One of the biggest advantages of living in a common-interest development like Somersett is the ability of the Association to preserve, protect and enhance property values.

Often, we think of the SOA as a collection of rules and regulations limiting personal freedoms and individuality. But it is those same rules and regulations that protect the investment each of us has in our home. If you dust off your copy of the CC&Rs and reread them, you will see that the Board of Directors has a pretty precise blueprint on how to protect your investment.

But first and foremost, our Association is not just made up of the Board, committees and a few interested owners. It was established as a corporation in which ALL owners are members. What that means is that, as an owner, you have committed yourself to become business partners with every other owner in the community. But in order to achieve the primary goal of the Association (to preserve, protect and enhance property values) certain covenants, conditions and restrictions had to be established in order to achieve that goal. In those CC&Rs, the Board is given the authority to establish Rules & Regulations that complement the Association’s purpose. When we follow the CC&Rs and the Rules & Regulations, we are doing part of our duty as members of the Association.

Architectural guidelines and procedures for gaining architectural approval were established in order to promote aesthetic conformity and eliminate architectural changes that threaten the investment other members have in the Association. By following the architectural guidelines and obtaining approval from the Association before any exterior architectural changes are made, we are doing part of our duty as members of the Association.

Our Board of Directors is given the charge of overseeing the operations of the Association and to see to it that the CC&Rs and Rules & Regulations are followed by the Association’s members. The Board is made up of owners who volunteer their time and energy to serve the Association because they care about the investment they have in it.

Committees are formed to assist the Board with their charge. These committees are made up of volunteer owners. When you volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors, or you volunteer to serve on a committee, you are doing part of your duty as a member of the Association.

Monthly assessments are necessary to protect and maintain our community assets and to help provide professional management to assist our community. When owners fail to pay their assessment on time, the Association is unable to meet all of its financial obligations. When you pay your assessment on time, you are doing part of your duty as a member of the Association.

Finally, the Board of Directors meets on a regular basis in order to make decisions, keep up-to-date on Association business and to hear from other owners to help them make proactive business decisions. As owners, keeping abreast of association matters and contributing during the Homeowner Comments section of the Board meeting is only good business. When you choose to attend the Board meetings, you are doing part of your duty as a member of the Association.

3 thoughts on “Protecting property values is what our Association is all about”

  1. These comments are from Marilee Watts. I appreciate the work of the Board and have gained so much more knowledge of the Association business by serving on three committees during our time here in Somersett. I encourage other homeowners to volunteer when possible. The statement “it takes a village” really takes on more meaning as our ‘village’ continues to grow and evolve. The resurgence of the new housing development in and around Somersett and commercial and business expansion along West I80 and Verdi, need watchful and conscientious citizens and homeowners to ensure our quality of life and property values. As the board has committed themselves to ‘making sure Somersett is the premier community in which to live’, let’s all stay focused on making that statement a reality. New housing developments are being planned all around and IN Somersett: Area 1A at the first roundabout above The Village will have approximately 65 homes built into the hillside; another development to the north above Painted River Trail (Ventana Ridge while not located within Somersett, they are seeking an easement from the SOA); a new development directly west and above Sierra Canyon; the ongoing Cliffs development above the Reno Fire station at Hawk Meadow Trail. Please consider joining a committee or attending the monthly board meetings so you can be a part of managing the growth and maintaining the healthy future of Somersett and our surroundings. Thank you.

    1. I agree! The committee was dissolved after I wrote that article. The committee members were completely caught off guard and when the Board was asked at a subsequent SOA meeting about their action they offered no sound reasoning; in fact one member replied “because we can.”

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