To achieve the goal of harmony, property owners are required to obtain the prior approval of the Association for many things; primarily changes to their exterior property. If approval is not received for a change to the property, a monetary penalty of at least $250 will be added to the owners account – regardless of approval or disapproval after the fact by the Architectural Review Committee. Additionally, you may be required to remove the improvement at your own expense if it is not approved.
By way of explanation, the CC&R’s determine what you can build and the Guidelines tell you how you can build it. The Guidelines cover everything allowed in all units and phases in the Village. However, not all items in the Guidelines are allowed in all units and phases. FOR EXAMPLE: The Guidelines cover hot tubs, patios, sheds, gazebos, and landscaping but that does not mean those items are allowed under the CC&R’s in every unit and phase.
The major changes to the Architectural Design Guidelines can be found on pages 8, 9 & 10 and include several items. Tree removal guidelines were added. Also, Carport – Unit 3 Phase 1 Only was added. This section defines the size, use and construction of carports in Unit 3 Phase 1.
The other changes affect decks. The previous guidelines allowed a deck to have either a glass or screen enclosure. The current updated guidelines allow only a screened deck.
The board recently discovered that some glassed decks have been turned into livable square footage in Unit 3 Phase II, known as Mountain Lodges. This conflicts with the CC&R’s and is not permitted.
It was the board’s desire to allow residents to use glass to turn a deck into a more comfortable place to spend time in cooler weather. However, it was never the intent to have decks become a part of the livable square footage of the residence. Doing this completely changes the look and feel envisioned for the Village.
If you plan to modify your property in any manner that affects the exterior, please familiarize yourself with the CC&R’s for your particular property as well as the Architectural Design Guidelines. Both can be found on the Village website at wmvv.org.
Although no large projects are scheduled for 2021, the Board has a mandate to maintain healthy reserves while avoiding the need for special assessments. White Mountain Vacation Village is a private subdivision responsible for maintaining its infrastructure without benefit of municipal contributions from the City of Show Low. A nominal increase in assessments has been approved for 2021.
Some of the projects for 2021 which your assessments support:
- Elimination of dead or dying trees and control of explosive new growth. This is a necessary and fundamental strategy in our efforts to control or prevent a possible wildfire. It also benefits our members by improving visibility, which may reduce unexpected and dangerous encounters with wildlife in the area.
- Road repairs and maintenance
- Clubhouse repairs and maintenance
- Pond maintenance
White Mountain Vacation Village Amenities supported by your assessments include:
- Hiking trails
- Picnic tables
- Recreational activities including disc golf, bocce ball, horseshoes
Items included as part of your assessments:
- Snow plowing
Your 2021 statements will be mailed separately. As a reminder, the board made a decision to make your assessments due quarterly. This change stems from a modification to the existing law by Arizona Senate Bill 1531 which was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor last year. This law became effective January 1, 2020. The assessments are due January 1st, April 1st, July 1st and October 1st of each year. Assessments are late if received after the 15th of the month they are due. If you wish, for budgeting purposes, to pay monthly you need to first be ahead by two months and then you can submit a monthly payment. You have the option of opting into electronic statements.
Please plan to make your assessments payments as follows, beginning in January 2021:
- Unit 2 Phase 1,2, 3 and Unit 4 = $450.00
- Unit 3 Phase 1 = $450.00 + $135.00 (secondary assessment for co-owned carports and lot maintenance) = $585.00
- Unit 3 Phase 2 = $450 + $35 (secondary assessment for Mountain Lodges common area) = $485.00
Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you.