space on historic Main Street is facing criminal charges after prosecutors say he misappropriated millions of dollars on “significant commercial and personal expenses” including a personal chef and nanny.  The charges stem from Abdalla’s business dealings and management of the Sky Lodge condominiums and […]

Water conservation bill targeting cities and HOAs stalls in House committee (UT)

A water conservation bill that received a shout-out from Gov. Spencer Cox did not advance out of a Utah House committee Wednesday afternoon.  House Bill 95, sponsored by Rep. Ray Ward (R-Bountiful), would prohibit cities, counties, and HOAs from requiring property owners to plant or maintain only grass. They would have to provide other landscaping […]