This master-planned community was developed in the early 2000s and consists of 2,015 single-family homes and seven commercial owners. Special community amenities and features include a resort-style pool, a lap pool, tennis courts, pavilions and picnic areas, large green spaces, miles of walking trails, and many parks and playgrounds. Associa Principal Management Group of Houston has managed the property since 2002.
As the community grew and more drivers occupied the residential streets, association homeowners began voicing their concerns about one very dark road. Leading up to the local junior high and high school, the road was often busy with both cars and pedestrians. To reduce the dangers of the street, residents asked that the HOA install lighting fixtures. While necessary, streetlights were not a budgeted expense. The board needed guidance in how to fund a project it hadn’t planned for.
Associa Principal Management Group of Houston took steps to find an alternate solution that would not only get the road lit, but also add to the attractiveness of the community. First, the management team stressed the importance of streetlights to the board by taking video of the road at night, showing the issue at hand. Since the HOA reserve fund could not cover the cost, Associa offered to reach out to the municipal utility district (MUD) board for assistance. A team effort, management, the MUD board, the HOA board, and residents worked together to approve the project. The MUD board funded the new, decorative streetlights and the project took a year to complete. This was a learning experience for all involved that’s now used to inform future projects and repairs.