Located along the scenic coast of Southern California in an unincorporated Orange County area of North Laguna Beach, the Emerald Bay Community Association (EBCA) governs this private, gated community of approximately 550 homes on 150 acres through an elected seven-member Board. The Community Association provides a range of municipal services, including architectural control, security, facilities and landscape maintenance, roads and beach services, administration, tennis facilities, and youth and adult recreation programs. Several member committees assist the Board and Community Manager reach their policy and operating goals, respectively. The Architectural Committee reviews and approves plans for 80 or more new and renovated homes each year.
The Community Association, founded in 1929, is one of the earliest examples of private government in California. The Association’s board-staff relationship follows the policy governance model as utilized and recommended by the California Association of Community Managers.
EBCA employs thirty full-time staff and eight part-time staff and has an annual operating budget of $5.6 million. The facilities and common area reserve budget i...s currently around $1 million annually, not including major renovations such as the recent reconstruction of the Main Gate entry and Community Park. The Association’s facilities include a half-mile wide beach, six tennis courts, aquatics facility, community restrooms, beach and park volleyball courts, basketball court, community center and office, volunteer fire station, and parks.
Water and sewer services are provided by a California community services district with the same boundaries as EBCA, called the Emerald Bay Service District (EBSD), which is separately managed and governed by an elected five-member Board. Police services are provided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and fire and emergency services by the Orange County Fire Authority from the community-owned volunteer station, under EBSD’s fire service powers.