Neighborhood Associations (NAs) here are governed by a Bernalillo County ordinance. In order to qualify to be a NA, membership must be voluntary and open to all within the geographic boundaries that define it.
Most NAs charge dues for their expenses, but some have no dues.
In order to be recognized in Bernalillo County, you must have an annual meeting, submit bylaws and complete a form with a current list of officers.
Recognized status allows the NAs to receive important notifications from Bernalillo County.
As an example, you would be notified if somebody wanted to build a car lot, cement plant or an office building next to your neighborhood; and you would have an opportunity for public input.
Homeowners Associations (HOAs) are governed by New Mexico State Statutes. They own property, maintain it and its entitlements as well as an obligation to pay dues for maintaining this property are attached to the title of a house.
HOAs also enforce covenants that are generally established during the subdivision process.