Q: Do we have a Homeowners Association (HOA)?
A: Yes, Cabin Branch Forest is a self-managed community. Like all other planned communities, we have Bylaws and Rules that govern our community. In our community, all projects and activities, as well as the Board of Directors, is managed by neighborhood volunteers.
Q: Why have an HOA? Aren’t they just power hungry organizations out to cause homeowners grief?
A: Not at all. As a self-managed HOA, we serve the community we actually live in and aim to preserve a quality way of life and maintain a pleasant neighborhood for us all to live in. We feel that by clearly articulating the rules and standards that represent the common expectations of the member homeowners, and enforcing them, we accomplish this. Please see the “HOA 101” section of the website for more information on our philosophy as an HOA.
Q: How do I contact the HOA?
A: You can reach the CBF Board of Directors by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Board meets every two months and these meetings are open to the community. Please check the website for the schedule of meetings.
Q: Is there a community message board or a Facebook page?
A: Yes, there is an invitation only, private Facebook page for the community. Please email email@example.com to join this group.
Q: Does the HOA do community events?
A: Yes, the HOA organizes events throughout the year including cleanup days, community yard sales and block parties. These events will be posted on the community website, at the front entrance, and on the community Facebook page. There are also a number of other social activities in the neighborhood organized by groups of neighbors. Ask around to find out!
Q: Are waste and recycling services provided by the HOA?
A: Yes, waste and recycling are provided as a community wide service, please see the “Trash” page for more details.
Q: People keep parking in front of my house. Can the HOA help with that?
A: No, the streets in our community are public/county streets and the HOA has no authority to regulate or control parking. We ask that you try to work with your neighbors to coordinate a parking arrangement that works for everyone.
Q: I want to make an improvement to my property. How do I know if I need permission? What are the rules for this?
A: Most improvements beyond general maintenance, or replacing something that already exists, require approval by the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). Owners should review the Association Documents, especially Covenants Guidelines and Rules and Regulations, to determine if an ARC Change Request is required. If an ARC Change Request is required, the form and directions are posted in the Document Library. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Q: I want to file a complaint; how do I do that?
A: While we encourage our neighbors to try and work through issues as neighbors, we understand there are times this is not possible, or a confidential complaint is required. There is a homeowner complaint form located on the Association website along with directions for submittal.
Q: I received a “violation letter”, what gives?
A: The ARC and Board conduct annual inspections, as well as continuous monitoring, to ensure properties meet the standards set forth in the association documents. The checklist used for these inspections and the Due Process (procedure governing inspections and resolution) are posted in the Association Documents section. If you have questions about a violation please contact the ARC at email@example.com. The committee is happy to work with homeowners on a path to resolution, but it is important to communicate with them.
Q: How can I get involved in the HOA or the ARC?
A: The HOA and ARC always welcome members and volunteers! If you would like to inquire about ways to participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to one of the Board members (listed on the website) to find out how
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