While many are aware we have an area, beyond the Golf Course, for our Townhouses, very few understand the original set-up for Village Commons.
The idea was to create a townhouse, apartment and duplex style living for those who do not wish to own a residential house with property. Thus eliminating the requirements for lawn and/or land maintenance. But all of this comes with added costs.
Residential homes are personally responsible for their homes, buildings, driveways, lawns, septic systems, landscaping, trees and shrubs — the list goes on. While the residents of the Village Commons area(s) have documentation that indicates they are only responsible for their actual living space. This means when units share an outside wall and/or roof – they must come together to fund, care for, coordinate and style their “home” exterior while each one is solely responsible for the interior.
It is said, at one time there were more families living in the Village Commons’ area than the residential or single-family home areas. And because Village Commons pay more dues, on average, they have been under the assumption they support the vast majority of Pine Mountain’s single-family homes.
On a side note, what is comical is… while Village Commons believe they support the residential homes, the residential homes believe they support the Golf Course and the Golf Course believes they support the POA. Whew, a vicious circle of believing.
Back in 1973, Pine Mountain’s forefathers decided to set up Pine Mountain with two very distinctive areas: single-family homes and multi-family homes. Each one has it’s own set of rules that fit into and under the direct guidelines of Pine Mountain’s Property Owners Association. This is why you can locate two different (but very similar) Articles of Incorporation and both have distinct rules and guidelines in the Covenants & Restrictions.
While Village Commons is authorized to have their own Board of Directors create their own Annual Assessments creating their own set of dues, they are still responsible to meet all of Pine Mountain’s Association’s rules, guidelines and financial responsibilities.
Discussions (talks) have started within the Village Commons area on whether they’re going to activate their Articles of Incorporation, set-up their own Board of Directors, approve their own By-Laws, etc. or become completely woven into Pine Mountain like the single-family residential areas.
Time will tell. We’ll keep you posted.