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Deck Size Limitations

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by numba41, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. rharse

    rharse New Member

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    Oh, this gives me great hope. We live on Highview Trail, and there are a dozen or so homes here already, and a few still being built -- like the 3 directly behind our back yard. Looking out my back windows I see NO TREES whatsoever... just a bunch of poorly laid sod (don't get me started on THAT) on all our back yards which butt up against each other. Based on what I've read here, should I expect that once these houses are complete VM will be planting a few trees here and there? That would be a wonderful thing!
     
  2. toferlewis2

    toferlewis2 New Member

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    This same thing happened with the last house we had built. Once the section was completed, the developer planted trees on the street and back yards to get the required canopy coverage required by the county. VM should have a plan filed with the county that will tell you the quantity, location and type of trees they have planned.
     
  3. latka

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    That's what I mean by overly restrictive. The association should not have a say in what I do with the trees on my property.
     
  4. neilz

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    Then you don't buy a house in a 'covenant restricted' community. The covenants are in force to protect the investment all the homeowners have made in buying their homes, so that a few negligent homeowners do not ruin property values for all.

    You can see examples of this in some areas of Sterling, where you have very conscientious homeowners with immaculate houses and landscaping, having to put up with owners or renters with rusting junkers on the front lawn.



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  5. T8erman

    T8erman Well-Known Member

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    With you Neilz - everyone signed on the dotted line knowing this was a covenant restricted community. So people need to stop bee itching about what they can and cannot do when it is in writing.
     
  6. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    HOA covenants are interesting.......about half the people think they are too strict and the other half think they are too loose!!
     
  7. Zansu

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    depends which side of the particular discussion you're on -- everything I want to do is quite reasonable and obviously ought to be permitted. My neighbors, on the other hand, are clearly out of their minds:D
     
  8. latka

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    Neil, removing a tree from a yard without jumping through hoops is hardly akin to rusted out junkers in the yard.
     
  9. southernwalkres

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    How does the HOA feel about those that remove trees in their front yards because it is bad Feng Shui (sp?). I lived in a new neighborhood in Herndon in which the HOA couldn't keep trees from walking off. You wouldn't want the HOA to be responsible for clouding someone's aura and shui would you? :D
     
  10. USAgal

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    should we start a new thread on tree swapping?
    there will always be someone else who wants the street trees and plants that others don't want.
    i know someone who's looking for some extra trees to fill in a tree save area...
     
  11. rharse

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    A most excellent point. I'd KILL for a few of those trees!!
     
  12. neilz

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    As I mentioned ... removing a tree less than 4" in diameter is authorized without a request ... however, putting in a HOA Modification's request is hardly jumping through hoops.

    You need to fill out the form, attach a few photos showing the location of the tree, and explain why you want it removed. Of course, if your street has not yet been turned over to VDOT, I'm not sure if the tree can be moved. I think it has to stay until turnover.

    That said ... I remember growing up back in New Jersey where we had trees along many of the streets next to the curb. On sunny days, these trees helped to keep the temperatures down, and many of us who played on the sidewalks from getting sunburnt.



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  13. neilz

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    Good Grief !! [xx(]

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  14. latka

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    I think it is ridiculous to ask permission to remove a tree from my yard....period.
     
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    Not trying to add fuel to this heated topic but ... I can not help wonder ... if you DO remove a tree bigger than 4 inch in diameter without HOA Modification's request ...what would happen ??? ( I love the trees in my yard and thinking of getting more during the spring time ) However, I just became curious reading this thread ...
     
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    What about those "Tree line" common areas behind houses/townhouses? You're not supposed to mess w/that area are you? As in removing the logs on the ground, underbrush & such? This is supposed to be considered a natural habitat or am I wrong?
     
  17. neilz

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    You would have to replace the tree with a tree of equal size and type.



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  18. neilz

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    That is common area, and should not be messed with. The HOA will take care of any issues with trees that may have come down into your property, but other than that, these areas must remain natural.



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    You signed on the dotted line, that signature acknowledged the requirements, and the authority, so you have to ask before removing trees that are listed ... period!





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  20. latka

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    Doesn't make it right.
     

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