HARRISBURG – Legislation authored by Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) that would direct the Joint State Government Commission to study Common Interest Owned Communities (CIOCs) passed the House Urban Affairs Committee today.
House Resolution 69
would focus on the impact the communities have on local governments and Pennsylvania, the challenges facing the residents and governing bodies of these CIOCs, and opportunities for the Commonwealth to assist local governments and CIOCs to deliver adequate services to their residents at an affordable cost.
“The number of CIOCs in Pennsylvania is rapidly expanding as this type of community is becoming a more popular way of developing housing,” said Gaydos. “Due to these factors, it is important for us to continually get an updated picture of these communities and recommendations, in order to better serve our residents located in these communities.”
In 2009, the House passed House Resolution 350 directing the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a similar study. Released in 2011, it provided a more robust picture of the planned communities, cooperatives and condominiums, or CIOCs, that are located in Pennsylvania.
“It has been 10 years since the release of the first study,” said Gaydos. “New rules for private communities are needed as they have evolved over the years. Many of my constituents have voiced their concerns about association fees and limited services, including a lack of full police coverage to road repairs and trash pickup.”
The legislator added that a study is needed to determine if that is an appropriate form of governance, and if so, what their duties and responsibilities should be.
House Resolution 69 now moves to the full House of Representatives for consideration.
Representative Valerie Gaydos
44th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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