Special to The Vista
his is the second in a series of articles on current Fairfield Glade regulations. With each article we use simple language instead of “legalese” in order to build a better understanding of our community rules and help promote a stronger and better Fairfield Glade for us all.
Our current focus is on a simple “housekeeping rule” about the placement of clotheslines, garbage cans, woodpiles and related items.
The rule states “Clotheslines, garbage cans, wood piles, storage barrels, compost bins or areas, and recreational accessories are not permitted in front yards or where visible from a street. When placed in a back or side yard garbage cans shall be discreetly placed against the building and shall be kept in good repair.”
We’ll address clothesline and recreational accessories at a future time and focus right now on the placement of garbage cans, woodpiles, storage barrels, and compost bins.
Garbage can placement is simply a matter of showing a little neighborhood courtesy. If you store your garbage cans outside, keep them away from the front of the house and minimize their street visibility by placing them close to the side of a building – perhaps screened by a shrub.
Compost barrels, bins or areas should likewise never be in a front yard or visible from the street.
If street visibility is a problem on your lot, you can easily screen the area with shrubbery or an ACC approved fencing for screening.
Wood piles are really where the action is in Fairfield Glade, because we have lots of them, on lots of lots! Most are neatly stacked, and only a few are actually in front yards, but many are highly visible from the street. Added to that, many cover their stacks with bright blue tarps for the entire world to see.
So here is the suggestion for the day, starting with tarps:
Use of tarps (and related types of covers) is actually permitted only for emergencies, for winterizing outdoor fountains or outdoor furniture and for temporarily covering landscaping materials. There is no provision for covering firewood and that is because covering firewood is not really advisable. Expert advice available on-line indicates that properly stacked firewood needs no covering, and suggests that those who want some sort of rain barrier use top covers only, which can be done discreetly with waterproof fabric or tarp type material without covering the entire woodpile.
Our Property Standards inspector has held off addressing street-visible firewood stacks hoping homeowners will use-down their current stacks this winter and choose a more appropriate location when replacement time comes.
If you currently have firewood stacks in the front yard, plan to use them this winter or move them.
If yours is a lot where street visibility is a problem, you might ask the inspector to help you select the least obtrusive area for your new supply of firewood.
A complete printing of this policy and all Fairfield Glade policies is available on line.
However the FFG PRIDE Handbook, available at the Conference Center, FGRS office, and Community Club Administration office, offers a reader-friendly summary of community policies and restrictions. Questions or concerns relating to neighborhood standards may be directed to the ACC Office at 707-2149.
Questions regarding standards or possible violations may be directed to the ACC office or emailed to the Property Standards Inspector: [email protected]