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To see Voting Members and their contact information, scroll down or click on the appropriate village in the alphabetized Table of Contents above.


Community News
Reserve Study for HDROA
The Reserve Study for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year High Desert Residential Owners Association is available as a pdf.  Click here to download the document.

To see the Gated Village Reserve Studies, see the individual Gated Village below.

Voting Members Meet With Zoning Officials to Hear About New City-Wide Plan
High Desert Voting Members met with zoning officials Wednesday, May 24th to hear about the City’s new zoning plan for Albuquerque and how it might impact the community.
The project, called “ABC to Z,” is an effort to update the established Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan and simplify the city’s zoning regulations. 

The city’s ambitious new zoning plan will take place in two phases.  Phase 1, the current phase, is to simply match new zoning designations (such as R1A, MX-FB, NRC1 as shown in the box) to the existing zoning maps and city development.  The new code designations are designed to simplify the 1970s zoning code as the city as has expanded in the ensuing years with scores of sector developments. Phase 1 will translate the old codes into the closest possible match with the new codes.  Phase 1 is not the final effort to zone the City—simply an attempt to match the new codes with existing zoning maps.  Phase 1 will include a series of public meetings and citizen input over the next few months.  Phase 1 calls for the City’s Land Use, Planning, and Zoning (LUPZ) Committee to present the updated maps to the City Council for approval which should take place sometime next fall. A public hearing with LUPZ is set for August 16 at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

Once the City Council approves Phase 1, the project will enter Phase 2 which takes the new codes and matches them to existing development. This is an effort to fix mismatches of the new codes to actual buildings and development throughout the city.  An example of this is already in High Desert.  Land on which the Legends was built was zoned commercial originally on the older zoning maps.   In the early 2000s, developers decided against building a shopping center and instead developed the Legends.  Phase 1 matched the new codes as closely as possible to the old codes, designating the original commercially zoned area of the Legends from C1 to MX-FB, or Mixed use-Form Based.  In Phase 2, LUPZ will look at the actual development of the land (now residential) and should then designate the area R-1A, Residential Single Family Detached.

The High Desert Board of Directors recently hired a real estate attorney specialist to represent High Desert’s best interests as the city undertakes the new zoning project . Tim Flynn-O’Brian was hired in May and will work with the Board and HOAMCO to make sure any new zoning changes will not impact High Desert’s Guidelines and CC&Rs.

Shanna Schultz, Policy Analyst/Planning with the City, gave a slide presentation to Voting Members at the Holiday Park Community Center meeting.  She emphasized the zoning project is in progress and will include public hearings over the next year.

She emphasized the new zoning will not include a new road between High Desert and Glenwood Hills, a concern several residents had voiced.
“Our intent is not to change anyone’s zoning,” she said.  “Phase 1 is about trying to figure out what your zoning allows you to do and match it to a new set of letters.”  Phase 2, she said, will take the new letters and match them to the actual construction in an area.

Some Voting Members expressed concern about the possibility the new zoning could allow High Desert property owners to build two units per lot with two apartments in each unit.  Russell D. Brito, Planning Manager with the City, said High Desert’s CC&Rs will always prevail over the new plan.  He said building permits are granted with the New Construction Committee’s recommendations in mind.
Another Voting Member asked if the new zoning project is an effort by the city to encourage more development east of Tramway.  Shanna said she has been with the project for two years and has never heard any discussion of the possibility of more development as the result of the project.

Open Space within High Desert was also discussed at the meeting.  High Desert owns a number of Open Space areas with trails within the community.  The new maps matched some of those areas with new codes for parks which could impact High Desert’s obligations to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) along the trails, including paving and handrails.  Tom Murdock, President of the Board of Directors, said the new attorney will address those areas with the City.

Shanna encouraged Voting Members and High Desert residents to visit the project’s website at www.abc-zone.com for details and a timeline.
 
 
2017 Board of Directors:  Left to right:  Clay Wright, Scott Abbate, Dr. James Cole, Dr. Janet Brierley, Tom Murdock, David Bentley, and Brett Rayman. 

Voting Members elected four Directors to the Board at their Annual Meeting April 27, 2017.  The newest member to the Board is Scott Abbate, homeowner in the Aerie, who will serve a two-year term.  Re-elected to two-year terms were Dr. Jim Cole, Brett Rayman and Clay Wright.  The new Board will meet within 10 days of the meeting to elect new officers.

About 40 Voting Members were on hand for the Annual Meeting, voting unanimously to approve the 2017-2018 budget presented by Treasurer Dr. Jim Cole.  There will be no increases in any monthly assessment, he said, including all gated villages and the Master Association. However, due to anticipated increase in landscaping and utility costs in 2018-2019, the Master Association may see an increase in assessments presented at next year's Annual Meeting.  The Legends' budget may also require an increase at that time, too, he said. 

Tom Murdock, 2016-2017 Board President, presented the Board Report to Voting Members, saying arrests have been made by Albuquerque police following repeated vandalism to the drainage tunnel at Pino Pond. There have been other reports of vandalism to sign entrance lights and Tom asked Voting Members to be alert to any suspicious behavior by anyone near the entrances and to report it to the police and G4S, High Desert's security patrol.  Tom said High Desert has contracted with the Bernalillo Sheriff’s Department to provide extra patrols in the community, replacing Albuquerque Police Department's "Chief's Overtime" patrols.  A lack of officers to staff Chief's Overtime led to the change. 

Christopher Lopez, High Desert's Community Association Manager, distributed zoning maps and charts and explained the City's new move to expand zoning designations from 9 to 23 types throughout Albuquerque. The new maps mistakenly had listed Legends as a commercial area because at one time the property was slated to be developed by High Desert Investment Corporation as a shopping center.  Those plans were discarded, however, and the Legends subdivision was built instead.  Christopher said the city officials have agreed to revise the new zoning maps to reflect the reality of the residential area.  The new zoning changes will be sent to the City Council for approval later this year.

Lynn Claffy, Contracts Committee Chair, told Voting Members that the contract for security was awarded this spring to G4S for another three years. The Committee will begin review of the landscape contract next, she said.

 
It was a cold, blustery and sometimes snowy April Saturday outside, but inside the El Patron Restaurant it was all warmth and cheer.  More than 75 High Desert volunteers and their guests gathered April 29 at the Montgomery restaurant as the Association recognized them for their time and effort over the past year on behalf of the community.  Board members, Voting and Alternate Members, Committee and Project members were all on hand as they enjoyed a Mexican buffet and plenty of conversation with fellow homeowners.

Board of Directors member Clay Wright organized this year's volunteer recognition event."This event is a small token of gratitude to the many volunteers who put in countless hours making High Desert such a nice place to live," he said, adding, "It's also important to recognize the tremendous effort put forth by Kathy Blyth and Chris Lopez at HOAMCO. Without their tireless work, this event would not have been possible."

 
The Chaco Compound home of Amy and Tom Hudack was filled with new High Desert homeowners,  Welcome Committee members and Board directors Friday, April 21 as the Hudaks hosted their first Wine & Cheese party.  The Hudaks took over the chairmanship of the Welcome Committee earlier this year after  John and Maddy Shelton stepped down following more than two years leading the Committee. Click here to see more photos.

Heads Up, High Desert's Landscape Contractor, is Recipient of 2017 NM Ethics in Business Award


Heads Up Landscape Contractors was one of two winners of the Jack & Donna Rust Award for Excellence in Ethical Business Practice by a for-profit business. Heads Up has been High Desert's contracted vendor for landscape maintenance for many years. Samaritan Counseling Center of Albuquerque announced the recipients of its 2017 New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards earlier this year. There were 28 nominees for the Awards this year. The selection committee is made up of community and business leader volunteers.  The announcement was also made in the Albuquerque Journal.   Click here to read the article in full.

"Our relationship with Heads Up has always been based on ethical principles and we are very pleased to see the company recognized for their excellent business practices," said Tom Murdock, President of the High Desert Board of Directors.


 


Election Schedule for Voting Members
Voting Members in High Desert are elected each year in September.  Villages hold their elections in either an odd or even year (see list below). 

Voting Members can check their term expiration dates by looking at information for specific villages on this page.

Interested in serving as a Voting Member or Alternate Voting Member for your village? Nominees must fill out a Statement of Interest first.  Click here to see and submit the form.

Villages Holding  Elections in Odd Years:
Aerie; Canyons; Chaco Ridge; Desert Highlands;Desert Mountain;Highlands;Mountain Highlands; Trailhead; Trillium; West Highlands

Villages Holding Elections in Even Years:
Chaco Compound, Chamisa Trail; Desert Sky; Desert Song; Enclave; Legends; Overlook; Pinon Point; Solterra; Sunset Ridge; Tierra del Oso; Wilderness Compound; Wilderness Estates; Wilderness Village. 
 




High Desert Villages & Voting Member Contact Information:

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Each of the twenty-four Villages that comprise the High Desert community is unique. One of the goals of the High Desert Residential Owners Association is to foster a greater sense of Village identity and spirit, and good communication plays an essential role in meeting that goal. This page provides a means for Voting Members and Association Management to post news, announcements, and reminders for events and activities taking place in individual Villages. 

Voting Members may submit items for publication to Rebecca Murphy at eenews@comcast.net.
Residents who have questions or suggestions for improved communication are encouraged to contact their respective Voting Member(s). 

High Desert Voting Members:
High Desert Voting Members and Alternates are elected by their villages during regularly scheduled elections. Voting Members meet four times each year to conduct business. 

Below are the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses (if available) of the High Desert Voting Members listed by Village.

Identifying Villages:
Not sure which Village you or a friend live in? See our Maps page for a cross-reference index to streets and Villages and to see a map showing Village locations.


The Aerie (2 Voting Members Authorized)
September 2015 Election Results:

Voting Members:
David Wimsatt: 797-9681, Term expires Sept. 2017
dw87111@hotmail.com

 Kathy White: 507-5077, Term expires Sept. 2017 
gatablanca1010@hotmail.com   


Alternate Voting Members: None


Canyons (2 Voting Members Authorized)
September 2015 Election Results:

Voting Members:
Joan Schueller: 401-9296 (day); 856-3499 (evening); term expires Sept. 2017
 jschuel18@gmail.com

Faye Westfall: 573-1521; term expires Sept. 2017
stevefwestfall@msn.com

Alternate Voting Members:

Ramon Gonzales;  797-9253, term expires Sept. 2017
rgonzales74@comcast.net


Click here to see the Reserve Study for Fiscal Year 2016-2017


Chaco Compound  (1 Voting Member Authorized)

September 2016 Results

Voting Member:
Catherine Smith;  821-1790; Term expires Sept.  2018
kitty.h.smith@gmail.com  


Alternate Voting Member: 

 

Click here to see the Reserve Study for Fiscal Year 2016-2017
 


Chaco Ridge  (2 Voting Members Authorized)

September 2015 Election Results: 

Voting Members: 
Robert Korbach: 856-0556; term expires Sept. 2017
rjkorbach@gmail.com

Michael Wiener: 858-0004/ 688-0004; term expires Sept. 2017
mcwabq@aol.com

Alternate Voting Members: None


Chamisa Trail   (2 Voting Members Authorized)

September 2016 Election Results:

Voting Member:    
Leslie Neice; 328-2893; Term expires Sept. 2018
feslielarrell@msn.com

Bryan Lee: 259-8070; Term expires Sept. 2018
homes@kellyandbryan.com

Alternate Voting Member:  None


Desert Highlands  (2 Voting Members Authorized)

September 2015 Election Results:   

Voting Members:

Fred Gorenz: 401-4650 (day); 822-8915 (evening); term expires Sept. 2017
 lfgorenz@msn.com 

Susan Camp: 508-2453, term expires Sept. 2017
acamp32@comcast.net

  
Alternate Voting Members:

Brad Bradbury: 323-4992; term expires Sept. 2017
puff321@centurylink.net

Russ Rhoades: 823-1756 (day); 720-4700 (evening); term expires Sept. 2017
rrhoades10@comcast.net


 


Desert Mountain  (4 Voting Members Authorized)


September 2015 Election Results:

Voting Members:

Troy Stevens: 284-2578 (day); 850-3089 (evening); term expires Sept. 2017
abqstevens@yahoo.com

Joe Vargo: 823-4839;  Term expires Sept. 2017
jvargo87111@gmail.com


Shirlee Barnard: 822-0109; Term expires Sept. 2017
shirleebarnard@sbcglobal.net

April Ager: 269-5771; Term expires Sept. 2017 
april@aprilager.com 



Alternate Voting Members:

Linda DeVlieg: 440-7200; Term expires 2017
Linda@RealEstateInABQ.com 

Linda Strascina:259-5993; Term expires Sept. 2017
LDSnewmexico@iCloud.com

Mary Martin:  410-4700; Term expires Sept. 2017
Mary@marymartinartist.com

Bill Freer: 410-4700; Term expires Sept. 2017       
Bill@williamfreersculptor.com
 
Reminders for Desert Mountain Homeowners:
  • Desert Mountain residents should notify any delivery personnel that all deliveries should be made through the front gate by the pool. This gate is on Desert Star Road and is accessed from High Desert Street. Delivery trucks should not use the back, or West Gate, on Pinon Peak Place which is accessed from Imperata Street.
  • Please remember that garage sales, yard sales, etc are not permitted anywhere in High Desert.
  • Monday is trash day. Please do not put out trash containers before Sunday after dusk. Because of bear, coyote and wind potential problems it is preferred that the trash containers be put out early Monday morning.
For more information, please visit the Desert Mountain Resident's Guide and Desert Mountain Pool & Spa Rules.


Click here to see the Reserve Study for Fiscal Year 2016-2017


Desert Sky  (2 Voting Members Authorized)

September 2016 Election Results:

Voting Members:
Jolynne Becker; 239-3037; term expires September 2018
jolynneb24@gmail.com

Troy Savoie; 234-6694; term expires September 2018
tbsavoie@comcast.net

Alternate Voting Members: None


Desert Song (1 Voting Member Authorized)

September 2016  Election Results:

Voting Member:
Norma Argo: 884-7888; Term expires Sept. 2018
tnargo@msn.com


Alternate Voting Member:
David Janik, 508-0569, Term expires Sept. 2018
djanik1@me.com


The Enclave (2 Voting Members Authorized)

September 2016 Election Results:

Voting Members

Linda Carstens 818-693-2521; Term expires Sept. 2018
lindajcarstens@gmail.com

Steve Roberson; 934-1281; term expires Sept. 2018
stevecroberson@msn.com


Alternate Voting Members: None


Click here to see the Reserve Study for Fiscal Year 2016-2017
 


    


The Highlands  (3 Voting Members Authorized)

September 2015 Election Results:

Voting Members:

Jeff Kenjar: 821-0247; Term expires Sept. 2017
skippyjk@comcast.net

Dan Balik: 797-8933; Term expires Sept. 2017
danbalik@gmail.com

Mary Kurkjian: 797-2638; Term expires Sept. 2017
mary.kurkjian@gmail.com


Alternate Voting Members:

Paulette Stevenson; 822-8510;  Term expires Sept. 2017
psteve@flash.net

Brenda Gossage: 977-3300; Term expires Sept. 2017
bgoss99@yahoo.com


The Legends (1 Member Authorized)

September 2016 Results

Voting Member:
Eric Frow: 263-7124; term expires 2018
efrow1@comcast.net


 Alternate Voting Member: 
Bill Jackson; 797-0470;  term expires 2018
bill@billjacksonetc.com


Click here to see the Reserve Study for Fiscal Year 2016-2017

 

 



Mountain Highlands (2 Voting Members Authorized)
September 2016 Election Results:

Voting Member:
Lisa Hobert; (505) 821-3812; Term expires 2018
mc8715@aol.com

Aisha Chohan; (718) 708-3228; Term expires 2018
ajamal21@gmail.com

Alternate Voting Members: None


The Overlook (2 Voting Members Authorized)

September 2016 Election Results:

Voting Members:
John Ledwith; 821-9154; term expires 2018
jledwith@aol.com    

Anne Yegge: 259-0804; term expires  2018
vyegge@aol.com

Alternate Voting Members:
Thea Berg: 294-4112; term expires 2018
 thea.berg@comcast.net

Dennis Miyoshi; 362-8668; term expires 2018
abqmommi@comcast.net
 
 

 


Pinon Point (2 Voting Members Authorized)

September 2016 Election results:

Voting Members: 
Bill Hughes: 463-0143 day; 256-3063 evening; Term expires Sept. 2018
billhughes@swcp.com

Alternate Voting Members:  None
 


Solterra (2 Voting Members Authorized)

September 2016 Election Results:

Voting Members:
Lynn Claffy: 821-0726 (home); 301-2766 (cell); Term expires Sept. 2018
lclaffy@comcast.net


Alternate Voting Members: None
 


Sunset Ridge (2 Voting Members Authorized)

September 2016 Election Results:

Voting Members:
Camille Singaraju; 821-6887; term expires 2018
bsingaraju@msn.com
   
Alternate Voting Members:
Annette DePauw; 505-797-1286; term expires September 2018
adepauw@aol.com


Tierra del Oso (1 Voting Member Authorized)

September 2016 Election Results:

Tierra del Oso may reach their Voting Members at tierradeloso@gmail.com

Voting Member:
Anne Rose; 250-3246; term expires September 2018
rosecope@umich.edu

 Alternate Voting Members:
Jean Craven; 828-3699; term expires September 2018
jcr472@aol.com
 


Trailhead (1 Voting Member Authorized)

September 2015 Election Results:

Voting Member:

Kate Mitchell: 508-3344, term expires Sept. 2017
katemitch54@gmail.com


Alternate Voting Member:
Sam Baca: 292-4630 (day); 974-8134 (evening); Term expires Sept. 2017
 svbaca@q.com




The Trillium (3 Voting Members Authorized)

 September 2015 Voting Member Election Results: 

Voting Members:


Caroline Enos: 797-7044 (home); Term expires Sept. 2017 
dcenos@comcast.net

Harrison Jones: 312-8276/ 575-829-3669; Term expires Sept. 2017
hjonesaz@gmail.com

Pola Lichtmacher:350-4885; Term expires Sept. 2017 
plichtmacher@aol.com


Alternate Voting  Members:

John Bishop: 821-6780/ 301-7946; Term expires Sept. 2017 
pbjpm@flash.net


Please ensure that your Voting Members have your contact information for The Trillium directory and emergency contact list. Email or call any of the Voting Members with your current contact information and we will gladly add you to either or both of these lists. This information is only used for The Trillium notices, news and emergencies.

Job Descriptions for Voting Members: 
Key responsibilities include:

1. Attend the Voting member meetings held quarterly - January, April, July and October.  
2. Elect the Board of Directors for High Desert Home Owner Association during the Annual meeting - April.  
3. Communicate to the Board of Directors the concerns and priorities that the Village they represent have.  
4. Communicate with their respective Villages all information and priorities that the Board has set forth. maintain open dialog with residents of the Village they represent.
Click here to see a pdf of the complete job description.



Trillium Parking Rules and Regulations:
New rules were adopted by the High Desert Board of Directors for Trillium in July 2015. In addition to the regular parking and street rules for High Desert, the following is prohibited:
• Overnight parking on streets without a parking permit issued by the association’s management company (HOAMCO). Temporary parking permits are not to exceed seven days and must be visible on the front window of the vehicle.
• Parking of recreational vehicles, boats and trailers on streets or in a driveway except for loading and unloading are not to exceed 48 hours per event without a temporary parking permit. (Parking permits must be visible on the front window of the vehicle, boat or trailer.)

With regard to enforcement, the new Trillium Street Rules now permit G4S security patrol to issue parking violations while on patrol within the Village. Violators will be susceptible to an immediate fine. The Trillium Street Rules will be placed on the entrance gate.  Temporary parking permits can be requested from Christopher Lopez, High Desert’s Community Association Manager, at (505) 314-5862 or via email at highdesertmanager@hoamco.com  during regular business hours M-F, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The parking permit will be sent to homeowners by email.

To read the street and parking rules for High Desert and Trillium in pdf form,  click here.



The Trillium Park Use Guidelines:

• The Trillium Park is owned by all The Trillium residents. 

• The Trillium Park is for use by all The Trillium Residents and their guests. 

• The Trillium Park cannot be reserved in advance for private events. 

• If an owner uses the park for a private function, they may not limit park usage for other residents of The Trillium. In addition, they must: 

1. Provide the High Desert Community Manager a copy of indemnification document - clearing the Board of Directors and owners of The Trillium of any liability for use of The Trillium Park. 

2. Clean up after the function. 

3. Not damage the grass, covered area or any other part of the park. 

4. Anyone using the park must clean up after themselves. In the event that the park is not cleaned up after an owner has used it, they are responsible for any costs to clean up after their use. The High Desert Community Manager will determine if the park is cleaned sufficiently. 

• If there are any maintenance issues, please report these to the Community Manager for repair. They can be reached at 314-5862. 

• Park usage must follow city ordinances for noise, etc. (http://www.cabq.gov/envhealth/noise.html) 



Trash Containers:
Monday is trash day. Please do not put out trash containers before Sunday after dusk. Because of bear, coyote and wind potential problems it is preferred that the trash containers be put out early Monday morning. 
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Click here to see the Reserve Study for Fiscal Year 2016-2017



West Highlands (1 Voting Member Authorized)

September 2015 Results

Voting Member:
Deborah Buchhorn; 821-1107;  Term expires Sept. 2017
 lshhinc@gmail.com


Alternate Voting Member:  None


Wilderness Compound (1 Voting Member Authorized)

September 2016  Election Results:

Voting Member: 
Kari Stevenson: 238-9680; term expires Sept. 2018
joel_o_stevenson@yahoo.com


Alternate Voting Member: 
Emil Sommerlad; (214) 704-8123; term expires 2018
e.sommerlad@att.net


Click here to see the Reserve Study for Fiscal Year 2016-2017


Wilderness Estates (1 Voting Member Authorized)

September 2016  results:

Voting Members: 
Bill Rundle: 363-9382; term expires  2018
rundle@rundle.com

Alternate Voting Members:  None



Wilderness Village (2 Voting Members Authorized)

September 2017 Election Results:

Voting Members:
Carol Welsch; 505 828-4816: term expries September 2018
 rcwelsch@msn.com

     Alternate Voting Members:
Jay Parks; 991-1574 or 856-7609; term expires September 2018
jparks20@comcast.net

Jennifer Thomas; 400-5954: term expries September 2018
jsthomasabq@gmail.com


 


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