A property owners association (POA) can be incorporated or unincorporated. It is formed for the purpose of managing a development that consists of lots. In the Davis-Stirling Act, it falls under the category of planned developments.
POAs tend to be more remote geographically and recreational in nature. The POAs generally start out with empty lots adjacent to an amenity such as a lake or ski area. Lot owners eventually build vacation homes and cabins on their lots so they can enjoy the amenities. Over time, owners start to live full time in the development. When this happens, the nature of the development changes and it becomes more of a homeowners association and less a property owners association.
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