1 Gables of York County Community
Pilot House Drive, Suite 300
News VA 23606-2453
GABLES OF YORK COUNTY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION,
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Amended June 2015
(Supersedes All Previous Rules and Regulations)
The Gables of York County is a residential area of
164 townhouses designed to provide a small community atmosphere conducive to
family living. There is a small
community pool and a playground that support this atmosphere.
The Gables of York County is a well-established
small community centrally located to several military bases, NASA, and local
businesses in Hampton, Newport News, and Yorktown. The Gables of York Homeowners Association
consists of all Gables of York Homeowners. The Gables of York Homeowners
Association, referred to as "Association” is governed by an Association Board
of Directors whose goal is to preserve the character of the neighborhood
conducive to family living, respect for our neighbors, and to maintain our
property values. This can only be accomplished by the enthusiastic cooperation
of each homeowner by observing the covenants and restrictions which appear in
our deeds, as well as all adopted rules and regulations.
The Association is responsible for efficient and
effective use of fees collected from homeowners (monthly dues, special
assessments), maintenance of the common areas, streets, and parking
lots/spaces, arranging for services (lawn care, garbage collection, etc.),
establishing and enforcing rules, reviewing requests for modification to
properties, and general administrative duties. Homeowners are strongly
encouraged to be actively involved in the Association to ensure the community’s
majority sentiment is reflected in all major decisions. See Bylaws of The Gables of York County
Community Association for information on Association election rules, special
assessments. The following pages will provide you with useful information
regarding procedures and guidelines that should be followed to accomplish our
mutual goals in the most efficient and acceptable manner. Also included, are
the rules and regulations to support the spirit of being good neighbors. This document, as well as other important
documentation (e.g., pool rules, yard sales, Bylaws) can be found on the following web site: http://www.yorkcountyva.org/index.cfm?action=n62&id=449,142 The web site can be easily
accessed by putting "Gables of York” into a search engine, such as Google,
Yahoo, Bing, etc.
Should you have any questions, or wish to discuss any item
in this packet, please contact Chesapeake Bay Management, and they will be glad
to assist you. Contact information below:
Chesapeake Bay Management, Inc.
603 Pilot House Drive, Suite 300
Newport News, Virginia 23606
757-534-7751 – Office
757-534-7765 - Fax
Section 1 – Definitions
definitions shall be applied to the following terms as set forth in the Rules
"Association" shall mean and refer to The
Gables of York County Community Association.
"Common Area” shall mean all real property owned
by the Association from time to time for the common use and enjoyment of the
shall mean and refer to the record owner, whether one or more persons or entities of any lot.
"Visible from Neighboring Property" shall
mean, with respect to any given object, that such object is or would be visible
to a person six feet tall, standing on any part of such neighboring property at
an elevation no greater than the elevation of the base of the object being
"Single Family Residence" shall refer to a
structure containing dwelling units where each dwelling unit is located on a
separate lot and shall include where the context is appropriate, a duplex
building or an individual dwelling unit located in a duplex building.
Owners' Association Act" shall mean the Virginia Property Owners
Association Act set forth in the 1950 Code of Virginia, as amended, as
Chapter 26, Sections 55-508 through 55-516.2 and as amended from time to
Section 2 - Rules and Regulations
The purpose of the Rules and Regulations is to
provide each owner with a concise and complete understanding of the land use
classifications, permitted uses, and restrictions as provided for in the
governing documents of the Association. Each owner was provided with a copy of
these documents prior to closing. These Rules and Regulations are a culmination
of the documents and rules and regulations adopted by the Board of Directors.
Single Family Residential Use - (Article IV Section 2.A)
All property shall be used, improved, and devoted
exclusively to Single Family residential use. This is intended to include
attached single family dwellings. No gainful occupation, professions, trade or
other non-residential use shall be conducted on any such property.
Animals - (Article
IV Section 2.B)
1. Only a reasonable
number generally recognized house or yard pets shall be maintained on any
property within the community. A reasonable number shall be construed as no
more than four (4) dogs/cats or other domestic pets (e.g., other than hamsters,
2. No owner may keep,
breed or raise any animal allowed by the restrictive covenants for commercial
3. Unit owners shall
ensure that their animals do not create an unreasonable amount of noise or to
become a nuisance.
4. No structure for the
care, housing, or confinement of any animal shall be maintained so as to be
visible from neighboring property.
5. Unit owners shall not
walk animals in another homeowner’s yard. Animals walked in the common areas
must be cleaned up after.
6. Unit owners shall not
allow animals to run free and must remain on a leash at all times while out of the
owners home, as some neighbors may be frightened by animals.
7. Owners must comply with
State and County Animal Control Laws and Ordinances, including proper licensing
8. Only domestic animals
are permitted. Domestic animals consist
of the following: dogs, cats, caged domesticated birds, hamsters, gerbils, and
guinea pigs, aquarium fish, small snapping turtles and tortoises, domesticated
rabbits, rats, mice, and creatures normally maintained in a terrarium or
(Article IV Section 2.G)
Violation of any Vehicle/Parking/Recreational Vehicle
Parking Area rules may result in immediate towing of the vehicle at the vehicle
No recreational vehicles, boats, utility trailers,
or commercial vehicles, except a truck or van or the equivalent not over 3/4
ton and used as a principal means of transportation to work, shall be kept,
placed, maintained, constructed, reconstructed, or repaired upon any property
or street within this community except in a special parking area designated for
recreational vehicles (see Recreational Vehicle Parking Area rules).
Utility trailers, trucks over 3/4 ton or other commercial or oversized vehicles
may be parked in the RV and Overflow Lot only when a Special Consideration
Request Form has been completed by the Resident-Owner and approved by the
Board. The Board may revoke these special privileges when deemed
necessary. Any vehicles, RV's, boats or items on the property of the
Gables that are unlicensed, untagged, not registered, with expired plates or
tags, apparently abandoned, disabled or otherwise deemed by the Board shall be
subject to towing at the owner's expense. Residents should complete and
submit to the Association Board a Special Consideration Request Form (available
on the Gables web site or from the management company) before attempting to
park or leave any of the vehicles or items so noted in this article and
No maintenance shall be performed on any vehicle
that shall be visible for more than a twenty-four
(24) hour continuous period. If the work cannot be completed within twenty-four
(24) hours of initiation, it is not permitted. No vehicle shall be left unattended in an unsafe condition.
3. No Owner shall cause or allow any toxic
waste or other material, which would be harmful to the environment within or
without the boundaries of this community, to be discharged into the storm
drains or upon any lot or common area within.
that have leakage of any environmentally hazardous chemical are prohibited from being stored or
parked anywhere on the premises until such time that they are repaired and free of environmental contaminant leaks.
5. Any leakages of
hazardous materials from a vehicle on the property by a resident or guest are
the responsibility of the vehicle owner. The cleanup must be completed in a
manner consistent with the nature of the material and occurrence under any and
all applicable procedures that dictate such cleanup. If the vehicle owner fails
to act promptly (within 10 days of written communication) or comply with environmental
standards, then the Association may exercise discretionary authority to act in
preserving the community's health, environmental, legal, and financial
interests to include but not limited to removal of such material at the owners
expense. Any such action taken by the Association will not relinquish the responsibilities of the vehicle owner and
will be done so with the explicit expectation of recovering all expenses incurred related to the incident.
6. All vehicles and recreational vehicles/trailers
that are parked within The Gables of York County must have current, valid
license plates and state inspection stickers.
7. All vehicles, recreational vehicles/trailers must be in
vehicles, except as in #2 above, are not permitted within The Gables of York
County at any time. Inoperable is
defined as mechanically (e.g., not working engine/transmission) or physically
immobile (e.g. flat tire), not properly licensed, or parked with functional
parts missing, or in a condition that driving on a public road can result in a
10. Failure to maintain the
vehicle, recreational vehicle or trailer according to conditions # 8 of this
subsection is grounds for towing at the Owner’s expense. One parking violation tag will be placed on
the vehicle with a three-day time frame for correction prior to towing. No
additional notice will be provided.
Parking - (Article IV Section 2.W)
Violation of any Vehicle/Parking/Recreational Vehicle
Parking Area rules may result in immediate towing of the vehicle at the vehicle
The following parking rules are
intended to provide visitor parking so that visitors do not park in residence
assigned spaces or cause hazardous parking situations for residents and emergency
vehicles (e.g., parking on curbs). Subject to the exceptions noted below,
parking is limited to designated parking areas in assigned parking spots,
visitor spots, and the recreational vehicle lot.
home has the exclusive right to use two spaces as indicated on the recorded
plat. Visitor parking is available to guests within the community and are
intended primarily for guest use. Homeowners will park in their
"assigned" spaces and shall not use visitor spaces except for
"limited use.” Limited use is defined as, parking occasionally for any
length of time not more than 9 times, for less than a 24 hour period, during
any 30-day period.
who own more than two (2) vehicles will park their extra vehicles in the
recreational parking lot (see Recreation Vehicle Parking area rules). However, to comply with all Fair Housing
Guidelines, a homeowner with extenuating circumstances, such as a physical
disability, may be exempted from this rule if permitting ongoing parking in a
visitor’s space provides a "reasonable accommodation” for the homeowner. Exemptions for homeowners with FHA
recognized disabilities or other extenuating circumstances may be submitted to
the Board of Directors for review.
There are also several handicap spaces throughout the
community, which are also intended primarily for use by guests with
disabilities. However, to convenience
and comply with all Fair Housing Guidelines, a homeowner demonstrating a
disability that requires ongoing handicap access may be exempted from this rule
and permitted extended use of a handicapped parking space. Exemptions for
homeowners with FHA recognized disabilities may be submitted to the Board of
Directors for review.
General Parking Rules
Vehicles left unattended or parked at any time for
more than fifteen (15) minutes in any area of premises that is not a designated
parking spot, and/or being towed at the expense of the owner.
No resident or guest is to park in another
resident’s assigned space without advance permission from the resident.
Double parking (parking one car behind another) is
No curbside parking (other than the 15 minute
grace period) is permitted. This includes no parking in the turn spaces at the
end of the streets or the area near the lake.
Parking in someone else’s space, extended curbside, or
double parking is grounds for immediate towing at the vehicle owner’s expense. This
also applies to vehicles parked in handicapped spaces without issued handicap
plates. No notice will be placed on your vehicle.
Recreational Vehicle Parking Area
Violation of any Vehicle/Parking/Recreational Vehicle
Parking Area rules may result in immediate towing of the vehicle at the vehicle
The Recreational Vehicle Parking (RVP) area is
designated for parking operational recreation vehicles (e.g., RV's, boats, jet
skis) trailers and additional motor vehicles (i.e., for residents who have more
than two (2) cars/trucks. It may also be used as overflow parking for visitors.
All vehicles/trailers parked in the RVP must be in compliance with Parking
rules and regulations above (e.g., operational). All vehicles/trailers parked for more than
one (1) week must be registered with the Homeowners Association, through the
Management Company (see page 1 for contact information). Residents must provide a copy of the vehicle
registration. Vehicle registration
sticker will be provided. Anything
(e.g., vehicle, trailer, recreation vehicle) parked for ten (10) days or more
and not registered with the Homeowners Association will be towed at the owner's
Landscaping and Improvements - (Article IV Section 2 H)
Homeowners are encouraged to assist with plant and
tree maintenance by watering and fertilizing plants/trees, as needed.
approved additions or modifications to landscaping in the front of the homes, or any area considered a common area for
maintenance, would require the unit owner installing/modifying
such landscaping to maintain these areas outside of the common area maintenance contract, at their expense.
modifications or additions to landscaping that impact the drainage on your
property or those surrounding your
property will be permitted.
the grounds of the owner’s property (e.g. inside the fence) is the responsibility of the
homeowner. Each owner shall be required
to keep all shrubs, trees, grass, and plantings located on his/her lot
and in the fenced areas of his/her home, neatly trimmed, properly cultivated, and free of trash, weeds, and other
unsightly material. No plant growth shall protrude from the
4. Maintaining the common
area grounds is the responsibility of the Homeowners Association. The Association is responsible for maintaining
the grass (cutting, trimming), plants, trees, and shrubbery outside the owner’s
lot. Owners will notify the Property
Manager (see page 1) of any problems with lawn maintenance (e.g. grass clippings
on porch) or other landscaping issues (e.g. fallen tree, broken branches). Residents are prohibited from addressing
issues with the landscaping company and/or employees.
not install anything that interferes with yard maintenance. Yard ornaments are to be in good taste and not to exceed
twenty-four (24) inches in height or six (6) in number. Owner
is to take responsibility of dead plant removal if he/she planted them in landscaping. Landscaping in owner’s
fenced area is permitted without an application, as this is the owner’s responsibility. Such landscaping must be
done in such a way as to not impact
neighboring properties. Owners are responsible for cutting and edging in the fenced areas of their property. At no time shall the grass become overgrown
or grow through the fence.
Repair of Buildings – (Article IV Section 2.J)
No building or structure upon any property within
this community shall be permitted to fall into disrepair, and each such
building and structure shall at all times be kept in good condition and repair and adequately painted or
otherwise finished. The homeowner is responsible for roof and vinyl siding
replacement. We recommend homeowners in
the same quad (share same roof) coordinate roof replacement to reduce their out
of pocket expense. The homeowner is
responsible for exterior maintenance/repair to include the roof, vinyl siding,
wood, window, and painting.
shall be well maintained, to include painting, repairs (e.g. wood rot,
shingles), and power washing. This
includes all structures upon any property, and includes fences (see below for fence maintenance). All
structure wood shall be painted periodically with paint color that conforms to original building colors. Exterior
paint and wood trim (spindles, hand
rails, trim around windows and under roof gables) on the home is to be maintained in good repair and kept in
original color scheme and design. Peeling, chalking, flaking,
discoloration and exposed wood are grounds for repainting. No changes
to exterior color schemes are permitted.
placards with House Number shall be maintained (painted, cleaned) in the original manner (color, brass
numbers). Those needing new placards can
contact Management Company
(see page 1) to purchase them.
to include vinyl siding, brick, and wood trim, shall be clear of mold/mildew.
maintenance requires that gutters and downspouts be kept in good condition. Gutter guards must be of the same
color. Added gutters are to be painted
to match existing gutters
previously installed by builder. Formal
application is required for all changes
and additions unless you are replacing existing guttering and downspouts with exact materials.
repairs of any kind that materially alter the design or appearance of any
building or structure on the
premises will be permitted without prior approval of the Architectural Review Committee or Board of Directors. Any
repairs that conform to the original design or
previously approved modification of designs or appearance require no prior
consent. It shall be the
responsibility of the resident to provide reasonable proof of such previously authorized modification upon demand by the
Board of Directors or agent thereof.
Common areas between unit owners (i.e. utility
closets on White Cedar) shall be maintained by the affected homeowners
equally. Citations for non-compliance
will be issued to both homeowners responsible.
Fences include both the exterior fence and the lattice fence
around the air conditioner.
1. In order to maintain consistency
throughout the community, fences are to be stained with a tinted stain,
specifically Behr Exterior Wood Stain, Cappuccino – Solid Color(#DP-529) or exact equivalent. All
exterior fencing, to include air conditioning unit screening, gates and
lattice, will be stained.
2. Fences are to be maintained at all
times. Repairs to fence must match original work done by builder of the home.
Any modification to an existing fence requires Architectural Committee
3. Fences are
not permitted to be extended or reduced.
4. At no time
shall any item mounted inside the fence be visible above the top of the fence.
shall be mounted to the exterior of the fence.
6. Areas enclosed within your fences are
to remain weed free. Weeds and grass are not permitted to grow through or
outside of the fencing.
Masonry - (Article
IV Section 2.H.1)
All masonry, including wall, driveway, and
sidewalks located on a Lot shall be maintained, repaired, and replaced by the
Owner of the Lot. If a sidewalk serves more than one unit, the Association will
be responsible for repair as a common expense.
Debris - (Article
IV Section 2.I)
No rubbish or debris of any kind shall be placed
or permitted to accumulate upon or adjacent to any property within this
community and no odors shall be permitted to arise there from, so 'as to render
any such property or any portion thereon unsanitary, unsightly, offensive, or
detrimental to any other property in the vicinity thereof or to its occupants.
Trash and Recycle Containers and Collection - (Article
IV- Section 2.K)
No garbage or trash shall be placed or kept on any
property within this community except in provided containers. All containers
must be kept inside privacy fence or garage. In no event shall such containers
be maintained in the front or side yard of any lot so as to be visible from
neighboring property except to be made available for collection and then, only
for the shortest time reasonably necessary to effect such collection. Containers may be placed at curbside no
earlier than 7:00 P.M. on the evening before collection day and must be
returned to their storage location by the 7:00 P.M. on the evening of
collection day. Once collection is
completed, the containers are to be stored either in your fenced area or garage
as applicable. Each homeowner is
responsible for labeling his/her own container. The containers are to be labeled in 3” or 4” white numbers and letters
according to address in either vinyl press on or stencil. Your container should be labeled neatly with
your house number then followed by your street abbreviation: BL (Buttonwood Lane), PO (Post Oak Road), WC
(White Cedar Lane), PT (Pecan Terrace) and LL (Locust Lane). Those homeowners that do not label the
containers are deemed in violation of the Rules and Regulations subjecting
Owners to violation charges permitted by the Code of Virginia.
No unattended items (including, but not limited to
toys, sports equipment and furniture) shall be permitted on sidewalks, roads or
common areas. Items should be considered unattended if left for fifteen (15)
minutes or more.
Clothes Drying Facilities and Firewood - (Article IV Section 2.L)
Outside clothes lines or other outside facilities
for drying or airing clothes shall not be visible from neighboring property.
Firewood may be stored on approved racks no closer than three feet to the home.
At no time shall firewood be stored directly in or against the home or be
visible outside of resident's fenced in back yard.
Right of Way - (Article IV Section 2.N)
During reasonable daylight hours, any member of
the Architectural Control Committee, any member of the Board of Directors, or
any authorized representative, shall have the right to enter upon and inspect
any property within this community and the improvements thereon, except for the
interior portions of any residence, for the purpose of ascertaining whether or
not the provisions of this Declaration have been or are being complied with,
and such person shall not be deemed guilty of trespass by reason of such entry.
Machinery and Equipment – (Article IV Section 2.0)
No machinery or equipment of any kind shall be
placed, operated, or maintained upon or adjacent to any property within this
community except such machinery or equipment as is usual and customary in connection
with the use, maintenance, or construction of a residence, approved
structures, or other improvements, and except that which the Association may
require for the operation and maintenance of this community or its Common Area.
Signs - (Article IV Section 2.Q)
No signs whatsoever (including, but not limited
to, commercial, political, and similar signs) which are visible from
neighboring property shall be erected or maintained on any lot or parcel of
property within this community except as follows:
required in connection with any legal proceeding or proceedings of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission
or other administrative body.
to two For Sale or Rent signs of standard height and width may be displayed on
your lot and may not intrude into any
common area. One sign may be displayed at the entrance for up to two weeks.
placed in yards by contractors (e.g. home renovations) may only be displayed during the time of the project. They must be on the homeowner's
lot and of standard height and
hung on the exterior of the home are to be in good taste, in good repair and
not to exceed 4’x6’. Small mini flags may be displayed within the
flower bed areas on wrought iron
display poles as long as they do not interfere with the landscapers
responsibilities. Should any flag be determined to be
offensive in nature, or should the Board receive a complaint regarding a flag displayed in the community, the
Board of Directors reserves the right
to request the owner to remove the flag or will remove the flag at the expense
of the owner.
5. One political sign, no
larger than 18x24, is permitted on each lot and such sign must be removed
within 10 days of specific election.
Residential Decor and Seasonal Decorations
or holiday decorations are permitted provided they are not offensive in nature,
in good taste, aesthetically
pleasing, and not excessive. Such decorations are permitted for display up to 30 days prior to the holiday or
season and ten (10) days afterward.
The Association sponsors community yard sales one
to two (1 to 2) times each year. Residents are permitted to have an independent yard sale, but must
contact the Management Company (see page 1) in writing at least three (3) days
prior to the event. Sales are limited
to three (3) consecutive days, and no more events than twice in a calendar year
for any individual homeowner. All
activity must start after 8 am. and end by 2 pm. See Gables of York County Yard Sale
Guidelines for additional details.
The community swimming pool is for residents and
their accompanied guests. See The Gables
of York County Community Association Swimming Pool Rules for additional
External television and radio antenna and satellite dishes
are not allowed except as follows: satellite dishes up to one (1) meter in diameter are permitted. If satisfactory reception can be obtained by
placing the dish inside the fenced patio area of your property, not visible
from neighboring properties, the Association requests that you do so. If such reception is not possible, the
satellite dish is to be strategically placed under a gable of your home. Before installing the satellite dish, submit
an application to the Architectural Committee for approval of mounting
Exterior Building Modifications
Exterior building modifications are not permitted. This
includes, but is not limited to room additions, changing of vinyl siding color
and style, changing of roof style, color or design. (See Procedures for
Architectural Approval on page 15)
Barbecue grills are to be stored out of view in patio
enclosures or the garage. Ashes are not
to be disposed of in common areas. Hot
ashes should not be disposed of in trash containers or in the common area.
Replacement of existing exterior light fixtures with an
exact match to the old fixture does not require Architectural Committee
approval. A change in the number, style,
size, or color of exterior light fixtures will require Architectural Committee
approval. Landscape lighting for walks
and gardens requires approval from the Architectural Committee and must be of
an intensity which will not adversely affect neighboring properties and common
Dog Houses and Runs
All doghouses and runs must be placed and stored within
fenced patio area and not Visible from Neighboring Property.
Storm/screen doors on the front door will be metal "full or
half view” glass or two panels with self-storage screen. The color of the frame of the storm/screen
door must match the existing trim to which it is attached or the front
door. Any other color or design requires
Architectural Committee approval.
Front area porches are to remain in an acceptable
uncluttered manner. Front porches are
not storage areas and are not to be used as such.
Common areas include but are
not limited to the grounds, clubhouse, pool, playground, lake/storm water
retention pond, overflow parking areas, roadways, etc.
There shall be no
alcohol or other intoxicant permitted to be stored, consumed, or otherwise used
on common areas.
There shall be no
smoking within 15’ of the playground area or pool areas.
There shall be no
walking on the rocks, throwing rocks, or otherwise disturbing the rocks
surrounding the lake/storm water retention pond.
No swimming in
the lake/storm water retention pond.
No walking on the
ice when lake/storm water retention is/appears frozen.
Guests/residents should be
reminded to employ common courtesy when using common areas so as not to disturb
the peace and enjoyment of residents. Please refrain from sitting on/touching
personal property such as fences, gates, utility boxes, etc. Also refrain from
climbing trees. Lastly, remember that the Gables of York is a family community
and as such please refrain from using profanity while enjoying the common areas
Section 3 - Architectural
Architectural Guidelines will be compiled and
incorporated into this booklet in the near future. In the meantime, no exterior
modification is to be made without the prior written permission of the
Association. Architectural Change Forms can be obtained by contacting Chesapeake
Bay Management at 534-775.
All applications for exterior changes and/or
modifications must be submitted and approved BEFORE alterations begin.
Procedures for Architecture Approval
following procedures will be used to obtain approval for changes in home
exterior modification; this includes the townhouse, fences, guttering, and
other structures. Time sensitive
modifications (e.g. security, safety issues) may be expedited by Association
Manager to the Board of Directors via email for approval.
Residents will fill out the "Request for
Exterior Alteration” form found on the Gables of York County website (http://www.yorkcountyva.org/index.cfm?action=n62&id=449,142) and send application to the Association Manager (see pg 1).
Association Manager will review the
application to ensure all appropriate information, to include diagrams of
change proposal, if appropriate. Association Manager will forward application to the Board of Directors
at least one week prior to next scheduled Board Meeting for review. If application is submitted within 2 weeks of
next board meeting, application will be submitted 1 week prior to the next
board meeting. Association Manager will
notify applicant when their request will be submitted to the Board for
consideration. Applicant may attend the
Association meeting (if applicable) to explain the modification.
Board of Directors will vote to
approve/disapprove application at the association meeting. If Board determines there is not enough
information to make a decision, the Board of Directors may request additional
information before vote is conducted on the issue.
Applicant will be notified within 10
days of approval/disapproval decision in writing by the Association
Applicant may appeal Disapproval and
request to reconsider decision. Appeal
must be done within 60 days of notification and can be done in writing or by
hearing. Hearing will be scheduled in
conjunction with next Board meeting or as a Special Meeting, if deem necessary.
Decision for appeals will be sent to the
applicant within 10 days of decision.
and Regulations were adopted by the Gables of York Community Association Board
of Directors and will go into effect July 1, 2015.