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The Benefits of Our Declaration of Covenants, Conditions
and Restrictions/Bylaws

Our current documents are being updated for the first time since 1987. They will be posted here when that process is complete. Until then, here’s an abbreviated explanation of how our governing documents work for us as residents of our association.

Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs)

CC&Rs are a legally binding document that is officially recorded and filed with our state. Our CC&Rs cover the rights and obligations of the homeowners association to its members and vice versa. CC&Rs often cover legal issues, such as:

  • Property-use restrictions

  • Clearly defined maintenance obligations for the HOA and individual members

  • Mechanisms for rule enforcement and dispute resolution

  • Lender protection provisions

  • Assessment obligations

  • Insurance obligations

Because this record is kept on file with the state, it can be difficult to amend and requires a vote by the membership to make any changes.

Bylaws

If CC&Rs cover the “what” of the HOA, the bylaws cover the “how.” Our community’s bylaws establish the structure of day-to-day governance of our homeowners association. This includes things like:

  • Frequency of HOA board elections

  • Process for nominating and electing new board members

  • Number of members that serve at one time

  • Meeting frequency and quorum requirements

  • Duties and responsibilities of board members

Like CC&Rs, Bylaws are difficult to change, as they too require a vote by the membership to amend.

Rules & Regulations

Our community’s Rules & Regulations are a catch-all for the things that aren’t covered in the Bylaws or CC&Rs. These are often the rules that might need revising over time due to changes in the community. Rules & Regulations can be changed by an HOA board vote with review by the members of the community.

Traditionally, the Board will adopt a rule then send a notice to the community members who will have 30 days to review it. After 30 days, the board will review the comments and concerns of members, considering the members’ feedback in the final decision.

Annual Budget

Our HOA Operating Budget is a projection of the money needed by the association to cover our operating expenses and provide adequate reserves for the repair and replacement of the common areas and other elements of the property the HOA is responsible for maintaining. California law requires that our HOA adopt an operating budget every year.

Reserve Studies

A reserve account is money that all HOAs are required by law to set aside to cover the future repair or replacement of physical elements of our development that the association must maintain.

 

The Board contracted with Complex Solutions, Ltd to review the Association’s General Reserve Study and the Lift Station Reserve Study to ensure that sufficient funds are held in reserve to properly maintain such items as the lift station, roads, lights, entry gates, and the perimeter wall and wrought iron fencing along Mattie Road.

 

It’s the board's fiduciary responsibility to fund the reserve fund adequately. Every homeowner pays into the reserve fund via our monthly HOA payments.

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