Annual Report 2019

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2019

ANNUAL REPORT

Listening

Learning

Leading


THE DC RANCH VISION

From the outset, DC Ranch was envisioned as a special community.

Its fruition is the result of thoughtful planning and careful

consideration of how elements that create a community fit together.

Architectural integrity and design, maintenance of roads and security

and developing a sense of connectedness among residents are

integral components of the DC Ranch experience.

These distinct services require a range of expertise. As a result, three

governance entities oversee the delivery of three separate services.

All three entities work toward the same goal: to serve residents and

create a community that is beautiful, functions well and creates a

deep sense of belonging.


Dear Neighbors,

Taking time to look back on 2019 at DC Ranch is an excellent way to

appreciate the strength of this vibrant community. With exceptional

amenities, beautiful surroundings and opportunities to spend time with

family and friends, DC Ranch is more than a place to call home. It’s a

lifestyle that offers personal growth and connections along with safety

and serenity.

LISTENING

Every three years, the Community Council conducts a demographic

and interest survey to gather feedback and help prepare for the

future. In 2019, hundreds of residents took the time to complete the

questionnaire, taking advantage of the opportunity to express their

satisfaction, concerns and expectations.

LEARNING

In addition to the resident survey, there are many other ways the

DC Ranch governing entities (Community Council, Ranch Association

and Covenant Commission) get feedback on how best to serve residents,

including open board meetings, a Program and Events Open House,

Conversations in the Park, the Resident Group, the Community Safety

Forum, the Home and Landscape Expo and community outreach.

LEADING

DC Ranch is fortunate to have engaged residents who have taken the

initiative to step into leadership roles. From committee volunteers,

to Neighborhood Voting Members, to boards of directors, their

participation is an essential part of maintaining the quality of life that is

synonymous with DC Ranch.

DC RANCH COMMUNITY VALUES

Sense of Community | Environmental Stewardship | Family | Healthy

Lifestyles | Diversity | Inclusiveness | Lifelong Learning | Artistic and

Cultural Opportunities | Relationship with Larger Community

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THE RESIDENT SURVEY

In accordance with the governing documents, the Community

Council conducts a survey every three years to gather resident

feedback and provide guidance for future planning.

In 2019, a confidential questionnaire was distributed to 3,000 households. A

total of 791 residents (one per household) completed the survey, representing

approximately 25% of all households within the community. Analysis of the 2019

DC Ranch Resident Survey revealed some interesting trends:

• One-third of households have at least one child living in the home.

• Seventy percent of the residents are between the ages of 51 to 70.

• Forty percent of respondents moved to DC Ranch since 2015.

• The average household size is 2.47 people.

The results of the 2019 Resident Survey are online at DCRanch.com/survey.

Residents reported these as the most

important factors in deciding to

move to DC Ranch:

• Easy access to highway

• Proximity to shopping and dining

• Amenities

• Architecture of home and buildings

• Landscape philosophy and design

• Community events and activities

Look for this symbol

throughout the Annual Report.

It is an indication of how input

from residents has guided

community management.

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[Research was conducted during March and April by WestGroup Research. The

statistical margin of error for the study is +/- 3.0% with a 95% confidence level.]


COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Year in Review

575 had a rootin' tootin'

good time at DC Ranch Day

680 enjoyed Toy Story

Eggstravaganza

1,360 heard terrific

bands during the Starlight

Concert Series

810 attended the

Homestead Playhouse

production of The Little

Mermaid JR.

550 celebrated Halloween

with superheroes at

Spooky Carnival

390 visited the new

Fourth Fridays Social

Hour to mix and mingle

with neighbors

960 fitness class

participants

2,400 tennis and

pickleball court

reservations

36,400 fitness

room visits

18,000 check-ins at the

Desert Camp front desk 5


COMMUNITY COUNCIL

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. Over

50 different programs were offered in 2019.

Outlined below are a few examples:

ACTIVITIES

• Food Truck Nights

• Dive-in Movies

• Comedy Nights

• PJs and Pancakes

• Game Nights

• TGIF Youth Program

• Prickly Pumpkin Patch

• Starry Night

• Mother Daughter Tea Party

As a result of

survey feedback,

the selection and

schedule of events

and programs were

expanded.

ARTS AND EDUCATION

The Homestead Playhouse produced “The Little

Mermaid JR.” in the spring of 2019 with a cast

of 32 performers ages 5 to 14. Other Arts and

Education classes and workshops included:

• Lifelong Learning

• Spotlight Speakers Series

• Passport to Art

• An Evening of Jazz

• Parent Education Series

• Summer Arts and Theatre Camps

CLUBS

• Community Center Clubs

• DC Ranch Men's and Women's Clubs

• Grapenuts Wine Club

• Off the Ranch Club

• Pickleball Club

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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 residents

enhance their well-being. Offered in 2019:

• Yoga

• Strength and Balance

• Hiking Group

• Pickleball Clinic

• Tennis Clinic

• CPR training

DC RANCH GIVES

The DC Ranch Gives program provides residents

with meaningful opportunities to engage with

each other while giving back to the broader

community. Almost 1,500 hygiene items were

donated to Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, over

530 pounds of food were donated to Vista del

Camino Food Bank and 195 gifts were donated to

families battling pediatric cancer through Arizona

Cancer Foundation for Children.

Residents volunteered at Feed My Starving

Children, Arizona Helping Hands, Harvest

Compassion Center and Hope 4 Phoenix totaling

431 volunteer hours.

TOUR DE SCOTTSDALE

More than 1,000 cyclists participated in the 16th

Annual Tour de Scottsdale, raising $30,000 for

the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. In 2019,

the event featured a 70-mile endurance ride

filled with challenging climbs, fast descents

and stunning views and a 30-mile tour of north

Scottsdale with sweeping vistas. Following the

ride, there was a party on Market Street with

food, drinks and a variety of vendors.

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PATHS AND TRAILS

The Community Council partnered with Okanogan Trail Construction to make

extensive enhancements to the 35 miles of paths and trails in DC Ranch. The

yearlong capital improvement project was substantially completed in 2019.

Improvements include an updated trail map; trail safety and connectivity

recommendations; and a new wayfinding system that includes:

• 70 posts with emergency markers

• 192 directional signs

• 3 kiosks and 3 pedestals with

systemwide maps

• 19 miles of paths (paved) and 16 miles of

trails (dirt/granite)

Safety improvements included slope stabilization, neighborhood ingress and

egress and crosswalk enhancements in each of the four villages.

In April, dozens of residents attended the Path and Trail Forum where they heard

from the Okanogan team as well as trail experts from the City of Scottsdale and the

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy to learn more about the path and trail system, the

Preserve and hiking safety in and around DC Ranch.

Upgrades to the path and trail system were a high priority

for residents in the responses to the resident survey.

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PUBLIC OUTREACH

In 2019, the Community Council managed Engagement Plans for FAA Sky Harbor

NextGen, Scottsdale Bond, Arizona State Land Trust, Reata Wash, Scottsdale

Unified School District land, and Scottsdale Airport. These plans outline how

DC Ranch will engage on behalf of residents on the various topics.

SCOTTSDALE BONDS

Residents and staff attended community meetings to help identify projects for the

City of Scottsdale’s Bond election that successfully passed in November. Projects

close to DC Ranch include the expansion of the Thompson Peak Parkway bridge to

four lanes, lighted soccer fields at 94th Street and Bell Road and a dog park at the

southwest corner of Hayden Road and Thompson Peak Parkway.

SKY HARBOR FLIGHT PATTERNS

The Community Council continued to work with elected officials and community

organizations to get the FAA to reconsider changes made in the 2014 NextGen

eastbound flight patterns, which rerouted Sky Harbor air traffic to fly over DC Ranch.

MAJOR COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENTS

The Homestead Community Center:

• New carpeting

• New speakers and hearing loop (audio system

for hearing impaired)

Desert Camp Community Center:

• Concrete pathway added

• North Patio lights replaced

Market Street Park:

• New safety railing

• New lighting

• Revitalized bridge

Facility rental

options for residents

were more heavily

promoted.

COMMUNICATIONS

Ranch News Articles: 156

Facebook Followers: 2,500+

Instagram Followers: 1,300+

Website | DCRanch.com

Visits: 45,986

Page views: 250,109

Most popular section: Calendar

Additional program guides

were produced to keep

residents better informed

about activities.

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RANCH ASSOCIATION

Year in Review

8 miles of roads

resealed or replaced

5 vehicle bridges

repainted

10 landscape and

maintenance vehicles

replaced

1,457 new plants

installed

13,275 square feet of

sod laid

194 signs updated

5 pet waste stations added

30 new PUP Pledges

taken (residents promising

to pick up after their dogs)

200 attended Ranch

Association events

49,000,000 gallons of

water saved through new

water management plan

(saving $105,000)

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RANCH ASSOCIATION

SAFETY

DC Ranch transitioned to a new security company in December 2018. Anderson

Security Agency is performing as expected and is exceeding service levels

provided by the previous security agency.

Security staff assisted 15 residents during in-home emergencies and rescued

three residents on the trails. They responded to 232 snake calls and relocated 13

rattlesnakes at one time.

Two photo speed cameras were in operation nearly every day. One camera focused

on thoroughfares and the other around park areas. Nearly 100 speeding fines of

$300 were issued in 2019.

APPEARANCE

DC Ranch is known for its spectacular landscape, and in 2019 several new

initiatives were put into operation to ensure that will continue. The turf

management program has been revamped. A focus on weed control and irrigation

gave residents plenty of lush green grass to enjoy. As the community ages, the

trees require more maintenance. Grooming strategies have been implemented to

protect the 20,000 trees, valued at more than $100 million, that the Association is

responsible for.

Landscaping issues in parks and common

areas were addressed based on feedback

from the survey.

SPECIAL EVENTS

The Ranch Association hosted multiple events in 2019. In October, the Home and

Landscape Expo gave residents an opportunity to learn about painting, lighting,

landscaping and other aspects of the home improvement process. In December,

local police and security experts shared safety information with DC Ranch

residents at the Community Safety Forum.

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

Fire fuel cleanup is critical in this dry desert climate. A pilot program was

launched in 2019 to address this concern, and it will soon be expanded.

A stormwater management system will improve protection during heavy rains. New

equipment purchased in 2019 will be used to maintain the community’s 184 culverts.

The Neighborhood Voting Member (NVM) program was revamped. Districts were

adjusted and the total NVM count was increased from 43 to 44.

Improved enforcement of community standards

were implemented.

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HOME SALES

VILLAGE

AVERAGE SALE PRICE

2019

2018

HOMES SOLD

2019

2018

Desert Parks

$707,761

$822,100

65

84

Desert Camp

$727,258

$608,000

80

71

Country Club

$1,991,995

$1,225,000

37

44

Silverleaf

$2,684,313

$2,853,400

70

74

MODIFICATIONS

The Community Standards Department

processed 387 home, paint and landscape

modifications in 2019.

90

in Q1

126

in Q3

90

in Q2

81

in Q4

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COVENANT COMMISSION

Year in Review

36 homes started or

completed construction

in 2019:

Country Club – 4

The Parks – 1

Upper Canyon – 15

Horseshoe Canyon – 4

Arcadia – 12

82% of custom

lots (597 total) have

completed homes

or homes under

construction

18% of custom lots

(127 total) are currently

vacant land

19% of the vacant lots

(24 total) have design

work in progress

COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION

In the DC Ranch Corporate Center, StorAmerica Self Storage

opened in November, and Victorium added a parking lot on the

land next to their building. Construction of four buildings began

on lots 1, 2, and 3 which will bring more than 50,000 square feet

of combined office and warehouse space.

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COMMUNITY COUNCIL FINANCIALS

The Community Council and Ranch Association ended 2019 in a strong financial

position. The following pages provide details on revenue sources and expense allocations.

REVENUE

Assessments $2,137,244

Community Council Benefit Fee $1,973,958

Events, Programming, and Activities $249, 454

Other (Misc. Fees, Reimbursements and Interest) $133,411

Total Revenue: $4,494,067

EXPENSES

Administration $894,209

Events, Programming, and Activities $754,924

Community Center Operations $714,299

Reserve and Capital $635,184

Maintenance and Landscape $629,986

Communications and Community Engagement $425,511

Security $64,436

Insurance $20,939

Total Expenses: $4,139,488

NET REVENUE: $354,579

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Preliminary 2019 figures pending year-end adjustments and audit


Events, Programming,

and Activities

Other

Assessments

REVENUE

Community Council

Benefit Fee

Communications and

Community Engagement

Maintenance and

Landscape

Security

Insurance

Administration

EXPENSES

Reserve and Capital

Events, Programming,

and Activities

Community Center Operations

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RANCH ASSOCIATION FINANCIALS

The Community Council and Ranch Association received the best report possible

during the most recent annual financial audit conducted by an independent CPA firm.

REVENUE

Neighborhood Assessments $4,495,307

Master Assessments $2,668,430

Other Fees, Leases and Interest $370,198

Gate Transponders $230,377

Disclosure Fees $124,445

Total Revenue: $7,888,757

EXPENSES

Security $1,870,077

Reserve Contribution $1,426,116

Landscape $1,333,158

Administration $1,171,086

Facilities $756,105

Utilities $513,674

Community Standards $303,101

Insurance $160,073

Depreciation/Taxes $26,942

Total Expenses: $7,560,332

NET REVENUE: $328,425

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Preliminary 2019 figures pending year-end adjustments and audit


Other Fees, Leases,

and Interest

Gate Transponders

Disclosure Fees

Neighborhood

Assessments

REVENUE

Master Assessments

Insurance

Community Standards Depreciation/Taxes

Utilities

Security

Facilities

EXPENSES

Administration

Reserve Contribution

Landscape

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2019

DC RANCH LEADERSHIP

COMMUNITY COUNCIL BOARD

Ron Belmont | President

Bud Kern | Vice President

Natalie Ingram | Secretary/Treasurer

Jill Hegardt | Director

Sheryl Lowenhar | Director

Alex Townsend | Director

RANCH ASSOCIATION BOARD

Elizabeth Kepuraitis | President

Stephen Koven | Vice President

Mike Esparza | Treasurer

Phil Geiger | Secretary

Vince Durocher | Director

Susan Grace | Director

Geoff Wilner | 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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2019

ANNUAL REPORT

The Ranch Offices on Market Street

20551 N. Pima Rd., Suite 180

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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