|~ Frequently Asked Questions ~ |
- What are the Slope Assessment fees and when are they due?
The Slope Assessment fees (or annual Maintenance Fees) are payable in two
payments on September 1st and March 1st of every year. These fees pay for
water and maintenance of the trees and vegetation on the slopes that are prevalent
throughout the area. You will receive a bill in the mail, and the payments should
be sent to Mother Lode Bookeeping (see the Contact Us page).
- Who should be contacted with questions or concerns regarding the San Elijo Hills #1 Homeowners Association (HOA), the slopes,
vegetation or trees, or our neighborhood in general?
Contact the Board of Directors at email@example.com
and they will respond to inquiries and handle questions and concerns accordingly.
- What should be done before making any exterior architectural modifications regardless of how minor?
You need to obtain an Architectural Approval Request Form that can be
downloaded from the Documents web page.
This form can be filled out electronically, then printed. After all needed signatures are obtained it can be
scanned and e-mailed to the Architectural and Planning Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If scanning is not available, or if paint samples are included, the form may be mailed to the following address:
San Elijo Hills HOA
P.O. Box 232
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Some minor modifications such as exterior
painting and roof replacements may be approved quickly. Some colors, types and manufacturers have
been pre-approved by the HOA, consult the
Documents web page for more details.
- If painting my house the same color, replacing an existing roof with the same material, or replacing a garage door, is an approval required? Even
if it looks just like a neighbor's house down the street?
Yes! The HOA is required to keep approvals and violations on file.
It will be quickly determined whether the existing color or type material
is currently approved and not in violation. The goal is to maintain the
overall consistency of the community by enforcing the PC&R´s.
- If making a more extensive modification, how long should the approval process take?
It is best to allow about 30 days, but most approvals take much less time
depending on how complete your submittal is. Along with your completed
form, you must include plans, elevations, brochures and color chips. As a courtesy
you should inform your neighbors of the pending work, but you do not need their approval.
- Do I need to inform my neighbors of my proposed exterior house modifications?
Yes! The homeowner must inform any neighbors who will be significantly affected
of any planned modification that will require construction in excess of roof replacement, painting,
or window and door replacements. The association recommends that the homeowner
maintain a written record of providing such notice. You do not, however,
need your neighbors' approval of the intended modifications since only
the HOA Board/Architectural Committee has the authority to approve
or disapprove modifications based on the Association's Policies and PC&R´s. The
Board's responsibility is to assure all homeowners that those guidelines are met.
- Who is the Architectural and Planning Board?
The Architectural and Planning Board consists of three volunteer homeowners having experience in land development, land planning, architecture, engineering, or associated fields, as per Article V of the PC&R´s.
- What is allowed on the easement side of my home?
About one-half of the properties in the community have easements on both
sides of the home. This allows a homeowner to landscape and have exclusive
use of the land up to the adjoining neighbor's exterior wall. Along with this
privilege comes restrictions. The original developer was thoughtful in
restricting the size and height of side windows for privacy, also side set back
requirements for structures. In general, these are common sense courtesy
guidelines for both neighbors affected by the easements. These restrictions
are contained in the official documents received by every homeowner when buying
their home. See PC&R´s Article XIV and the Policy Manual section 4.0 - these
can be found on the Documents section
of this site. Modification submittals should address these easement restrictions.
- Are cars allowed to be parked in private driveways?
Yes! Although originally disallowed, the PC&R´s were officially modified in
1995 by majority homeowner vote. Cars are still required to be garaged unless
garage space is inadequate. The HOA trusts this privilege will not be abused by
homeowners parking numerous or unsightly vehicles in the driveways, thereby
detracting from the beauty of our special community.
- May the trash cans and yard waste be curbed the night before pickup day?
Yes! But only the night before. Again, maintaining the consistency and beauty
of our neighborhood is foremost. If many homeowners curbed their rubbish
throughout the week prior to pickup day, the neighborhood would be an unsightly
mess. (The City of Solana Beach code enforcement requires trash cans and
rubbish not be stored anywhere visible from the street.)
- Can I plant a new tree on my slope?
If you want to have a new tree planted on your slope, trim trees on your slope, or have a tree
removed from your slope, please read the "Tree Policy" section 6.0 of the
Policy Manual and fill out an Architectural Approval Request Form. These can be found on the