Covenants & Bylaws
The Lakes of White Oak Association communities are governed by court-enforceable covenants. Covenants are in place to help maintain the appearance and desirability of our neighborhood, which ultimately can translate into higher property values. Help protect the investment that you have made in your home by adhering to our community guidelines and responding to any violations as quickly as possible. If you have any questions about covenants and by-laws, please contact the property manager, Leslie Sayers at (404) 835-9215 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Design Review Committee (DRC) is made of several community volunteers who meet at 7 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The committee’s purpose is to maintain the community’s architectural and general appearance appeal by reviewing homeowner change requests to their individual properties. This organization is the only standing committee authorized by our community covenants. Based upon the covenant directives, and the supplemental DRC Guidelines, this committee reviews requests for changes to existing structures, additional structures, landscaping and any other change which alters the appearance of the property. The DRC is not a covenant violation enforcement committee. Any homeowner who wishes to change the outward appearance of any portion of their property must obtain prior permission from the community DRC before beginning the project. Some examples requiring DRC permission are:
- changes the house/trim colors;
- adding any outbuilding;
- adding onto or modifying the home or any additional structure;
- major landscaping changes;
- cutting down/removal of any healthy trees that are greater than 6 inch diameter at 2 feet above ground level
- fence additions and changes;
- in-ground swimming pools;
- additional paved or parking areas.
Some examples of actions which do not require DRC approval are:
- pressure washing / repainted of existing colors;
- maintaining existing home and outbuildings to include re-roofing (of the same type);
- upgrade to architectural shingles;
- addition of a play set in the backyard;
- installing a storm door;
- adding / removing shrubbery not associated with a major landscaping change;
- trimming/removal of trees less than 6 inch diameter at a point 2 feet from the ground;
- removal of diseased/dead trees of any diameter;
- removal of a tree which threatens the structural integrity of the home or another structure
- maintaining existing fences / garden structures;
- interior changes or modifications.
Additional DRC guidance when planning your project If you are not sure about whether you need permission or not, send an email to the office at email@example.com. You can normally get a reply within one week or less. Plan ahead and submit your request at least a month in advance of your start date. Remember the DRC meet only once a month and are volunteers, not paid employees. If possible, attend the meeting when your project is up for review. It helps when there may be confusion or missing information. If possible provide examples of what your completed project may look like; include diagrams or architectural renderings. Be patient. We want you to improve your home and increase its value and we are many times able to come up with comprises in most instances.
Homeowners must be current with all community assessments to obtain annual pool passes. If unsure of your current assessment status please check with Leslie Sayers, CMA Property Management. As we are a single family, residential community association. Only the legal property owner(s) and those related by marriage, blood or adoption and living full time in this home, may obtain community pool passes. Those individuals and/or families who are renting/leasing the entire home may also obtain passes but must provide a copy of the current rental/lease agreement at the time of registration. This same “relationship” rule applies to the leasing family. Anyone one else who may be living in the home will not be issued a pass and must pay the $1.00 daily guest fee. If you have a situation outside of these limitations (examples: child who lives primarily with an ex-spouse, or grandchildren who stay with you during the summer) please see the Pool Manager for these and any other possible / reasonable exceptions. A good “rule of thumb” to use is, if the individual (living full-time in the home) can be, or ever was, claimed on the homeowner’s tax return, they may have a community pool pass. We ask that you do not attempt to circumnavigate this rule in any manner. In the interest of the safety for all of our community families we must be able to clearly identify those who have rightful access to our pool, and also make every effort to prevent access to anyone who does not belong here. We reserve the right to deny cards and/or access to anyone submitting fraudulent or intentionally inaccurate information on our pool applications.