Spring lawn and landscape compliance tips

With Spring just around the corner, Site Manager inspections will begin to focus more attention on landscape appearance and maintenance. Under the Master Declaration of the Association, all owners, at their own expense, are obligated to keep their Lot in good condition and repair and in a well-maintained, clean and attractive condition at all times. Failure to comply with the association's restrictive covenants can result in fines levied under the association's fine policy. As a reminder, penalties can begin accruing after only one courtesy notice. To help residents comply and avoid fines, the board has prepared the following information on appearance and maintenance expectations.

Landscape Maintenance and General Appearance

An Owner's Lot must be kept neat and tidy in appearance. Lawns must be kept mowed, edged and free of weeds and trash. Planters and beds must be kept free of weeds, leaves and other debris. Some latitude is permitted for seasonal leaf shedding. Shrubs and trees must be kept trimmed and attractive. Any dead foliage or limbs must be removed promptly. Nothing on an Owner's Lot must be allowed to become overgrown or unmaintained. Owners with xeriscaping are reminded that "low-maintenance" does not mean "no-maintenance." Xeriscaped beds must be equally maintained, edged and kept free of weeds, leaves and other debris.

Sufficient water must be applied to the landscaping, in accordance with any mandatory watering schedule in effect, to maintain the sod and plantings on the Lot. Landscape irrigation systems must be kept in good working order. Sod must not be allowed to die due to lack of water. Bare spots are not allowed although some latitude is permitted in heavily shaded yards where sod is difficult to grow. In this case, it may be more attractive to create a bed and to mulch or use shade tolerant plants. Be aware that construction of new beds requires an application to and review by the Architectural Review Committee.

Driveways, sidewalks and curbs must be kept edged and free of clippings and leaves. All hardscape including driveways, sidewalks, curbs, planters, retaining walls, etc. must be kept free of weeds, grasses or other plants within expansion joints, seams, etc. Sidewalks must be kept clear of shrubbery overgrowth and overhanging limbs so as not to obstruct the walkway.

Residents are also prohibited from discarding yard waste, brush, compost, trash or any other item on any Greenbelt or Amenity Area. This applies equally to Owners of Lots bordering the Greenbelt. The City of Austin provides weekly yard waste collection and twice annual large brush collection for this purpose.


Fences must be kept attractive and in good repair. Each owner must promptly repair and replace any missing, broken or rotted fence pickets, posts and gates. Fencing must not be allowed to lean or sag excessively. Gates must be kept closed except when entering or exiting. Wooden fencing may be stained upon prior approval by the Architectural Review Committee. If a fence is already stained, repairs must be similarly stained. Stain must be maintained from time to time due to the effects of natural weathering and sprinkler spray.

Trash and Recycling Containers

These may be placed at the curb no earlier than 8pm the evening before the designated collection day and returned to their storage area no later than 8pm on the day of collection. At all other times, carts must be screened from view and not visible from the street. Use of privacy screens for carts is permitted but requires prior approval by the Architectural Review Committee.

Thank you for helping us keep Canyon Creek looking its best. If you have questions about these requirements or need to report a violation, please reach out to the board at anytime.

Proxy: Let Your Voice Be Heard

We've got an election coming up, and even if you're unable to attend the membership meeting and election, you can still vote by proxy. Under the governing documents for Canyon Creek, the Board of Directors is empowered to conduct most of the Association's business including setting the budget and any assessment amounts without a vote of the Members. Therefore, in most years, the only ballot item for Members to vote on is the election of directors. Nevertheless, it is still important that you are represented at the meeting through your proxy.

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2018 CCHOA Call for Candidates

The purpose of this letter is to serve as a Call for Candidates.  In accordance with the governing documents for Canyon Creek HOA, the Annual Meeting of the membership is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, 2018.  Please mark your calendars for this important meeting and plan to attend. 

If interested, please submit your name and address to the Canyon Creek Board (board@canyoncreek.net).  Please do so by 27 February, 2018 so that your name is placed on the ballot.

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Call for Volunteers-Firewise Project Workday 1/20/2018

Firewise Project workday on Saturday January 20th, 8am-4pm CST.  We are looking for resident members that can join us to take a 2 hour or 4 hour shift to operate chain saws, trim branches, and drag brush for mulching.  The work will be easier than it sounds and will contribute to reduction of the wildfire risk in Canyon Creek.  Your board members will be there to show you how to help.  Many hands will make light work.  Please contact the board at board@canyoncreek.net, Mark Weaver (512-423-9251) or Cheng Wooster (512-203-4603) to sign up for your preferred time slot or Q&A.   Plan on bringing water, work groves, a hat, long pants and sturdy shoes.  We will be meeting in the cul de sac near the home of 10300 Canyon Vista Way.  (Please do not block anyone's driveway, fire hydrants, etc.)   You may read more about the Canyon Creek Firewise program here: http://www.canyoncreek.net/firewise/

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HOA Payment Information Update from Goodwin Management

Effective January 1st, 2018 Goodwin Management will no longer be offering our in-house ACH payment program or processing payments through Paylease.com. If you are currently enrolled for either service and you wish for your payments to be paid electronically going forward, you must go to www.goodwintx.com/payonline and set up your payments. Please visit your association website for detailed instructions on how to sign up.

Please see the 2nd page of the PDF for information needed to fill in the payment form online. 

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Fence and Hardscape Compliance

One area the HOA has asked our compliance monitor to focus on during the winter months is fences and hardscape. More notices of non-compliance with wood fence appearance and/or maintenance standards are going out and we're beginning to see an increase in replacement activity as a result. Follow these design guidelines to avoid unnecessary expenses and fines for non-compliance.

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Canyon Creek Greenbelt Fire Risk - What Can You Do To Help?

There have been instances of fires being set in the Canyon Creek HOA Greenbelt areas.  The police and fire marshal have been made aware of these instances.  Anyone found guilty of setting these fires may be appropriately charged by authorities.  Please contact the Police (911), Travis County Fire Marshal or your Canyon Creek board to report any information on these instances.  If you see something, say something.

No fires of any kind are allowed in any part of our Canyon Creek HOA greenbelt areas as it poses a certain risk to property damage and to the lives of our residents.  

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Amenity Center project schedule update

We are in the process of rebuilding the Canyon Creek bathhouse into a first class amenity center.  Our new center will benefit all property owners and will enhance the values of our individual properties.  To ensure that all of our members have full access to our pool next season, we have modified our schedule to begin construction in the fall of 2018.  The new amenity center should open in the spring of 2019.

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Feral Hogs

For the safety of Canyon Creek residents, to help protect the habitat of other species, and to minimize ongoing personal property damage, the Canyon Creek HOA board has voted to hire a service company to trap and remove feral hogs from the HOA owned greenbelt property.

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Architectural Review Committee Guidelines

Our community covenants state that improvements to residences shall not be started until a plan is submitted to and approved by the Architectural Review Committee. What needs ARC approval? Things that you add or change to the outside of your property. Examples include new landscaping, decks, sheds, pools, house additions, and house painting or roofing if it’s a different color or material. The only exceptions are routine maintenance - replacing your fence or deck, or driveway as long as the materials, color, and location are the same as what is currently installed in your home.

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