Ash Jackson wrote:
Because of my personal situation, I need to stay near the Denver metro area for the next 14.5 years;
Landowners, residents, and visitors must be prepared to accept the activities, sights, sounds and smells of Custer County’s agricultural operations as a normal and necessary aspect of living in a county with a strong rural character and a healthy ranching and farming sector. Those with an urban sensitivity may perceive such activities, sights, sounds and smells as inconveniences, eyesores, noises and odors. However, state law and county policy provides that ranching or other agricultural activities and operations within Custer County shall not be considered to be nuisances, as long as they are operated in conformance with the law and in a non‐negligent manner.
This is a double-edged sword as well. One of Hubby's friends lives in a complex and because of "complaints of costs" they keep doing cheap repairs on the back decks instead of doing a better, more expensive job based on our wet climate and having the decks last 10-20 years without needing further repairs.
Just listening in they learned the all volunteer board members had gotten quotes from 3 vendors for the fence repair, they were trying to find a better landscape maintenance person, but all the others cost twice as much ... The complainers immediately understood the costs were as low as they could be.
Jay Angler wrote:
One issue with HOA type things in my area is the legal costs of getting anything changed. I'd certainly recommend wiggle room! The example from a different friend is that when the HOA was set up approximately 30 years ago, to make the community look cohesive, houses were required to have cedar shake roofs or clay tiles. However wildfire risk has increased since then, and there's clearly higher risk of fire spread with cedar roofs than asphalt. Although personally, I'd prefer less toxic alternatives to asphalt, I also don't want that entire community to go up like a Roman Candle, so the "agreement" made between the counsel and the Fire Marshall to allow asphalt without changing the HOA legal document, seemed a fair thing to do. Some HOA rules seem to be written to demand absolute conformity with rigid behavior - others seem to be more complaints driven based on someone pushing the envelope - both extremes can lead to problems as it is not a perfect world!
Jay Angler wrote:A friend years ago who was very pleased with her townhouse situation had moved into one that was very clear up front that participation in both meetings and work parties was required. It really helped people to get to know fellow members and that helped in situations such as needing someone to watch a child briefly or get a lift somewhere.