Community Standards and Violations
As part of the neighborhood property maintenance efforts, the MCA conducts periodic inspections of residential properties, in addition to responding to our regular online complaint portal. This effort is to encourage all residents of our community to be conscious of the condition of their property and its importance in keeping a well-maintained and safe neighborhood. The following are examples of the common items that will be inspected.
Main Residence: Make sure that the outside of the home is intact and debris free. Siding & shutters should be properly hung or replaced if broken. Painting the main body of the home is encouraged every 10 years.
Landscape Maintenance: Maintain the landscape free from all weeds and all uncultivated plant growth and any landscaping that is dead and/or dry. Visible bare dirt must be maintained with ground cover and should be improved with rock, gravel or grass. Remember to maintain your property and adjacent right of ways from the center line of alleys to curbs easements. Trees should have a minimum of 8’ clearance over all sidewalks and alleys
Vehicles: Make sure that all vehicles are operable with current registrations and are parked in your garage or on a public street. No vehicle can be parked within 3 feet of main alley surface. This area is for loading and unloading only. Parking vehicles in alleys impacts your neighbor’s ability to access their garage.
Outside storage: Storage of any personal property or trash that is visible from outside the fence of the property is highly discouraged and can constitute a violation. Basketball hoops and other sports goals should always be stored on your property (at least 3’ from main alley surface). Permanent basketball hoops should be mounted on the garage face or 3’ from alley surface if mounted in-ground.
Trash: Remove all trash, litter, debris from outside your fence line. Ensure your trash is in an approved trash container. We recommend that containers not be stored within 3 feet of the main alley surface except on trash collection days. Trash Cans can be considered an encumbrance if not neatly stored on the property between collection days.
Please keep in mind that this is a list of common code violations our office enforces. If violations of the Community Maintenance Standard are observed during this inspection process, a Notice of Violation to correct the conditions may be issued. If violations remain, enforcement action may occur and can include MCA fines and penalties.
Property Owners and Sub-Association Responsibilities
Section 7.5 of the CCR's states: Units to be Maintained. Owners of a Unit are responsible for the maintenance, repair and replacement of the properties located within their Unit boundaries except as such maintenance, repair and replacement are expressly the obligation of the applicable Sub-association for that unit. Each Unit , shall, at all times, be kept in a clean, sightly and wholesome condition.
Community Maintenance Standard
- Landscaping Requirement – Front and side yards shall have plants, shrubs, turf, or other landscaping in healthy condition installed at all times. Barren soil, patches of dirt or weeds are prohibited.
- Bushes/Plants – The maximum height of hedges in the front yard shall not exceeded 42 inches. Plants which have thorns, spines or prickles shall be prohibited from being planted or maintained within 4 feet of a sidewalk. Shrubs shall not overhang sidewalks.
- Trees – It is the responsibility of the occupant and/or owner to cut, prune and remove all tree branches lower than 8 feet over sidewalks, 13.5 feet over a street or alley and remove any dead, dying or structurally unsound tree. Tree stumps must be ground down to 6 inches below existing grade.
- Weeds/Grass – It is the responsibility of the occupant and/or owner of any property to cut and remove all grass/weeds over 8 inches in height. Weeds outside rear and side fences to the curb and from the center line of the alley to rear yard must also be removed. Grass shall be properly irrigated at all times.
- Fences – All fences must be maintained in good structure condition including pickets, rails and posts. Design review is required for the moving of a fence line from its original location. The original fence location is that one which was installed when the home was originally built. If no fence was originally installed, then all subsequent fence modifications are subject to this requirement.
- Trash – It shall be prohibited for the occupants and/or owners to allow for the accumulation or storage of any trash that is not stored in a city approved container; is offensive to sight; or is otherwise insanitary or in any manner hazardous to public health.
- Snow Removal – Occupants and/or owners shall within 24 hours of a snowfall, remove of cause to have removed all the snow and ice from all sidewalks adjacent to the property. This includes snow on sidewalks outside rear and side fences, driveways and alley aprons.
- Exterior Maintenance – All structures shall be maintained in a state of good repair weather tight and painted.
- Alleys – Occupants and/or owners are responsible for the cleaning and maintaining the area from the rear property line to the center line of the alley. It shall be prohibited to install any non-landscape improvement within 3 feet of any alley surface.
- Right-of-Way Maintenance – Occupants and/or owners of property abutting a public right-of-way shall provide for landscaping and maintenance of such right-of-way area between the occupant and/or owners property line and the curb line or the edge of the roadway and between the property line and the centerline of any alley. No item or other personal property shall be stored in such a way that it encumbers the right-of-way. The MCA shall order the removal of any such encumbrance.