WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE COMMITTEE?
The purpose of the committee is to maintain property values by protecting the environmental and architectural integrity of the Hills of Bandera Subdivision in accordance with the provisions of the Declaration of Protective Covenants. These covenants state that no building, structure or improvement of any character shall be erected, placed, added to or altered on any lot until the building plans, specifications and a site plan showing the location of the proposed structure or structures have been submitted to and approved by Architectural Control Committee for the Association as being in compliance with the restrictions as to use, quality of workmanship and materials, nature of materials, harmony of external design and colors with existing and proposed structures, and location of improvements with respect to topography, finished grade elevation, lot boundary lines and building lines, and within the scheme and design of Declarant.
WHAT ACTION IS REQUIRED OF OWNER(S)?
Prior to making any change or improvement, any owner planning to change or add to the existing structures on a lot must submit a request in writing to the ACC stating the details of the intended change, improvement or need for variance and attaching samples or plans to more clearly describe the projected change or addition. If any change, improvement or action in variance from the Declaration is taken prior to written approval of the ACC, the Association has the right to require the homeowner to remove the improvement(s) and/or change(s) from the property.
WHAT TYPES OF ITEMS REQUIRE WRITTEN APPROVAL?Some examples of improvements/alterations requiring written approval from the ACC include (refer to the Declaration for other details):
CAN THE COMMITTEE GRANT VARIANCES FOR CERTAIN DETAILS?
The Committee is authorized to grant selective variances for things such as location, height, number of Improvements, materials, etc, but the owner must request this variance, giving reasons why it should be granted so that the Committee can make a reasoned decision.
WHY DO WE HAVE TO PUT EVERYTHING IN WRITING?
The formal request and approval process is necessary to assure that every owner’s desire to improve his or her property can be given due process without discrimination. It will also provide the owner(s), the Committee and the Association Board with a permanent record of actions taken under the Declaration.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO SAY IN THE REQUEST?A number of owners have already requested and been granted approval to add improvements to their property by following the procedures outlined in the Declaration of Protective Covenants, but there are some owners who have expressed surprise and consternation about having to "ask permission” to improve their own property. Your subdivision was developed and made subject to a Declaration of Protective Covenants and all owners become obligated to follow the terms of the Declaration when they receive the deed to their property. Simple forms have been created to make it easier for all owners to submit requests for improvements and new construction that can be found below.
HOW DO WE REPORT A SUSPECTED POA VIOLATION?The Hills of Bandera Ranch Property Owners Association is committed to help protect and preserve the overall environment of our community. One of the tasks of the Association is to respond to resident concerns. In keeping with this commitment, all community concerns need to be in writing and submitted to the Board of Directors. Please be advised that the violation must fall under the community covenants and restrictions. HOBR POA will make every attempt possible to resolve all issues, but please allow allotted time depending on the offense. To submit a suspected violation, you have a couple of options:
Linked below is a copy of the "First Letter" that the Architectural Control Committee delivers to people who may not be aware that they are in violation of one or more of the Rules and Regulations that govern this community. We give this letter to all newcomers and everyone seems very happy to be made aware of common problems before they happen. If the violation(s) continue to occur after this first letter, we issue a more formal letter citing specific rules and regulations that need to be addressed immediately or within a specified time period so that legal action can be avoided. If the violation(s) are not corrected within a reasonable amount of time, then we issue a Second Letter. This letter informs the property owner that a fine of $50/incident or day that the violation continues will be charged. If the violation is not corrected within the designated time period, we will proceed with further legal action, which may be costly to the homeowner. The Association has the legal right and responsibility to correct violations if the property owner refuses or cannot comply. Any expenses incurred by the Association in relation to the violation(s) may result in a lien on that property as well as any other expenses relating to collection or enforcement proceedings.This is obviously not something any of us who are volunteers on the Board wish to have happen. Please do your part to comply and avoid unnecessary conflicts and expenses.