Monthly payment updates on Aug. 1

The HOA board did its initial budget planning in May for the 2024-25 fiscal year that begins Aug. 1, and will decide at its July 24 meeting on the monthly maintenance dues. They are expected to go up 2 percent, a modest increase thanks to successful efforts to save thousands of dollars on natural gas and water. We are paying more for many other recurring expenses, and although our reserves are earning more interest lately through investment in a certificate of deposit (CD), we need to put more into reserves each month to cover inflation affecting future capital expenditures such as painting, roofing, and paving.

A planned cost saving is to make this the last year we mail out coupon books for the monthly payments. Most homeowners have stopped using the coupons because it is more convenient and less expensive to pay by online banking or auto-draft using the Personalized Property Management homeowner portal. Setting up an auto-draft guarantees that the correct amount will be withdrawn or charged on August 1 even if the homeowner is away or forgets about the update. The portal has how-to videos, but if you need further assistance with setting up electronic payments, contact PPM or a board member.

Using the portal also allows homeowners to request service, update their contact information, and make architectural variance applications. HOA rules & regulations require a written request for approval before a homeowner makes improvements or changes to the building walls, doors, windows, patios, gates, lighting, landscaping, planted trees and shrubs, and more. There are very specific rules for some installations such as satellite dishes and solar panels.

Pet rules updated

The HOA Board of Directors proposed in August 2023 to amend the Pet Rules in response to complaints about pet waste, damage to the landscape, and dogs off leashes. After receiving homeowner comments before and during the Board’s Sept. 19 meeting, the Board revised its proposal and reopened commenting. The Board approved this policy on Nov. 9, 2023:

The Association realizes that many residents have pets. Rules are necessary to ensure that pets maintained on the property do not impose a nuisance or burden on other residents and guests. Unit owners may keep no more than two small domestic animals in their unit. The term “small domestic animal” is defined as a dog, a cat, hamster, gerbil, and bird of a type that is normally kept in a home. Unit owners may not keep any other animals in their units without the prior written authorization of the Board. Each owner shall be liable to each and every other owner, their families, tenants, and guests for damages or injuries caused by any animals brought into or kept in the community by an owner, by members of the owner’s family, or by the owner’s guests, tenants or invitees.

Dogs may be walked within the community provided the dog is securely restrained by a substantial leash not exceeding six feet in length and is in charge and control of a person competent to keep such dog under effective control (per Palm Springs Municipal Code Chapter 10.28, Section 010 “Dogs running at large.”) Pet owners will be responsible for any damage done to the property for failure to follow the rules. It is the pet owner’s responsibility to clean up after their pet to keep our community well maintained and beautiful. To keep pet waste off our grass, owners are encouraged to use the desertscapes near the streets and the back west end of property as “rest areas.”

Important reminders for homeowners

New air conditioners: Notify in writing/email within 14 calendar days the Association’s management company, Personalized Property Management, provide a copy of the city building permit, and coordinate with management to have our roofing contractor involved.

External wiring and equipment related to cable and satellite TV require submitting an architectural variance request to obtain Board approval.

Units may be leased for 28 or more consecutive days after submitting a lease in writing to PPM. The unit owner shall deliver a copy of each signed lease at least seven days prior to the lessee taking possession of the unit, together with the makes, models and license numbers of the lessee’s vehicles.

Homeowners are responsible for trimming trees and plants within their patios to keep flammable overgrowth and rodents away from our roofs. If you prefer to pay someone to do this work, contact our landscaping contractor, Ismael Ramirez, or the landscaper of your choice.

Please read the full rules here.

Board adopts policy on solar installations

Because the HOA is responsible for the maintenance of our roofs, the Board decided we need rules and procedures specifically addressing any proposed installations of solar energy systems. The proposed Solar Rules drafted with the help of legal counsel were adopted Sept. 19, 2023 after the required 28-day homeowner comment period. We anticipate that we will have to clarify some of the terms and conditions and possibly make some changes to the policy over time if homeowners encounter issues when submitting applications to our Architectural Control Committee.

Proposed Operating Rules Changes

UPDATE: The changes were adopted 4/28/22

At its April 28, 2022 meeting, the board will consider a proposal to update the HOA rules and regulations. If you wish to make written comments, please submit them via mail to Board of Directors, Canyon South 1 HOA., c/o Personalized Property Management, attn: David Schuknecht, 68-950 Adelina Road, Cathedral City, CA 92234; via fax to 760/325-9300, or via email to david@ppminternet.com. Please date, identify your address at Canyon South 1, print and sign your name.

Most of the highlighted changes are minor, such as updating email addresses and web links. The fine and enforcement policy is updated, and the lease rule has been changed to conform to a new state law.

View, download or print the proposal:

A reminder about pet rules

The Association realizes that many residents have pets. Rules are necessary to ensure that pets maintained on the property do not impose a nuisance or burden on other residents and guests. Unit owners may keep no more than two small domestic animals in their unit. The term “small domestic animal” is defined as a dog, a cat, hamster, gerbil, and bird of a type that is normally kept in a home. Unit owners may not keep any other animals in their units without the prior written authorization of the Board. If any pet creates a nuisance to other residents by barking or any other activity, the Board may disallow the occupancy of the pet on the Association property. 

Pets may be walked within the community but must be leashed at all times. Pet owners will be responsible for any damage done to the property for failure to follow the rules. It is the pet owner’s responsibility to clean up after their pet to keep our community well maintained and beautiful.

(This post was updated in May 2022)

Outreach committee wants help and suggestions

The HOA Board has a committee looking at ways to better welcome new owners and residents to the community and to reach out to them (and everyone!) with information to improve our living experience at Canyon South 1.
 
Phase 1 of our effort will develop a Frequently Asked Questions resource for the new owners’ welcome packet and the website. The second phase will be to reach out by phone or email to offer new owners a personal welcome and information about settling into the community. We all know our many rules can seem intimidating, and we’d like to eliminate the unpleasant experience of a new owner unknowingly violating a regulation.
 
We are collecting ideas for the information you’d like to see us include in our FAQs. Email suggestions to questions@canyonsouth1.com or use this web form. You can use the same email address or web form to volunteer to join or help the committee.  

Annual Report 2018: Dog owners’ proposal

Several months ago the Board was asked by a group of residents to begin a discussion about allowing a designated off-leash exercise area for dogs. At the annual meeting dog owners presented the idea for discussion. They proposed a fenced-in, gated, landscaped area along the back wall behind the west pool. The cost of the project would be borne by interested dog owners and any others who wish to contribute.  No HOA dollars would be committed to the project. Proponents have an estimated budget of $3,000 and they currently have pledges of over $1,000. Supporters of the project stated that over 30% of residents own dogs. Many of them are full-time residents. Dogs suffer, particularly in the summer, because of HOA rules requiring that dogs walk on the hard surfaces (on leash) only.

Questions raised during the meeting related to liability, insurance, nuisance, municipal requirements, and process.  The Board president said that these questions needed to be answered and more discussion would be had. For instance, what hours would it be open, who could access the facility, what about unattended dogs, barking, enforcement procedures, etc? The Board will continue to consider the proposal and accept additional information and comments at future meetings. Ultimately, a vote of residents will be required before the Board would take any action.

Parking work group established

A work group, chaired by Board member David Burgess, has held an initial meeting to review HOA rules and regulations regarding vehicle parking.

Misunderstanding about current rules and limited parking combine to create disagreements and controversy within our community.

Current HOA rules allow for one vehicle inside the homeowner’s garage and one additional vehicle in the public area. Current rules do not designate individual parking spots per household, though common sense would suggest that the parking area would be adjacent to the homeowner property. Currently, there are no dedicated parking places within our complex thus no one can say “this is my parking place.” This had led to some confusion and conflict.

Initial suggestions presented to the work group include: creating a dedicated parking space for each homeowner; and creating dedicated space for guests only. The work group is looking for additional options and creative ways to address this important parking issue. Your thoughts and comments are welcome.