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Neighborhood College

In Scottsdale, the success of our community is defined by how we as individuals address and respond to neighborhood issues and challenges. Believing that one person can make a difference, the city of Scottsdale developed the Neighborhood College to provide residents, neighborhood groups and homeowners associations with the information, resources and tools needed to become effective neighborhood leaders.

Spring 2018

Professional, volunteer instructors invite you to participate in classes regarding city programs, volunteer opportunities, personal safety tips and HOA guidelines. Classes are offered at no cost but registration is required. Classes are subject to cancellation if less than 10 (ten) individuals are registered or confirmed for each class.

Download the Neighborhood College 2018 Class Schedule (PDF)

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Class Schedule 

Class descriptions, including date, time and location, are available by selecting the following links:

Wednesday, Jan 24, 1-3 p.m., Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N 90th St

Did you know that a recent Arizona Court of Appeals decision will likely have a major impact on a community associations’ ability to validly assess and collect monetary penalties (aka fines)? This class will discuss the following minimum requirements in order to validly assess monetary penalties (aka fines), legally proper methods to collect fines from owners and alternative options to pursue enforcement of violations (e.g. suspending voting rights; suspending rights to use common areas/facilities; exercising self-help; ADRE complaints; injunctive relief lawsuits, etc.). A free fine schedule will be provided to each attendee.

Monday, Jan 29, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd.

Who was the first resident of Scottsdale? What convenience of modern life was invented by Scottsdale employees? Learn how Scottsdale developed from a small town to the innovative city of today. Seating is limited.

Tuesday, Jan 30, 1-3:00 p.m., Mustang Library, 10101 N 90th St

As a standing committee, the Architectural Review Committee is one of the association’s most active and important committees. Its main purpose is to review and approve or disapprove architectural submissions by owners. We will discuss how this important committee and committees in general should function for the success of the association.

Monday, Feb 5, 6-8 p.m., Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd

Do you understand the terms ‘reasonable modification’ and ‘reasonable accommodation’? The board of directors should! This class will provide you with a clear understanding of the association’s requirements with regard to the Federal Fair Housing Act and other federal laws. Additionally, we will cover the importance of reviewing governing documents.

Tuesday, Feb 6, 6-8 p.m. Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd

This session will touch on the “Top 10 Fundamentals” of being an effective and knowledgeable Board Member. We will identify the responsibilities and give a broad view of how all the working parts of an HOA or Condominium Association come together and attendees will walk away with an understanding of how even the smallest decisions can have unintended consequences. Areas to be discussed include: CC&R’s, bylaws, and rules & regulations; roles of the Board and of the homeowner ; service providers; reserves & budgets; assessments; bills; and delinquencies.

Monday, Feb 12, 6-7:30 p.m., Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N 90th St

Living in a glass house gives you a great view…until you consider your loss of privacy...and that you have to wash all those windows! Living in an HOA is the same. There may be a few benefits (communal pool, no neighbors leaving garbage strewn across the front lawn), but there are downsides and negatives. Learn what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s ugly about living in an HOA.

 

Tuesday, Feb 13, 6-8 p.m., Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd

This seminar will discuss the laws that regulate Homeowner Association Meetings (Board Meetings, Annual Meetings, Member Meetings and Committee Meetings) with a special emphasis on the evolving law concerning the use of e-mails and unanimous written consent.

Monday, Feb 19, 6-8 p.m., Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd

When does the HOA’s ability to enforce CC&R’s end and the City of Scottsdale’s Code Enforcement begin? In this class, you’ll learn how to work with Code Enforcement in a positive manner. Come and get your questions about Code Enforcement answered.

Tuesday, Feb 20, 1-2:00 p.m., Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N 90th St

Note: Same class offered three times – no need to register for more than one class. Learn about some of the most “nefarious” people in Scottsdale’s history and the Scottsdale lawmen who tracked them down (or not). The stories include a murderous mailman, a cruel chauffeur, and a murder mystery with three possible endings! You’ll be intrigued and will learn a lot about Scottsdale!

Thursday, Feb 22, 6-7:00 p.m., Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N 90th St

Note: Same class offered three times – no need to register for more than one class. Learn about some of the most “nefarious” people in Scottsdale’s history and the Scottsdale lawmen who tracked them down (or not). The stories include a murderous mailman, a cruel chauffeur, and a murder mystery with three possible endings! You’ll be intrigued and will learn a lot about Scottsdale!

Monday, Feb 26, 6-7:00 p.m. - Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St.

Note: Same class offered three times – no need to register for more than one class. Learn about some of the most “nefarious” people in Scottsdale’s history and the Scottsdale lawmen who tracked them down (or not). The stories include a murderous mailman, a cruel chauffeur, and a murder mystery with three possible endings! You’ll be intrigued and will learn a lot about Scottsdale!

Wednesday, Feb 28, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd

Are your documents outdated? Learn how to amend your governing documents in the most efficient way possible, by setting realistic goals and expectations and attempting to do so without it costing your community a small fortune.

Wednesday, Mar 7, 1-2:30 p.m., Mustang Library, 10101 N 90th St

Nightly vacation rentals and care homes are just a few of the types of businesses that can open in your neighborhood. These homes may cause traffic, parking, noise, etc. State and federal laws prohibit HOAs from completely prohibiting these homes. HOAs can’t keep them out, but HOAs can require compliance with their governing documents. What can your HOA change in the CC&Rs to regulate the activities these homes may generate? NOTE: The City cannot enforce HOA private deed restrictions or CC&R’s. That is a primary responsibility of the HOA.

Thursday, Mar 8, 1-2:30 p.m., Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N 90th St

Last sessions class on “HOA’s and the Police Department” received some of the highest ratings from the participants of any class. We’ve invited back the same instructor to teach a completely different topic. Learn the techniques used by professionals in highly stressful situations to turn complaints into “win-win” situations for you and the person to whom you’re talking. This class will be taught by a Scottsdale Police Officer specially trained in de-escalation techniques. Please note that this is not a “self-defense” class. You will be learning ways to use words and actions to calm down contentious moments

Wednesday, Mar 14, 1-2:30 p.m., Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N 90th St

Who was the first resident of Scottsdale? What convenience of modern life was invented by Scottsdale employees? Learn how Scottsdale developed from a small town to the innovative city of today. Seating is limited.

 

Neighborhood College Video Series

Learn the responsibilities of an HOA board member, how the working parts of an HOA or Condominium Association come together and how the smallest decisions can have unintended consequences.

A discussion on the ins and outs of HOAs’ CC&R enforcement with an emphasis on the statutory regulations regarding the enforcement of CC&Rs.

The roles and responsibilities of an HOA board member and how to assure the association's business is conducted in an efficient and professional manner.

Understanding an association's requirements with regard to the Federal Fair Housing Act and other federal laws. Also learn the importance of amending an HOA's governing documents.