September 2021 Email Newsletter

Table of Contents

Board Meeting Highlights & Activities

August 26, 2021

VCA Yard Sale – Saturday October 9 – 7 AM to 2 PM

The Board approved the continuation of the Rancho Vistoso community yard sales previously scheduled twice a year. The VCA community yard sale is scheduled October 9 beginning at 7 AM through 2 PM. Associations participating in the yard sale should arrange to have their entry gates open during the scheduled sale hours.

VCA School Supply Drive Completed

Residents provided 97% of the suggested school supplies requested by Painted Sky Elementary and Innovation Academy Teachers. In addition, residents provided cash donations of $150. Should residents be interested in providing more school supplies or cash donations throughout the school year, do not hesitate to contact Laura Feltes at Painted Sky (520) 696-3861, or Beth Lake at Innovation Academy (520) 696-5211 for delivery details.

Use of VCA Common Areas

The Board denied food trucks in the Rancho Vistoso common areas, including designated parks, managed by the VCA. In addition, request to conduct metal detecting in Rancho Vistoso common areas was denied.

Estate Sales

The Board approved case-by-basis estate sales within VCA’s jurisdiction. The Board stipulated that estate sale must be managed by a professional estate sale company, and not by the resident requesting the estate sale. A written request must be submitted to First Service Residential for review to askvca@ranchovistosohoa.com or stop by the VCA Office at 945 W Vistoso Highlands Drive Oro Valley, AZ 85755

Update of the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R’s)

The Board noted that the Governing Documents committee is in the final stages to announce efforts to update the Vistoso Community Association’s 1987 CC&R documents to simplify its readability and comply with current State and Federal statutes. Formal presentations will begin with sub-association Board of Directors and interested residents before the end of year.

Current Reconstruction and Repair Activities

A brief review on reconstruction and repair activities was given on the repair of community-wide sidewalk cracking; rebuilding 2 severe erosion locations; progress on 2021 common wall painting; repairs on common wall exteriors and proposal on fill/seal coating of Siena streets.

FREE things to do in Tucson this September

Save your money and entertain your family and friends with free activities this September.

Check out live music, open-air events, car shows and more free events happening in the Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley and Sahuarita areas.

To read the list of events go HERE.

Rent a Pool—There’s an App for That!

That’s right, there’s an app for everything or just about everything including residential pool rentals. Although there’s an app, my advice as one of your VCA neighbors is don’t rent your pool. Why? Well, you may have noticed the article in last month’s newsletter about renting out a garage or any part of a property in VCA is not allowed per our CC&Rs. If you want to rent your entire property, that’s fine, but the regulation we have to follow is what was included in our original CC&Rs created by the developers years ago. So, if you don’t want to end up with considerable liability exposure related to potential pool accidents, possible property damage from the pool renters and fines that may be imposed by the HOA, it would be wise to keep your pool to yourself and your occasional guests.

Recreational Vehicles

Over the summer, there has been an increase in Recreational Vehicle violations. As a reminder, this is not permitted in the Rancho Vistoso Community, per the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs, Article V, 5.3.13: Trucks, Trailers, Campers, Boats, and Motor Vehicles, quote:
“No motor vehicle, motor home, mobile home, trailer, camper shell, detached camper, boat, boat trailer, snow mobile, jet ski or other similar equipment or vehicle may be parked, maintained, constructed, reconstructed, repaired, or stored on any Lot or Parcel or on any street so as to be visible from neighboring property” (including but not limited to any Common Areas, Limited Common Areas, or street).”

Outside parking of motor homes, trailers, boats, and recreational vehicles is allowed only for purposes of loading and unloading only. The Vistoso Community Association has to be notified prior to such parking.

Proposed Purchase of the former Vistoso Golf Course

The Conservation Fund (Fund) is pleased to announce substantive progress is occurring relative to negotiations with the Town of Oro Valley and representatives from Romspen Vistoso, LLC, concerning the purchase of the former Vistoso Golf Course. As reported in earlier communication, securing the 202 +/-acre property is contingent upon reaching agreement based upon an updated appraisal establishing current fair market value. The report has been completed and we expect to reach final agreement following the upcoming Town Council meeting scheduled the week of September 6th.

In the interim, we are asking for your continued patience and understanding while the Fund and the Town work through specific details in furtherance of finalizing necessary agreements. The Fund has also developed a draft Conservation Easement to ensure the property will be protected and managed for conservation and open space, in perpetuity, prior to transferring the land to the Town of Oro Valley for long-term ownership and management.

The Fund shares the collective passion to preserve this unique property and we expect to be able to make a formal announcement around September 9th. We will make every effort to coordinate directly with all interested parties, including Preserve Vistoso and the many residents who have long supported this important effort. In the interim, we are respectfully asking everyone to refrain from speculation, rumor, innuendo, or any other information unless you hear directly from the Town or the Fund.

We want to thank everyone for your continued trust and confidence. Your support, financial generosity, and valuable input will be needed now more than ever as we work to create lasting results for everyone. We remain cautiously optimistic resolution of this longstanding effort is finally possible under mutually acceptable conditions.

For more information please visit PreserveVistoso.org

Contractor or Do-It-Yourself Projects

Charles Dickens once said, “The world belongs to those who set out to conquer it armed with self confidence and good humour.” One exception to Dickens’ pronouncement may be Do-It-Yourself projects around the home. Sometimes all the self confidence and “good humour” in the world won’t provide the skills necessary for some home improvement projects.

Should you be contemplating whether to hire a contractor for your project, refer to “This Old House” general contractor Tom Silva’s Eight Tips for Hiring a Contractor. Click Here.

Should you hire a contractor for your home project, or decide to do-it-yourself, you will need to complete an Architectural Request Change Form Click Here.

The form is user-friendly, and self-explanatory. Complete each field on the form with as much information as possible, which will allow the Vistoso Community Association Architectural Landscaping Review Committee to make a determination if your project meets Community standards, and is in accordance with the Design Guidelines and the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs). Too little information may require the Committee to deny your request or ask for additional information; either determination could delay your project. The Committee, may, in some cases, decide that a licensed contractor is required for the proposed project in order to meet community standards. To access the Design Guidelines – Click Here.

So armed with some information and tools to guide you, have fun with your project! A well-cared-for home ensures years of enjoyment and helps ensure the allure of the beautiful Vistoso community!

Need to Know – Vistoso Community New Residents

As a homeowner within the Vistoso Community, and a member of the Master Association, you are responsible for assessments (fees), used to finance the Association’s operations. The Vistoso Community Association (VCA) – (referred to as the Master Association) needs operating funds for maintenance, repairs, and administration for areas the association is responsible for. In addition, the VCA requires adequate reserve funds for major repairs or replacements of capital items. The VCA assessments maintain common areas and amenities such as the entry monuments at the entrance of the Rancho Vistoso community, the parkway median along Rancho Vistoso Boulevard, the 10 VCA owned community parks and playgrounds, miles of pedestrian trails and bicycle paths, and drainage runoff areas, to name a few.

The VCA collects membership fees quarterly from each lot or parcel owner. The VCA currently oversees 21 sub-associations with their own special rules and their own separate assessments over and above the assessment of the VCA. In this case, property owners are members of both the VCA and the specific sub-association as well.

If you have any questions regarding these fees, please feel free to contact the Vistoso Community Association staff at 520-354-2729.

Share your Photos!

Do you have photos of the monsoons? Or any other photos that you would like to share? The VCA would like to share resident community photos in the monthly newsletter. Please consider sharing your photos (for use in the VCA newsletter only) by sending them here: vistosophotos@ranchovistosohoa.com