Often some of the most challenging questions a chair must handle during an annual meeting come from members of the “opposition” who don’t believe the board is being fair to them, and who are afraid their rights will be violated by something that happens at a meeting. When owners take this type of concern to an extreme, they may appear to be conspiracy theorists, convinced that the board and manager are conspiring to deprive them of their rights.
Most community associations have a set of guidelines that spell out its architectural design standards and review processes. These guidelines should reflect a balance between individual rights and the good of the entire association. They generally explain:
- The association’s authority to review designs.
- Changes that must be approved.
- The design review process.
The N.C. General Assembly’s House Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations has concluded its series of public meetings across the state and has issued its interim report.
Last year, the N.C. legislature appointed the House Select Committee assigned to gather input from the public and recommend changes to laws that affect HOAs. The committee held several public hearings last year, and we saw some legislation passed – House Bill 165, which I discussed in my Aug. 19 column found here: bit.ly/pPRA4K.
The committee held another public meeting again this week to seek input from homeowners on what changes, if any, are needed to the laws governing HOAs. Some 45 homeowners from across the state spoke at the meeting – some were board members, others were simply concerned homeowners.