Monthly Board Meeting
Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. You are encouraged to attend these meetings and participate during open session. By attending, you will remain informed of association business and upcoming changes or improvements. If you have any concerns and requests, please submit written correspondence so that the Board of Directors may review it at the next HOA meeting.Next Board Meetings
6:00 PM Tuesday, July 11, 2017-Annual Meeting of Delegates (No General Session)
6:00 PM Tuesday, August 8, 2017
6:00 PM Tuesday, September 12, 2017
6:00 PM Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club
14050 Carmel Ridge Rd
San Diego, CA 92128 Map
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5 Essential Summer Watering Tips for San Diego Homeowners
Dry weather and summer temperatures that reach the high 90’s bring the possibility of drought re-occurring. To prevent over-watering this summer, we’ve compiled five essential summer watering tips to help keep your water usage in check, while ensuring that your garden continues to grow and flourish!
Water isn’t the only substance necessary for your plants to grow strong and healthy. Your soil’s makeup will greatly determine the outcome of your landscape. Feeding your garden with well-fertilized soil provides the nutrients your bushes, trees and flowers need to grow full, strong, and healthy.
2. Water Only When Necessary
Landscapes thrive with less water than we think they need. When drought restrictions only allowed for watering every other day of the week, lawns and gardens still continued to blossom.
With summer approaching, it’s wise to keep these regulations in mind (even when they’re lifted), as well as only watering in the morning hours. This ensures that the water is truly absorbed into the soil and doesn’t evaporate in the scorching midday heat. You can read additional watering tips in our fruit and vegetable gardening blog series.
3. Have Your Irrigation System Inspected
If you haven’t had your irrigation system inspected recently, there may be leaks or blockages that are likely wasting water and not giving your plants the hydration they need. You can perform a routine inspection yourself, or have your landscape maintenance provider do a thorough inspection to ensure that everything is working properly. Having your irrigation systems inspected and maintained regularly can prevent water waste and help you save on your water bill.
4. Install a Drip Irrigation System
Drip irrigation systems are specifically designed to only water where it is needed most – at the root of the plants. This prevents over watering, over spray, and weed growth. Irrigation systems work well in commercial and HOA settings, and can also be a great investment for residential landscapes.
Along with your new system, be sure to have an irrigation controller installed. These controllers detect leaks and breaks, and measure water flow, along with collecting soil and weather data to ensure that issues can be corrected quickly and overwatering is not occurring.
5. Consider a Landscape Upgrade
If you’ve been looking to save money on your water bill, now would be the time to renovate your landscape. California and San Diego rebates are still in effect if you want to remove your grass and replace it with either artificial turf or a more drought tolerant landscape. You can learn more about California’s rebate program through the San Diego Sustainable Landscapes Program.
Trespassing on the Golf Course
The Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club is concerned about the rising number of
trespassers on their property. It appears that trespassers are primarily residents in the
Carmel Mountain community. Residents are most often seen taking walks on cart
There are several issues that arise from this sort of trespassing. First, it is not
safe for people to be walking on the golf course, as there are golfers hitting balls in
excess of 150mph. Secondly, due to the risk of possible injury to these trespassers,
golfers are forced to wait until the trespassers are gone until they can take their turns.
This, in turn, causes golfers to grow impatient and unsatisfied. The additional time
spent waiting also slows the golfer’s rate of play, causing the golf course to lose business
as less people are able to play the course. Finally, if a trespasser is injured on the
Country Club's property, legal action may be taken against the Club by the injured
party. The Country Club does not want to assume these risks.
Next, residents frequently walk their dogs on the course. This action assumes the
same consequences as the previous examples. Unfortunately, there are also owners
who unleash their dogs on the course, causing damage to many areas that are costly
to repair (especially the greens).
There are also MANY children and youth who illegally come to play in the golf
course sand bunkers, ride their bicycles, and play sports. A tremendous strain is
brought on the County Club financially as these sorts of activities tend to cause a great
amount of physical damage to their course and, in turn, create a huge eyesore for customers
who pay for pristine views and conditions.
Please be cognizant of the negative impact of trespassing on the Country Club
grounds. The CMR Community is lucky to have such a beautiful resource, but please
be respectful of the fact that it is private property. Your cooperation is certainly appreciated.
On April 7, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17 ending the drought emergency in all California counties except Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolumne where groundwater supplies are still an issue.
Even though the drought is mostly over, elements of the emergency legislation will continue. For example:
- Associations cannot prohibit low water-using plants or artificial turf in landscaping design.
- Owners who installed water-efficient landscaping cannot be forced to return their landscaping to its original condition. That means owners who installed drip irrigation systems, built rain gardens, planted drought-tolerant plants, installed artificial turf, etc. get to keep what they installed.
- Associations cannot force owners to tear out everything and go back to grass lawns.
Hearings and Fines
Homeowners who let their grass die and did nothing to install drought-tolerant landscaping can now be required to water their lawns and replace dead turf. Owners who refuse can be called to disciplinary hearings where penalties may be imposed.
If your front yard requires attention, you may need to start applying more water and fertilizer to change your lawn back from brown to green. If you have areas of dead grass, weeds, old dying plants, exposed tree roots, irrigation lines or dirt, this could be an opportunity to update your landscaping to water-wise plants or approved artificial turf systems.
Please return your front yard to a neat and attractive condition by July 31, 2017 and/or submit
Starting July 31, 2017 fines will once be assessed on homeowners who fail to keep their yards up to the Carmel Mountain Ranch-RCA standards.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Carmel Mountain Ranch RCA Board of Directors
It is the intent of the Carmel Mountain Ranch – Residential Community Association to have architectural control of the dwellings within the association in order to maintain and enhance the appearance and value of the community. A process is in place wherein a homeowner wishing to change the appearance of the exterior of their home or landscaping must first submit their proposed plans to the MAC. The MAC can then approve the plans, approve them with conditions or disapprove them. Please see Section 7.03 of the CC&R’s.
Please be reminded that anyhomeowner that begins or completes any work that would require the submittal of their plans to the MAC prior to submitting their plans may be called to a hearing before the Board of Directors. The standard fine for this violation of procedure is two-hundred and fifty dollars, ($250.00) along with any related expenses incurred to resolve the issue to the satisfaction of the MAC and Board of Directors.
Architectural applicataions can be found on the Carmel Mountain Ranch website under the Design and Review tab. Select the link for MAC Application. Once the application form is completed, please mail, fax or email to the Architectural Coordinator listed below.
9665 Chesapeake Drive Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92123
The MAC meets once a month on the second Tuesday of each month. All applications are reviewed at that time.
All regular session meetings of the Carmel Mountain Ranch-RCA Board are open meetings. Homeowners who wish to address the Board are welcome to do so during the homeowner forum conducted at the beginning of each business meeting.
Here are few tips for participating:
- Put it in writing. You will get the best response if you put your question or opinions in writing prior to the meeting. This isn’t mandatory, but it helps you and the Board. Some issues may require a little research by the manager. Also, the Board can serve you better if members have time to consider your concern.
- Call ahead. As a courtesy, let the manager know that you wish to address the Board. This also allows us to notify you if a meeting is cancelled for any reason.
- Plan your remarks to last no longer than five minutes. Board members enjoy visiting with residents; however, the meeting agenda is always very full, and the five-minute limit ensures that all business gets conducted. this does not mean big issues cannot be presented. If your concern requires more time, please summarize it in five minutes, and the board will add it to the agenda for the next meeting.
- Don’t expect an immediate response. Board members don’t act independently. All issues require discussion and sometimes a vote. Sometimes an immediate answer is possible, but it is just as likely that you will not get a response until after the meeting.
- If you need information, call the manager. The purpose of the Homeowner Forum is for residents to share opinions and concerns with the Board. Residents seeking general information (like a status report on a project or the Board’s position on an issue) can get a more immediate answer from the manager.
eNewsletter for the Community
Carmel Mountain Ranch Residential Community Association eNewsletter allows homeowners in the community to remain informed by email of news, local community events and last minute updates relevant to their Association. Monthly emails will be sent out with Board meeting information, notification of changes to the website, and information and events of interest to you and your community. You may unsubscribe automatically at any time by using the unsubscribe link at the bottom of each email. Timely emails to your inbox allows for a more active, involved, and informed community.
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Save Time, Save Money
Have you signed up yet for automatic payment of your monthly assessment? If not, please consider doing so, as this will allow you one less check to write and no longer worry about paying your CMR-RCA assessment by the due date. The ACH program with Walters Management allows your monthly assessment payment to be taken from your checking account and guarantees no late fees. To sign up for ACH, and to set up your account on automatic payment, please complete the ACH Debit form which is available here on the Walter's Management Website. Please print the form, fill it out and mail it back to the Walter's Management address indicated on the form.