I would like to bring attention to and congratulate our Fishers City Council on passing a new law; an amendment to our Unified Development Ordinance (Ordinance No. 021819E), which will protect our residents against faulty construction and maintenance of HOA “common area” by a residential housing developer, before this common area and responsibility is turned over to the homeowners’ HOA.
Many of our new neighborhoods are built with a common area for the enjoyment of the homeowners. But until now, the housing developer had little accountability for the quality of these common areas and could force the homeowners to take responsibility for this property once the developer had completed their housing build-out. This made no sense. No homeowner would “close” on a new house without a third-party inspection, so why did we not require an inspection of the common areas that were also part of the homeowners’ responsibilities? With this new law, the common areas must be inspected by a qualified third party and approved/corrected before the developer will be allowed to transfer ownership of the property.
Late last year, Fishers City Council member Brad DeReamer proposed this new law to the Plan Commission but received no support at the time. Earlier this year, councilman DeReamer pressed the Plan Commission once again and was voted down 8-1. Then, on March 18 at the city council meeting, with Mayor Scott Fadness’ recommendation and DeReamer’s persistence, the city council passed the law unanimously.
With the rapid development of our city, this is a good example of our government working with private enterprise in order to protect the interests of our citizens and encourage growth of private development.
Many thanks to the mayor and the Fishers City Council.
Steve Wohrle, Fishers