First the Fence, now the Plant Police

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The following quote extracted from a Somersett Owners Association memo to some Sierra Canyon Homeowners citing front yard landscape compliance violations.  Apparently, the developer (Pulte) did not always follow the required guidelines, and that compliance is now the responsibility of the Homeowner.  Unless, of course, the Homeowner can convince Pulte to make the appropriate corrections under a warranty provision.  One can certainly empathize with the affected Homeowners in that most probably did not know what the requirements were before purchasing their property, no doubt some many years ago, and hence, were surprised to receive the letter.

“Dear Homeowner,

The Somersett Board of Directors is notifying you of non-compliance issues regarding your front yard landscaping. As installed, the front yard landscaping on your home violates the PUD, CC&R’s, and Aesthetic Guidelines of the Community by not meeting the minimum planting requirements as stated on the approved typical landscape plans.

The SOA has previously reached out to Pulte Homes regarding landscape requirements for the front yard landscaping in Sierra Canyon. Since the last communication was sent to Pulte, there has been no further correspondence or action taken by Pulte to correct the outstanding compliance issues. Contacting Pulte Homes soon so that any non-compliance issues may be resolved within your warranty period is advised.

The following are the planting requirements for front yard landscaping …….:

 Standard lots with turf

  • 1 front yard tree (Deciduous trees planted at 2” caliper, evergreens planted at 6’ tall)
  • 6 deciduous shrubs (3 gallon)
  • 10 evergreen shrubs (3 gallon)
  • 5 perennial shrubs (1 gallon)

Corner lots with turf

  • 1 front yard tree (Deciduous trees planted at 2” caliper, evergreens planted at 6’ tall)
  • 10 deciduous shrubs (3 gallon)
  • 15 evergreen shrubs (3 gallon)
  • 8 perennial shrubs (1 gallon)

Standard lots with xeriscaping

  • 1 front yard tree (Deciduous trees planted at 2” caliper, evergreens planted at 6’ tall)
  • 10 deciduous shrubs (3 gallon)
  • 12 evergreen shrubs (3 gallon)
  • 5 perennial shrubs (1 gallon)

Corner lots with xeriscaping

  • 1 front yard tree (Deciduous trees planted at 2” caliper, evergreens planted at 6’ tall)
  • 12 deciduous shrubs (3 gallon)
  • 18 evergreen shrubs (3 gallon)
  • 8 perennial shrubs (1 gallon)

*Please note that the Sierra Canyon guidelines stipulate that 25% of shrubs must be Evergreen.”

Any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the SOA Compliance Director, Kenna Foote at 775 747-4500 x327 or kfotte@mysomersett.com