A message from the President of the NPOA
Welcome to the website of the Neighborhood Property Owners’ Association of Fountain Hills, Arizona, Inc. (NPOA).
This website was developed to assist property owners within Fountain Hills neighborhoods covered by NPOA guidelines. Not all neighborhoods in Fountain Hills are affiliated with the NPOA. To find out whether your property is located within NPOA jurisdiction, check the NPOA-Affiliated Properties section of this website
The NPOA was formed as an Arizona Nonprofit Corporation in 1992 by Fountain Hills residents dedicated to preserving the beauty of local neighborhoods by upholding the development guidelines initiated by McCulloch Properties, the master developer of Fountain Hills.
These guidelines serve as standards for architectural development and are codified in the Neighborhood Development Guide, which is enforced by the Association’s primary working committee—the Neighborhood Committee of Architecture (NCOA).
The NCOA, which meets at 8:45 a.m. every Tuesday, maintains architectural control of Member plats. This entails review of building plans for new construction and all other architectural alterations, including but not limited to repainting, demolitions, remodels/additions, porches, patios, walls, fences, solar, pools, awnings, gazebos, BBQs, etc. Appropriate permit fees and compliance deposits apply. The NPOA does not provide Members with insurance.
The NPOA is not a homeowners association (HOA) or Planned Community, as defined by Arizona’s Planned Community Act, and collects no regular dues or assessments from Member property owners. The NPOA is an Arizona Non-Profit Corporation with authority for architectural control wtihin member plats per deed restrictions that run with the land.
The Association’s authority is rooted in its recorded Declaration of Reservations, which applies to all plats under NPOA jurisdiction—some 4,400 lots in Fountain Hills. The Declaration of Reservations is a contract, the terms of which are deemed accepted by property owners upon taking ownership. The Declaration of Reservations is part of the deed and is included in the title package.
Participation in the NPOA is not voluntary. If a lot is within NPOA jurisdiction, the property owner is a Member of the NPOA—even though he or she may not have participated in the plat’s original vote to join the Association. Members enjoy the benefits and protections afforded by the NPOA and must follow the Neighborhood Development Guide during initial construction and later maintenance or improvement of their property.
If you would like to learn more about how the Association keeps Member neighborhoods looking nice, go to the NPOA By-laws and Meeting Schedule & NCOA Agenda sections of this website. Minutes of the most recent Board of Directors meeting and the most recent NPOA Annual General Meeting are also linked.
The various forms needed to obtain approval for new construction or later improvements or additions may be found in the Forms & Fees section of this website.
NPOA operations are overseen by the Board of Directors, which is elected by the Association’s Congress of Delegates—volunteers who represent their various plats. Members of the Neighborhood Committee of Architecture are appointed by the Board, as are members of other committees. No Director, committee member or plat Delegate receives any compensation for his or her services; all are volunteers. Listing of the Board of Directors, members of the NCOA, other committees and plat Delegates may be found in the Board of Directors, Committees, Plat Delegates section of this website.
For additional History of the NPOA, please see the Keynote Remarks delivered by the Association’s first President, Jerold L. Miles, at the NPOA’s 2012 Annual General Meeting and 20th Anniversary Celebration on April 28, 2012.
Since its formation in 1992, the NPOA has become the largest volunteer community organization in Fountain Hills. In addition to carrying out its duties as specified in the Declaration of Reservations, the NPOA seeks to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and matters of concern among Member property owners. And, through its Member Outreach Committee, the Association sponsors social and informational activities for its Members.
Per its Articles of Incorporation and By-laws, the NPOA is prohibited from participating in political activities or endorsing any political candidate or proposed ordinance. The Association does not purport to be a spokesman for its Members before the Town Council or any other agency. The NPOA is a service organization that operates to benefit its Members.
For more than 21 years the volunteers of the NPOA have served their neighbors and Fountain Hills, providing cooperative and professional assistance as the Association works to maintain high architectural standards in our town.
The success of every community rests on involvement of its residents. If you are an NPOA Member and are interested in any of the following areas of service, please contact the NPOA office at (480) 837-5317:
- Neighborhood Committee of Architecture
- Board of Directors
- By-laws Committee
- Member Outreach
- Delegate Liaison
- Will Volunteer where Needed
For any questions or comments, please contact the NPOA office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. We look forward to meeting you!
James B. Waddell
NPOA logo design by Michael Gallagher.
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