Maintains Subdivision Standards & Values
By Susie Stern — (Omaha, NEBRASKA) — Elk Creek Crossing’s Covenants dictate how you can and cannot use your property. The rules expire January 13, 2019, and are scheduled to auto renew for another ten years to January 13, 2029, states the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for Elk Creek Crossing, A Subdivision in Douglas County, Nebraska. The County Register of Deeds recorded this document on January 13, 1994:
There is one exception to the auto renewal clause. The majority of homeowners (two-thirds), may obtain written signatures to amend the Covenants at any time, in whole, in part, or to completely terminate the conditions. For any changes to go into effect, 284 of the 426 total number of ECC lot owners would need to approve the proposed petition language, and have an attorney file the legal documentation with the Douglas County Register of Deeds and Nebraska Secretary of State.
Elk Creek Crossing’s developer, Benchmark Homes, had enacted these restrictive Covenants to assure that ECC maintains a standard character and appearance within its boundaries. Covenants protect property values, and spell out the type of exterior style the homes must or must not be, and how homes and land may be used.
At any time, the Homeowner’s Association (HOA), consisting currently of 3-members, may choose to informally amend the Covenants, as has occurred over the years.
ECC Covenant Amendments As of 1/2016
Despite the original document’s prohibition, the HOA allows satellite dishes and TV antennas affixed to homes. In this day and age of small home-based business, these activities are permitted. While the original Covenants allowed a homeowner to own 2 dogs or 2 cats total, these restrictions have been lifted, and residents may refer to city of Omaha law regarding pet ownership:
Number of Animals Allowed: 3 dogs, 5 cats and 1 mini pig
ECC HOA Covenant Amendments
Below-ground swimming pools and small-scale sheds are allowed in Elk Creek Crossing – with prior HOA board approval. The shed dimensions that are allowed are 6′ x 8′ x 8′ (height) in earth tones. As for fences – the board has clarified that fences must only be board-on-board wood, may not be taller than 6-foot high, and should be regularly maintained. Fence maintenance is defined as periodic pressure washing, staining and/or painting. Decks should be similarly kept in good condition.
The Elk Creek Crossing Homeowner’s Association (HOA) consists of volunteers who live in the neighborhood, charged with administering the rules and upholding the subdivision’s Covenants, among other tasks:
- Work with the property management company to approve financial expenditures
- Oversee & give approval to property owner improvement projects like a shed or pool
- Direct a response to reported Covenant violations
- Answer general property owner questions about Covenants
- Spearhead neighborhood events and approve financing
- Communicate with neighbors
Who Manages ECC Daily?
P.J. Morgan Real Estate handles the day-to-day management of Elk Creek Crossing. This includes general accounting services, the collection of the $35 annual HOA dues, contractor services, assistance with conflict resolution between property owners, and serves as a resource liaison between the volunteer HOA Board, the quasi-volunteer communications representative and individual property owners.
First Step | Neighborly Compassion & Kindness
The HOA highly recommends the first step a resident should take to address a concern would be with neighborly compassion, kindness and consideration. Please, treat others the way you would like to be treated. When issues escalate and assistance is required, P.J. Morgan Real Estate and the HOA Board are happy to help to the best of their ability.
Covenant Issue | Where to Report
If a resident is unable to resolve an issue with a neighbor themselves pertaining to a Covenant violation, they are welcome to issue a formal complaint with either the HOA or P.J. Morgan Real Estate. After an issue is brought to the HOA’s attention, the team discusses and implements the best form of action. Most of the time, issues are resolved with a letter to the homeowner and an offer of neighborly assistance. On occasion, when circumstances remain unresolved, the Board meets to discuss the cost of litigation and whether to pursue property liens based on the impact the infraction (s) have on the neighborhood.
“The HOA Board wants everyone to know that members do not police the neighborhood looking for Covenant violations. Instead, the Board takes a diplomatic, reactive approach. If a complaint is sent to P.J Morgan Real Estate, it is passed along to the Board. As a team, we decide what to do,” said Sam Wright, President of ECC’s HOA.
As a last resort, you may communicate a Covenant concern directly to P.J. Morgan Real Estate’s Hannah Porto.
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President – Sam Wright
Vice-President – Brenda Jennings
Secretary – Ann Smith
Community Communications – Susan “Susie” Stern
About Elk Creek Crossing Omaha
Elk Creek Crossing boasts 426 single family homes, all located within the city of Omaha, in Douglas County, Nebraska USA. The City of Omaha annexed Elk Creek Crossing on August 15, 2007, terminating the existence of the Sanitation Improvement District (SID). Following annexation, the City has assumed most SID responsibilities, like park maintenance and trash removal.
Read the Covenants.