Q: If I share a fence with my neighbor, whos job is it to repair/replace the fence?
With regard to fence ownership, unless you can determine exactly where the fence is in relation to the survey lines, the responsibility lies with both homeowners. However, there is no law where we live (that we know of) that REQUIRES the homeowner to maintain their fence. The ACC suggests that each neighbor split the cost of the mutual fence. If a neighbor is unwilling, you have the option of making individual repairs at your own expense, and /or facing the pickets on the opposite side if needed.
If something that poses a threat to your family or your property is able to pass through the fence onto your side, you may report that homeowner to the City of Pflugerville to address the problem. The HOA Board has very limited rights to address those types of problems.
Q: What kind of fence is allowed in Springbrook?
If your house was built by Scott Felder, you may replace your fence with a six foot dog-eared cedar picket only.
If your home was built by K&B, you may replace the fence with a six foot dog-eared picket of cedar, pine, or treated pine without further approval.
All other variations require approval by the Architectural Committee PRIOR to changes. No stone or brick fences are currently allowed per CCR's and ACC Rules. All fence replacements must be formally authorized by the ACC Committee and submitted on the Request for Architectural Improvement form. Repairs with like materials do not require permission.
Request for Architectural Improvement Form
Q: What if I want to put in a taller fence, stain my fence a different color, or put in a different kind of fence?
These kinds of changes are not currently allowed in our CC&R's. The HOA Board does not have the ability to simply begin allowing these changes, because they require a formal vote to be held and a huge amount of participation from the community to get the ammendment passed (something like 67% of the entire community must vote for it). It is unlikely that this will ever happen because of low homeowner participation in the process. For example, the 2012 annual meeting had about a 3% turn-out rate. Also, not all homeowners can agree on making changes. Most are against chain-link, some are against using any materials other than wood, many would not agree to certain stain colors, etc. That being said, fencing options are becomming the top issue that homeowners contact the board about, so we are trying to help organize the community about this issue.
We created a survey to help us gage homeowner participation levels on this topic. The survey only contains a few possible options, but is just being used to see how many homeowners are even willing to get involved in the issue. Any actual changes would require a formal vote, and all the potential options can be brought up and voted on individually at that time. Once we receive a high percentage of participation in this survey, the board can decide whether to invest resources in advertising and organizing the community to hold a vote. Including your contact information on the survey will help us to contact you when the time comes.
If you are interested in having more options for fencing available in the future, please express your interest by filling out this form:
In the mean-time, there are other ways to get involved on this issue. Have you considered forming a Fence Committee? You can find other homeowners to join / help you. You can then canvas the neighborhood, going door to door, to find out what each homeowner wants for fencing options, and then help get them to the annual meeting to vote on the topic. It's your community, and it's up to you to decide its future!