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LDS Church request pits homeowners against HOA

Posted: 6:10 PM, May 18, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-21 01:01:58Z
5/20 Update: The Parkside HOA board voted 3-2 against allowing the seminary to be run out of a house in the neighborhood.
 
 
Some Anthem homeowners aren't happy. They say their HOA, the Anthem Parkside Community Association, isn't listening to them, and that what could be allowed to happen would "destroy the flavor of Anthem."
 
It involves a house in a residential neighborhood. The LDS Church wants to use it for a seminary. The house is adjacent to Boulder Creek High School where students would be able to walk back and forth. Plans call for 120 students daily to use the home, but they would only come in groups of 30 at a time. No parking or drop offs at the house would be allowed, and it could only take place while the high school is in session. 
 
Homeowners say it will still mean congestion and set a precedent for other organizations moving into other houses. Besides, they say a school can't be placed there by law.
 
HOA Board President Doug Sutherland calls it a seminary, and that it is allowed with a variance. The board voted 3-2 in favor of moving forward with the idea, but homeowners say that too was unfair.
 
One of the board members at the time voting for the variance is an LDS church member. The owners say he should have excused himself from voting, but Sutherland says there was no conflict of interest because there was no monetary gain.
 
There's a meeting Thursday night, May 19th at 7 p.m. where the board could take a final vote.  Click here to read details about the proposed use and variance.
 
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