Gilbert’s Congress of Neighborhoods gathers for the eighth year Saturday — this time to review how residents would rewrite covenants, conditions and restrictions that govern homeowners associations.
At the event, Town Manager George Pettit will also advise residents of upcoming road and construction projects so they can more easily make their way through town and avoid delays.
The event is held annually to seek input from residents, particularly on HOA or town issues. The information is often used to encourage changes to town code or state law.
This year for the first time attendees will be able to vote electronically on issues presented.
“It’s important for people to be involved in a community, especially one that deals with things like HOAs and development, to improve their quality of life,” said Tim Rinesmith, chairman of the congress.
Cynthia Dunham, former Gilbert mayor and founder of The Leadership Centre that provides HOA training to residents and boards, said this year the goal is to establish what areas of CC&Rs residents would like to see change — from landscape and parking restrictions to pet limits.
The goal is to create a template CC&R and encourage the town to offer it to developers. In addition, the congress will review what other changes the town could implement — one idea is to require developers to establish funds for maintaining roads, pools and roofs, after they turn the association over to residents.
The Town Council had for several years investigated a model CC&R to offer developers, but has since tabled the issue in hopes the state may take it up.
Gilbert Congress of Neighborhoods
• 7:30 a.m.: Breakfast and registration
• 8 a.m.: Welcome and ice breaker
• 8:30 a.m.: “Creating Model Covenants, Codes & Restrictions”
• 10 a.m.: Break
• 10:30 a.m.: “Getting Around Town or How to Navigate Construction in Gilbert”
• 11:45 a.m.: Door prizes, surveys
Where: Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert