SOA SWOP Workshop

On August 7th, SOA Board member Ryan Burns conducted a strategic planning workshop at TCTC.  Workshop participants consisted of Board members, Committee members and Management (FSR) staff.  One objective being to assist in the establishment of Association goals and provide Budget and Finance Committees with information to support preparation of the SOA’s 2018 budget.  This was not intended as a decision making workshop, only one to generate useful information in support of future planning steps and decisions by the Board.

 In conducting the workshop, Mr. Burns used the SWOT analysis technique, a structured planning method to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats facing the Association. Participants were divided into four groups and assigned to generate meaningful information for each of these categories, which were then presented and discussed in SWOT matrix format.  Elements of which were then assigned to various entities (Board, Committees, or Management staff) for follow-up.

 Suffice it to say that numerous diverse items were presented and discussed for each of the SWOT elements (mostly Strengths and Weaknesses) , which were too numerous to describe here. Obviously, subsequent filtering will be required to focus on those elements which best support future planning activities and Association goals.

 Homeowners were invited to attend the workshop and provide opinions/comments at the close of the meeting.  Few were in attendance and only one provided opinions on the following: 1) The SOA needs to form a Committee to come up with a plan or plans for what to do with the Country Club land in the event the Country Club defaults on the Lease Agreement, 2)  The SOA should be looking at ways to utilize the water rights included in the Country Club Land and Water Rights Purchase Agreement to its financial benefit. suggested there is more water available here than will ever be used for Association and Country Club usage, and 3) Both Canyon 9 and Country Club Maintenance Costs are too high, that design changes geared to reduce fairway and green sizes could significantly reduce maintenance costs.

Overall a well conducted workshop with good results from enthusiastic participants.  What remains to be seen is how these results are followed up on in future planning sessions.

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  1. A few additional observations on Ryan Burn’s strategy session. Several folks decried the lack of participation by the residents at large attending committee meetings, Board Meetings, Community updates, etc.. It is ironic that the non-committee member residents were not invited to participate in the SWOT analysis, which was just a parking lot for ideas/thoughts.

    From my perspective, there was a realization that Somersett was only a bedroom community and the TCTC was unlikely to be a destination. A “reopened” Grape and Grain was advocated as a meeting point to use after exercise, social activities, a game of tennis as a part of the TC rennovation process.

    The fact that the developer of Reno Green Townhouses at the TC has offered to bring back the “Farmer’s market” events and fund them did not get a mention.

    Questions arose on what to do with the $280K lot which, along with the campers, boats still detracts from the ambience of community.

    Most disturbing, there was no reference as to how we can dovetail SOA activities into the City ReImagine Reno long term plan. How can Somersett take advantage of the cities plans for long term vibrancy? Somersett issues are discussed at NAB 5 meetings and Joe Fadrowsky has been an an excellent advocate for community progress.

    I also reminded folks present, that I spent many hours valuing the CGC purchase – specifically the value of the water rights (+ reverter rights) – which in my mind justified the investment. This was very supportive of the Boards pitch to the community. My valuation of property (albeit narrowly focussed) and relationship to a Golf Course (back in 2013) mirrored that done in Arrowcreek by UNR.

    Maintaining a Championship GC which is far too difficult to play for most (including Golf Pros!) is a continual challenge in the High Sierra Desert.

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