With spring around the corner, it’s a great time to start working on your home’s landscaping. Spring weeds are starting to poke 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!
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.
Our HOA Community Center and Canyon Creek Elementary School are dealing with the consequences of Theft of Service. Dumpsters, trash, and recycling containers are being illegally filled by the refuse from other sources including individuals living within Canyon Creek. Not only is this behavior un-neighborly, but it also amounts to petty theft!
As with any well-run business or household, our HOA and CCE purchase rubbish removal services to fit the needs of their continuing operations. When their receptacles are filled with trash from other sources, our HOA and CCE must pay additional fees or store their garbage. None of us want garbage stored within our neighborhood for obvious health and aesthetic reasons.
Please only use your own receptacles for your trash. Dumping bags of your refuse in someone else’s dumpster, trash, or recycling bin is illegal dumping and you could be fined for that activity.
We are asking that you do not use our receptacles for your personal trash. There is a fine associated with illegal dumping and our school district is prepared to enforce these fines. The City of Austin offers many legal and neighborly solutions for excess trash at the following link:
With Spring just around the corner, Site Manager inspections will begin to focus more attention on landscape appearance and maintenance. Under the Master Declaration of the Association, all owners, at their own expense, are obligated to keep their Lot in good condition and repair and in a well-maintained, clean and attractive condition at all times. Failure to comply with the association’s restrictive covenants can result in fines levied under the association’s fine policy. As a reminder, penalties can begin accruing after only one courtesy notice. To help residents comply and avoid fines, the board has prepared the following information on appearance and maintenance expectations.
Landscape Maintenance and General Appearance
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. Owners with xeriscaping are reminded that “low-maintenance” does not mean “no-maintenance.” Xeriscaped beds must be equally maintained, edged and kept free of weeds, leaves and other debris.
Sufficient water must be applied to the landscaping, in accordance with any mandatory watering schedule in effect, to maintain the sod and plantings on the Lot. Landscape irrigation systems must be kept in good working order. Sod must not be allowed to die due to lack of water. Bare spots are not allowed although some latitude is permitted in heavily shaded yards where sod is difficult to grow. In this case, it may be more attractive to create a bed and to mulch or use shade tolerant plants. Be aware that construction of new beds requires an application to and review by the Architectural Review Committee.
Driveways, sidewalks and curbs must be kept edged and free of clippings and leaves. All hardscape including driveways, sidewalks, curbs, planters, retaining walls, etc. must be kept free of weeds, grasses or other plants within expansion joints, seams, etc. Sidewalks must be kept clear of shrubbery overgrowth and overhanging limbs so as not to obstruct the walkway.
Residents are also prohibited from discarding yard waste, brush, compost, trash or any other item on any Greenbelt or Amenity Area. This applies equally to Owners of Lots bordering the Greenbelt. The City of Austin provides weekly yard waste collection and twice annual large brush collection for this purpose.
Fences must be kept attractive and in good repair. Each owner must promptly repair and replace any missing, broken or rotted fence pickets, posts and gates. Fencing must not be allowed to lean or sag excessively. Gates must be kept closed except when entering or exiting. Wooden fencing may be stained upon prior approval by the Architectural Review Committee. If a fence is already stained, repairs must be similarly stained. Stain must be maintained from time to time due to the effects of natural weathering and sprinkler spray.
Trash and Recycling Containers
These may be placed at the curb no earlier than 8pm the evening before the designated collection day and returned to their storage area no later than 8pm on the day of collection. At all other times, carts must be screened from view and not visible from the street. Use of privacy screens for carts is permitted but requires prior approval by the Architectural Review Committee.
Thank you for helping us keep Canyon Creek looking its best. If you have questions about these requirements or need to report a violation, please reach out to the board at anytime.
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