|As President of the Valley Ranch Residential Board, Steve explains why it is important to vote FOR all three propositions. Watch more videos in the Voting Center, or on the new Valley Ranch Channel on YouTube. Learn why residents just like you have already voted FOR all three propositions.|
Each of the Propositions included with your 2011 Election package contains changes to our governing documents.
Top 10 Reasons to vote FOR all three propositions:
Property Owners Get More Control of the Residential Association: Propositions 1 and 2 give property owners much more control over the Residential Association, such as requiring advanced notification to property owners when the Association wants to change the Architectural Guidelines or other rules. Proposition 1 also includes a Property Owners Bill of Rights that specifically states, “A member has a right to the peaceful use and enjoyment of his/her property” and protects the owners’ right to vote and to inspect Association files regarding their property. Proposition 3 provides owners options to install sustainable architecture such as solar panels and a wider range of roof colors.
Owner-friendly Guidelines: The Architectural Guidelines in Proposition 3 were put together by property owners like you. These volunteers are our friends and neighbors and they took on the task of drafting new Guidelines that give all of us greater latitude in the choices we make to maintain and improve our home. Among the improvements they have made are a wider selection of roof colors, elimination of the requirement for two trees in even the smallest of yards and the ability to apply new, environmentally friendly technologies such as solar panels.
Term Limits: If the propositions pass no one individual can serve more than three terms as a director on any of the three boards (Residential, Commercial and Master) that govern Valley Ranch or on any combination of the three. This protects members from a small group with its own agenda gaining control of the Association. You’ve heard it said that “politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and for the same reason” – well that applies here, too!
Power to Recall Directors: That’s right – your directors are encouraging you to vote for a proposition that gives you the power to remove any or all of them if you don’t think they are properly representing your interests. That puts real power in your hands. If the propositions are passed any home owner will be empowered to initiate a petition to remove any Residential Director for any reason.
Property Owner Ballot Initiatives: The right of individuals to place items on the ballot in elections is fundamental in our American democracy. Just think of all the initiatives we see on the ballot in state elections – yet property owners can’t do the same thing right here in our own Association. The propositions can change that, but only if we get enough votes to pass them.
Influence on Architectural Guidelines: If you want to have a voice in the Architectural Guidelines that we must follow, you need to vote for the propositions. They change the Association’s governing documents to require that changes to the Guidelines or other Association rules be made available for property owner comment and critique before they can be implemented.
We Need Your Vote
As of October 15th, 2011, we have received over 3,400 votes out of 3,800 votes required to pass each proposition. It will take at least 51% of all eligible property owner votes to pass these great and important propositions. Proxies are due at the Valley Ranch Association office before noon central time on Monday, October 31st, 2011. The online voting poll closes at Big Pulse on Monday, October 31st, 2011 at 5:00 PM CST.
Tallies as of 10/15/2011