At one of our Drop-In meetings on Sunday, a homeowner asked that we remind everyone about the requirement to trim low branches off of any trees on your lot that hang over a sidewalk. We have had other recent complaints about trees hanging too low as well.
So here are the details on that and some other Q3 exterior reminders:
TREES & SHRUBS
- If you have shrubs along your alley or sidewalk, they must not hang over the alley or sidewalk
- If your front or rear tree(s) hang over the alley or sidewalk, the lower branches must not hang lower than six (6) feet. A six-foot-tall person must be able to walk on the sidewalk in front of your house or at any spot on the alley without any branches or leaves in the way. Next year, we are likely going to align that with local ordinances and raise that to seven (7) feet for sidewalks and nine (9) feet for alleys – so heads up for planning purposes. If you need to trim off low branches now, consider doing it once and using the 7 and 9 feet metrics.
- Fall is the best time to replace dead shrubs or add new landscaping (with prior ARC approval)
- Most of our toys, sports equipment, garden tools, etc belong in the rear of the home or inside of the garage and should not be left on front porches per our Covenants and Guidelines.
- What is ok on front porches? Examples include: Furniture designed to be outdoor patio furniture, potted plants, neat shoe/boot stands, doormats or outdoor rugs
- What is not ok? Examples include: Bikes, pool toys, kids’ toys, garden tools, indoor furniture, loose shoes or boots, dog toys or bowls, out of season decor (pumpkins / ghosts in January, etc)
- Reminder: As you’ve been hearing since early this year, if your home is overly faded, the deadline to get it refreshed is October 1st (Many Experience One homes are 9-10+ years old now – if an EO-built home has not yet been painted, it is faded and in need of paint maintenance by now)
- Violation letters for house painting have not been sent in the hopes that homeowners would participate in the refresh and get a painting plan in place. Starting next week, letters will begin going out with this reminder for homes that need to be painted. If you have a painting plan that has not been communicated to the HOA, please email Carlie (firstname.lastname@example.org) right away to avoid a letter.
- If you are keeping the same colors, it is considered maintenance and there is no need for an ARC Request
- If you are changing colors, make sure to submit your ARC Request before the end of August
FALL YARD SERVICES
- All single-family home yards should now be fescue and need to have aeration and seeding services this fall
- Providers are taking reservations now – plan to get on a schedule soon or plan to DIY
- Planning for fall services and getting them complete (along with early spring pre-emergent weed treatments) helps your yard be healthy for next spring and summer and have fewer weeds
If you have any questions, please contact the HOA office or send an email to the Board. All needed contact info is on kittscreek.com.
Did you know that all forms and documents relating to the HOA are on kittscreek.com?
Kitts Creek Board of Directors