HOA Secession from Local Government: The future of Planned Communities?

“[I]n the future, more complete forms of private secession may become possible. For example, if neighborhood associations become more numerous, the political pressures for substantial rebates from property taxes – for relief from the current system of ‘double taxation’ – are bound to grow.”

Private Neighborhoods and the Transformation of Local Government, Robert H. Nelson, (Urban Institute Press 2005).

The view that planned communities are equivalent to principalities is strongly presented in the book. Six chapters are reviewed from Parts V, Creating HOA Constitutions, and VI, Neighborhood Asociations in American Life, that include chapter titles of: Neighborhood Legislature, Freedom of Neighborhood Association, A Democracy of Property Owners and Neighborhood Secession.

To obtain the complete Commentaries on Private Associations and Local Government, download Secession (PDF).

For additional information, see the Ned Peirce Commentary in the Arizona Capitol Times, or United HOAS.


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Published in: on September 8, 2005 at 2:16 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Hi, I log on to your new stuff daily. Your story-telling style is awesome, keep doing what you’re doing!

  2. […] I would think it would be easier for Lockwood to adopt a Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions after acquiring Belle Isle from Detroit and start shouting to the FEDs and Michigan, “no interference in contacts, no interference in contracts!”  With a Declaration there would be no need for government approval or compliance to laws or ordinances, etc.  And, so long as money flows back to the powers that be, anything can be included in the Declaration.  Robert Nelson proposed such a secessionist future in 2005. See HOA Secession from Local Government: The future of Planned Communities? […]


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