Welcome to the Foster's Creek Homeowners Association website. Here you can find information on current issues in our community, Board meeting information, copies of our governing documents, the names of our HOA Board of Directors, contact information and more. We appreciate you taking the time to visit and welcome your feedback.
July 2014 Updates:
There have been a few recent instances of residents walking their dogs without leashes and we would like to remind everyone that this violates Manatee County's Animal Ordinance 12-10. Per the ordinance dogs (and cats) are not allowed to run at large and must be on a leash no longer than eight (8) feet in length when the dog or cat is off the property of the owner and must be under the physical control of the owner or custodian. The Foster's Creek Board takes this matter very seriously and strictly believe this law needs to be adhered to at all times. No matter how well you know your pet, there are a number of situations that can arise resulting in harm to you, another resident or your pet if they are not properly leashed. We will not hesitate to contact Animal Control if we see anyone walking a dog without a leash or allowing them to run free. We also encourage our residents to do the same or contact the HOA if they witness another in violation of this law.
All pets must additionally be confined to and under direct control of their owner/guardian while on their own property. Fences must be kept in good repair to help ensure that animals do not get loose and pose a potential threat to residents or other pets.
Also, we know that many residents who walk their dogs have been taking advantage of our convenient pet waste-stations and we are very happy to see this. However, we would also like to remind residents that pick up after their pets to deposit the waste into the waste-stations or into their own waste receptacle at home. Please do not use another resident's garbage can for this purpose. Thank you.
We are receiving a number of complaints from residents and their visitors about street parking in our community. While the HOA can't have vehicles towed while parked on County streets, we can issue violation notices and fine those residents who are habitual offenders and engage in long-term street parking. We would like to remind our residents to park their vehicles in garages or in their driveways as per Section 4.4 in our deeds. Some vehicles are being parked on corners making visibility and navigation for traveling vehicles extremely difficult and even dangerous in certain circumstances. Please keep in mind there's always the possibility that emergency vehicles would need to pass through and the inability to do so could be potentially devastating.
The exterior modification of homes by painting, tree removal, putting up fences, etc. without first seeking ARC approval continues to be an issue in our community. We cannot stress enough the importance of reviewing our Modifications Committee Guidelines, submitting an Architectural Review form, and waiting for approval before beginning the work on your home. The BOD has taken a zero-tolerance approach to violation of this rule and will not hesitate to take action against those homeowners who choose not to heed it. There is a Fining Committee in place made up of Foster's Creek homeowners and have already imposed rulings and fines on some of those residents in violation.
While our deeds allow 45 days for review of all ARC forms before approval almost all submitted requests are responded to in 14 days or less. There is simply no excuse for failing to adhere to this requirement and doing so results in an enormous waste of the Board's time and those residents who have volunteered to serve on our Fining Committee when there are other issues that could be focused on instead.
Copies of our Modification Guidelines and Architectural Review form can be found under the HOA Documents section of this site.
Maintaining Your Home
One of the biggest requests we get from residents when asked about issues that the Board should focus its attention on is the enforcement of our governing documents when it comes to maintaining your home's appearance. This includes, but is not limited to, keeping yards and landscaping mowed/trimmed, replacing dead sod, removing dead tree branches, pressure washing of your home's exterior as well as aluminum pool cages and screened patios/porches and cleaning/replacing mailboxes.
Each homeowner was provided a copy of our Foster's Creek deeds upon the purchase of their home and agreed to reside in a deed-restricted community so the expectation that these rules will be followed should not come as a surprise to anyone. All of our governing documents are available on this website under the HOA Documents section for your review and we are happy to answer any questions our residents have regarding our deeds.
We are just over one month into hurricane season and even though storm activity has been minimal so far, we want to encourage all of our residents to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature might send our way. The aforementioned maintenance requirements for your home are required per our deeds to keep our community attractive but many of them can also protect your house and your neighbor's from hurricane or normal summer storm damage. Keeping trees trimmed of dead branches and yards free of debris can prevent these things from becoming projectiles in strong winds. Repairing or replacing aging and deteriorating fences can also help keep your home and possessions safe in a storm as they are more likely able to stand up to potentially damaging wind and rain.
There are a number of other things you can do to prepare for severe weather and visiting websites like http://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/departments/public-safety/hurricane-readiness-center.html or http://baynews9.com/hurricane.html will provide information on hurricane checklists, storm tracking, evacuation routes and much more.
We hope you'll spend a few minutes checking out these sites and take the necessary precautions to protect your home and your family from potentially damaging storms. We care about our residents and want all of you to stay safe and sound this hurricane season.
We Want You...
...to join our Foster's Creek Homeowner's Association Facebook group!
Our Facebook page is a great place for residents to share ideas and concerns and receive community updates more quickly from our Board of Directors. Simply click the link at the top of this page and you will be redirected to our group's page where you can request to join. Once an admin receives your request and verifies you are a resident of Foster's Creek (be sure to check your Messages folder once you've submitted your request in the event we need to get your address and owner or renter status) you will be approved to join our group.
At this time our Facebook page is a closed group and can only be viewed by members in order to help protect our residents' privacy.
If you haven't joined already we hope to see you soon!