Citizen Association Services Committee
Issues Facing Community Associations and Ideas for Future Fairfax Federation Programming
- Here is a list of issues identified by community association members that could be the subject of future Fairfax Federation membership meetings, or possibly additional workshops.
- What issues are facing your association? If you have questions about administration and governance of associations (including voluntary civic associations) that you would like to see addressed, contact CASC chair Don Hinman - FedAssociationServicesChr2013 @ fairfaxfederation.org..
Virginia’s Common Interest Community Board (CICB) and CIC Ombudsman
- The CICB website: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/CIC-Board
- The CIC Ombudsman: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Homeowners-Associations/
- Important Announcement for HOAs and Condominium Associations
- The new CIC Ombudsman Regulation (discussed at several Federation meetings as shown in Section VII.) went into effect on July 1, 2012. The regulation requires associations to develop an association complaint procedure and submit it by September 28 to the Office of the CIC Ombudsman
- The Federation collaborated with the County in putting on a July 31 Open Forum at the County Government Center. The Forum featured presentations from Heather Gillespie (CIC Ombudsman) and Kenneth Chadwick (Attorney).
- Another information source is the 17 July 2012 broadcast of Your Community, Your Call (Fairfax County cable TV), which focused in part on the new Ombudsman regulation. (The program also focused on legislation from the 2012 General Assembly session). This program can viewed via Video on Demand by clicking on the Channel 16 link in section III.
Fairfax County Government: Helpful information for HOAs and Condominium Associations
Community Associations Institute (CAI) and VALAC
Federation Collaboration with Fairfax County in Developing Educational Materials for Associations
Meeting Reports of the Citizen Association Services Committee (CASC)
- February 2011 Federation Membership Meeting
- February 2012 Membership Meeting Presentation
- Laws and Regulations Concerning Community Association Administration and Governance
- Michelle Thompson, Fairfax County’s Community Association Liaison, was the featured speaker at the Feb. 23 Federation Membership meeting. Ms. Thompson updated attendees on recent state regulations and legislative initiatives that have significant impacts on HOAs and condominium associations. A state body known as the Common Interest Community Board (CICB) has been in existence since 2008. HOA and condominium leaders and residents need to be aware of CICB regulations.
- State regulations governing management firms took effect in April 2010 and rules requiring state certification of individual managers took effect in March 2012. Regulations that took effect on July 1, 2012 require all HOA and condo boards to have in place (or to create) formal procedures for handling complaints from residents, and to submit documentation to the CICB. Association leaders in Fairfax County and throughout the state have a full plate and the presentation brought leaders to date on association responsibilities and issues.
- Ms. Thompson also collaborated with Don Hinman on an update of state legislation (PPT PDF). Mr. Hinman serves as one of three community association volunteer leaders on the board of the Virginia Legislative Action Committee (VALAC) of the Community Associations Institute. He also chairs the Fairfax Federation’s Citizen Association Services Committee (CASC) and welcomes suggestions on how the CASC website can be made more useful to community association leaders.
- If you have questions about administration and governance of associations (including voluntary civic associations) that you would like to see addressed, please contact Mr. Hinman at FedAssociationServicesChr2013@fairfaxfederation.org