Homeowners Association in Natomas Sparks Anger

SACRAMENTO -- A grassroots effort is underway in Natomas to possibly take down a homeowners association because of too many ticky-tack policies.

At the center of the controversy is the Natomas Park Community Center. The homeowners association is asking residents to vote on whether or not they want a renovation of that facility to the tune of $11.5 million. A project that would raise HOA fees for residents.

Resident Dennis Maloney is leading the charge against the community center's expansion. He's lived in Natomas Park since 2001, and he says the proposed HOA fee increase from $70 to $105 per month and other issues are fueling his anger. And he isn't the only one.

"I definitely think there is some frustration bubbling up to the surface," Maloney said. "There's a parking issue where people are being told they can't park on the street anymore."

Not just anymore, not ever!

According to the compliance manager in charge of Natomas Park, the rule that  residents can't park on the street, only visitors, has been in effect ever since the community opened back in 1999.

"Yeah, basically anyone that is in the area who wants to park there can, except for the homeowners," said resident Brian Ash, who has received letters from the homeowners association about parking his car in front of his own home, as well as other issues.

The warnings include threats of a fine if he doesn't comply. He has written letters to the association asking for a change, but says nothing ever does.

"It's something you've just kind of gotten used to over the years," he said. "But to hear they're going to increase it on top of what we already pay with all the issues and concerns we've had, it's disheartening to hear that."

Most of the rules at Natomas Park have been in place since 1999 when the nearly 4,000-home community first opened. But Maloney believes it's time for a change. He and some of his neighbors are looking to vote down the proposed expansion for the community center, and if successful, they hope that leads to changes on the governing board.

"I don't feel stuck because, ultimately, I think this board can be replaced. Generally, HOAs can have a lot of power, and I think it depends on the composition of the HOA and really how power-hungry they get."

Voting on the community center's renovation is ongoing for the next couple of months by its residents.

FOX40 did reach out to the Natomas Park Homeowners Association but did not receive a response back.