WELCOME TO GRAYWOOD PROPERTIES
Welcome to Graywood, a new way of living in Southwest Louisiana. Our goal is, and always has been, to provide homeowners the best possible service and value. Our staff is constantly working to present our property owners with the finest lifestyle any area has to offer. Graywood is and will continue to be committed to building lasting relationships with our property owners through established high standards, continuous growth, and nurturing an atmosphere of value and pride.
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INITIAL RESTRICTIONS AND RULES
The following restrictions shall apply to all of Graywood until such time as they are amended, modified, repealed or limited by rules of the Association adopted pursuant to Article III of the Declaration.
- RESTRICTED ACTIVITIES. The following activities are prohibited within Graywood unless expressly authorized by, and then subject to such conditions as may be imposed by, the Board of Directors:
- Parking of any vehicles on streets or thoroughfares, or parking of commercial vehicles or equipment, mobile homes, recreational vehicles, golf carts, boats and other watercraft, trailers, stored vehicles, or inoperable vehicles in places other than enclosed garages except on a temporary basis for such period of time as is reasonably necessary to load, unload, or prepare such vehicles for imminent use. All vehicles parked on any street or thoroughfare must have current license plates and inspection stickers and be in daily use as motor vehicles on streets and highways of the state;
- Four wheelers or any other off road recreations vehicles are not allowed on Graywood property, streets, or common areas. Golf Carts must abide by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety rules. All carts must be operated by a licensed driver.
- Raising, breeding, or keeping of animals, livestock, or poultry of any kind, except that a reasonable number of dogs, cats, or other usual and common household pets may be permitted on a Unit; however, those pets which are permitted to roam free, or, in the sole discretion of the Board, make objectionable noise, endanger the health or safety of, or constitute a nuisance or inconvenience to the occupants of other Units shall be removed upon request of the Board. If the pet owner fails to honor such request, the Board may remove the pet, in addition to imposing such other sanctions as are authorized by the Declaration and By-Laws. Dog owners shall keep their dogs on a leash at all times when outside the boundaries of the unit. Dog waste should be picked up in the common areas and disposed in the provided waste containers.
- Any activity which emits foul or obnoxious odors outside the Unit or creates noise or other conditions which tend to disturb the peace or threaten the safety of the occupants of other Units;
- Dumping of grass clippings, leaves or other debris, petroleum products, fertilizers, or other potentially hazardous or toxic substances in any stream, pond or elsewhere within Graywood, except that fertilizers may be applied to landscaping on Units provided care is taken to minimize runoff, and Declarant and Builders may dump and bury rocks and trees removed from a building site on such building site;
- Accumulation of rubbish, trash, or garbage except between regular garbage pick-ups, and then only in approved containers. Trash cans should be kept in a concealed area except on trash pick-up day;
- Obstruction or rechanneling of drainage flows after location and installation of drainage swales, storm sewers, or storm drains, except that Declarant and the Association shall have such right; provided, the exercise of such right shall not materially diminish the value of or unreasonably interfere with the use of any Unit without the Owner’s consent;
- Any business, trade, garage sale, moving sale, rummage sale, or similar activity, except that an Owner or occupant resident in a Unit may conduct business activities within the Unit or long as (i) the existence or operation of the business activity is not apparent or detectable by sight, sound, or smell from outside the Unit; (ii) the business activity (including any signage relating to such business activity) conforms to all zoning requirements for Graywood; (iii) the business activity does not involve regular visitation of the Unit by clients, customers, suppliers, or other business invitees or door-to-door solicitation of residents of Graywood; and (iv) the business activity is consistent with the residential character of Graywood and does not constitute a nuisance, a hazardous or offensive use, or a treat to the security or safety of other residents of Graywood, as may be determined in the sole discretion of the Board.
The terms “business” and “trade,” as used in this provision, shall be construed to have their ordinary, generally accepted meanings and shall include, without limitation, any occupation, work, or activity undertaken on an ongoing basis with involves the provision of goods or services to persons other than the provider’s family and for which the provider received a fee, compensation, or other form of consideration, regardless of whether (i) such activity is engaged in full or part-time, (ii) such activity is intended to or does generate a profit, or (iii) a license is required.
The leasing of a Unit shall not be considered a business or trade within the meaning of this subsection. This subsection shall not apply to any activity conducted by Declarant or a Builder approved by Declarant with respect to its development and sale of Graywood or its use of any Units which it owns within Graywood; and
Any construction, erection, or placement of anything, permanently or temporarily, on the outside portions of the Unit, whether such portion is improved or unimproved, except in strict compliance with the provisions of Article IX of the Declaration, If not addressed in the Design Guidelines, The Board or the NCC, in their discretion, any prohibit or permit such things as it deems appropriate. This shall include, without limitation, trailers, tents, shacks, barns, prefabricated or relocated structures, mailboxes, signs, basketball hoops, swing sets and similar sports and play equipment; garbage cans; ornamental lawn figures; above-ground swimming pools; fountains; and hedges, walls, dog runs, animal pens, or fences of any kind including, without limitation, invisible pet fences.
Notwithstanding the above, holiday decorations which are located or visible from outside a Unit may be displayed if the decoration are of the kinds normally displayed in single family residential neighborhoods, are of reasonable size and scope, and do not disturb other Owners and residents by excessive light or sound emission or by causing an unreasonable amount of spectator traffic. Holiday decorations may be displayed in season only from November 1 to January 31, during other times of the year, from one week before to one week after any nationally recognized holiday.
Items classified as an adornment may not be placed on the exterior of the home. Adornments in their ordinary, generally accepted meanings, is a decoration that is not considered part of the architecture of the home. The Board or the NCC, in their discretion, any prohibit or permit such things as it deems appropriate.
Window treatments or lining visible from the exterior of the home must be of neutral color. No primary or bright colors will be permitted. Temporary window coverings should consist of paper temporary shades. In no circumstances will aluminum foil, cardboard, or bed sheets be allowed as a covering for the windows.
- PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND CONDITIONS: The following shall be prohibited within Graywood:
- Exterior antennae, aerials, satellite dishes, or other apparatus for the transmission of television, radio, satellite, or other signals of any kind measuring more than one meter in diameter. Any such apparatus measuring less than one meter in diameter may be placed on a Unit with prior approval in accordance with Article IV of the Declaration; provided, any permitted apparatus must be in the lease conspicuous location on the Unit in which an acceptable quality signal can be received, and screened from view in a manner consistent with the Community-Wide Standard and the Design Guidelines. Declarant and the Association shall have the right, without obligation, to erect or install and maintain such apparatus for the benefit of all or a portion of Graywood.
- Sprinkler or irrigation systems or wells of any type which draw upon water from creeks, streams, ponds, or other ground or surface waters within Graywood; except that Declarant and the Association shall have the right to collect and divert storm water runoff from streets and other hard surfaces for irrigation and other purposes.
- Exterior lighting on any Unit which allows excessive light to be directed or reflected on the Common Area or other Units, except as may be permitted by the Reviewing Body in accordance with Article IV of the Declaration.
- The storage of garbage, trash, refuse piles, or unsightly objects except in containers and in areas approved by the Association.
- Laundry drying facilities including, but not limited to, clothes lines, outside of any improvement constructed on a Unit. In addition, the use of porch railings or any other part of the exterior of the Unit for drying or storing of clothes or other articles is prohibited.
- The storage or placement of any furniture, cooking apparatus, or other items on the exterior any Unit, including decks, patios, porches, and yards, so as to be visible from the street, except as may be permitted by the Reviewing Body in accordance with Article IV. The Declarant or the Board may establish guidelines and standards pertaining to the storage or placement of such items.
- The drilling, refining, quarrying, or mining of any mineral, oil or natural gas deposit. No oil wells, tanks, tunnels, mineral excavations, or shafts will be permitted upon any Unit. No derrick or other structure designed for use in boring for oil or natural gas will be erected, maintained, or permitted upon any Unit. No tank for the storage of oil or other fluids may be maintained on any of the Unites above the surface of the ground.
- Anything or condition which will result in the cancellation, or increase in premium, or reduction in coverage of insurance maintained by the Association or which would be in violation or any law or other applicable requirement of governmental authorities.
- LEASING OF UNITS: “Leasing,” for purposes of this paragraph, is defined as regular, exclusive occupancy of a Unit by any person, other than the Owner for which the Owner receives any consideration or benefit, including, but not limited to, a fee, service, gratuity, or emolument. All leases shall be in writing. Leases shall have a minimum initial term of not less than six months. Notice of any lease, together with such additional information as may be required by the Board, shall be given to the Board by the unit Owner within 10 days of execution of the lease. The Owner must make available to the lessee copies of the Governing Documents.
- MAINTENANCE OF UNITS:
- All homes must be kept maintained in accordance with the Guidelines Restrictions of Graywood.
- Mailboxes must be regularly cleaned and painted.
- Lawns and vacant lots should be mowed on a regular basis. Sidewalks and driveways should be mechanically edged. Landscape beds should be kept free of weeds and mulched as needed. Landscape plant material should be replaced when dead or dying.
FOR GRAYWOOD RESIDENTS ONLY
Graywood Park and Fishing Pier is reserved exclusively for the private use of our property owners and residents. We encourage you to make it a family place where children and adults can enjoy quality time together. Please observe the following rules so that it is safe for all ages:
- Outside guests are welcome to use the park but must be accompanied by an owner. Immediate family may enjoy the park even if you are not present as long as they can present your Graywood ID card.
- Guests on the Fishing Pier are limited to one per visit and a resident must be present.
- Adult supervision is required at all times.
- Swimming or use of a boat in Lake Opal is not allowed.
- Safety prohibits glass containers in the park or fishing pier.
- Graywood Park is off limits to motorized vehicles.
- Private parties are allowed but must be scheduled with management in advance. There is a $75 clean up fee assessed for all private functions held in Graywood Park.
- Graywood Park and Fishing Pier closes at 9:00pm daily.
- Lake Opal, Gray Bayou and Myrtle Bay Park are the only lakes in Graywood where fishing is allowed.
In the heart of the Graywood community also rests the exquisitely designed Gray Plantation Clubhouse. With extraordinary surroundings allowing you to experience a multitude of events in the 20,000-square-foot plantation style Clubhouse. Families and neighbors celebrate the joy of all the holidays together as a community in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Themed dinners and fun galas are also frequently planned for your enjoyment.
The Clubhouse exemplifies Southern charm with its large columns and wide verandas. Members and residents can relax while enjoying sweeping views of the golf course from expansive windows throughout. If you just can’t get enough of the sunny outdoors, sip on a cool drink in the breeze or eat on the oversized porch overlooking the 18th hole. The view is spectacular. Dining takes on a casual flair in the Cypress Grill where you can view your favorite sporting and news events on large plasma screens while savoring the wonderful flavors of Louisiana.
CONSTRUCTION AND EXCAVATION NOTICE
The master planned community of Graywood presents residents the finest lifestyle that Southwest Louisiana has to offer. In order to insure that residents are impacted as little as possible during construction, Graywood is committed to enforcing the new construction policy and procedures. Graywood Architectural Guidelines outline all you need to know to begin construction of a new home.
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
- No dirt work, removal of trees, or construction can begin until the approval process has been completed by the New Construction Committee.
- All vacant property shall be kept neat and clean of debris, and shall be well and continuously maintained in its natural condition until construction commences on the property.
- All house plans must be submitted for approval to the New Construction Committee before construction can begin.
All homeowners and/or contractors must comply with the following before any excavation, site clearing, or construction of any kind can take place anywhere in Graywood. This includes homeowner’s yards, public right-of-ways, and construction sites:
– Contact DOTTIE at 1-800-272-3020. Dottie must make a site visit and visibly mark the existing utilities.
– No excavation is allowed from Friday through Sunday without special permission.
Failure to follow this procedure could result in fines of up to $1,000 plus the Damages for All Shutdown Costs of Gray Plantation or affected residents. This process is for the protection, safety, and consideration of everyone at Graywood.
SAFETY IS THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY
Your safety and sense of security while on property is extremely important to the Graywood staff. I would like to review with you the procedure you should follow in case of emergency. Graywood is located within the city limits of Lake Charles and if you require immediate assistance or need to report suspicious activity of any kind please call 911. The call will first be rated according to the threat of immediate danger and then routed to either the Lake Charles City Police or the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. If there is a need for further follow up during regular business hours, you may call the Sheriff’s Office (491-3700) and ask to speak to Detective Jason McRright. He is on a retainer for Graywood and will act as a personal contact for property owners needing assistance that is not an emergency. If Detective McRight is unavailable ask for Detective Lesley Blanchard. Please also feel free to call my office and report any issues of concern that do not warrant a 911 call. Graywood is a place where we want you and your family to feel safe and secure. Please do your part by immediately reporting dangerous or suspicious activity to the proper authorities.
- The operator of a golf cart shall obey all motor vehicle laws and ordinances applicable to operation of a motor vehicle on roadways and streets of the City of Lake Charles, State of Louisiana (LA.R.S.32:299.4) and shall not operate the golf cart in a criminally negligent or reckless manner.
- Golf cart owners must maintain the minimum current liability insurance required by the State of Louisiana, (LA R.S. 32.900(B) on the golf cart at all times.
- The operator of a golf cart must have a current valid vehicle driver’s license in accordance with State of Louisiana (LA R.S. 32:299.4).
- The golf cart owner will be solely responsible and liable for the operation of the golf cart and for all acts arising out of the ownership and operation of the golf cart.
- All golf members must register their cart at the Gray Plantation Pro Shop. Green decals represent golf member paying trail fees. All golf member cart owners who travel the City streets within Graywood must obey the State of Louisiana laws for use of golf carts as stated above.
(Quarterly billed at $245)
(Quarterly billed at $480.00)
(Quarterly billed at $490.00)
(Quarterly billed at $870.00)
Escrow Building Maintenance–$470.00
Assessment & maintenance fees ($400.00) $1,600
Fines for Non-Compliance with HOA Deed Restrictions In accordance Section 7.4 Compliance and Enforcement , of the Declaration, Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Graywood. It is hereby resolved by the Board of Directors for the Graywood Homeowners Association, that henceforth fines will be assessed for certain violations of the Deed Restrictions. Notice from the association of an existing violation will be sent by letter advising of non-compliance. The violation notice demands corrective action must be taken within 30 days of said notice. Properties with deed violations remaining after the 30 day period are subject to a fine according to the schedule below. Lack of, or improper, maintenance of property: First Offense: Fine of $125.00 Creating a Nuisance or Safety Hazard: First Offense: Fine of $125.00 Appeal. Homeowners have the right to bring the case before a Graywood Appeals Committee, for review of the facts, within 30 days after receipt of the first letter of non-compliance and before fines are imposed by the Board of Directors. The Appeals Committee will then make a recommendation to the Board based on their findings. Licensed Builders are not assessed any HOA dues.
(1/6 of annual dues $980)
Second Offense: Fine of $250.00
Subsequent Offenses: Fine of $250.00
This includes, but not limited to, unauthorized structures viewable from any street; unauthorized landscape improvements; trash, junk, debris, trash cans left on the street past normal trash pick-up day; lack of watering, mowing, edging or weeding lawns and flower beds. Failure to repair exterior damage to the property; relocating, painting, or removing fences. Or anything else, in accordance with the Declaration, Covenants, and Restriction that may detract from the overall appearance of the community.
Second Offense: Fine of $250.00
Subsequent Offenses: Fine of $250.00
This includes, but not limited to: illegal parking or driving of unlicensed vehicles on streets, sidewalks or grass. Any other action by a resident (s) which impinges on the rights of other members of the community to enjoy the use of their property, and as may be determined by the Board of Directors to be a nuisance or safety hazard.
Destroying or defacing community property:
This is a criminal offense and violators will be prosecuted by local law enforcement.
Nonpayment of fines will result in a lien against the property and the use of a collection agency or attorney to insure fines are paid. All collection costs will be in addition to the fines imposed.
Fines for Non-Compliance with HOA Deed Restrictions
In accordance Section 7.4 Compliance and Enforcement , of the Declaration, Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Graywood. It is hereby resolved by the Board of Directors for the Graywood Homeowners Association, that henceforth fines will be assessed for certain violations of the Deed Restrictions. Notice from the association of an existing violation will be sent by letter advising of non-compliance. The violation notice demands corrective action must be taken within 30 days of said notice. Properties with deed violations remaining after the 30 day period are subject to a fine according to the schedule below. Lack of, or improper, maintenance of property:
First Offense: Fine of $125.00
Creating a Nuisance or Safety Hazard:
First Offense: Fine of $125.00
Appeal. Homeowners have the right to bring the case before a Graywood Appeals Committee, for review of the facts, within 30 days after receipt of the first letter of non-compliance and before fines are imposed by the Board of Directors. The Appeals Committee will then make a recommendation to the Board based on their findings.
Licensed Builders are not assessed any HOA dues.