The Woods at Elm Creek Homeowners Association
Q - How do I pay my annual dues?
Beginning in 2023, homeowners have the opportunity to submit their annual dues payments through automated clearing house (ACH) debits. We still offer the traditional option of mailing in your payment. We also offer the option of electronic invoicing. If you opt-in, you will receive your annual dues invoice via email instead of a paper invoice in the mail. To participate in either of these new options, please fill out the ACH Debit Authorization Form and return it to us by mail or email.
Q - What changes to my property require review and approval by the Association Architectural Control Committee before the change is made?
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Q - What to do if I see activity on another homeowner's property that may not adhere
to the WECHA covenants?
As the Association operates as a "concerned" based system, it is the responsibility of all homeowners/members to report any possible covenant infractions. This reporting is the only way to consistently and continually allow the Board and Architectural Control Committee to uphold the covenants and ultimately the aesthetic and monetary value of our properties.
Q - When is the HOA meeting?
The annual Homeowner meeting occurs every Spring and is held at the Champlin Ice Forum. Look for information about this meeting date and time on our website. We will post this information within 30 days of the meeting date.
Q - Can I park my car on the street?
The city of Champlin allows street parking until 2:00 a.m.
Q - Are parking boats, trailers, and/or campers in the driveway or in my yard allowed?
No. You may always use your garage to store these items but they are not permitted to be parked and stored in your driveway. Please refer to Article X section 9. If you have any questions please contact the association board.
Q - I am selling my home. Does the association need to know?
Yes. Your realtor will have a form the association needs to complete.
Also, provide the realty company with the link to The Woods At Elm Creek website "www.thewoodsatelmcreek.com" for use in your marketing material. This is
where prospective buyers have access to the covenants and bylaws.
Request a current dues statement to assure prospective buyers that your HOA dues are current and no back dues exist for the buyers. Read more here.
Q - I recently purchased a home in The Woods, do I need to contact the association?
Yes, you access The Woods At Elm Creek website and use the Contact Us link.
Provide your name and property address so we can update our mailing lists and HOA dues accounting statements. It is your responsibility as a new homeowner to read and understand the covenants. If you have any questions about the need for approval on a project, please contact the board.
Q - I want to get a dog. Can I put up a fence?
No. Yard fencing is prohibited per HOA Covenants Article X, section 11. However, underground Invisible dog fencing is permitted.
Q - I want to build a shed. Is this allowed?
No, sheds are not allowed. Please refer to Article X sections 13-14 or contact a board member if you have questions.
Q - What things do my dues pay for?
Landscaping and upkeep of the 20+ islands and entries we maintain, Insurance for the common areas, water bills and maintenance for the association-owned sprinkler systems, accounting services, occasional legal fees, website domain, and printing/postage for any homeowner mailings to list a few.
Q - I want to paint or change the siding on my house. Can I paint/make it a different color?
All exterior changes require architectural review and approval of the association board. Please refer to HOA Covenants Article VI section 3, and Article X Section 3. Our covenants support only natural and neutral exterior coloring for homes in The Woods.
Q - Do I need board approval to take down trees on my property?
No. Homeowners are permitted to remove overgrown or diseased trees without consulting the board.
Q - I want to plant new trees on my property, do I need approval?
It is always a good idea to contact the board anytime you are changing landscaping or planting trees. There are provisions for landscaping in our Articles and bylaws and the Association Board and architectural control committee must review and approve your plan to assure it meets these conditions.
Q - How do I get a copy of the covenants?
Click Here to find the covenants and bylaws for The Woods At Elm Creek HOA. You are free to look at them or print your own copy at any time from this location.
Q - Who do I contact to get my cul-de-sac island cleaned up?
Contact a board member via our website. Click here.
Q - Our mailbox is ready to fall over, how do I get it fixed?
Contact a board member at email@example.com and identify your property address to initiate the repair/replacement process.
Q - Can I store my garbage/recycle container(s) outside?
No. Please see HOA Covenants Article X section 9. All trash containers must be stored inside.
Q - I want to put an addition to my home. What is the approval process?
Any changes to the exterior of a home, including the addition of a structure or design changes, must be approved by the Association board before construction can begin. To ensure compliance with our covenants and bylaws, an architect must be involved in the planning process, and a submitted plan must be reviewed and approved by the board. For more information, please Click Here.