If it is one tree on your property, you do not have to apply for the removal. We would appreciate a phone call letting us know that you are going to remove the tree. If you are removing more than one tree, we would like the resident to apply for the trees. A plat plan marked with the location of the tree being removed would be ideal.
It all depends on the changes you want to make. I would call the Covenant Advisor. The Covenant Advisor is here to help you. They will provide you with all the information and paperwork that you need. We love when people call us.
The signature on the application is an acknowledgement of the work to be done. It does not indicate approval.
It all depends on the application that was submitted. There are accelerated/fast track applications and regular track applications. Please speak with the Covenant Advisor as to how your application will be processed. If your application does run on the regular process track, we always tell residents that it is a good idea to come. If there are any questions or if an amendment needs to be made, it can be resolved right at the meeting that night. If you can’t make it, you might ask your contractor to attend.
The current owner is responsible for exterior changes made to the property. The violations run with the property. The question we might ask is: Did you receive a letter of compliance when you purchased the house? What is the date on the letter? If the previous owner did not provide you with a letter, a request was not made on the property and a property visit was not made prior to your purchase. If you are the current owner, you are responsible. You will need to apply for the changes. If the changes meet our guidelines and covenants, the application will most likely be approved after the fact.
We have to follow our violation process. An inspection needs to be made on the property. Contact needs to be made with the homeowner. This process can take several months. The Village Association and Columbia Association cannot do any type of maintenance on the house. We understand that living next door to what seems to be an abandon house can be frustrating. Please do not go onto private property. Even if you think it needs to be mowed. Please wait and let the process proceed as it is written out in our guidelines. If you need a copy of our guidelines you may view them online or you may speak with the Covenant Advisor.
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