The following is the first in a new series of monthly messages from the RVR Master Association Board. The messages summarize recent Board decisions and discussions, and are designed to bring RVR homeowners up to date on issues important to the community.
Dear RVR Homeowners,
This month’s View From the Board has two major topics:
• The Town of Carbondale’s proposal for enhancing Riverfront Park. Per the agreements that established River Valley Ranch, the park is owned by the town, and maintained by RVR.
• And, a proposed new policy for the RVR Master Association to enforce the community’s covenants and rules
Riverfront Park Enhancement Proposal: On April 22, The Town of Carbondale gave a presentation to the RVR community about proposed plans for improving the park. The plans are a joint effort involving the Town, Aspen Valley Land Trust, Roaring Fork Conservancy, and American Rivers.
The park is approximately ¼-mile long, and lies along the Crystal River between the Carbondale Fish Hatchery and Crystal Bridge Drive, the southern entrance to RVR. The project is designed to restore ecological integrity, improve channel stability, create a low-maintenance Weaver Ditch diversion structure, and enhance the passive user experience of the adjacent wildland park.
The Town of Carbondale pointed out that there would be no direct cost to RVR residents for making the Riverfront Park improvements, though there could be expense for us to maintain the improvements. The cost of making the proposed improvements would be covered by various environmental groups.
The Town of Carbondale wants to gauge public interest in the project. They want to know what RVR homeowners – and Carbondale residents – think about the proposal.
After listening to the April 22 presentation, here’s a summary of advantages and disadvantages:
• A more attractive area along the river for walking
• Improved fishing access
• Better water flow during times of low water
• Additional outside visitors to RVR, and related parking issues
• Disruption, for about a year, during construction phase
• Possible expense to RVR for maintaining the improvements
Please take a few minutes to learn more about the proposal, so you can provide your feedback to the Town of Carbondale. Click on the link below to learn more, and to formally provide your comments:
The deadline for comments is Friday, May 10 at 5 pm.
Proposed RVR Enforcement Policy: At its April 24 meeting, the RVRMA Executive Board discussed a proposed enforcement policy that it will formally vote on at the May 22 Board meeting. The policy is designed to streamline enforcement of covenants and rules we all agree to live by when we purchase property at RVR.
Homeowners have asked the Board to improve enforcement of our governing documents, and that’s what we intend to do. In addition to voting on the proposed policy, the Board will also vote on an updated fine schedule. The proposed policy details the process for settling violations, including notices, hearings and fines.
Many of the key enforcement issues are timely as summer approaches. Here are some of the constant issues in our neighborhood:
• Trash: Trash cans left out overnight are unsightly, and can attract critters. Cans must be stored in your garage until placed out for pickup Tuesday morning, and must be put away Tuesday evening.
• Campers and Trailers: They can only be parked in your driveway while you are loading and unloading. They cannot be parked in your driveway overnight.
• Deer Fencing: After it’s taken down in the spring, the deer fencing must be stored out of view – in your garage, offsite by your fencing contractor, or in your basement or crawl space. (note: the deadline for deer fence removal this year is May 15)
• Improvements: All improvements must be approved by either our community management or by the Design Review Committee. You can start by contacting General Manager Sterling Page or Community Service Manager Kendra Ford, who will walk you through the review/approval process, which can be quite simple depending on your request. These improvements include new landscaping, removal of landscaping, play structures, and painting or remodeling the outside of your home.
• Renters: RVR allows you to rent your entire home, but not just a room. If you do rent your home, your lease must be on file at the RVR office. Homeowners, whether present or not, are responsible for the conduct of their guests.
All of these issues, and many more, are addressed in our governing documents. The people who live at RVR make the community what it is. Most of our residents are committed to doing the right thing to keep RVR a lovely community; the governing documents are in place for the rare occasions when homeowners cross the line.
The Board will vote on the proposed enforcement policy at its May 22 meeting, scheduled for 5:30 pm in the Ranch House Board meeting room. Hope to see you there.
On behalf of your volunteer RVRMA Board,