Where do I get information regarding my Woodlake and Lake Village regulations?
You are bound by the Boards and covenants of both Woodlake and Lake Village.
You should receive copies of both upon purchase of your unit. If not, access the regulations online here.
Requests for hard copies and questions should be directed to the Lake Village Townes at Woodlake Community Manager:
Lake Village Townes Community Manager
5915 Farrington Road, Suite 104
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Tel: 919-403-1400 EXT 1205
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 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 Woodlake Architectural Review Committee (ARC) and the Lake Village Landscape Committee consist of neighbors of Lake Village and Woodlake. Each committee reports to its respective governing Boards of Directors.
What areas of my home are the maintenance responsibility of the LVT HOA?
All exterior unit spaces and surfaces are maintained by the Lake Village Townes Association. The LVT HOA covers all yards, all facades (front, side and back), and roofs, but exclude glass, screens, and owner additions (see the Exterior Maintenance Policy under Documents and Forms at this website for more specifics). The "front" of all units refers to the areas that include the main entryway and front door, garage with driveway, and side-facing and/or street-facing facades. The rear yard of your property includes lawn plus the deck, porch, or patio. The "back" facade is accessed through deck, porch, or patio doors. Changes to the street-visible areas in the way of inclusions or exclusions of plantings, construction, and/or decoration are subject to application to and approval by the LVT HOA Board.
Who can I contact about repairs needed to my home?
You can contact the Lake Village Townes at Woodlake Community Manager at the address listed above.
What is the process I should follow for architectural changes, for example, to add a deck or awning?
For architectural changes, download the Lake Village 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 at Woodlake Community Manager at the address listed above. The Lake Village Townes (LVT) HOA Board will review the request. You will be notified of the LVT HOA Board decision by the Community Manager.
What process should I follow to have a tree removed, for example, or otherwise change my landscaping?
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 at Woodlake 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 new plantings as well as any proposed 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 Board of Directors, which will contact you with its decision. 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 Woodlake ARC, the homeowner may appeal the decision to the Woodlake Board of Directors by requesting an appeal in writing to the Chair of the Woodlake ARC. The homeowner may appeal a decision of the LVT HOA Board by requesting an appeal in writing to the Lake Village Townes at Woodlake Community Manager at the address listed above.
If I want to prune my own shrubbery, do I submit a request?
The LVT HOA does not allow homeowners to prune any plantings that are contracted with the landscaper. Homeowners are responsible for pruning any homeowner planted plantings in back of their homes where the HOA does not prune. If you have a question or concern about HOA maintained plantings, send your inquiry to the Lake Village Townes at Woodlake 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 at Woodlake 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 container on non-pickup days?
As required by the Covenants, homeowners must keep their garbage containers either inside their garages or within screened spaces so that containers are not visible from the street. A container may thus be kept in the rear yard area, or in an area screened by plantings (for example, vines or shrubs) or other architecturally accepted elements.
What document will provide me 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 are also downloadable from the Community Management website mentioned above. You may also examine the Woodlake Handbook but be aware that most of its policies apply primarily to detached single-family homes in the greater Woodlake Community.
How can I reach the relevant Lake Village officers?