Today's Ahwatukee Board of Management (ABM) is part design and part evolution. When originally conceived in 1972 as a master-planned community, areas of Ahwatukee were zoned for families, retirees, and for different housing needs and price ranges.

Through evolution, the ABM serves as a "master association" for its geographic boundaries of nearly 5,100 homes. Yet, 51 percent of homes within the ABM are also part of at least one other "sub" or "additional" association created after the ABM was established.

Each time a developer built a new section of Ahwatukee, that builder recorded a different set of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions ("CC&Rs"), rules for the neighborhood. Each of these CCR's reference the Ahwatukee Board of Management as the "master" association and each of these homes pay a small, annual assessment to the ABM.

Benefits of living within the ABM include preference at the ABM's RV Park and discounted class registration at the ABM's community center, swimming pool and tennis courts.

Residents also benefit from mundane but important work such as maintenance of 106 acres of greenbelt and drainage channels and the administrative tasks involved with CCR enforcement and property transfers.

Perhaps the most recognizable secondary association within the ABM boundaries is the Ahwatukee Recreation Center. or the ARC. The stated purpose of the ARC is "to establish and conduct a general social, cultural, recreational and amusement enterprise for the benefit of its members..."

Membership was limited to owners and occupants of residential units in the retirement tracts within Ahwatukee. It wouldn't have been fair to assess all of the ABM for facilities and activities only a certain population can use so the ARC was created.

The ARC has a separate board of directors, an assessment for retirement homes and is responsible for enforcing age restrictions.

Many other planned communities other than the ABM may have smaller communities within the larger development. These communities would also have an additional association and assessment just for their homes to manage the unique common facilities, such as private roads, a gated entrance, or even horse trails.

So how do you know which association to contact for issues? If you're not sure, contact both. But, remember, the term "master" is a misnomer. The ABM has no authority over these separate associations - they operate independently.

• Katrina Shawver has lived in Ahwatukee Foothills for 25 years and recently served on the Ahwatukee Board of Management.




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