Public, Private & Gated Communities

Somersett Homeowners often ask why the 2 main entrances to the community have potential guard shacks to manage access to Somersett, but there are no gates? A second question is why do nonresidents drive through our community by going up or coming down before the second or at the fourth traffic circle? We also hear questions about parking rules, snow removal and street maintenance that varies between public and private streets. Public streets like Somersett Parkway, Del Webb Parkway and those that are not in a gated community are maintained by the city. This includes road maintenance, parking rules, traffic control & enforcement, as well as snow removal. Our public streets include the areas off of that second & fourth roundabouts which access Somersett and outside communities. Private streets are generally in gated communities where homeowners pay additional monthly dues for the maintenance of the streets and gates, including snow removal. Parking rules, gate policies, and maintenance decisions are set by the Somersett Owners Association (SOA) Board of Directors. Adding gates at entrances to Somersett & Sierra Canyon would come at a significant cost for homeowners throughout the Somersett Master Community. There are also entrances to Somersett off of the second & fourth roundabouts, requiring gates in a total of four locations if we want to eliminate access to Somersett from other communities or commercial areas. At a minimum we would need keypads and guest intercom/phone access to homeowners to open the gates. Enforcing single access to gates comes with complicated & expensive mechanical solutions or full time guards at each entrance. Additionally, the installation of gates would make all streets in Somersett private and would require us to assume responsibility for maintenance, traffic rules & management and snow removal. The cost to install & maintain gates, potential guards at one or more entrances, street maintenance, snow removal and traffic control would add to homeowner’s monthly dues and probably require a special assessment to implement the plan. Parking rules on public streets are different than private streets. The city typically allows vehicles to be parked on public streets at any time with occasional exceptions like no parking on major parkways with no parking lane, single side parking, no parking during snow removal or no parking on street cleaning days. In Somersett the limitations are no parking on Somersett or Del Webb Parkway, a few streets are limited to parking on one side and cars are supposed to be off the street when snow removal is necessary. In Somersett we do not allow overnight parking on private streets except when someone has obtained a 48-hour special pass. For gated communities where development has been completed the gates are normally closed 24 hours a day. Gates can be left open when a homeowner or community applies for a 4-hour permit for a special event, open house or party to make access easier and reduce wear and tear on the gates. There are times when weather, snow removal or gate maintenance issues may also lead to gates remaining open. Snow removal throughout Somersett is done based on amount of snow and starts with main streets whether public streets done by the city or private streets performed by the SOA landscape management company. The City starts clearing snow at about 3″ or more starting with the parkways and then clearing the roads off of the traffic circles and others streets off these main routes. Our SOA clears theTown Center Parking lot and walkways if snow is 2″ or more. When snow is 3″ or more the SOA clears the Parkway walkways and private streets in the gated communities. Sidewalks in the gated communities are the responsibility of the homeowners. Key points to keep in mind:

  • If you live in a gated neighborhood with private streets, remember to park in your garage or driveway overnight, including overnight guests. If you need a 48-hour parking pass contact the SOA office.
  • Snow removal on Somersett streets start when snowfall is 3″ or more. Walkways along Somersett & Del Webb Parkways are cleared by the SOA, while sidewalks in our neighborhoods are the responsibility of the homeowners.
  • Installing gates at the entrances to Somersett makes all streets private, which would lead to significant increases in monthly dues to cover gate installation, gate & street maintenance and security personnel at the main entrances & patrol neighborhoods.

  Samuel Novell Somersett Owners Association Communications. Committee

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