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What is a Homeowners’ Association?

One of the most frequent questions we hear is “What is the difference between a Homeowners’ Association and a Community Association”?

The information below explains some differences. 

Homeowners’ Association (HOA):

An organization created by the Developer:

  • To manage and maintain certain amenities and unique features of a development that the City will not accept responsibility to maintain.
  • To have Residents pay an annual fee to the Association through an encumbrance on their property title.
  • To ensure a high degree of maintenance of the common amenities, such as entrance signage, certain ornamental parks and ponds, boulevard landscaping and buildings.

Advantages of an HOA:

  • All residents are members and all residents contribute.
  • HOAs are mandated to maintain certain community amenities and physical elements installed by the Developer.
  • Maintenance preserves certain areas and unique features of the community, which contributes to longterm appeal.

Community Association (CA):

An organization formed by the residents of an area:

  • To support the social, educational, and recreational needs of the community.
  • To build connections in the community through volunteer opportunities, events and programs.
  • To act as a community liaison in civic matters (planning and development).
  • To plan, develop and maintain community facilities and amenities such as community gardens and skating rinks.

Advantages of a CA:

  • Membership is optional.
  • The Board is made up of unpaid volunteers and most CA activities are managed by volunteers.
  • Members can volunteer and become involved and connected in the community.
  • Members can participate in CA-run events and programs.
  • The CA receives development, transportation, and zoning plans from the City and the Developer(s) and may provide feedback on the approval process.
  • The CA has direct contact with the Alderman, MLA, Police Liaison Officer, and other government officials.
  • The CA can support the addition of new facilities and amenities in the neighbourhood.
  • The Federation of Calgary Communities (FCC) provides support to over 200 Community Associations (CAs) in Calgary.

*Definitions were taken in part from the Federation of Calgary Communities (FCC).

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Redstone Homeowners' Association News

Hello residents of Redstone,

Please see below notice received from ENMAX about work commencing in your neighbourhood.
What’s Happening?
As the electricity provider for the City of Calgary, ENMAX Power is modernizing the way we read electrical meters. ENMAX Power will be installing routers on City of Calgary-owned street lights in the above communities starting in late July through to early September 2023. This project is the first phase of the ENMAX Power Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Program.

This project will improve the consistency of meter reading and allow for earlier power outage detection and restoration times. By installing routers, we are providing a more cost-effective way to obtain meter reads.

What’s Next?
Following installation of the routers, residents will receive a subsequent notification from ENMAX Power with more information about the AMI Program.

What May Customers Expect?
ENMAX Power vehicles, personnel, bucket trucks and associated equipment on site.
Minor noise when crews are installing routers on City of Calgary street lights.
ENMAX Power routers will be securely fastened to street lights located in the above communities.
A power outage is not required for this work.

How Are Customers Being Informed?
Properties in the area will receive an ENMAX Power postcard outlining the router installation work along with our direct contact information.

If customers have questions about router installations or the AMI Program, please contact the ENMAX Power Meter Team, Monday through Friday from 8AM until 4PM: or 403-514-2807.
Customers may visit to learn more about the router installation project and the AMI Program, including FAQ’s with benefits and an available opt-out process.

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