Fall Garage Sale - Saturday, October 5, 2019
Vanderveen Crossing Political Signage Regulations
Notwithstanding anything contained in the Amended Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions of Vanderveen Crossing Subdivision, dated 8/29/2002, to the contrary as currently written or subsequently amended; and pursuant to Section 442 of the Revised Statues of Missouri, members of the Vanderveen Crossing Homeowners Association (HOA Members) may display political signs subject to the following rules and limitations:
1) the political sign shall be ground-mounted and displayed outdoors within the parcel’s front setback;
2) no political signs shall be placed anywhere on neighborhood common ground;
3) the content shall be limited to support of or opposition to a specifically named candidate seeking elected office, or a specifically named ballot measure;
4) the political sign shall exclude any attached materials or brochures;
5) the political sign shall be limited to 5 total square feet in area or smaller;
6) the number of political signs shall be limited to one per candidate in favor, one per candidate in opposition, one per ballot issue in favor, and one per ballot issue in opposition;
7) the political sign shall be displayed no sooner than 14 days before the scheduled election day, and shall be removed by 5:00 p.m. of the day following the election;
8) the Homeowners Association (HOA) may remove political signs pursuant to the specific provisions for the removal of political signs permitted under Section 442 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri; and
9) HOA Members violating the terms of the rules governing political signs shall reimburse the reasonable costs the HOA incurs in pursuing enforcement of these rules.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation.--
Trees & Landscaping
The last four to five years have been difficult on landscaping as we have bounced back-and-forth between droughts and rainy seasons. Homeowners throughout the neighborhood have lost trees and shrubs as a result of these extremes. The Covenants and Restrictions, Section 6C details the landscaping requirements:
The primary purpose of homeowners associations is to provide services and amenities to residents and protect property values while ensuring that the collective rights and interests of the homeowners are respected and preserved.
The preservation of trees and landscaping is proven to increase property values! According to Michigan University, for every $1 you invest in landscaping, you’ll see a 109% return. Furthermore, they found that if trees are part of a beautiful, well-kempt landscape, it can increase your home value by 6-11%. To stretch the benefit of trees and landscaping even further, landscaped properties surrounding you increases the curb appeal of the entire block. This is the reason minimum landscaping requirements are included in the Covenants of homeowners associations.
There are no specific tree species proven to increase property values. Instead, it’s about planting hardy trees that are disease-resistant and suited for our planting zone. That way, they’ll be able to grow big and strong, which is the key to trees improving your property value.
Fall is the ideal time to plant trees for the following reasons:
For the reasons outlined above, the Board is encouraging all homeowners to take a few moments to observe your landscaping to determine if it meets the minimum requirements.