CAC-CAI’s Building Community Partnerships Summit generates dialogue on homeowner association issues
GOODYEAR, Az. - The Central Arizona Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAC-CAI) held its “Building Community Partnerships Summit” on Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Estrella by Newland Starpointe Residents Club in Goodyear, Arizona. The purpose of the summit was to bring together homeowner association (HOA) residents, managers, city officials and state legislators to develop relationships, identify mutually beneficial resources and create an open dialogue around HOA issues.
The event allowed homeowners to voice their opinions on HOAs, including recent legislative changes, directly to city and state officials. Attendees were able to gather valuable information about the legislative process, resources available to their community associations, and learn the most efficient and effective means of communicating with local officials and state representatives.
Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko and Majority Whip Rick Gray of District 21 were in attendance, as well as Rep. Paul Boyer of District 20 and Sen. Don Shooter of District 13. The city of Goodyear was well represented at the event, with Mayor Georgia Lord and Assistant to the Mayor Rob Bohr attending, as well as Chief Building Official Ed Kulick, City Council member Sharolyn Hohman and Code Compliance Director Gail Bosgeiter.
Peoria’s Neighborhood and Revitalization Manager, Carin Imig, and Neighborhood Programs Coordinator, Jaime Gonzalez, were able to participate in the event, as well as Glendale’s Neighborhood Partnerships Director, Angie Wilkie. Community residents, board members, managers and HOA industry professionals were able to network with these city and state officials, engage in roundtable discussions, and participate in question and answer sessions over lunch.
Many important association-related issues were discussed throughout the course of the event—from street parking regulation to the role of developers in communities, to the contractual nature of governing documents and even solar energy. Attendees acknowledged that often times, association-related legislation is proposed in response to one constituent’s ‘bad’ experience with his or her HOA. Rep. Paul Boyer acknowledged the dangers of anecdotal legislation and expressed a keen willingness to work with CAC-CAI in addressing association-related constituent concerns.
'It is vital for homeowners to have the opportunity to engage in an open, productive dialogue with local and state officials about their homeowners associations. It’s equally important that these homeowners know there are resources available that can help them increase harmony, reduce conflict and build stronger, more successful communities,' said CAC-CAI President Josh Bolen.
According to Bolen, a key resource available to homeowners is the ‘Community Association Governance Guidelines.’ Developed by the Community Associations Institute, the guidelines contain 12 principles that can assist community association volunteer leaders with building better communities. The guidelines cover a range of topics including annual meetings, assessments, elections and financial transparency.