Yard Cleanup and Fixup

With spring arriving and the weather warming up, it’s a great time to start working on your home’s landscaping. Spring weeds are poking through and our plants are starting to grow again. This cleanup activity will make your home, yard and neighborhood look more attractive. Our HOA provides some guidelines provided below for your reference. Thank you for your hard work, and we look forward to seeing great looking landscapes again this spring! 

Reference: Spring Lawn and Landscape Compliance Tips

An Owner’s Lot must be kept neat and tidy in appearance. Lawns must be kept mowed, edged and free of weeds and trash. Planters and beds must be kept free of weeds, leaves and other debris. Some latitude is permitted for seasonal leaf shedding. Shrubs and trees must be kept trimmed and attractive. Any dead foliage or limbs must be removed promptly. Nothing on an Owner’s Lot must be allowed to become overgrown or unmaintained.

All visible areas including lawns, flower beds, driveways, sidewalks, curb strips, planters, retaining walls, etc. must be kept free of weeds, grasses or other plants, including within expansion joints, seams, etc. Sidewalks must be kept clear of shrubbery overgrowth and overhanging limbs so as not to obstruct the walkway.

All construction of new beds, relocation of beds, or significant modification of existing beds requires an application to and review by the Architectural Review Committee.

The ARC form is available here.

For additional guidelines and frequently-asked-questions on many topics, see our HOA website  FAQ Index or Governing Documents

Canyon Creek Architecture Review Committee.

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Architectural Review Committee Guidelines

Our community covenants state that improvements to residences shall not be started until a plan is submitted to and approved by the Architectural Review Committee. What needs ARC approval? Things that you add or change to the outside of your property. Examples include new landscaping, decks, sheds, pools, house additions, solar panels, and house painting or roofing if it’s a different color or material. The only exceptions are routine maintenance – replacing your fence or deck, or driveway as long as the materials, color, and location are the same as what is currently installed in your home. Additionally, all of our DCCR’s are available in the Governing Documents library.

 In order to provide some guidelines, here are some of the items that the ARC frequently encounters:

  • Maintenance of existing landscaping does not require architectural review.
  • All new or changed landscaping requires architectural review. This includes: new trees, planting beds, vegetable gardens, brick and rock borders, fencing, fountains, ponds, and lighting that shines beyond your property lines.
  • Professionally installed irrigation systems do not require architectural review. Please be positive of your property line prior to installing.

Basketball Goals Guidelines:

  • The goal must be positioned a maximum of 8 feet from the garage door.
  • The goal must be facing on the property in such a manner that errant balls will fall beyond the backboard into the yard of the resident owner of the goal, and not onto the neighboring property.
  • The goal itself must be kept well maintained.
  • Temporary or moveable goals are allowed but must not be left in the street or blocking the sidewalk when not in use

Satellite Dishes: Small (18”) satellite dishes are automatically approved for usage in Canyon Creek.  However, you must make a written application of the location of where the dish will be placed on the property.

  • Preferred placement for Satellite dishes are locations where they are not visible from the street in front of the house. These locations include:
    • Mounted below the fence line on the side or back of a home and not visible from the public thoroughfare(s).
    • Rear roof.
    • Behind the chimney
  • With south-facing homes, placement may require some street-side visibility. In these cases, the ARC will work with you to find the placement that minimizes street-side exposure such as:
    • Below the fence in the back of the house
    • High on the back side of the roof near the ridge line
    • Places blocked by vegetation, roof gables, chimneys or other visual impediments
  • Exterior attachment cables should be attached in a neat fashion, as far from the public thoroughfares as necessity allows
  • Please note that most satellite dish installers are contractors and will put the dish in a place most convenient for them and that this placement frequently is not acceptable. Please get ARC approval before installing the dish!

Where is the ARC request form?  The Architectural Review Committee Approval Request Form is located at:

Architecture Review Form

Residents can also send email messages to board@canyoncreek.net to reach all the directors at once. 

The CCHOA property manager Denise Johnston can be contacted at (512) 834-3900, or Manager@canyoncreek.net

Your ARC Committee members are:

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Sidewalk Strip Repair or Replacement Options

Suggestions from your Architecture Review Team:

Many in our community would like to update their sidewalk strip for easy maintenance and to improve aesthetics in this area.  The sidewalk strip is the area between the sidewalk and street.  For those who would like to pursue this change, we’d like to encourage folks to use drought tolerant landscaping and plants.

Before you update your sidewalk strip, please be sure to fill out an Architectural Review Form for approval.


  • Dig down several inches so the feature is level to the curb rather than raised
  • Use a double layer of weed barrier
  • Do not use crushed granite (washes away too easily)
  • Do not use a raised edging.  It can be a trip hazard.
  • Keep plants small and low to the ground so it doesn’t impede walkers or sight lines for drivers
  • Maintain and freshen the area as needed.  Xeriscape does not mean “no maintenance”.  Debris gets in between the rocks and opportunistic weeds will grow.  Be sure to pull/treat those weeds.
  • When installing pavers, use polymeric sand to fill in the joints between the pavers. Filling in with concrete is not recommended as it does not provide for relief of the impervious cover requirement in your yard and it won’t look as nice.

 Some good ideas are shown below.

This is the preferred method as it is nice and clean looking and requires virtually no maintenance. 

Canyon Creek Sign Policy Clarification and Guidance

Guidance on Signage in Canyon Creek

The board would like to clarify our community’s policy on signage. While we may have changed management companies, there have been no changes to our sign compliance regime. If a notice has been received in error, please contact the management company or the board to express your concern.

  • In the interest of improving neighborhood security, the Site Inspector will not cite for unobtrusive signs announcing homes protected by an alarm company.
  • In the interest of school spirit, the Site Inspector will not cite for signs in support of students participating in school activities (band, sports, etc.)
  • Display of political signs is subject to Texas Property Code – Display of Political Signs, Section 202.009. The display time period is: “An applicable election period consists of the time period commencing 90 days before the date of the election to which a sign relates and continuing until the 10th day after such election date.”
  • Signs marketing property are permitted on the owners Lot under the DCCRs, section 3.3. (i.e. “For Sale” signs)
  • All other signs are prohibited under the DCCRS.