The Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) will hold its annual public forum on Saturday, November 17 from 12:30 to 3 p.m., in the King Farm Community Center, 300 Saddle Ridge Circle, Rockville. Homeowners and residents of common ownership communities in the County are invited to attend, as well as professionals who work with those communities.
The theme for this year’s forum is “The CCOC – Your Resource for Arbitration, Education & Legislation.” The keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Molloy, chairperson of the CCOC, who will review the efforts underway to provide new education resources for homeowners and board members. She will also announce the release of the CCOC’s major new publication, “Guide to the Procedures and Decisions of the CCOC.”
Following Malloy’s presentation, State Delegate James Gilchrist (D-Montgomery) will discuss how associations and their members can and should participate in the legislative process in Annapolis to influence bills affecting their communities. The CCOC will then present a mock dispute hearing portraying a common complaint and the hearing process. This will be followed by discussions with homeowners, professionals, mediators and hearing panel members who have participated in actual hearings. The speakers will share their experiences and answer questions on how to participate as effectively as possible in the CCOC dispute resolution process.
The forum is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Information about the CCOC and the public forum is available at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/ccoc. The Office of Consumer Protection, which provides staffing to the CCOC, can be contacted at 240-777-3636.
The Commission on Common Ownership Communities is a County agency whose mission includes advising on public policy issues that impact these communities; educating owners, residents and professionals associated with these communities on community management and governance; and resolving disputes between owners or residents and the governing bodies of these communities.
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