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.
Many folks within Canyon Creek are considering transitioning from (high water requirement) lawns to drought tolerant landscapes. Below is a quick synopsis of our guidelines for Canyon Creek homeowners. Please remember to submit an Architectural Review Form before commencing any projects.
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.
The Directors have been working with Members of the Association to construct a policy for community events sponsored by the HOA. Members of the Canyon Creek Homeowners Association are invited to review the policy and share your input during the Member comment period at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors.
Throw on a blue t-shirt, pack up the family and join your neighbors in experiencing a little patriotism this Memorial Day. Athletes of all levels are welcome to run/walk in honor of those who have died in service to our nation. Boy Scouts will be selling hot dogs and water after the run!
The event will begin at 9 am on Monday, May 29th, on the hill by the pool. There will be a live performance of the National Anthem, as well as a few words devoted to the day.
Street parking is a topic the HOA Directors have been hearing about from our residents. Vehicles parked on streets can impede the progress of emergency and delivery vehicles, trash and recycling collection, and affect the ability of drivers to see and react to potential hazards. And, of course, many residents are concerned about the negative impact on community aesthetics when vehicles are parked on neighborhood streets.
Thank you for all the enthusiasm for this chance to make a difference in our neighborhood environment!! Join in to help conserve water in Canyon Creek on Earth Day, this Saturday, April 22!! Every household in Canyon Creek can make a difference!!
Many people in our neighborhood have pets that they love to take on walks in our community. This is good for both the pet and for the owner. While getting fresh air outside, dogs love to defecate and urinate while on their walks. Owners should pick up after their animals to keep the surrounding areas clean and sanitary.
As we talked about in our earlier post outlining our strategic priorities this year, the Board has been looking at our current policies and rules with an eye toward addressing complaints from Members about poor compliance with provisions of our governing documents that deal with aesthetic issues (among others) in the neighborhood. As the first of a series of planned steps to address these concerns, at the March 30th meeting of the Canyon Creek Board, the Directors voted to publish a proposed update to the Association's Fine Policy for violations of the Canyon Creek Restrictions (as that term is defined in our governing documents).
(Updated 3/27/2017) In spite of what it appears, please be assured that the City of Austin Water Department is executing to a plan to repair the leaking water meter & excavation at the intersection of Crossland Dr and Boulder Ln near Trailhead Park. The construction foreman is 95% confident that the repair work will start this Thursday March 30th and take no more than a couple of days to complete.
Looking for a summer job to earn extra spending money? We’re currently hiring lifeguards and pool monitors for the 2017 summer season! Lifeguard training available. Pay starts between $8.50 and $10.00 per hour depending on age, experience, and location. AND, we have openings at pools near you!
If interested apply online at www.austinpoolpros.com
With the annual meeting behind us and our new board seated, we wanted to take the opportunity before our first 2017 board meeting to share our strategic priorities for the neighborhood for 2017 and beyond. First, we’d like to thank all those residents who’ve e-mailed us or spoken at the meetings this past year. We’ve heard loud and clear that aesthetic issues within the neighborhood are important to you. Concerns about street parking and lawn maintenance and landscaping upkeep are ongoing so we are going to devote time to focus on those in addition to a few other important areas.
Are you great at event planning, do you love organizing activities? If so, our wonderful neighborhood needs your help and efforts! Currently, Canyon Creek HOA is looking for caring residents to help lead events that have been a Canyon Creek tradition over the years.
The Austin Parks Foundation has contacted the HOA Board to offer itself as a resource for anyone interested in Trailhead Park. APF is a local non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in Austin and Travis County by filling the city’s funding and resource gap needed to develop, maintain and enhance the area’s parks, trails and green spaces.
On Feb. 7 at the annual meeting of members, the Board of Directors (“Board”) of the Canyon Creek Homeowner’s Association (“Association”) approved a special assessment of $150 per household payable in three $50 installments due July 1, 2017, Jan. 1, 2018 and July 1, 2018 to fund redevelopment of the pool bathhouse. When completed Spring 2018, Canyon Creek will have a completely renovated facility offering:
Family-friendly changing rooms;
Year-round toilet access for the adjacent courts, playground and park;
An 1100sqft indoor clubhouse accommodating up to 80 people;
Over 700sqft of covered patio for picnics, parties or just comfortable shade;
Storage area for Association property (e.g. holiday decorations, etc.);
In 2016, water surpassed landscaping to become the single largest association expense. In round numbers, our water expense in 2014 and 2015 was $92,000. In 2016 it was $128,000. Since joining the board in February 2016, water usage is something that I have been tracking closely so I wanted to give an update on what's been happening, where we've come from, a project that we've been working on and where we're headed.
The Canyon Creek neighborhood has always been groundbreaking and forward looking when it comes to issues of importance to the environment. We were one of the first neighborhood associations to receive an award from the City of Austin for our forward thinking approach to water conservation and now we are bringing that same vision to climate change by taking a bold step forward to limit our carbon emissions.
As the new treasurer on the board, I have been looking at the 2015 and 2016 budgets in order to come up to speed on the HOA financials. As part of my learning process, I thought it might be instructive to see how our annual dues are distributed across the various budget line items and how much is allocated to reserves each year. The chart below shows approximately how each household's $400 annual dues are spent. (For reference, there are 1,293 dues paying households in the Association.) Expenses classified as one-time, non-recurring are excluded from this analysis.