Large Greenbelt Xeriscape Project - It's a Go!
The project entails replacing the grass along the perimeter of this greenbelt with rock and desert plants. There will still be plenty of grass in the middle of the greenbelt. The goals of this project are to:
- Prevent further water damage to the common walls
- Enhance the greenbelt's appearance by mixing grass and xeriscape landscaping
- Reducing water usage
The project is tentatively planned for completion this fall. We'll be sure to take before and after pictures so stay tuned.
Common Area Maintenance
Moving forward, we're still planning to address many of the items from February's inspection, including sidewalks along Ash Ave, which have been raised by the roots of nearby trees. At the last HOA board meeting, the board also tentatively planned to patch the stucco and paint all the common area walls in the fall of 2016.
New Paint Color Schemes
The updated paint palette can be seen on the Dunn Edward's web site:
As a reminder, if you plan to repaint your house (or make other architectural improvements), please be sure to submit a modification approval request form prior to making these changes. The appropriate forms and guidelines are available on our property changes page.
Crime Awareness and Prevention
We've added some links to the crime prevention information from the City of Tempe and 3rd party resources like Raids Online. By utilizing Raids Online, you can retrieve a crime map showing when and where criminal activity occurred; they also have an email list you can join to receive weekly crime reports. For example, the following shows 4 burglaries which have occurred thus far in 2015 (versus 2 in 2014 and 2 in 2013) :
Common Area Landscape Update
With the extreme summer heat, the grass in our greenbelts often suffers during the summer. We also had a broken sprinkler valve earlier this summer, which interrupted watering until the valve was fixed. As a result, you may have noticed bare spots in some of the green belts earlier this summer, but the grass looks somewhat better now. For example, below are some pictures of the large greenbelt in July and August:
Looking Forward to the Fall
- Maintain a healthy reserve fund
- Keep monthly dues low
- Fund some longer term projects such as the xeriscape project in the large greenbelt or repainting the common area walls (planned for 2016)