A reminder about pet rules

The Association is sympathetic to those residents who desire to have and enjoy pets. At the same time certain 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.

No pets are allowed on the grass areas or flower beds. Pets may be walked within the community but must be leashed at all times and must remain on the pavement. Pet owners will be responsible for any damage done to the property for failure to follow the rule. You must clean up after your pet. This has become a problem on the desert landscape along Caliente and La Verne.

If any pet creates a nuisance to other residents by barking or any other activity, the Board may PERMANENTLY disallow the occupancy of the pet on the Association property.

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.