Public comment on the proposed roadmap to Hot Springs Village’s future is encouraged.
Property Owners’ Association chief executive director Lesley Nalley discussed the latest draft of the Comprehensive Master Plan and proposed HSV Development Code at the March board of directors meeting last Wednesday.
Both proposals are set for a board vote on Wednesday, April 18. Comment can be sent via email to
The CMP document, which exceeds 500 pages, and the development proposal can be viewed online at sive-Master-Plan. Printed copies may be viewed at the POA administration building and at Coronado Library.
The development proposal places all existing requirements into one document, and adds details to help ensure proposal new types of development will meet Village standards.
Nalley says it will be a flexible roadmap to the future. “It is a plan the consulting team has taken from the community as well as adopting best practices from across the nation,” Nalley said.
The document contains tools to evaluate potential amenities versus the expected cost and benefits. Recreation director Stacy Hoover used the new tool to evaluate the pickleball and outdoor pool projects.
Past studies compiled by the POA were incorporated into the draft plan.
Board approval of the proposals in April would only be one step on the road map. Nalley discussed other key components:
• The CMP and Development Code “satisfactorily meet stated deliverables and lay out a viable plan for meeting our stated enterprise goals,” the CEO said.
• The language in both documents would be adopted with the understanding that revisions to other governing and operating documents, including the Declaration, protective covenants, bylaws, policies, committee charters, staff procedures and others “will also be forthcoming and required to ensure maximum return on the plan’s investment, and ultimately strengthening and protecting property owner value,” Nalley said.
• Certain components of the zoning proposal, including Declaration changes, would require a property owner vote.
• Also, the documents would be adopted with the understanding that the annual budgeting process and CEO’s current spending authority level will guide individual project implementation, Nalley said.
In other business, the board approved a $418,000 pickleball facility, tabled action on an outdoor pool and heard a recommendation that Balboa Club be replaced with a smaller facility. (see related article, page 5A.)
Approved in current business (votes were unanimous, with the exception of board officer descriptions):
• Standing committee appointments
• Board officer descriptions. Director Marcy Mermel voted against the proposal.
• The 2018 water tank rehabilitation program
• The 2018 road milling and surfacing
In her report, chief operating officer Linda Mayhood said Marc Owen, owner of Melinda’s Coffee Corner Inc., will operate Saint at Isabella under lease. Saint will offer American food with Cajun flair, she said.
In new business, as well as the CMP, the board discussed proposed Declaration amendments, and a proposed revision to personnel and management policies.