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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.

Fall 2017

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 2017 Class Schedule (PDF)

Due to the overwhelming response, the class “From Scott to Drinkwater: The History of Scottsdale” on Nov 9 from 1-2:30 pm is now closed to registration. We added a second class on Tuesday, Nov 28 from 6-7:30 pm. Please see the class schedule below.

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Class Schedule 

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

6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sep. 26 – Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Rd.

This seminar will discuss practical ways to increase member involvement in the HOA. Special attention will be paid on how to increase member attendance at Annual Meetings, Board Meetings and other HOA related events.

1 – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 - Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Rd.

Several examples of real HOA case law will be explored that provoke thought and discussion about different ways these cases could be approached.

1 – 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 - Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St.

This session mimics real life situations and you will be both educated and entertained with humorous tales. This session will also examine the various actions to take to avoid being involved in fraudulent real estate transactions.

1 – 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 - Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St.

An HOA attorney will explain and remove the confusion from each of the community association bills passed in the most recent legislative session. The steps required of your association to reach compliance will be spelled out. We will then move into the top 10 things that get boards into trouble, spending time on Arizona’s Open Meeting law, foreclosure and bankruptcy, association fines and penalties, inspection of books and records by association members plus 6 other areas that are commonly mishandled by the board of directors.

Oct. 16 - What Am I?

6 – 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16 - City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

As a multi-family unit, do you know what your responsibilities are? This class is a general overview of the various types of housing communities and the similarities and differences they have. Gain an understanding of your association’s documents and how your community works in relation to maintenance and insurance responsibilities, budgeting, and generally how to get along in your type of neighborhood.

NOTE: This presentation will be held in the City Hall Kiva (where the City Council meets) because it will be video recorded for the Neighborhood College Video Library.


1 – 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 - Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St.

Do your association’s CC&Rs and bylaws contain unclear or contradictory language; developer language long after the developer is gone and/or provisions that conflict with Arizona and federal law? If you answered yes to one of these questions, your association’s documents may need to be amended. This class will teach an easy to follow 5-step process for amending association documents.

6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 - Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Rd.

Every community association has a curmudgeon, which is defined as a “bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.” This seminar will provide practical tips on how to work with a curmudgeon and how to ensure that a curmudgeon does not ruin your quality of life or your relationship with the Board or Association causing potential legal liability.

1 – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 - Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Rd.

What do you do about wild parties, speeding on private streets or people disrupting your HOA Board meeting? A member of the Scottsdale Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit will discuss your options and explore some tried and true solutions!

1 – 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 - 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.

1 – 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.15 - Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St.

When it comes to association records, the importance of good record keeping and management cannot be overstated. Who is handling this task? Are all of the Board members educated on how to manage official association communications? What software system is the management company using? Come and learn all the ins and outs of record keeping, best practice pointers, and engage in a Q&A session to address your communities’ specific concern.

6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 - 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 develop from a small town to the innovative city of today.

6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 - Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Rd.

This session is for anyone who lives in a homeowners' association or condominium association. Learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Planned Communities Act and Condominium Act and how to enforce those rights, including the right to inspect your association's books and records, attend and record meetings, and defend against violations and fines. Topics will include how to respond (and not respond) to CC&R violation notices and fines, what to do if the HOA says you owe assessments or other charges, dealing with overly-aggressive boards and property managers, and what to do if you think you're being unfairly singled out.

Appaloosa Library, 7377 E. Silverstone Dr.

In its second year! Network with other HOA Board Members for this interesting discussion. Share what works and what doesn’t – and why! This monthly discussion will be led by a neutral moderator.


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.