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Award Winning Yards The ACC thanks the many homeowners who do such an outstanding job with their property in helping to contribute to the overall appearance of Watters Crossing. We are pleased to announce the August 2014 Award Winning Yard!
ACC Meeting The next meeting of the Architectural Control Committee will be on Tuesday March 31st, 2015 at the Watters Crossing Clubhouse at 7:00 PM. Visit the Architectural Control Page for details and view the procedure for submitting requests.

 

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Easter Egg Hunt!

Watters Crossing Playgroup

Saturday April 4th, 10:00am
Watters Crossing Clubhouse

The Watters Crossing HOA Easter Egg Hunt is this Saturday, April 4, 2015!! 10:00 a.m. at the clubhouse.

Please join us for a festive egg hunt (open to the 5-ish-and-under set), light refreshments, fun and simple outdoor activities, and happy fellowship with our friendly neighbors. Siblings are welcome. See you there!

 

Watters Crossing Spring Party!
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Saturday May 16, 2015
5:00pm - 10:00pm

Watters Crossing Clubhouse

This is a Private Function open only to Watters Crossing Residents

Mark your calendar and save the date for the 2015 Spring Party that will be held Saturday, May 16, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM.  That’s less than 50 days from now.

A number of new activities are being added to this annual event for Watters Crossing residents only.  This is our biggest social event of the year.  Watch this site for further info to be posted.

 

 

Phase II Pool Renovation

WCHOARenovation work on the Phase II pool (Irvine Drive and Newport Drive) will commence 2/16/2015 and run through 3/30/2015.  During that time, the following work will be performed:

  • Removal and replacement of south and west wood fence
  • Removal and replacement of railroad tie retaining wall
  • Demo and replacement of damaged sections of west pool deck
  • Replastering of pool
  • Landscaping and light fixture replacement

Homeowners in this area are urged to utilize the Riverside entrance of their alley as the Newberry alley entrance will be blocked at various times.

See Photos of Phase II Pool Updates

 

Watters Crossing Clubhouse

wchoaOver the past two weeks, the Watters Crossing Clubhouse has been completely repainted, both interior and exterior.  The painters, Fresh Coat Painting, is an Allen company and an outstanding  job was completed.  ( Fresh Coat Painting painted both Watters Crossing swim cabanas in 2013 and has been a regular sponsor of our Spring Party.) 

With the fresh, new appearance of the clubhouse, we would remind all renters of the Clubhouse Rules.  In particular, the following are NOT permitted in the Clubhouse:

  • Tape
  • Staples
  • Helium balloons

The painters removed / patched from much damage caused by staples and tape.  Please do not bring these into the clubhouse for decorations. Regarding helium balloons, the great rooms ceiling fans have been replaced several times with burned out motors due to entangled ribbons and deflated balloons.  Balloons are fine, but not with helium.

Also, like many other roofs within Watters Crossing, the Clubhouse roof will be replaced within the next month or so.

The Clubhouse, along with the adjacent newly renovated pool and patio, are several of the many ammenities within Watters Crossing maintained by your homeowner dues.

 

Architectural Control Committee Revises HVAC Concealment Guidelines

WCHOAThe Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions of Watters Crossing provides for the concealment of HVAC equipment in Section 4.7.u which reads:

“All mechannical equipment including, but not limited to, HAVOC equipment, shall be located on the side or rear of each Lot and shielded from public view from any adjacent street.”

For a number of years, the ACC has accepted concealment of HVAC units in one of two manners:

  1. Fence panel(s), which is a minimum of six feet in height and four feet wide (width is minimum and is dependant upon concealment).  This is the prefereable course of action.
  2. An evergreen shrub / landsdcaping that results in complete concealment within one (1) growing season.

Unfortunately, option two has been less than successful in ensuring compliance with Section 4.7.u in many instances.

Due to this and to ensure that Section 4.7.u is equally applied to all, effective 1/1/2015, the ACC will no longer accept new landscaping as a means of HVAC or mechanical equipment concealment.  We will grandfather all HVAC equipment where landscaping is in place to provide for concealment for one additional year to allow for that years growth.  After 1/1/2016, all HVAC equipments that is not completely concealed by landscaping will be considered to be in violation of Section 4.7.u.  The concealment will need to be completed via option 1 above (fencing).

To Recap:
1/1/2015:  New landscaping will no longer be approved by the ACC as a means of HVAC concealment.
1/1/2016:  All HVAC equipment, where landscaping has been installed as a means of concealment, which is not completely concealed, will be in violation of Section 4.7.u

The members of the ACC believe this will improve the appearance of Watters Crossing by satisfying the specifics in Section 4.7.u.  Thanks for your understanding and help in making Watters Crossing such a great neighborhood in which to live.

Architectural Control Committee

 

Do You have areas where Grass won't Grow?

WCHOABy NEIL SPERRY
neilsperry.com

"Compared to shade trees and shrubs, ground covers are relative newcomers to North Texas landscaping. Many of us can remember when English ivy and trailing vinca were the only two turfgrass replacements you’d see in our gardens. That was partly because we hadn’t been exposed to the concept, and it was partly because good forms of edging hadn’t come into the marketplace"... (Read More)

 

By HOWARD GARRETT
dallasnews.com

"The truth about growing grass in the shade is this: You can’t. Trees want full sun and grasses want full sun. Trees win. Thinning the trees helps a little, for a while, but not long term; foliage grows back. Removing trees will work, but that’s usually not the best thing to do. "... (Read More)

 

ACC is Energy/Water Usage Sensitive

wchoaSome comments, questions, on new items presented to the ACC for Watters Crossing within the past year:

YES!
The ACC accepts rain barrel installations.  The prefered location is within the rear, fenced in yard locations.  These will be accepted on the sides of properties when completely concealed by a six (6) foot to eight (8) foot tall, solid fence panel.  The width of the panel is determined as needed for concealment.

YES!
The ACC accepts solar roof panels.  Indeed, the third home, located in Phase III, was recently approved for installation.  Panels will be mounted on rear, or in some cases, side roofs.

YES!
The ACC accepts plans for yard renovations / reconstructions using drought tolerant, low water usage plants, ground covers and more.

As with all exterior improvements, any of the above must be submitted to the ACC for review and approval proior to any construction commencing.  Project submissions now are easy using the online forms and most projects are expedited within the committee via email.  Project forms provide the ability to upload photos, plats, and other supporting documents.

The ACC thanks you for working within the Review Guidelines of Watters Crossing.

 

2015 WCHOA Calendar of Events

ALL EVENTS ARE AT THE CLUBHOUSE AND FOR RESIDENTS OF WATTERS CROSSING

Volunteer Appreciation Night Friday, March 27 - By Invitation
Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 4
Pools Open Friday, May 1
Semi-Annual Homeowner's Meeting Sunday, May 3
Spring Yard Sale Saturday, May 9
Spring Party Saturday, May 16
Fall Yard Sale Saturday, September 19
Pools Close Wednesday, September 30
Halloween Party Sunday, October 25
Semi-Annual Homeowner's Meeting Sunday, November 1
Holiday Social Friday, December 4
Judging for Holiday Lights Award Friday/Saturday, December 18 – 19

 

ADDITIONAL DATES TO REMEMBER:
• Watters Crossing HOA Board meets 3rd Monday of each month.
• Watters Crossing Architectural Control Committee meets last Tuesday of each month, except December.
• Watters Crossing Playgroup meets every Friday

 

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Upcoming Events

3/31/15 ACC Meeting
4/4/15 Egg Hunt
5/1/15 Pools Open
5/3/15 HOA Meeting
5/9/15 Spring Yard Sale
5/16/15 Spring Party

 

 

WCHOA Crime Watch

WCHOA

To report suspicious, non-life threatening activity, please phone the City of Allen Non-Emergency number at 214-509-4321

Also, please visit the link below for further information:
City of Allen Police Community Relations

To ask a question concerning recent illegal activity within Watters Crossing, or to inquire regarding any rumors which you may have heard, please email crimewatch@watterscrossing.com. Your letter will go to the Watters Crossing Crime Watch Leader, who, in consultation with the City of Allen Police, will determine if the community should be alerted via the Watters Crossing web site and Watters Crossing email.

Crime Watch Tips

  • Make sure doors and windows are locked.
  • Make sure shades or window covers are closed when leaving the house.
  • Make sure alarm systems are set, operating properly and monitored.
  • Close garage door when you are out of the garage.
  • Make sure vehicles are locked when vacant
  • Do not leave valuables of any type in vehicles
Know your neighbor and look out for each other in a helpful way.


 

Welcoming Committee

New homeowners receive welcome packets from our Welcoming Committee. Information can be obtained at welcoming@watterscrossing.com

 

 

Did You Know?

Boats, trailers, and RVs are not permitted to be parked on the streets within Watters Crossing at any time unless actively loading or unloading.  They are never permitted overnight.

 

Questions or Problems?

Information for questions or problems for Watters Crossing Residents Click Here

 

Save Your Pool Cards

Please remember to retain your Pool Access Cards  for use in 2015.  Pool cards will NOT be reissued.  The cost of a replacement card is $25 and is limited to one card per address.  For replacement cards, please email: poolaccess@watterscrossing.com

 

Poly Cart Storage

The ACC is asking for everyone’s compliance with Section 4.7(h) of the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions of Watters Crossing.  This section states:

All containers and other facilities for trash disposal must be located and screened in a manner approved by the Committee.

The Committee’s view regarding trash containers with respect to Section 4.7h of the Covenants is that poly carts, other than the day of pickup, must be concealed from view to any street.  Please note:

  • Poly carts are not to be moved to the ends of driveways until the evening of the day prior to collection
  • Poly carts must be removed from ends of driveways the night of the day of collection
  • Poly carts cannot be stored in any area visible to any street.  Concealment methods may include:

Fencing (note that ACC review is necessary prior to any construction)

Landscaping that results in immediate and complete concealment from view

Locating adjacent to garage, in garage, or rear yard, if such a location results in concealment from view

To further emphasize the above, it is a City of Allen Ordinance that poly carts must be removed from the ends of driveways to a concealed location following trash pickup.

During the growth of the past 20 years in Allen, Watters Crossing has become a highly desirable neighborhood in which to live.  Various realtors have made this statement at various community functions including the Semi-annual Homeowners’ Meetings.  We must all work together to maintain that desirability which also works to enhance our property values.  The continual visibility of a trash dumpster does nothing to enhance that value.  We do appreciate everyone’s cooperation with the enforcement of this Covenant.

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