Who do I contact for general information, to get answers to my questions, or provide feedback about happenings in Lake Village Townes?
All questions and feedback should be directed to the Lake Village Townes community manager:
Lake Village Townes Community Manager
5915 Farrington Road, Suite 104
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Tel: 919-403-1400 EXT 1205
Where do I get information regarding Woodlake and Lake Village regulations?
Lake Village Townes residents are bound by the covenants and regulations of both the Woodlake and Lake Village Townes neighborhoods.
You should have received copies of all pertinent documents from both homeowner associations upon purchase of your unit. You may also access the documents online here.
How do I find out the exact boundaries of my property?
Your precise property lines are shown on your plat. This plat is a graphical, scaled representation of your property, drawn up by a surveyor, that illustrates the property’s features and position. It is also known as a foundation survey. Every homeowner should have one included in the legal documents received when they purchased their home. One may also be obtained from the Durham County Register of Deeds.
Most lots in Lake Village Townes are in the shape of regular rectangles with four straight property lines. At least one property line runs through a shared party wall and beyond into the exterior space. Middle units have straight shared property lines located through each of their two party walls. This means that for middle unit owners, the entryway area and landscaping in front of the next-door neighbor's exterior bricked courtyard actually belongs legally to the neighbor, even though it is adjacent to the middle unit walkway.
Your precise property lines are shown on your plat. This plat is a graphical, scaled representation of your property drawn up by a surveyor and illustrating its features and position. It is also known as a foundation survey. Every homeowner should have one included in the legal documents received when they purchased their home. One may also be obtained from the Durham Register of Deeds.
Be aware that most lots at Lake Village are in the shape of regular rectangles with four straight property lines. At least one property line runs through a shared party wall and beyond into the exterior space. Middle units have straight shared property lines located through each of their two party walls. This means that for middle unit owners, all the entryway area (and landscaping) in front of your neighbor's exterior courtyard actually belongs legally to your neighbor, even though it is adjacent to your walkway.
What specific committees regulate the majority of homeowner concerns?
The Lake Village Townes Architectural Review Committee (ARC) and the Lake Village Grounds Committee are composed of volunteer residents of the Lake Village Townes community. Both committees report to the Board of Directors.
What areas of my home are the maintenance responsibility of the LVT HOA?
All exterior unit surfaces and spaces (with the exception of backyard plantings) are maintained by the Lake Village Townes Homeowner Association. The LVT HOA maintains all yards, facades (front, side and back), and roofs, but does not maintain glass, screens, or owner additions, such as decks and screened porches (see the Exterior Maintenance Policy under Documents and Forms at this website for more specifics). The front of each unit refers to the areas that include the main entryway and front door, garage with driveway, and side- or street-facing facade. The back or rear yard of each unit includes the lawn plus any deck, porch, or patio. The back of each unit begins at the back corner of the unit and extends away from that point to a distance of~ 15 feet beyond the back wall of the building (not from any deck, screened porch, or other add-on structure). The back facade is accessed through deck, porch, or patio doors. For any change to the exterior of your unit – including construction, replacement, and items or decorations attached to the structure – an ARC request must be submitted and approved by the Lake Village Townes Architectural Review Committee. When in doubt, submit an ARC request.
Who can I contact about repairs needed to my home?
You can contact the Lake Village Townes Community Manager at the address listed above.
What is the process for architectural changes, for example, to add a deck or awning?
For architectural changes, download the Lake Village Townes Architectural Review Request Form from this website. Fill out the form as directed and submit the copies, the appropriate site plans, construction plans, and any other supporting information to the Lake Village Townes community manager at the address listed above. The Lake Village Townes ARC will review the request. You will be notified of the decision by the community manager.
What is the process to change my landscaping, for example, to have a tree removed?
Download the Lake Village Architectural Review Request form as described above and submit the copies, along with a site plan showing the changes, to the Lake Village Townes Community Manager at the address listed above. The site plan should be a drawing on the surveyor's plat. This drawing must show the exact location and species of any proposed additions or removals. A larger scale drawing may be included if needed to fully describe the changes. The request will be reviewed by the Lake Village Townes ARC; you will be notified of the decision by the community manager. Owners wanting to plant any vegetation in street-visible areas must officially request and obtain the prior written approval of the LVT HOA Board. To confirm the appropriateness of proposed rear yard plantings, homeowners are encouraged to consult a professional to avoid possible future building damage or other issues.
Can I appeal a decision?
In the event a homeowner is not satisfied with a decision reached by the Lake Village Townes ARC, the homeowner may appeal the decision to the Lake Village Board of Directors by requesting an appeal in writing to the community manager.
If I want to prune my own shrubbery, do I submit a request?
The LVT HOA is required by the Restrictive Covenants to maintain all landscaping in the fronts and sides of all units. For that reason, homeowners are not permitted to prune any of these plantings, which are contracted with the landscaper. Homeowners are responsible for pruning any homeowner-planted plantings in the back of their home, since the HOA does not maintain the backs of properties. Owners must keep all plants, shrubbery, and trees in the back of their unit trimmed back at least twelve inches away from the unit’s siding or gutters. This avoids damage and allows access for routine maintenance of gutters and siding by HOA contractors. If you have questions or concerns about HOA-maintained plantings, send your inquiry to the Lake Village Townes community manager at the address listed above.
Who should I contact if I have other questions about my landscaping?
You should contact the Lake Village Townes community manager at the address listed above. The on-site crew of the HOA landscaper will not be able to answer your questions. They will advise you to direct your concerns to the community manager.
Where should I store my trash and recycling containers on non-pickup days?
As required by the Restrictive Covenants, homeowners must keep their trash and recycling containers either inside their garage or within a screened space that prevents the containers from being visible from the street. Containers may thus be kept in the rear yard, in an area screened by plantings (for example, vines or shrubs), or behind an architecturally accepted screening element.
Where can I find more details about these requirements?
For more details, see the Lake Village Townes Covenants and the Exterior Maintenance Policy, available for download by clicking on "Documents and Forms" under "Lake Village Menu." Documents can also be downloaded from the Community Management website mentioned above. You may also refer to the Woodlake Handbook, but be aware that most of its policies apply primarily to detached homes in the greater Woodlake community.
Who are the Lake Village Townes HOA officers?
The Lake Village Townes HOA Board of Directors includes individuals elected to three-year terms. The Board meets the third Monday of every month. Current board members are:
- LVT HOA President – Jim Fleming
LVT HOA Vice-President – Peggy Mattingly
LVT HOA Treasurer – Kellie Hackney
LVT HOA Secretary – Sue DiMaggio
How can I get involved in Lake Village Townes?
Several volunteer committees are active in Lake Village Townes, including the Architectural Review Committee, the Grounds Committee, the Social Committee, and Neighborhood Watch. Meeting dates and frequency vary. If you would like more information, have a question, or would like to join a committee, please email the Lake Village Townes community manager at the address listed above.