In a recent opinion about the Village concept, and what is happening in San Tan Valley, and then trying to compare in to Beacon Hill MA is so distorted it deserves a reply. There are several incorporated communites in Arizona that also have a village(s) concept operating within them and separate from the local government, Phoenix the largest city in Arizona being just one example, has operated this way for over 20 years with several separate and distinct villages withing the city of Phoenix. Each area has a different personality.
Being a village in no way stops any community in Arizona from incorporating or not incorporating, it has nothing to do with incorporation. No fees will be levied on anyone living in the San Tan Valley Village area, that is what HOAs are for.
The village concept has no legislative authority, it is to inform the residents of the area, and if and when agreement is come to, from the 5 villages proposed for San Tan Valley, on any topics affecting the village area(s), the villages gets to speak to Pinal County, or the city if incorported, with one unified voice — persuading people is the only tool a village has.
AZ state laws need changing to make it easier to incorporate an area, but the laws also need changing to force transparency and full disclosure, something sorely lacking in the last two years from the incorporation debate of over San Tan Valley.