HARRISBURG – Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) announced her legislation that would direct the Joint State Government Commission to study Common Interest Owned Communities (CIOCs) unanimously passed the House on Monday.
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.
“New rules for private communities are needed as they have evolved over the years,” said Gaydos. “Many residents have voiced their complaints about association fees and limited services, including a lack of full police coverage to road repairs and trash pickup.”
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.
“Ten years have passed since the release of the first study and the time is right for the commission to conduct a second study,” said Gaydos. “The number of CIOCs in Pennsylvania is rapidly expanding as this type of community is becoming a more popular way of developing housing. 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.”
Representative Valerie Gaydos
44th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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