Proposed Changes to Governing Documents
Sun City Shadow Hills Community Association’s governing documents were created in 2003; and since then new laws, regulations, rules, policies, and procedures have been implemented by the Federal government, the State, and the Board of Directors.
During this past year, the Board of Directors’ Ad-Hoc Document Rewrite Committee (made up of homeowners who are or were practicing attorneys), staff, and legal counsel have worked together to update our governing documents. The major reason for the update is to make the documents compliant with current Federal and State laws as well as Association rules.
In 2014, the Davis-Stirling Act, the code which governs homeowners associations in the State of California, went through a major revision. Code numbers were changed, new laws were added, and previous laws were changed or removed. We have been complying with these changes, but need to update our governing documents to reflect current law.
Besides making the governing documents compliant with Davis-Stirling, the Association was presented with an opportunity to clarify, modernize, and make the governing documents consistent. The current governing documents are vague and confusing, with rules that conflict with one another.
Copies of the proposed governing documents are posted on the Association’s website, www.scshca.com, and can also be purchased at the HOA office for $10. The small fee is to try to recoup some of the color printing costs.
The proposed governing documents cannot be amended unless 51% of homeowners vote to approve them. To clarify, we need 1,760 votes indicating a “YES” on the ballot; this is not the total number of ballots we need to receive.
We are expecting to mail out the ballots late this summer to all homeowners, depending on the outcome of the two Town Hall meetings that were held by the Board on April 18 (after the submission of this article). If all goes as planned, vote on the documents will be held in the fall of this year.
I encourage all homeowners to read the proposed governing documents, and don’t forget to VOTE!