Category Archives: Education

Meetings and or materials used to educate residents on important issues

Coffee and Conversation: Land Use and Development in Santa Fe County and How It Affects Rancho Viejo


Rancho Viejo South Association Invites the Entire Rancho Viejo Community to:

~ Coffee and Conversation 

Date:    Saturday, August 5th – 2017

Time:   Presentation Begins 10AM Sharp – 12 Noon, Doors open at 9:30AM

                                    Coffee and refreshments will be available

Location:   IAIA Campus @ The HOGAN Building

 83 Avan Nu Po Road 

                               Please save parking spaces at the building for Disabled Parking

                                    Park along driveway to the building or park in main lot and walk.

                                    (Per request from IAIA, no pets at this event. Thank you)



(This is not a discussion on Flying J)

Presenter:       Marcia Kaplan, Urban Planner

Marcia Kaplan is a resident of Rancho Viejo South and worked as an Urban Planner for several cities and counties in California and Oregon. In New Mexico she has worked as a consultant to the Interstate Stream Commission in updating New Mexico’s regional water plans.   



Reserve Studies — What Should They Cover?

The Board recently hired a company to perform a study of our Association reserves. We had one done several years ago that several people on the Board at that time deemed inadequate. Hopefully, this one will be better. The following article identifies why a reserve fund is necessary and what should be covered.

Reserve Studies

June 11, 2013

by Brian Tight, Director of Developer Relations & Lake Worth Regional Director, Campbell Property Management

When was the last time your community did a reserve study?

As communities get older, they begin to experience “wear and tear.” Inevitably, building and ground components that are maintained by the community need to be maintained and/or replaced. The components will vary from one association to another (Condo or HOA), because no two communities are the same. These components include but are not limited to: roofs, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) systems, painting, paving, pools, elevators, lakes, and other major assets with varying lifespans. Knowing this, most communities have money, known as reserve funds, set aside each year for the maintenance and replacements costs. How does a community plan and fund their reserve funds?

Community associations hire independent consultants or firms to conduct reserve studies report that includes at least these 3 elements:

  1. A listing of all the major assets that need to be funded through the reserves including each asset’s:
    • Expected useful life – how long it typically lasts
    • Remaining useful life – how much longer it should last
    • Current replacement cost – how much to replace now
  2. An evaluation of the association’s current reserve funds – Are your reserves well-funded based on the assets analysis? Are you budgeting correctly for these replacement costs?

3. A recommended reserve funding plan – based on the current state of the assets and reserve funds… do you need to budget more?