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If you are a resident or thinking of becoming one, we'd like to welcome you to Christopher Farms! This website should give you some help in navigating our homeowners association and the community we are a part of.
Maybe this is your first house, or perhaps other neighborhoods you've lived in have not had homeowners' associations. Even if you've been in other associations but never quite understood why they exist...here's a quick background.
Developers file covenants with the city when they begin a building project, basically promising that they'll do everything by the rules and not break any law or city code in the process. Additionally, they designate how the new owners are going to run the place once the developer departs the scene.
For us, this means the use of a professional community management company called the Associa Community Group to keep track of administrative and logistic details. The Homeowners Association works with them to represent the community in a democratic manner.
Our neighborhood is made up of 166 homes, what's known as "Phases One and Two" of Christopher Farms. There are three "phases" and phase three has its own Association set up independently by the developers.
How do I join? In case you're wondering whether you're "in" or not, the answer is yes. The day you closed on your home you officially became a member of the Association. Even if you are renting, you are still expected to comply with the Association's guidelines.
What does this mean? Nothing earth shaking, but it does mean that you now share the same responsibilities and obligations that the other members have. You can find the guidelines and bylaws in the documents section of this webpage. For most of us, it means submitting applications for landscape changes and tree removal, and renovation proposals, fence designs, or other exterior changes for review by the Architectural Committee. It also means keeping our trash cans behind the front plane of the house when not out for collection.
Please take time to become familiar with the architectural guidelines. We look forward to seeing you in the neighborhood!