I received this question the other day after sending a client a listing in a Planned Unit Development.
A PUD (Planned Unit Development) can be a community of townhomes or detached homes. There is always an HOA (homeowners association) and a fee assessed to cover certain expenses (HOA dues). All residents are members of the HOA. The HOA fee is used to cover general maintenance in the common areas, roads, or commonly owned buildings or structures (think clubhouses, playgrounds, pools, tennis courts, etc.).
Now, here’s the difference when you go to escrow (and I’ve found that many folks are actually surprised by this), with a townhome in a planned unit development, you get to own the land your townhome sits on. It’s all yours. With a condominium townhome (which are the majority of townhomes in our area), all land is commonly owned and maintained. Some folks like the idea of a PUD better because it gives them a bit more control over their land.