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The following quote extracted from a Somersett Owners Association memo to some Sierra Canyon Homeowners citing front yard landscape compliance violations.  Apparently, the developer (Pulte) did not always follow the required guidelines, and that compliance is now the responsibility of the Homeowner.  Unless, of course, the Homeowner can convince Pulte to make the appropriate corrections under a warranty provision.  One can certainly empathize with the affected Homeowners in that most probably did not know what the requirements were before purchasing their property, no doubt some many years ago, and hence, were surprised to receive the letter.

“Dear Homeowner,

The Somersett Board of Directors is notifying you of non-compliance issues regarding your front yard landscaping. As installed, the front yard landscaping on your home violates the PUD, CC&R’s, and Aesthetic Guidelines of the Community by not meeting the minimum planting requirements as stated on the approved typical landscape plans.

The SOA has previously reached out to Pulte Homes regarding landscape requirements for the front yard landscaping in Sierra Canyon. Since the last communication was sent to Pulte, there has been no further correspondence or action taken by Pulte to correct the outstanding compliance issues. Contacting Pulte Homes soon so that any non-compliance issues may be resolved within your warranty period is advised.

The following are the planting requirements for front yard landscaping …….:

 Standard lots with turf

  • 1 front yard tree (Deciduous trees planted at 2” caliper, evergreens planted at 6’ tall)
  • 6 deciduous shrubs (3 gallon)
  • 10 evergreen shrubs (3 gallon)
  • 5 perennial shrubs (1 gallon)

Corner lots with turf

  • 1 front yard tree (Deciduous trees planted at 2” caliper, evergreens planted at 6’ tall)
  • 10 deciduous shrubs (3 gallon)
  • 15 evergreen shrubs (3 gallon)
  • 8 perennial shrubs (1 gallon)

Standard lots with xeriscaping

  • 1 front yard tree (Deciduous trees planted at 2” caliper, evergreens planted at 6’ tall)
  • 10 deciduous shrubs (3 gallon)
  • 12 evergreen shrubs (3 gallon)
  • 5 perennial shrubs (1 gallon)

Corner lots with xeriscaping

  • 1 front yard tree (Deciduous trees planted at 2” caliper, evergreens planted at 6’ tall)
  • 12 deciduous shrubs (3 gallon)
  • 18 evergreen shrubs (3 gallon)
  • 8 perennial shrubs (1 gallon)

*Please note that the Sierra Canyon guidelines stipulate that 25% of shrubs must be Evergreen.”

Any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the SOA Compliance Director, Kenna Foote at 775 747-4500 x327 or kfotte@mysomersett.com

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Comments on: "First the Fence, now the Plant Police" (3)

  1. Jutta Tracy said:

    First Fence color now Landscaping how can you go there when we are looking at this big black and red monstrosity that was build above the gate on Painted River Trail ??? Not only was it build literally on top of the gate but it can also be seen for miles away. The super modern structure does not fit in with the rest of the building styles in Somersett.
    Last year a house was build on Dakota Ridge with a backyard that consists of pure dirt and mud it was never landscaped in the summer you can see growing knee high weeds how did that get by the Plant Police ? Another focus needs to go to cars parked on the Streets and Driveways for days, weeks, month. The cars parked on the streets example Dakota Ridge which has lots of blind curves are a real traffic hazard, often cars drive in the middle of the road not to mention the speeding.
    There are so many things that need to be addressed that the slightly darker color of a fence are really not that important.

  2. I think we need to have a talk with Kenna, if you get my meaning

  3. Jim Haar said:

    I certainly do not have an issue with the SOA enforcing the requirements of our governing documents. This is necessary to preserve the type of neighborhood we all bought into. However, sometimes in the name of common sense, there are grey areas where bending the rules a bit or the issuing of a variance is of no consequence. I subscribe that perhaps the number of front yard plants and fence staining may fall into this category. I recently (along with other neighbors) received a non-compliance letter because I stained a section of my fence a slightly different color than the original red cedar slats, not so noticeable at the time. However, that was about ten years ago, so as other fences in the neighborhood faded I guess ours, and others, became more pronounced and therefore deserving of the non-compliance letter. Not that anyone can honestly say these fences present an aesthetic detriment to the neighborhood. However, that said, it appears that the letter of the law will prevail and I have no choice but to comply by somehow removing the stain or replacing the offending slats.

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