The problem with planned communities | Milford PA | Local News: Pennsylvania's Uniform Planned Community Act of 1997 regulates homeowners' associations that own or maintain common areas. Typically, a homeowners' association will own, maintain, or control open spaces, entrance gates, streets, street lights, walking trails, beaches, hydrants, storm water management systems, and on-site septic systems, unless these services and amenities are dedicated to the municipality in which they are located.
Peifer said the Uniform Planned Community Act is a good document but it has no “teeth” to it.
John Crerand, president of the Alliance of Community Associations, said the Act needs to be amended so that the answer to every problem arising between homeowners and their community boards of directors is not always “sue me.” This is the only legal route an individual homeowner can take, but it is cost-prohibitive, he said.
The article goes on to cite a host of ills plaguing Pennsylvania's version of Privatopia including double property taxation -- a local government tax bill plus another from the HOA.