4th Annual Catch Me If You Can

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Calling all cyclists!

Valley Ranch we have been invited to participate in the Kiwanis’s Catch Me If You Can Bike Ride. If you are passionate about cycling then this event is for you! All levels are welcomed!

For more event information visit www.kiwanisbreckenridge.com

Email: bikeride@kiwanisbreckenridge.com.

Please see flyer below for event details.

2015 Ride Flyer

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Three Important Things YOU Can Do

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I. VOTE YES ON AMENDMENTS - The proposed changes to the voting requirements to amend our governing documents and to the prohibition of in-home business activity have received strong support from our community, but it takes a very high level of voter participation to make these changes. You do not need to be a registered voter to vote on these amendments.

Voting information has been mailed to all owners who have yet to vote. Voting ends on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at NOON and voting results will be announced on Thursday, April 16, 2015!

Please visit www.tievote.com to vote online today!


Imagine Irving

II. ATTEND ON APRIL 7 – Plan to attend Imagine Irvingat Ranchview High School from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free food and a chance to share your ideas about the future of Valley Ranch. This event has been called “Monopoly for Grownups” and is a lot of fun! Let’s show the City that Valley Ranch members care about their community.


City Election

III. VOTE IN THE CITY ELECTION – April 27 through May 5 or on May 9. Valley Ranch has a very high percentage of residents who are registered to vote, but has the worst voter turnout in the City. You need to be a registered voter to vote in a City election. Our taxes determine where the City gets its money, but our votes influence where it spends that money. In addition, we have a Valley Ranch resident running for re-election to City council and a City-wide candidate who has been supportive of our community. The City has reached out to us by hosting the “Imagine Irving” event in our community. We need to demonstrate that our  community is paying attention and deserves the City’s support.

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Architectural Review Committee Meeting Dates

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For a complete list of the 2015 ARC meeting and submission deadline dates please click the meeting link below.

ARC Meeting Dates

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Valley Ranch: Annual Plant Sale

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On April 25th, during our Valley Ranch Earth Fest, you will be able to pick up Texas native plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. The plants are offered to Valley Ranch residents at wholesale cost, plus delivery.

To participate, you must order and pre-pay for your plants by March 31, 2015. Select the VR-Plant Sale attachment to print and complete the form with a check payable to Habitat Landscapes, LLC, and bring it to the Valley Ranch Association office.

VR – plant sale form

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The Seventh Amendment to the Bylaws

 

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The Residential Board of Directors is recommending an amendment to the Bylaws, the other set of governing documents for the residential association. I promise to give you the short and sweet version…keep reading.

The Bylaws help establish how the association conducts business. It addresses things like how the Board of Directors get elected, how the association maintains records, and even who is considered a member of the association. It basically sets the framework for how things are run. Got it? Of course you do!

Now, before I explain why the Residential Board wants your vote FOR the Seventh Amendment, let me take one second to remind you that these documents were written back when puffy sleeves and neon pink were cool, the first time…before Lady Gaga.

A vote FOR the Seventh Amendment to the Bylaws would reduce the voting requirement necessary to make the much-needed updates to policies that don’t reflect our society today. Where concepts like solar panels and rain barrels may have gotten blank stares, they are a common topic of discussion nowadays. A lower voting requirement will allow the Residential Board of Directors to responsibly adapt to change and address errors in documents written so long ago.

Lowering the voting requirement is not a free for all. It specifically permits the number of votes required to update a limited scope of provisions to be reduced. The current language for the Bylaws concerning the voting requirement, Section 12.01, can be found here. The language for the proposed amendment is available to review here. The Residential Board of Directors supports this amendment. Please join them with a vote FOR the Seventh Amendment.

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The Thirteenth Amendment to the CC&R’s

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The Residential Board of Directors is recommending an amendment to the CC&R’s, a set of governing documents for the residential association. What is that? I’m so glad you asked!

Affectionately known as Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, the CC&R’s “govern” or direct the board regarding the property or land that is Valley Ranch. They are basically the rules of the neighborhood. Most of the time, the rules make sense and are easy to accept. Other times, not so much.

Presently Section 9.05(e) has a commercial use limitation. For the sake of hoping that you are still reading, I will give you the short version. But if you are really enthusiastic, you can read the current language here. The restrictions that are outlined for Estate Owners (and apartment tenants) that ‘telecommute or otherwise work from a virtual office’ don’t serve our generation of residents that are entrepreneurs in their own right and many by their own sweat. This rule doesn’t fit and we need to your help to update it.

A vote FOR the Thirteenth Amendment to the CC&R’s would remove the prohibition of home business activity other than telecommuting. The language for the Thirteenth Amendment can be found here.The Residential Board of Directors supports this amendment to update the documents. Please join them with a vote FOR the Thirteenth Amendment.

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Prizes Worth Voting For?

We didn’t resort to negative campaign ads, and we haven’t hired private detectives; but the Residential Board of Directors is offering voting incentives. The incentives are designed to increase overall engagement in the election process and the percentage of voters. It’s just that important.

The Valley Ranch Association has governing documents that were drafted in the 1980’s. While that wasn’t all that long ago, it’s been long enough that rules that worked then, don’t necessarily work now. We need to update them to match emerging trends, to stay in tune with changing times. The only way that can happen is with your vote. It’s just that important.

This election will also seat 2 new directors to the Residential Board. This board largely influences the experience for the residents. Solid leadership, sound decision-making, and innovative thinking are all needed to continue moving Valley Ranch forward. The candidates need your vote. The future of Valley Ranch needs your vote. It’s just that important.

So, yes. It’s so important, that the Residential Board is offering the opportunity to take home some cool prizes. The prizes alone aren’t meant to make the difference in how you vote. Only you can do that. We just want you to vote. Be engaged in the process. Be a part of the decision. Be a part of the future of Valley Ranch. It’s just that important.

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