By Rusty Bradshaw
The Sun City Home Owners Association CC&R Review Committee completed the easy part of its task, now the real work begins.
Committee members recommended a number of changes to the community covenants, conditions and restrictions to the SCHOA board during its Feb. 26 meeting. They came after 10 months of research by the committee, and after it received input from residents through in-person testimony at meetings and an online survey.
With that task behind them, committee members will now turn to the next task — finding the best strategy to get the changes approved. With that plan in place, the committee will seek approval by the SCHOA board to move forward.
“Our existing CC&Rs have been in place since 1963, with some changes in the 1990s and clarifications in the mid-2000s,” said Jim Hunter, SCHOA board president and CC&R Committee chairman. “With these changes we eliminated conflicting provisions and taken into account today’s needs and input from residents.”
Consideration of the committee’s recommendations for a final vote along with a decision to proceed with changes isexpected to be made at SCHOA’s next board meeting, scheduled 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 in the meeting room at the SCHOA office, 10401 W. Coggins Drive.
“Now comes the hard part,” said Lloyd Maple, SCHOA board member.
SCHOA officials will need to gain approval from 51 percent of about 17,000 single-family property ownersto make the CC&R changes recommended. That will be no easy task, according to Bill Pearson, CC&R Committee member.
“I don’t know how we’re going to get it passed,” he said. “It can’t be done with just volunteers.”
Mr. Hunter said the campaign, if approved by the SCHOA board, will likely include hiring people to go door-to-door to explain the changes and the importance of making them.
“But we will have volunteer leadership,” he added. “We have a lot of work to do.”
Much of the recommended CC&R changes revolve around condition of property issues. They also incorporate many of the clarifications to the CC&Rs into the full document, according to Mr. Hunter.
“Because those clarifications were not voted on by residents, our attorney tells us they are unenforceable unless they are brought into the main CC&R document,” Mr. Hunter explained.
Recommended CC&R changes include:
• Requiring detached garages be no taller than the adjoining home and a driveway must lead into the garage.
• Detached utility buildings will be allowed if they are screened or walled so they are not visible from the street.
• Gazebos and other outdoor living structures will be allowed and eliminate the phrase “servants’ quarters” from the document.
• Rentals of 29 days or less would be prohibited.
• Fences and setbacks must be consistent with Maricopa County codes and ordinances.
• Prohibit wooden fences.
• No parking on street longer than 72 hours in a 30-day period.
• Added language to provision dealing with prohibiting parking on yards and landscaping.
• Removed the phrase “except in a garage” from parking provision.
• Will allow variances for underage spouses who inherit property, as long as they do not bring in anyone under 55.
• Move the provision about inoperative vehicles from the condition of property section to the vehicles section.
The recommended changes will be reviewed by SCHOA’s attorney prior to going before the board for consideration.
Mr. Pearson said existing conditions on properties would be grandfathered, if the CC&R changes are resident-approved. However, the grandfathering would not last forever, according to Mr. Hunter.
“The condition would need to change to comply with the CC&Rs before a deed changes hands,” he explained.
But changes to comply would not conflict with county codes and ordinances and would not place an undue burden on a homeowner, he added.