With the economy theoretically on the upswing, it is likely we will see more commercial development occurring. Oftentimes, this development isn’t something that residents in your community association want or support as this story points out. However, before your community association decides to fight a development and heads to the city council meetings, as a board member you need to ask a few questions to make sure you are acting within your scope and appropriately:
- Does the association have the authority to spend association funds to fight the development?
- Does the board know what the residents think about the development?
- Does the board speak for a majority of the residents for a vocal minority?
- What does the board hope to accomplish, both ideally and realistically?
To answer these questions boards should understand the development approval process, consult with legal counsel regarding authority, have meetings with owners and perhaps even survey the community. Only then can a comprehensive strategy be developed to fight the development.