Riggs Ranch Meadows

 Home Owners Association

Chandler, Arizona

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are motorized vehicles permitted within the Riggs Ranch Meadows community?
A: No motorized vehicle is permitted within any of the common areas of Riggs Ranch Meadows.  A City of Chandler ordinance strictly regulates licensed and unlicensed motorized play vehicle (MVP) on city owned streets and sideways. In each case, violators are subject to fine and the impoundment of their vehicle. 


Q: What is the Riggs Ranch Meadows Home Owners Association?
A: The Riggs Ranch Meadows Home Owners Association is a non-profit corporation established under the laws of the State of Arizona.  The Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the Association have been properly filed with the State of Arizona.  All of homes within Riggs Ranch Meadows are subject to the Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions and Easements (CC&Rs) as well as the Architectural Guidelines of the Home Owners Association.  The Association is entirely supported through the annual assessments levied against each home in Riggs Ranch Meadows.


Q: What can I do about my neighbor's dog which barks during the night?
A: Chapter 30.11.1.B.5 of the City's Municipal's code prohibits barking dogs.  The code reads in part: The following types of noises are declared to be disturbing to the peace, quiet and comfort of the neighborhood in which they are heard, and persons creating such noises are in violation of section 30-11.  Section 5: Keeping, harboring or having custody within the City any dog which barks, howls or makes noises by day or night which disturbs the peace and quiet of any person or family in the neighborhood.  The police or Chandler Neighborhood Services should be notified.



Q: Are signs posted regarding the use of the Riggs Ranch Meadows common areas?
A: Yes.  Signs are posted at both ends of the greenway area between Beechnut and Cedar Place.  Additional signs are posted near all common areas.  A posted and properly located "No Trespassing" sign is considered reasonable notice.  Those who have been given a verbal trespass warning by the police are considered reasonably notified/warned.

Reference A.R.S. 13-1502.
    Criminal trespass in the third degree; classification A. A person commits criminal trespass in the third degree by: 1. Knowingly entering or remaining unlawfully on any real property after a reasonable request to leave by the owner or any other person having lawful control over such property, or reasonable notice prohibiting entry. 2. Knowingly entering or remaining unlawfully on the right-of-way for tracks, or the storage or switching yards or rolling stock of a railroad company. B. Criminal trespass in the third degree is a class 3 misdemeanor.


I observed children throwing rocks at the playground equipment.
I observed teenagers climbing on top of the ramadas.
I observed cars parking on my street. They left a pile of trash in the street.
Q: What can I do?

A: The common areas exist for the reasonable enjoyment of all of the Riggs Ranch Meadows residents and their guests however damage to these areas, unreasonable noise, littering or use of the common areas by non-residents unaccompanied by at all times by a Riggs Ranch Meadows resident is strictly prohibited.  The HOA will prosecute anyone damaging property, trespassing or littering.  Any homeowner who observes someone committing these acts should call the police.  The Chandler police have been asked to increase the number of patrols in this area to reduce the amount of vandalism and loitering.

Reference A.R.S. 13-1601. Definitions
    In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires: 1. "Damaging" means "damage" as defined in section 13-1701. 2. "Defacing" means any unnecessary act of substantially marring any surface or place, by any means, or any act of putting up, affixing, fastening, printing, or painting any notice upon any structure, without permission from the owner. 3. "Litter" includes any rubbish, refuse, waste material, offal, paper, glass, cans, bottles, organic or inorganic trash, debris, filthy or odoriferous objects, dead animals, or any foreign substance of whatever kind or description, including junked or abandoned vehicles, whether or not any of these items are of value. 4. "Property of another" means property in which any person other than the defendant has an interest, including community property and other property in which the defendant also has an interest. 5. "Tamper" means any act of interference. 6. "Utility" means any enterprise, public or private, which provides gas, electric, steam, water, sewer or communications services, as well as any common carrier on land, rail, sea or air.

Reference A.R.S. 13-1602. Criminal damage; classification
A. A person commits criminal damage by recklessly:
1. Defacing or damaging property of another person; or
2. Tampering with property of another person so as substantially to impair its function or value; or
3. Tampering with the property of a utility.
4. Parking any vehicle in such a manner as to deprive livestock of access to the only reasonably available water.
5. Drawing or inscribing a message, slogan, sign or symbol that is made on any public or private building, structure or surface, except the ground, and that is made without permission of the owner.
B. Criminal damage is punished as follows:
1. Criminal damage is a class 4 felony if the person recklessly damages property of another in an amount of ten thousand dollars or more, or if the person recklessly causes impairment of the functioning of any utility.
2. Criminal damage is a class 5 felony if the person recklessly damages property of another in an amount of two thousand dollars or more but less than ten thousand dollars.
3. Criminal damage is a class 6 felony if the person recklessly damages property of another in an amount of more than two hundred fifty dollars but less than two thousand dollars.
4. In all other cases criminal damage is a class 2 misdemeanor.

Reference A.R.S. 13-1603. Criminal littering or polluting; classification
A. A person commits criminal littering or polluting if such person without lawful authority does any of the following:
1. Throws, places, drops or permits to be dropped on public property or property of another which is not a lawful dump any litter, destructive or injurious material which he does not immediately remove.
2. Discharges or permits to be discharged any sewage, oil products or other harmful substances into any waters or onto any shorelines within the state.
3. Dumps any earth, soil, stones, ores or minerals on any land.
B. Criminal littering or polluting is punished as follows:
1. A class 6 felony if a knowing violation of subsection A in which the amount of litter or other prohibited material or substance exceeds three hundred pounds in weight or one hundred cubic feet in volume or is done in any quantity for a commercial purpose.
2. A class 1 misdemeanor if the act is not punishable under paragraph 1 of this subsection and involves placing any destructive or injurious material on or within fifty feet of a highway, beach or shoreline of any body of water used by the public.
3. A class 2 misdemeanor if not punishable under paragraph 1 or 2 of this subsection.


Q: Is there a curfew for anyone under the age of eighteen?
A: Yes. The City of Chandler has very strict ordinances regarding anyone under the age of eighteen.  The City ordinances are:

11-1.1. Offenses.
A. It is unlawful for any minor under the age of sixteen (16) years to be in, about, or upon any place in the City away from the property where the youth resides between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day.
B. It is unlawful for any minor, sixteen (16) years of age or older and under the age of eighteen (18) years, to be in, about, or upon any place in the City away from the property where the youth resides between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day.
C. It is unlawful for a parent or guardian of a minor to knowingly permit, or by insufficient control, allow a minor to violate subsection 11-1.1. D. It is unlawful for a parent, guardian or other person having the care, custody or supervision of the minor to fail or refuse to take custody of the minor after such demand is made upon him/her by a Law Enforcement Officer who arrests the minor for violation of subsection 11-1.1 as listed above.

11-1.2. Defenses/exceptions. It is a defense to prosecution under subsection 11-1.1 that the minor was:
A. Accompanied by the minor's parent or guardian.
B. With prior permission of the parent or guardian, in a motor vehicle involved in interstate travel.
C. With prior permission of the parent or guardian, in an employment activity or going to or returning home from an employment activity without any detour or stop by the most direct route.
D. Involved in an emergency.
E. With prior permission of the parent or guardian, was engaged in reasonable, legitimate, and specific business and/or activity. Examples include, but are not limited to, a juvenile with prior permission of the parent or guardian, attending an official school, religious or other recreational activity supervised by adults who take responsibility for the minor, or going to or returning home from an official school, religious or other recreational activity supervised by adults who take responsibility for the minor.
F. With prior permission of the parent or guardian, engaged in a reasonable and legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights protected by the United States Constitution.
G. Married and sixteen (16) years of age or over, or in the military.
H. On the sidewalk abutting their residence or on the next door neighbor's property with the consent of the neighbor.

11-1.3. Enforcement.
A. Before taking any enforcement action under this section, a Police Officer shall attempt to ascertain the apparent offender's age and reason for being in the place. The officer shall not issue a citation or make an arrest under this section unless the officer reasonably believes that an offense has occurred, and that, based upon the circumstances, the minor's responses, and minor's conduct, none of the circumstances constituting a defense, as listed hereinabove appears to be available.
B. In addition to any other powers s/he may have, any Law Enforcement Officer who arrests a minor for violating any of the provisions of subsection 11-1.1 is also hereby empowered to demand of the parent or guardian or other person having the care, custody or supervision of the minor, that such parent, guardian or other person come and take the minor into custody. The Law Enforcement Officer is also empowered to take the minor to a designated location where arrangements can be made for a parent, guardian or other appropriate party to take the minor into custody. Should there be a failure of the parent, guardian or other person to take custody of such minor, the officer is then empowered to take the minor home.

11-1.4. Same--Penalties.
A. A person convicted of a violation of any provision of subsection 11-1.1 shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. This offense is designated an incorrigible offense for minors under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.
B. Each violation of the provisions of subsection 11-1.1 shall constitute a separate offense.  (Ord. No. 2988, § 3, 6-24-99)


Q: Can the Board regulate the use of the common areas by non-residents even when accompanied by a resident?
A: Yes. Section 9.1.C of the CCRs reads:
    The guest and invitees of any Member or other person entitled to use the Common Area pursuant to this Declaration may use any recreational facility located on the Common Area, provided they are accompanied by a Member or other person entitled to use the recreational facilities pursuant to this Declaration. The Board shall have the right to limit the number of guests and invitees who may use the recreational facilities located on the Common Area at any one time and may restrict the use of the recreational facilities by guests and invitees to certain specified times.


Q: Are there remedies for violations of the City of Chandler's codes?
A: Yes.  Code Compliance helps keep neighborhoods and commercial properties free from unsightly or hazardous conditions that are blighting and lead to further deterioration in our community.  Neighborhood Services works to promote the health, safety and welfare of Chandler residents by employing enforcement of city
codes, working with neighborhood groups, city departments, county and state agencies to solve problems.  Neighborhood Services receives numerous complaints.

The following is a list of the most common complaints:
1. Parking on unimproved surfaces - All parking surfaces must be a solid surface.  Parking on the grass, dirt, or any type of rock does not meet code requirements.
2. Grass and weeds in excess of 6" in height - All premises within the City must be maintained free of debris, litter, trash and weeds.
3. Fences and gates in disrepair - Fence must be maintained to screen, protect, and secure the premises.
4. Right-of-way obstructions - The public streets, sidewalks and alleyways, must have clear accessibility for all who wish to use them.  Parking on city owned sidewalks is prohibited.
5. Green swimming pools - Any body of water must be maintained and filtered to ensure water does not become stagnate and create a health issue.
6. Pet Waste - Pet waste causes odors and should be picked up daily so odors
don't dissipate into your neighbor's yards.

Complaints can be filed in person at the Chandler Police Department located at 250 E. Chicago St., Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.; or you may leave a message 24-hours a day by contacting Neighborhood Services, at (480) 782-4320.


Q: Are there regulations regarding pets and other animals within the City of Chandler?
A: Yes. See the following excerpt from Maricopa Animal Care and Control:
    Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (AC&C) operates two Animal Care Centers and one Pet Adoption Center and offer Rabies and 3-in-1 vaccinations for dogs and cats at $10 per vaccine.  AC&C also offers shelter for lost and stray animals, adoption, animal licensing and more.  The East Valley Center is located at 2630 West 8th Street, Mesa.

Maricopa law requires that you provide your pets with the following:
 Protective shelter from extreme temperatures
 Healthy environment free from excess feces
 Food and water daily free from contamination
 Dog license and collar
 Rabies vaccination and licenses
 Leashes when not confined to your property
 Medical care to prevent suffering
 Pets can not be confined to cars

General Information:
Contact the Humane Society at (602) 216-6441 for the following issues:
 Injured cats or other animals
Contact Chandler Police at (480) 782-4130 for the following issues:
 Barking dog
 Animal confined in a locked or hot car
 Dead animals
         (On a Highway contact ADOT at (602) 712-7355.
         Commercial properties must call their own hauler)
 Animal cruelty
         (On a County Island contact Maricopa County at (602) 256-1681).
Contact AC&C at (602) 506-PETS (7387) for the following issues:
 Injured dogs
 Feral cats “Operation Felix”
 Dog without a leash
 Lost or found pet, stray dog or cat
 Animal bite
 Interested in adopting a stray
 Give a pet up for adoption (There is a $20/pet surrender fee)
For information on feral cats contact the following organizations:
 AZ Cats (602) 287-8824
 Cat Nip & Tuck (480) 949-7729 (for spay/neuter certificates)