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Cherry Creek Vista South Homeowners Association C.C.V.S. H.O.A. is a covenant controlled community. With mandatory dues of $35 per property (home) per year. The Board consists of volunteer home owners for a 2 year term. Home owner participation is highly encouraged.
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VOTE YES! NEW VOTE TO UPDATE CCVS COVENANTS
Dear Cherry Creek Vista South Neighbors,
As you know, we mailed out revised covenants that were written by a local law firm in March. We had been working on updating our covenants for over a year, and we had sent out multiple mailings letting residents know we were doing so. We had assumed that residents who wanted to provide feedback would come to the meetings. Looking back, we should have sent out the drafts first, collected and incorporated homeowner feedback, and then sent out ballots afterwards.
We had an incredible turnout at our March meeting, and homeowners made it clear that they wanted further opportunity to comment and amend the documents before they were finalized and voted on. In an effort to be as inclusive as possible, the Board voted to cancel the original election and open the covenants back up for comment.
Since March, we have held four open meetings to gather resident feedback, collected dozens of emails with suggestions, and reviewed dozens more comments from nextdoor.com. We also held three revision sessions that included the Board and Howard Buchalter, local HOA lawyer and former HOA President, as well as Allan Jensen, former HOA President. We listened to resident feedback and dialed the covenants way, way back. We see now that we put too much trust in our attorneys to craft the document. We drastically reduced the power the original documents gave the Board, and tried to insert specifics wherever possible. For example:
We completely removed the ability of the HOA to foreclose on homes, including for failure to pay dues.
We deleted most of the ‘improvements’ that would need to be approved by the Board, including mail boxes, front doors, minor landscaping changes, sprinkler pipes, and satellite dishes.
We made it clear that dues will be $60 next year and cannot be increased by more than 6% per year unless residents vote to approve a larger increase. That will permit us to retain the necessary level of property management support and re-instate many of the programs that we haven’t been able to afford while crafting the covenants.
We limited potential fines in various ways, including late fees
We gutted many of the Architectural Review Committee requirements, including now:
Encouraging participation from community members who aren’t on the Board,
Establishing a ‘previously approved’ list (which will be on our website) of paint colors, roofing materials, fence types, etc. for which residents don’t need permission to use
Stating that any request not approved within 30 days is automatically approved
Clarifying that all residents will receive written notice of potential violations, an opportunity to respond, and adequate time to remedy alleged violations before the Board takes further action.
CCVS has always been a covenant controlled community. The proposed revisions are an effort to update and clarify these forty year old documents which were written by the original builders without resident input. We believe strongly that the covenants should be modernized, and all of our surrounding neighborhoods have improved their covenants to bring them up to date with changes in the law and best practices. While these draft covenants have been drastically pulled back, they still make dues payment mandatory and require residents to maintain their property “in good repair and in a neat, clean, safe, sanitary, and attractive manner.” We have a great neighborhood, but there several properties in a state of serious disrepair. The new covenants will provide your HOA with additional tools to encourage compliance.
We will have a special meeting to discuss the covenants on September 14th at 7:30 p.m. We hope to have this meeting at High Plains Elementary and will put the boards at the neighborhood entrances once we confirm the meeting’s location. Please note that this is a new election and that you need to vote again, even if you sent in the ballot we mailed you in March. We will be going door to door to talk with you about why voting “yes” on the revised covenants is so important for our community. September 15th will be the last day we accept ballots. We have also posted a redline version of the covenants on our website, www.ccvshoa.com, so you can see the changes that were made.
When you vote, please consider that, while your street is probably in great shape, the existing covenants greatly limit our ability to address the few situations where neighbors decide to (or rent to people who) let their homes fall apart. We have worked hard to create documents that balance having a non-intrusive HOA that is still functional and empowered to maintain a beautiful, valuable neighborhood. As always, feel free to send questions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your continued support.
Ryan Sarni, CCVS Board President
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H.O.A Response Letter
The airport influence zone exemption that was needed to proceed was passed by the Centennial Planning and Zoning Commission at the August 9th meeting. The next meeting on Sept. 5th at 7:00pm where Centennial City Council will vote to move forward or not. This is the meeting residents will want to attend if concerned and interested in learning more. Richmond Homes has proposed to build adjacent to Peakview Park. very tall, dense, and no plans for green space. Only a sidewalk to Peakview Park.
https://www.richmondamerican.com/colorado/denver-metro-new-homes/centennial/cityscapes-at-southcreek/ If you cannot attend the meeting please consider contacting the Mayor of Centennial, Cathy Noon with questions or concerns. Cathy Noon:
Email: http://www.centennialco.gov/Mayor-Council/contact-mayor.aspx Phone: (303) 754-3350
HOT TOPICS HAPPENING NOW!
Ryan Sarni HOA President:
Hi Neighbors. I engage with the airport pretty regularly on behalf of the HOA. You can always go to this link to track and report planes . I have asked the airport for a map of proposed revisions based on the FAA plan, but I don't believe one exists yet. Kind of ridiculous for them to have meetings without first publicizing an actual plan, if you ask me. Cherry Creek State Park is pretty close to the edge of their north take off pattern. I'd rather have planes take off over the park than our neighborhood.
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Good Evening Commissioner Sharpe,
I am the President of the Cherry Creek Vista South Homeowners Association. Our neighborhood is just southeast of Havana and Orchard, and we are in unincorporated Arapahoe County. There is an undeveloped 22 acre plot directly to our neighborhood's southern border that lies just within the City of Centennial. Richmond Homes has proposed to build a 220 home development on this lot. They tried to do this same thing last year, but they could not get a variance from the Centennial Airport. At the last Centennial City Council meeting, they received their variance because, as I understand it, the airport's noise contour map is in the final stages of being reduced.
I wrote to Michael Fronopel, Director of Planning and Development, and Bob Olislagers with the Centennial Airport about this development. Michael wrote me back, stating that, "because of the location of this proposed development relative to the Airport’s runways, approaches and traffic pattern we plan to strongly oppose this. We anticipate focusing most of our energy on the September 5th meeting in front of the City Council. We hope you and your neighbors can also attend to give testimony on your experiences with aircraft noise."
I understand that City Council will consider rezoning this land to 'residential' at their September 5th meeting. On behalf of my neighbors, I would ask that you please, please do what you can to push back against this foolish plan. We believe that putting 220 homes on such a small space is far too dense and is incredibly inappropriate. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the median density for subdivisions inside metro areas is 2.9 dwelling units per acre. Richmond is proposing a density of over three times that. It does not fit in with the character of the area.
Furthermore, the plans Richmond showed me did not have any green space. Instead, they showed a concrete path extending from their development into Peakview Park. Peakview Park is maintained by our neighborhood's parks district and funded by our neighbors' tax dollars. The park is not designed for the increased traffic associated with another 220 homes, and it is not right that they should get use of the park without helping fund it. The same argument applies to the added stress that so many new residents would have on High Plains Elementary, which is already at or nearing capacity.
We understand that this area will likely be developed and we accept that. We would prefer either an office park in line with the current environment or single family homes in line with surrounding subdivisions. Thank you for your time and consideration.
CCVSHOA Board President