2018 DC Ranch Annual Report

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Living Connected

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 amenity-rich 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.

DC RANCH COMMUNITY VALUES

Sense of Community | Environmental Stewardship | Family | Healthy Lifestyles | Diversity & Inclusiveness |

Lifelong Learning | Artistic & Cultural Opportunities | Relationship with Larger Community

ONE COMMUNITY, FOUR VILLAGES: COUNTRY CLUB | DESERT CAMP | DESERT PARKS | SILVERLEAF

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Celebrating 2018

20 YEARS OF DC RANCH

DEAR NEIGHBORS,

It was a remarkable year at DC Ranch. The year-long

commemoration of the 20th anniversary was full of

memorable occasions.

Some of the highlights include DC Ranch Day, where on Jan.

27, 2018 Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane issued a proclamation

to honor the community, the Kindness Challenge to celebrate

20 years of giving, the 20 for 20 Hiking Challenge and the

Speakers Series where the Pioneer Panel relived the triumphs

and struggles of developing DC Ranch.

This unique master-planned community proved once

again that it is one of the most enduring and desirable

places to live.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Work began on a comprehensive $125,000 improvement

project for the paths and trails system that includes new

maps, wayfinding, signage, kiosks and an emergency

marker system.

Signature Events, including DC Ranch Day, Eggstravaganza

and Spooky Carnival, along with comedy shows, trivia

nights, guest speakers, the children’s theatre and other

programs attracted more than 15,000 people in 2018.

RANCH ASSOCIATION

Safety and security at DC Ranch received a lot of

attention in 2018. A new security company was brought

in to deliver enhanced services, the Westgate gatehouse

was transformed into a command center and an

emergency notification system was created.

COVENANT COMMISSION

With an average of 56 active custom home projects in

design development and construction throughout the

year, 26 custom homes completed construction in 2018.

Construction continues at ICON Silverleaf where there will

be 8 buildings for 72 luxury single-story condominiums.

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Year in Review

20 TH ANNIVERSARY OF DC RANCH

Across the community and throughout the year, special activities and programs for all ages were held to

celebrate the 20-year milestone:

DC Ranch Day | 20 for 20: Hiking Challenge | Spotlight Speaker Series: Pioneer Panel

Ranch News: Articles featuring DC Ranch Pioneers | DC Ranch Facebook trivia contest with prizes

Kindness Challenge: 20 acts of kindness | Wisdom + Wit Trivia Nights | Habitat at the Ranch

DC RANCH TIME CAPSULE PRESERVES PRECIOUS MEMORIES

As part of the celebration for the 20th anniversary of DC Ranch, a time capsule was created to honor the community’s

legacy. The capsule was buried near the playground at The Homestead Community Center on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.

The time capsule will be reopened in 20 years when DC Ranch celebrates its 40th anniversary. The capsule contains

photographs from various events, handwritten messages from residents who shared their fondest memories about

DC Ranch and a variety of other mementos.

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2,300

Tennis and Pickleball

court reservations

1,985

Sang along at the

Starlight Concert Series

670

Food Truck Night

diners

31,280

Fitness Center

visits

Overall

15,500+ ATTENDEES AT

70+ EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

1,000+

Celebrated at

DC Ranch Day

964

Enjoyed circus acts at

Eggstravaganza:

Under the Big Top

673

Had a hauntingly good time at

Spooky Carnival:

Hotel Ranchsylvania

656

Were delighted by

“Seussical The Musical, Jr.”

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998

DMB Associates begins building DC Ranch with the goal of preserving the natural desert

character of the land.

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Community Council

ACTIVITIES

NEW ACTIVITIES

The DC Ranch Community Values are the driving force

behind the abundance of activities offered to residents.

Family, friends, community, health and learning are

nurtured and enhanced through a variety of events,

programs and classes. New in 2018:

• Summer Adult Cooking Class

• Photography in the Desert

• Living with the Desert seminar

• Cookies with Mrs. Claus

• Howdy! Happy Hours for new residents

• CPR training

• 20 for 20: Hiking Challenge

• Family Movie Night

• Wisdom + Wit trivia night

ARTS AND EDUCATION

The Homestead Playhouse produced “Seussical the Musical,

Jr.” in the spring of 2018 with a cast of 33 performers ages 5 to

15. Other Arts and Education classes and workshops included:

• Kids Cuisine

• “Harry Potter” and “The Pied Piper” summer camps

• Creative Arts Workshops

• Sunday Shakespeare: “Julius Caesar”

• Passport to Art

FITNESS AND WELLNESS

With a fitness center, swimming pool, hiking and much

more, there are many ways for residents to achieve

a healthy lifestyle. Each year, more members of the

community participate in these activities and classes, and

the Community Council is always looking for new ways to

help them enhance their well-being. Offered in 2018:

• Yoga

• Strength and Balance

• Body Tone

• Tai Chi

• Shallow Water Exercise

DC RANCH GIVES

The DC Ranch Gives program provides residents with

meaningful opportunities to engage with each other and give

back to the broader community.

More than 100 residents volunteered 339 hours this year and

over 1,500 items were given during three donation drives:

• Toys for Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children

• School supplies for Valley of the Sun United Way

• Pajamas and books for children in foster care

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HABITAT AT THE RANCH

In honor of the 20th anniversary, DC Ranch partnered with Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona and

completed its largest service project ever. Over the course of two days in March, 132 residents rolled up

their sleeves and erected frame pieces, shelving units and sheds in the parking lot of The Homestead. The

completed items were dispersed to multiple homes across the Phoenix area.

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DISTINGUISHED HISTORIC LANDMARK AWARD

The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association bestowed on DC Ranch the “Distinguished

Historic Landmark” award. The award was presented to DMB Associates in November and is given to

places that demonstrate a significant impact on planning in Arizona. To receive this honor, DC Ranch

was required to meet stringent criteria by demonstrating it has a history and legacy that spans more

than 100 years, is innovative and original and maintains superior quality.

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Ranch Association

FOCUS ON SECURITY

COMMAND CENTER

DC Ranch completed work to transform the Westgate

gatehouse into a security command center. During the first

phase of the project, visual displays were added to actively

monitor more than 100 video feeds from within

the community.

A dispatch center to route and forward information quickly

and accurately to the community patrols was created in the

gatehouse during the second phase of the project, which

went live on Oct. 1. This enables all calls to be routed to the

appropriate safety team member to improve response times

and customer service.

To assist with traffic safety, the Ranch Association added

or refurbished a total of 73 speed and directional signs,

including new signage on the gate barrier arms at the West

and East Gates.

New Wi-Fi equipment was added at all manned gates to

enable faster guest check-in times. Updated video recorders

and license plate readers now provide improved image

clarity and broadened range.

COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM

More than 100 residents attended the first Community

Safety Forum at DC Ranch on Oct. 24 at The Homestead

Community Center. Scottsdale police officer Jason Glenn

gave a presentation on time-tested safety ideas that can be

put into practice when at home or out and about. Additional

presentations included tips from Arizona Game and Fish on

how to handle encounters with desert wildlife. Attendees

also learned more about the community’s new Emergency

Notification System. The event was sponsored by the DC

Ranch third-party security services providers Safeguard, for

gate maintenance, and Anderson Security Agency, the new

security company.

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

A new DC Ranch Emergency Notification System, which

delivers text messages to residents during an emergency,

was activated for the first time during flash flooding on

Oct. 23.

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Community

ENHANCEMENTS

1000+ new trees and plants installed throughout the community | 9.12 miles of roadway sealed | 8 miles of outdoor

neighborhood walls recoated | Security Command Center established | License plate readers added to all gates |

3 new treadmills purchased | New pickleball court built | Walkways added to Desert Camp parking lot | Security video

and audio upgraded at community centers | New holiday decorations purchased | Desert Camp playground remodeled |

6 new dog waste station added along paths and trails around the Desert Parks Village |

Emergency notification system launched

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REMODELED PLAYGROUND AT DESERT CAMP

A new playground structure was installed at Desert Camp in November. The sand was removed and

replaced with a solid rubberized surface with play zones for ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12. There are slides, a

tunnel, mountain stairs and plenty of features where children can swing, bounce, spin and climb. Children

can also play games that are designed to exercise their minds and imagination.

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Community

CONNECTEDNESS

CONVERSATIONS IN THE PARK

During the last quarter of 2018, the Ranch Association

launched a new communication program called

Conversations in the Park. The Board presidents from the

Council and Association attend, as do the two executive

directors. It’s a great opportunity to stay informed about

community events and operations, ask questions and

interact with neighbors.

DCR2020: DC RANCH STRATEGIC PLAN

As the community reached its 20th anniversary, residents,

stakeholders, and DC Ranch staff embarked on a strategic

planning initiative to chart a course for the future. This is

important for maintaining the community’s desirability and

premium home values. The initiative was advanced in 2018

with a series of workshops and a segmentation study.

PUP PROGRAM LAUNCHED

In March, DC Ranch introduced the PUP (Pick Up Poop)

program to encourage residents to clean up after their pets.

To date, 105 dogs are registered in the PUP program.

RESIDENT GROUP

In 2018, the Community Council formed a DCR Resident

Group to connect with residents. This group of 10-12

volunteers meets four or more times per year with the

Community Council Executive Director Jenna Kohl. The

group learns about and gives feedback on Council programs,

events, activities and initiatives.

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PUBLIC OUTREACH

In 2018, the Community Council managed engagement

plans for Desert EDGE, Sky Harbor Airport NextGen,

Scottsdale Airport and the Scottsdale Unified School

District (SUSD) land.

Residents and staff were successful in elevating the 94th

Street Sidewalk Project (south of DC Ranch) on the city’s

priority list. The project did not get funded, but City of

Scottsdale staff started the design work.

Staff worked with DMB and SUSD to ensure that the 19

acres of land next to Copper Ridge School will remain under

SUSD ownership and may now be legally used for DC Ranch

community amenities that benefit SUSD.

Residents attended an open house to learn about the

City of Scottsdale’s Park Master Plan and submit ideas for

the design of a planned park at Desert Camp Drive and

Thompson Peak Parkway on both the west and east sides of

Reata Wash just north of Copper Ridge School.

SPREADING THE WORD

The Community Council worked to keep residents informed

and connected with a variety of communication tools.

WEBSITE | DCRANCH.COM

Visits: 45,742

Page views: 246,297

Most popular section: Calendar

COMMUNITY EMAILS

260

The Community Council continued to work with elected

officials to get the Federal Aviation Administration to

reconsider the changes made in the 2014 NextGen

eastbound flight patterns, which rerouted Sky Harbor air

traffic over DC Ranch.

RANCH NEWS ARTICLES

179

FACEBOOK LIKES

2,000+

INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS

1,000+

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Real Estate

AND CONSTRUCTION

REAL ESTATE

In 2018, a total of 273 homes were sold with an aggregate

average price of $1.4 million. March was the busiest month

with a total of 42 sales, followed by June at 35 and May at 34.

The highest priced Arizona home sale in 2018 was a recordsetting

$18.8 million in the DC Ranch village of Silverleaf.

The owner of a three-acre property in DC Ranch, on

the north side of Legacy Blvd. and west of The Villages

at Desert Park, submitted paperwork for a five residentiallot

subdivision.

CONSTRUCTION

Vertical construction continued for ICON Silverleaf

condominiums, a new collection of 72 single-story,

luxury residences.

Eleven of the 19 homes planned for development at

The Villages at Silverleaf have been sold.

ICON Silverleaf

In the Corporate Center at DC Ranch, Arizona Outback

Adventures was completed. Wentworth Storage is still under

construction and developers submitted preliminary plans for

four office buildings.

VILLAGE AVERAGE SALES PRICE HOMES SOLD

2018 2017 2018 2017

Desert Parks $822,100 $650,686 84 77

Desert Camp $608,000 $684,101 71 74

Country Club $1,225,000 $1,590,659 44 41

Silverleaf $2,853,400 $2,820,735 74 41

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Building

AND LANDSCAPE

HOME BUILDING

26 homes completed construction in 2018 vs. 31

in 2017 and 30 in 2016.

COUNTRY CLUB 4

PARKS 2

UPPER CANYON 5

HORSESHOE 7

ARCADIA 8

HOME AND LANDSCAPE CHANGES IN 2018

In 2018, the Community Standards Dept. processed 252

modifications, an increase of 30 percent from 2017.

Most common custom home color: Sherwin Williams

Mega Greige | Most popular plants used in landscape

modifications: Lantana, Agave, Texas Mountain Laurel Tree

MODIFICATIONS APPROVED IN 2018

22 new construction starts in 2018 vs. 32 in 2017

and 25 in 2016.

COUNTRY CLUB 1

PARKS 2

UPPER CANYON 9

HORSESHOE 3

ARCADIA 7

Q1 | 81

Q3 | 58

Q2 | 71

Q4 | 42

60% of the Upper Canyon and 78% of Horseshoe Canyon

lots in Silverleaf are built or under construction.

The Covenant Commission processed an additional

46 modifications.

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Community Council

FINANCIALS

The Community Council and Ranch Association ended 2018 in a strong financial position. The following

pages provide details on revenue sources and expense allocations.

REVENUE

EXPENSES

Community Council Benefit Fee $2,481,459

Assessments $2,039,072

Events, Programming, Activities $159,834

Other Fees, Reimbursements and Interest $108,800

Reserve & Capital Contribution $1,186,940

Administration $832,402

Events, Programming, Activities $744,379

Maintenance & Landscape $679,697

Community Center Operations $648,606

Communications & Community Engagement $402,966

Security $60,581

Insurance $19,376

Total Revenue $4,789,165

Total Expenses $4,574,947

NET REVENUE $214,218

Preliminary 2018 figures pending year-end adjustments and audit.

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Ranch Association

FINANCIALS

These two DC Ranch governing entities received the best report possible during the most recent annual

financial audit conducted by an independent CPA firm.

REVENUE

EXPENSES

Neighborhood Assessments $4,401,577

Master Assessments $2,486,435

Other Fees, Leases and Interest $227,355

Gate Transponders $209,086

Disclosure Fees $146,855

Security $1,936,952

Landscape $1,427,435

Reserve Contribution $1,309,620

Administration $1,301,978

Facilities $656,239

Utilities $552,112

Insurance $136,715

Depreciation/Taxes $15,462

Total Revenue $7,471,308

Total Expenses $7,336,513

NET REVENUE $134,795

Preliminary 2018 figures pending year-end adjustments and audit.

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2018

DC RANCH LEADERSHIP

COMMUNITY COUNCIL BOARD

Ron Belmont | President

Mark Eberle | Vice President

Jim Patterson | Secretary/Treasurer

Jill Hegardt | Director

Natalie Ingram | Director

Bud Kern | Director

Jill Edwards Resnick | Director

RANCH ASSOCIATION BOARD

Susan Grace | President

Elizabeth Kepuraitis | Vice President

Mike Esparza | Treasurer

Phil Geiger | Secretary

Vince Durocher | Director

Fred Green | Director

Stephen Koven | Director

COVENANT COMMISSION

Debbie Beardsley | President

Dan Kovacevic | Vice President

Jan Baratta | Secretary/Treasurer

Jill Hegardt | Commissioner

Aaron Macneil | Commissioner

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Executive

STAFF

JENNA KOHL

Community Council

Executive Director

DARREN SHAW

Ranch Association

Executive Director

JAN BARATTA

Covenant Commission

Senior Design Review Manager

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