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.

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.

Spring 2019 Class Schedule

Class descriptions, including date, time and location, are available by selecting the following links below. Classes with less than 10 registrants will be cancelled.

Registration is currently closed.

Monday, Jan 7, 6-8:00 pm – Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd.

A panel of HOA attorney’s and managers will play a Jeopardy! style game that will focus on common questions and issues faced by HOAs in Arizona. Both correct and incorrect answers will also be discussed by the show’s host. Instructor: Shaw & Lines, LLC

Tuesday, Jan 22, 1-3:00 p.m. Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd.

Caring for a family member or close friend is one of the most important roles one will ever play. This presentation offers a framework that includes: starting the conversation, forming your team, making a plan, finding support, and caring for yourself. Instructor: AARP Community Education

Tuesday, Jan 29, 1– 3:00 p.m. Mustang Library, 10101 N 90th St.

Join a member of City Staff who works with the Historic Preservation Commission for a virtual tour of those neighborhoods in Scottsdale that have been designated “historic”. What does it mean? Which neighborhoods? Is our history protected? It will be an educational tour of Scottsdale history! Instructor: City of Scottsdale Historic Preservation Officer

Thursday, Jan 31, 1-3:00 p.m. Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd.

“Fair Housing.” The phrase can strike fear in all community managers and boards. Attendees should walk away from the seminar with an understanding of the basic tenets of the Fair Housing Act and how to best apply it within their communities. The seminar will provide information regarding discrimination, religion, community rules, disabilities, service animals, criminals and age-restricted communities. Instructor: Goodman Law Firm

Monday, Feb 4, 1-3:00 p.m., Mustang Library, 10101 N 90th St.

What are the pros/cons of short-term rentals in an association? What does Arizona law state regarding short term rentals? What rights does an owner have to rent a lot/unit as a short-term rental? Can an association’s board prohibit short-term rentals? This “hot topic” class will address all of these questions and more! There will also be a free Q&A by a seasoned community association law attorney at the end of the session. Instructor: Mulcahy Law Firm

Feb. 6 - Scottsdale: Behind the Photos (afternoon class)

Wednesday, Feb 6, 1-3:00 p.m. - Mustang Library Auditorium 10101 N 90th St.

Note: Same class offered twice – no need to register for more than one class. Part 3 of our “History of Scottsdale” series features an in-depth look at several iconic photos of Scottsdale and an explanation of how the photos tell the story of Scottsdale’s development. Sometimes they involve famous people, solve a mystery, or explain how or why something was built. Instructor: City of Scottsdale Citizen Service

Feb. 11 - Scottsdale: Behind the Photos (evening class)

Monday, Feb 11, 6-7:45 p.m. - Mustang Library Auditorium 10101 N 90th St.

Note: Same class offered twice – no need to register for more than one class. Part 3 of our “History of Scottsdale” series features an in-depth look at several iconic photos of Scottsdale and an explanation of how the photos tell the story of Scottsdale’s development. Sometimes they involve famous people, solve a mystery, or explain how or why something was built. Instructor: City of Scottsdale Citizen Service

Tuesday, Feb 19, 1-3:00 p.m. at the Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd

Are you struggling to make ends meet? Is your credit card debt mounting? Do you need help controlling, improving or protecting your finances? This presentation addresses budgeting, managing credit and debt, and saving and protecting assets, and offers financial tools and resources. Instructor: AARP Community Education

Thursday, Feb 21, from 1-3:00 p.m. at the Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd

Your management company is one of the most important relationships for your community association. We will discuss tips on finding the right management company for your community, how to write an RFP (Request for Proposal) and how to compare the true cost of management, and the importance of education and ethics. Instructor: Tri-City Property Management

Monday, Feb 25, 6-8:00 p.m., Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd

Class is full registration closed. Back by popular demand, this lively seminar will pit lawyer versus lawyer to discuss both sides of the most popular HOA issues. An attorney from a law firm that represents HOA owners and an attorney from a law firm that represent HOAs will debate and discuss commonly litigated HOA issues. Instructor: Shaw & Lines, LLC

Thursday, Feb 28, 1-3:00 p.m., Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd

The instructor will review of all the important HOA cases decided in America during 2018. What do you need to know? You’ll find out in this interesting class! Instructor: Carpenter Hazlewood Delgado & Bolen, LLP

Wednesday, Mar 6, 1-3:00 p.m., Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N 90th St

Class is full registration closed. Did you know that one of the most common mistakes an HOA or Condo makes is not following the Arizona Open Meeting Law? Regular sessions, executive sessions, owners wanting to tape the meetings, quorums, notice requirements, use of email for board votes, board participation via telephone or Skype, emergency meetings ... this law can make your head spin! This class will discuss how associations can SHINE at their Annual Meetings. We will discuss the annual meeting process from A to Z, what to do if an association cannot get a quorum and how to increase attendance at your Annual Meeting. Instructor: Mulcahy Law Firm

Wednesday, Mar 13, 1-3:00 p.m., Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N 90th St

Conflicts of interest in an Association are real and cannot be ignored. If left unaddressed, they can threaten your Association, its day-to-day operations, and the sense of community every Association strives to achieve. This class will explain the importance of having a clear understanding of what constitutes a conflict of interest, the problems they can create, and how your Association and board of directors should address and avoid them. Instructor: V-F Law

Wednesday, Mar 20, 1-3:00 p.m., Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N 90th St

Bruce is back with three all new cases from the 1970’s and 1990’s, yet they have relevance today. The cases include a mystery of a dead man in his brother’s condo, a “runaway” teenager whose body was found more than 10 years later, and a shocking story of two men who were murdered after a road rage incident. Instructor: Bruce Wall, City of Scottsdale

Monday, Mar 25, 6-7:45 p.m., Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N 90th St

Bruce is back with three all new cases from the 1970’s and 1990’s, yet they have relevance today. The cases include a mystery of a dead man in his brother’s condo, a “runaway” teenager whose body was found more than 10 years later, and a shocking story of two men who were murdered after a road rage incident. Instructor: Bruce Wall, City of Scottsdale

To be added to the waiting list email  college@scottsdaleaz.gov.

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.

Contact Information

Bruce Wall 
Program Coordinator
P: 480-312-7898
bwall@ScottsdaleAZ.gov 

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