Covenants and Restrictions Amendments

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February 10, 2018

Savannah Crossing Homeowners,

We would like to inform you that the previous Covenants and Restrictions vote pertaining to disallowing above group pools and disallowing wood as an approved material for fences with the sub-division has officially been approved by a two-thirds majority as of recently communicated our your latest Savannah Crossing HOA Annual Meeting on February 8th, 2018. These new rules are effective immediately and will be filed with the city before the next HOA meeting the 3rd week of March 2018.

The Covenants and Restrictions will now read in regards to Section 6:

  1. DWELLING SIZE AND MISCELLANEOUS.

No above ground pool will be permitted, even if partially buried. Any swimming pool or hot tub must be submitted for review and approved by the homeowners Architectural Control Committee before installation. All swimming pools shall adhere to the fence requirements established by the Village of Glen Carbon.

As opposed to what was previously stated:

No swimming pool shall be located in any front yard or side yard up to the rear of the dwelling structure or closer than 15′ to any side or rear lot line. There shall be no variances to this 15 foot requirement, from either the Homeowner’s Association or the Village of Glen Carbon. All swimming pools shall adhere to the fence requirements established by the Village of Glen Carbon.

Note that the swimming pools are STILL required to adhere to the 15 foot requirement even though it was removed from the amended Section 6 as it is redundant with the Village of Glen Carbon Building and Zoning laws, thus still applies.

The Covenants and Restrictions will now read in regards to Section 10:

  1. FENCE REQUIREMENTS.

All walls, fences and fencing shall be vinyl, PVC or professionally constructed wrought iron construction, and be compatible with the natural surroundings, subject to the conditions herein set out for materials. No chain link, wire, wood or other metal wall, fence, or fencing shall be permitted, except for professionally constructed black wrought iron fence.

As opposed to what was previously stated without wood.

Note that the “professionally constructed black wrought iron fence[s]” that are common within the sub-division while in actuality are aluminum and technically considered metal, are allowed. The board clarified this specification with R.L. Plumber (sub-division developer) they agreed as that was their intention when they wrote the Covenants and Restrictions.

We apologize for the delay in communicating this result. This vote was initiated back in March of 2017 but due to unforeseen circumstances the vote was deferred. The board had to clarify as to what degree R.L. Plumber was to influence any amendments to the C&Rs and RLP was unable to meet until October of 2017. To clarify RLP is allowed one (1) vote per any RLP owned lot in any of the existing phases (so currently Phases 1, 2 and 3). At the time RLP counted for 57 of the vacant lots and in voting YES to both amendments their 57 votes go towards the vote.

As RLP still has a very large stake in the Savannah Crossing sub-division (number of lots in current Phases 1, 2 and 3 plus undeveloped phases of 4, 5 and 6) the HOA is trying its best to foster a good working relationship.

Note that during the clarification it has been determined that RLP, while having influence on any C&R vote or amendment, has zero influence to any vote or amendment proposed to the Bylaws and HOA budget. Further, RLP made clear that any amendment they as the developer want to make to the C&R’s they can make WITHOUT voting. We hope they will consult with the HOA board on in the future.

Of the 206 lots within Phases 1, 2 and 3, as stated previously RLP counted for 57 votes (all in favor of both amendments). 106 remaining households’ voted, 43 did not. In regards to the above ground pools, 90 residents voted in favor of amending, plus RLPs 57 passed with 90.2%. In regards to wood fences, 82 residents vote in favor of amending, plus RLPs 57 votes passed by 85.3%.

If there are any additional amendments you as residents think are worthy for either the Covenants and Restrictions or the Bylaws the board would like to propose amendments on a yearly basis at the Annual Meeting. Please bring forth at an HOA meeting as amendments may be submitted by the Board or by a petition signed by not less than ten (10) sub-division homeowners.

For reference the latest Covenants and Restrictions and Bylaws can be found on the Savannah Crossing website: https://savannah-crossing.com/

Feel free to contact the board at board@savannah-crossing.com or attend an upcoming HOA meeting with any questions.

Regards,

Savannah Crossing Homeowners Association Board