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    Rana Goodman

    At the Compliance discussion meeting on August 11, 2022 the “long story short” was this….. Changes already made to your property that are to be voted on as additions/correction to the compliance rules & regulations are grandfathered in.

    No flashing lights rule does NOT include your emergency light, there to assist medical help, police and  fire find your home quickly (switch at most front doors).

    If you are removing your grass in favor of turf, although the look may be almost the same, you will still need ARC approval.

    If you have any other questions please contact ARC via email since they are still not meeting, re applications in person.


    Hopefully there is an exemption to the “no flashing lights” rule for Christmas decorations or the enforcement arm of the HOA / ARC will be calling up the reserves in December.   ;-)

    What would happen if the entirety of SCA followed the strict “letter of the law” and put in requests for every tiny thing that would technically (VERY technically) require ARC approval? <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Extreme</span> examples of “changing the look of the front of your house” could reshaping / trimming your trees, replacing a sun withered plant with the same plant in the same space, replacing a damaged lighting element with the same thing, etc.


    I have received two phone calls this morning from two dog owners who have read the above report.  Their questions are based on replacing grass with artificial turf and having to get ARC’s approval before doing so.  WHY?????  ARC needs to explain their reasoning for this.  Changing rules and guidelines for the betterment of our community and the homeowners who live here make sense, but some of the committee members are ignoring reasoning and COMMON SENSE and think that just because they are members of a standing committee gives them the right to do what THEY want without explanation.  They need to be accountable to homeowners too. 

    Stephen Anderson

    In an update to the two posts above, holiday lighting will be able to twinkle and flash.  Thanks to the above comment, the section on holiday lighting will be clarified to add this to show that it is allowed for holiday lighting.

    The reason that the installation of artificial turf needs ARC approval is that the guidelines specify a minimal standard of artificial turf that needs to be installed.  Artificial turf is manufactured in many ways and some of the very cheap artificial turf is made of materials that will not last or look well in this climate.  A brief explanation of your plan along with a sample of the turf or the manufacturer’s specification of the grade of turf being utilized is basically what you would put on your ARC application.

    The ARC process is straightforward and if you want information, assistance, or just want to know the reasoning for a rule please contact the Community Standards Manager, James Arteaga, at 702-614-5820 or email compliance@scacai.com

    Rana Goodman

    The following letter was received this morning from Sandy Seddon and  she has given me permission to share it here.

    Good morning, Rana,

    Stephen Anderson happened to mention to me that you had some questions regarding our ARC approval process.  I wanted to reach out to you.

    The ARC committee reviews plans every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.  It is true that residents don’t attend, but if they would like to meet in person that can be arranged, and we do that on a case-by-case basis.  During the review meetings the committee reaches out to the residents or contractors if there is a need for clarification or questions arise.

    Depending on when an application is submitted the turnaround time can be up to 3 weeks but in most cases, it is shorter than that.

    If there is a need to expedite an application the community standards department does their best to accommodate such requests.  It really depends on how technical the submission is.

    I hope this email clears up any confusion and please feel free to reach out to me or James if you have additional questions. 702-614-5820 or email compliance@scacai.com

    Thank you,

    Sandy Seddon, CMCA, AMS, PCAM | Sun City Anthem

    Chief Operating Officer

    Rana Goodman

    A short time ago, an owner in Model Village made a presentation to the SCA board of directors and to ARC regarding an alternate screening for the iron fences we have separating many of the homes in SCA.

    ‘At the time the chair of ARC was adamantly opposed to anything but perforated steel which was far more costly. His statement was that the perforated steel was far superior and would not rust. Well, that would be the case if the homeowner went to the added expense of having the steel sheeting powder coated, not just having it installed the way it is purchased.

    I mentioned that I had seen many of the steel backed fencing rusting and the rust ran down to the brick foundation and stained them. My comments were dismissed. As I returned home yesterday, I took a photograph of such a fence and present it to you here in the hopes that, perhaps NOW ARC will approve adding the alternate lining to our permitted items.

    Shirley Otradovec

    Please check with James Artega.  Its my understanding that there are now 5 or so alternatives to the steel mesh screening that you mention.  I’m pretty sure the HOA office has a display board of several screening choices; with a couple of selections not too dissimilar (but heavier) to the light weight wire rabbit protection screening used for plants that some owners used in the past and received violation notices about.

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