Like all Homeowners Associations, rules are in place to preserve the beauty, safety and property values of our neighborhood, and serve each homeowner in this way.
In order to maintain our beautiful neighborhood for all owners and their guests the Board of Directors would like to make everyone aware of the most common issues observed in 2018, so these common violations can be avoided.
We heard feedback that many people weren’t aware of these rules or their purpose. With that in mind, we’d like to proactively provide this information.
The Most Common Violations
· Front lawn lamp posts - All front lamp posts must have a white light bulb at all times and be operational.
WHY: Because our community does not have county provided streetlights, these lights provide some light for sidewalks and street curbs. White is the community standard and was the chosen color during the community design, for continuity of look and feel.
· Garbage and recycling cans - All garbage cans and recycling bins must not be visible form the road on days that are not pick up days:
WHY: Recycling bins and garbage cans and bags are unsightly. Residents who chose to store refuse outsides of their homes and garages, risk attracting vermin and animals that can break into and strew that garbage.
· Poor landscaping maintenance - All landscaping must be maintained. This includes lawn, bushes, trees and fencing.
WHY: A neatly landscaped home is inviting and shows pride in ownership, increasing the enjoyment of the homeowner and protect their investment. Most residents take great pride in keeping the outside appearance of their homes clean, neat and attractive, giving our entire neighborhood a park-like atmosphere.
· Sidewalk and driveway maintenance – All driveways and sidewalks must be cleaned and free of debris, mold and appropriately edged.
WHY: Regular cleaning and maintenance of our driveways keeps stains from becoming permanent, prevents weeds from growing in the cracks, and helps the entire property look neat and clean. The same is true for sidewalks, and additionally edging keeps the sidewalk more safe and reduces slipping by foot traffic.
· Parking on grass - There is no parking allowed on any grass surface within the community.
WHY: Parking on the grass can destroy it and leave unsightly trenches in the landscaping, and cause infrastructure repairs.
· Parking across sidewalk – There is no parking across or on the sidewalks in the community.
WHY: Sidewalks are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act as a protected pathway of travel. People who are disabled have a right to full access to sidewalks, as do our residents who use strollers. No one should have to walk into the street, around a car in a driveway to fully utilize the sidewalk.
· Un-authorized signage - No signage (except real estate signs).
WHY: Esthetics is why only real estate signs are allowed. Because our HOA is based upon contractual agreements among its owners, it constitutes a private entity, the association has a legal right to prohibit any other kind of signs.
The Sugar Mill Lakes Board of Directors hopes that providing the most common violations, will encourage owners to proactively address their properties so that violations and fines are not necessary.
For a full list of rules and any needed clarification, please visit the documents page.
If you still have any questions, or would like to discuss these rules with a board member, please use the contact form.