2017 DC Ranch Annual Report

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2017

ANNUAL REPORT

One Community, Four Villages: Country Club | Desert Camp | Desert Parks | Silverleaf


DC Ranch seamlessly connects

people to the beauty of both

the created environment and

the natural Sonoran Desert.

Residents feel a sense of

community, connecting with

each other in friendship

and common interest. It is a

thoughtfully crafted community

designed with unprecedented

attention to detail.

DC Ranch has a distinctive

governance structure with

ample resources that exist to

ensure a legacy of an amenityrich

and active way of life.

The highest standards and a

convenient north Scottsdale

location establish DC Ranch as

a nationally desirable place to

live with an exceptional quality

of life and premium home

values.

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2017 HIGHLIGHTS

Dear Neighbors,

It is our privilege to share with you the 2017 Annual Report.

Highlighted are various activities and accomplishments that

contribute to DC Ranch’s legacy of excellence.

Chris Irish

Community Council

Executive Director

Darren Shaw

Ranch Association

Executive Director

Jan Baratta

Covenant Commission

Senior Design Review

Manager

The most significant project undertaken this year was

the Ranch-wide strategic planning initiative, DCR2020.

Hundreds of residents and stakeholders provided input

helping to create a road map that lays the groundwork

for multi-year priorities that will guide future operational

decisions. The goal is to grow the value of DC Ranch by

remaining on the forefront of security and technology, capital

improvement projects and community life initiatives.

Other key highlights include:

• The new DCRanch.com went live in April. The improved

website provides greater convenience and functionality

for residents and is adaptable to easily view on tablet

and mobile platforms.

• A thorough review of operational elements was

conducted, resulting in lower costs and improved

efficiencies. A comprehensive reserve study and

evaluation of Ranch Association assets and maintenance

programs were completed.

• With 30 Custom Homes completed in 2017, 77 percent

of the Custom Lots in DC Ranch are now completed or

under construction. The Icon at Silverleaf Condominiums

broke ground in the fall.

In the pages that follow, you will find additional moments

and milestones from 2017 that help make DC Ranch such a

special place!

Best regards,

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1,800

tennis court reservations

1,700

attendees enjoyed the Starlight Concert Series

800

diners at Food Truck Night

500

residents watched Dive-In Movies

200

Community Center rentals

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THE YEAR IN REVIEW

COMMUNITY EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

In response to the 2016 Resident Survey, several new events and programs

were offered in 2017 to engage residents of all ages including:

• Father Daughter Dance

• Fire in the Sky science fiction dinner presentation

• Salsa in the Garden outdoor culinary tasting

• PJs in the Park holiday movie night

• Arts and Education Workshops

• Comedy Nights

• Mindful Movement through Tai Chi

• Aqua Yoga

Overall, there were 13,500 attendees at

nearly 50 events and activities.

SIGNATURE EVENT

ATTENDANCE

375

DC Ranch Day

733

Eggstravaganza: By the Sea

704

Spooky Carnival: Galaxy Ranch

186

PJs in the Park

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NEW CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

DC Ranch Men’s Club

In April, DC Ranch founded a new Men’s

Club. The active group has hosted a

Cardinals Monday Night Football Viewing

Party, Whiskey Tasting, Cigar outing,

hikes, and Monday morning breakfasts.

More than 75 men joined the club.

Comedy Night at The Homestead

DC Ranch hosted a summer Comedy Series tailored to residents who live on

the Ranch full time. The three shows were sell-outs in this first year.

ARTS AND EDUCATION

“Shrek, Jr.”

The Homestead Playhouse’s spring musical production of “Shrek, Jr.”

featured a cast of 35 young actors. 725 people attended the performances.

Creative Arts Opportunities

From painting a masterpiece to cheering along at Shakespeare on the Lawn,

160 residents of all ages enriched their minds at Creative Arts programs.

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DC RANCH GIVES

The Community Council launched a comprehensive philanthropic program

called DC Ranch Gives in January 2017. Its mission is to provide residents

with meaningful opportunities to engage with each other while giving

back to the broader community.

Residents participated in nearly a dozen “Gives” events in the first year.

With that, they:

• Packed 1,600 “Bags of Hope” at Kitchen on the Street

• Collected 639 school supplies for Scottsdale’s Back to School Program

• Donated 1,960 non-perishable items to United Food Bank

• Prepared 60 meals for families in need at Homeward Bound

A total of 110 volunteers assisted with DC Ranch Gives service projects,

and almost 10,000 items were donated through collection drives.

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TOUR DE SCOTTSDALE

To date, DC Ranch’s Tour de Scottsdale cycling event has raised $600,000

for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy through registration, donations, and

sponsorships. In October 2017, nearly 1,500 cyclists rode in the Tour which

starts and finishes on Market Street and circumnavigates the McDowell

Sonoran Preserve.

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COMMUNITY

ENHANCEMENTS

Landscape, maintenance and operations teams worked to maximize

resources and increase the convenience and overall satisfaction of residents.

GATE CAMERAS

All manned and unmanned gates were updated with new overview and

license plate cameras. To enhance residents’ security, DC Ranch also

switched gate access providers. This change improved customer service and

reduced costs.

SPEED DETERRING INITIATIVE

The Ranch Association Board of Directors took

another step toward speed enforcement with

approval to purchase and begin field testing

a camera to capture speeders along the main

thoroughfares in DC Ranch. Based on the

data collected, the Board approved a speed

enforcement program in early 2018.

RECYCLING PROGRAM

To better align with DC Ranch’s core value

of Sustainability, all interior and exterior

trash receptacles at the two community

centers were replaced with dual streamdesigned

containers to accommodate

recyclable materials.

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COMMUNITY CENTERS

New flooring was installed in the recreation

room at Desert Camp and two additional pieces

of cardio equipment were purchased for the

fitness room. The pool furniture was replaced

and a fence was installed around the pickleball

court.

Both the interior and exterior of The

Homestead Community Center received a

fresh coat of paint with an updated color

scheme. The basketball court and splash

pad were resurfaced.

CENTRAL IRRIGATION

In an effort to streamline irrigation, DC Ranch began implemention of an

ET (evapotranspiration) based computerized Central Control system which

can update and adjust watering schedules on a daily basis.

FRESH PAINT

Nearly 90 percent of the light poles and fixtures

along the sidewalks and at the community centers

were repainted, as well as the fire hydrants.

ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

Windgate Pass Drive was repaired and sealed.

2017 LANDSCAPE INSTALLATIONS

10,000 16

plants

saguaros

80 2

trees large monument trees 11


REAL ESTATE AND

CONSTRUCTION

REAL ESTATE REVIEW

In 2017, a total of 233 homes were sold with an aggregate average price of

$1.4 million.

March was the busiest month with a total of 31 sales, followed by May at 29

and April at 24.

Village Average sales price Homes sold

Desert Parks $650,686 77

Desert Camp $684,101 74

Country Club $1,590,659 41

Silverleaf $2,820,735 41

The highest price home sale in 2017 was $7,000,000.

HOME AND LANDSCAPE CHANGES

A total of 192 home and landscape modifications were approved by the

Ranch Association—14 more than in 2016. The most common modification

request was for landscaping, followed by exterior home changes and new

paint.

MODIFICATIONS APPROVED IN 2017

Q1

58

Q2

47

Q3

41

Q4

46

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HOME BUILDING

30 custom homes completed

construction in 2017 vs. 30

in 2016 and 26 in 2015.

Country Club Village 6

Upper Canyon (Silverleaf) 9

Horseshoe (Silverleaf) 3

Arcadia (Silverleaf) 12

31 new construction starts

in 2017 vs. 25 in 2016 and

30 in 2015.

Country Club Village 3

The Parks (Silverleaf) 1

Upper Canyon (Silverleaf) 12

Horseshoe (Silverleaf) 7

Arcadia (Silverleaf) 8

164 lots (23%) are vacant land, down from 189 lots (26%) at the

end of 2016. Of these, 38 lots have some level of active design work in

progress. Most of the vacant lots are located in Silverleaf’s Upper Canyon–

99 of the 164 total.

Camelot Homes

This long-time DC Ranch home builder completed its last production

home in The Parks neighborhood. As one of the initial builders from 1997

through 2017, Camelot Homes built 568 Production Homes in DC Ranch,

more than twice as many as any of the other 12 production home builders.

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DC RANCH COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Income statement for year ending December 31, 2017 (Unaudited)

2017 ACTUAL

REVENUE

Assessments

Community Council Benefit Fee

Events, Programming & Activities

Community Center Rentals & Other

TOTAL REVENUE

$1,953,792

$1,533,782

$225,901

$161,534

$3,875,009

EXPENSES

Events, Programming & Activities

Administration

Community Center Operations

Maintenance & Landscape

Reserve & Capital Fund Contributions

Communications & New Resident Welcome Program

Security

Insurance

TOTAL EXPENSES

$807,011

$791,135

$688,238

$608,099

$491,200

$380,935

$61,224

$18,200

$3,846,042

NET REVENUE (LOSS)

$28,967

DC Ranch received the best report possible during its annual

financial audit conducted by an independent CPA firm.

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REVENUE 2017

Events, Programming

& Activities

5.8%

Community

Center Rentals

& Other

4.2%

Community Council

Benefit Fee

39.6%

Assessments

50.4%

EXPENSES 2017

Security

1.6%

Communications

& New Resident

Welcome Program

9.9%

Reserve &

Capital Fund

Contributions

12.8%

Insurance

0.5%

Events,

Programming

& Activities

21%

Administration

20.5%

Maintenance

& Landscape

15.8%

Community Center

Operations

17.9%

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DC RANCH ASSOCIATION

Income statement for year ending December 31, 2017 (Unaudited)

2017 ACTUAL

REVENUE

Neighborhood Assessments

Master Assessments

Gate Transponders

Other

Disclosure Fee

TOTAL REVENUE

$4,232,741

$2,502,989

$231,211

$210,028

$117,200

$7,294,169

EXPENSES

Security

Landscape

Administration

Reserve Contribution

Facilities

Utilities

Insurance

Depreciation

Taxes

TOTAL EXPENSES

$1,846,921

$1,344,870

$1,271,654

$1,221,816

$602,020

$572,657

$129,741

$43,478

$27,727

$7,060,884

NET REVENUE (LOSS)

$233,285

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REVENUE 2017

Other

2.9%

Disclosure Fee

1.6%

Gate

Transponders

3.2%

Master Assessments

34.3%

Neighborhood

Assessments

58%

EXPENSES 2017

Insurance

1.8%

Depreciation

0.6%

Utilities

8.1%

Taxes

0.4%

Facilities

8.5%

Security

26.2%

Landscape

19.1%

Reserve

Contribution

17.3%

Administration

18%

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS


2017 DC RANCH LEADERSHIP

Community Council Board

Pat Simpson - President (Jan.-Sept.)

Ron Belmont - President

Marc Blonstein - Vice President

Mark Eberle - Secretary/Treasurer

Jill Edwards Resnick - Director

Bud Kern - Director

Jill Hegardt - Director

Ranch Association Board

Susan Grace - President

Fred Green - Vice President

Tom Headley - Secretary

Mike Esparza - Treasurer

Dr. Philip Geiger - Director

Elizabeth Kepuraitis - Director

Don Matheson - Director

Covenant Commission

Debbie Beardsley - President

Dan Kovacevic - Vice President

Steve Loken - Secretary/Treasurer

Jan Baratta - Commissioner

Jim Hoselton - Commissioner

Executive Staff

Christine Irish

Community Council Executive Director

Darren Shaw

Ranch Association Executive Director

Jan Baratta

Covenant Commission Senior Design Review Manager

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