The design of Morrison Ranch is such that there is a great sense of community among
residents. A family takes a walk to the nearby playground where the children meet some
of their friends from school. Mom and dad stop to talk to the neighbors, who happen to
be sitting out on their front porch, enjoying the cool evening. Meanwhile, another
resident takes a jog with her dog down one of the open grassy parkways. She waves to
some children playing tee-ball in the basin, and rounds the corner, greeted by the smell
of barbeque coming from a nearby backyard. Such pictures are regular occurrences within
the neighborhoods of Morrison Ranch, where relating with your neighbors is the rule,
rather than the exception.
As is true of all master-planned communities, the neighborhoods of Morrison Ranch will fall under the control of a community association. There will be one residential association in the Town of Gilbert and one in the City of Mesa. There will also be one industrial association within each jurisdiction. Other associations may be established should the need arise. The primary role of each association is to maintain the overall character of the Ranch. To many residents, the influence of the association is a tremendous benefit, nurturing good neighbor relations and increasing land values.
With the exception of Higley Groves, all existing residential Ranch neighborhoods are governed by the Community Council, a non-profit corporation whose purpose is the maintenance and implementation of the open space and recreation systems of Morrison Ranch. The Community Council will be made up of a board of directors appointed by the master planners of the Ranch, whose responsibilities are defined in the Morrison Ranch CC&Rs.
With regard to new construction and landscaping within Morrison Ranch, the Community Council will defer to the Covenants Commission, a professional board staffed by local architects, landscape architects, and other professionals retained to protect and maintain the character of the Ranch by reviewing and approving all construction and landscaping plans.
As the first neighborhood developed within the Ranch, Higley Groves is unique in that it will be governed by two separate associations, one for Higley Groves East and one for Higley Groves West, independent of the Ranch’s Community Council. Each of the Higley Groves’ associations, however, will work closely with the Community Council and Covenants Commission to ensure that the overall character of the Ranch is maintained within Higley Groves, just as it is within the other Ranch residential neighborhoods.