Jump to content

Recommended Posts

  • Replies 228
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

I live in Southern Trails and love it. Nice, family-friendly...great people around. My only issue is that there is a drill (?) located nearby (in between us and the soon-to-be-completed Macy's) and some nights it's really, really loud.

Glad you mentioned that!

Are you referring to the large yellow tower with flags on top? I've been wondering what that was. It certaintly looks like some kind of drilling tool.

It's outrageous to think they're allowed to construct something like that in a strictly residential/commercial area...

Link to post
Share on other sites
It's outrageous to think they're allowed to construct something like that in a strictly residential/commercial area...

Did you folks see them build it after you moved in? I suspect that (like many things in west Pearland) it was there first, and Southern Trails came along after it.

If that land between ST and the towncenter is really planned for more residential development, I don't see how that yellow tower can remain there. But then again, here in the greater Houston area, I guess anything is possible. They might just build around it!

Link to post
Share on other sites
Did you folks see them build it after you moved in? I suspect that (like many things in west Pearland) it was there first, and Southern Trails came along after it.

If that land between ST and the towncenter is really planned for more residential development, I don't see how that yellow tower can remain there. But then again, here in the greater Houston area, I guess anything is possible. They might just build around it!

It was definitely constructed recently, as I recall seeing it for the first time in Jan. or Dec.

But yeah, Houston does have ridiculous zoning laws...

Link to post
Share on other sites
It was definitely constructed recently, as I recall seeing it for the first time in Jan. or Dec.

But yeah, Houston does have ridiculous zoning laws...

You mean, zero zoning laws, and isn't that in the City of Pearland to begin with?

Link to post
Share on other sites
I had a good chat with twgreen at the Ashton Woods model yesterday. I learned some new info (at least new to me).

The construction to widen 518 west of Kirby is moving forward. I guess that's why they are currently laying in the new (bigger) drainage pipes along the 2-lane. No ETA on it's finish yet, though.

The land east of ST is zoned for residential, except for a chunk along 518 adjacent to the ST main entrance (a parcel of land on the left as you face the ST main entrance). That chunk of land will have a church built on it.

twgreen had a new ST site plan printed out and he gave me a copy, it shows much more detail than what can be found on the ST website. Many new roads and sections of the development are shown. It is a very nice map, and I hope he can convert it to a pdf document and replace the old pdf that is shown on the ST website. (hint, hint)

Hint? I can take a hint. :) Also, here's a neat 288 map i just got. Dang, files too big

Link to post
Share on other sites

I believe they are drilling a well for a water tower for the area; it might probably look like the one at cullen and broadway adjacent to the fire station. Because Pearland is planning to build a water storage site on kirby south of broadway/518. This tower seems to match the location of the would-be water tower.

Link to post
Share on other sites
I believe they are drilling a well for a water tower for the area; it might probably look like the one at cullen and broadway adjacent to the fire station. Because Pearland is planning to build a water storage site on kirby south of broadway/518. This tower seems to match the location of the would-be water tower.

If that's the case, it seems to me there should be some sort of public notice or planning documents on the City of Pearland web site. That is, unless it's being built by a MUD instead of the city -- I don't know a lot of about how that stuff works. I tried looking on the city web site just now, but came up with nothing.

Link to post
Share on other sites
I believe they are drilling a well for a water tower for the area; it might probably look like the one at cullen and broadway adjacent to the fire station. Because Pearland is planning to build a water storage site on kirby south of broadway/518. This tower seems to match the location of the would-be water tower.

I just finished a successful google search and I think you are right. I found this pdf document which is a map showing some of Pearland's capital projects for 2007 (I guess 2008 too.) Open that map and look at the Southern Trails area and you will see a project for a well at the site we're discussing. Interestingly, it also shows a water treatment plant there. Does this mean sewage treatment? Somebody please tell me I'm wrong about that interpretation. :( If not, it might get a bit smelly when the wind blows from the east. Or the folks shopping at the new Towncenter might get a whiff of unpleasantness from time to time. :P

Other interesting projects on the map are the Hwy 288 feeder roads and the new Firestation #6 coming to Kirby, near the well/water treatment plant.

I cut out a piece of the pdf map showing these projects, and will attach it to this reply.

Edited by Timnwendy
Link to post
Share on other sites

I think your okay with the water well. Even though the well water is probably okay to drink straight from the well, state law requires treatment and testing hence a water treatment facility. Usually the other type plant is listed as a sewage treatment facility. That and they generally don't like to have those two things so close to one another.

Link to post
Share on other sites

thanks for clearing it up! glad to see that a fire station will be arriving soon!

On an unrelated note, does anyone know our HOA's stance on political yard signs? Are they banned entirely, or do they have time-limits? Anyone know?

Thanks,

Edited by njvisitor
Link to post
Share on other sites
thanks for clearing it up! glad to see that a fire station will be arriving soon!

On an unrelated note, does anyone know our HOA's stance on political yard signs? Are they banned entirely, or do they have time-limits? Anyone know?

Thanks,

I used to manage HOA's. My recollection is that political signs are considered part of your freedom of speech and cannot be banned. However, there may be reasonable limits as to when they can be displayed, such as a certain number of days before an election. Otherwise, some clown would have his candidate's sign up forever.

Link to post
Share on other sites
I used to manage HOA's. My recollection is that political signs are considered part of your freedom of speech and cannot be banned. However, there may be reasonable limits as to when they can be displayed, such as a certain number of days before an election. Otherwise, some clown would have his candidate's sign up forever.

Just looked at the Shadow Creek Ranch restrictions. Signs can go up 2 weeks prior to an election and must be removed the day after the election.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Just looked at the Shadow Creek Ranch restrictions. Signs can go up 2 weeks prior to an election and must be removed the day after the election.

Southern Trails deed restrictions section 9.21 reads as follows:

"9.21 Signs. No signs, flags or flag poles shall be displayed to the public view on any Lot without the prior written approval of the Architectural Control Committe, with the following exceptions: (i) Declarant and homebuilders may erect and maintain one or more signs or flags for the construction, development, operation, promotion and sale of the Lots: (ii) the patriotic display of flags not exceeding 4N x 6N in size shall be permitted on customary holidays; and (iii) signs of customary dimentions (3N x 4N maximum) advertising said property or portions thereof for sale. Notwithstanding anthing herein contained to the contrary, any and all signs, if allowed, shall comply with all sign standards of the City of Pearland, Texas, as such standards may be applicable to the Properties."

Link to post
Share on other sites
Southern Trails deed restrictions section 9.21 reads as follows:

"9.21 Signs. No signs, flags or flag poles shall be displayed to the public view on any Lot without the prior written approval of the Architectural Control Committe, with the following exceptions: (i) Declarant and homebuilders may erect and maintain one or more signs or flags for the construction, development, operation, promotion and sale of the Lots: (ii) the patriotic display of flags not exceeding 4N x 6N in size shall be permitted on customary holidays; and (iii) signs of customary dimentions (3N x 4N maximum) advertising said property or portions thereof for sale. Notwithstanding anthing herein contained to the contrary, any and all signs, if allowed, shall comply with all sign standards of the City of Pearland, Texas, as such standards may be applicable to the Properties."

Thanks. That's truly a shame. I'm surprised to see no reference of election signs... Anyone know how to get in contact with this "Architectural Control Committee"?

Link to post
Share on other sites
Thanks. That's truly a shame. I'm surprised to see no reference of election signs... Anyone know how to get in contact with this "Architectural Control Committee"?

I'm finding it a real quest to get any answers about the ST HOA. Here is what has been happening to me: I send an email to the Southern Trails HOA care of the PCMI site, then (if I'm lucky) someone from the PCMI replies a few days later and says they are forwarding my email to the person on the ST HOA. Then it seems to fall into a black hole, cuz I never hear from anyone.

I really want to find out when the HOA next meeting is, so I can attend it, meet everyone, and get some direct email addresses. Wish me luck. :huh:

Link to post
Share on other sites
I'm finding it a real quest to get any answers about the ST HOA. Here is what has been happening to me: I send an email to the Southern Trails HOA care of the PCMI site, then (if I'm lucky) someone from the PCMI replies a few days later and says they are forwarding my email to the person on the ST HOA. Then it seems to fall into a black hole, cuz I never hear from anyone.

I really want to find out when the HOA next meeting is, so I can attend it, meet everyone, and get some direct email addresses. Wish me luck. :huh:

Please forward or at least copy me on questions and issues so i can follow up or possibly answer and/or resolve. Wayne

Link to post
Share on other sites
I'm finding it a real quest to get any answers about the ST HOA. Here is what has been happening to me: I send an email to the Southern Trails HOA care of the PCMI site, then (if I'm lucky) someone from the PCMI replies a few days later and says they are forwarding my email to the person on the ST HOA. Then it seems to fall into a black hole, cuz I never hear from anyone.

I really want to find out when the HOA next meeting is, so I can attend it, meet everyone, and get some direct email addresses. Wish me luck. :huh:

This is customary with developer controlled Boards. They have so much on their plate that answering questions from homeowners often take low priority. I used to manage an HOA for a very large developer here in Houston. They were nice enough, but getting an answer out of them was darn near impossible.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Please forward or at least copy me on questions and issues so i can follow up or possibly answer and/or resolve. Wayne

Wayne, if you could just find out when and where the next HOA meeing will be held, I can take it from there. Thank you!

This is customary with developer controlled Boards. They have so much on their plate that answering questions from homeowners often take low priority. I used to manage an HOA for a very large developer here in Houston. They were nice enough, but getting an answer out of them was darn near impossible.

I was afraid of that. Lovely! :(

Link to post
Share on other sites
Southern Trails deed restrictions section 9.21 reads as follows:

"9.21 Signs. No signs, flags or flag poles shall be displayed to the public view on any Lot without the prior written approval of the Architectural Control Committe, with the following exceptions: (i) Declarant and homebuilders may erect and maintain one or more signs or flags for the construction, development, operation, promotion and sale of the Lots: (ii) the patriotic display of flags not exceeding 4N x 6N in size shall be permitted on customary holidays; and (iii) signs of customary dimentions (3N x 4N maximum) advertising said property or portions thereof for sale. Notwithstanding anthing herein contained to the contrary, any and all signs, if allowed, shall comply with all sign standards of the City of Pearland, Texas, as such standards may be applicable to the Properties."

Regardless of whether or not the restrictions address the issue, the signs are allowed. You can refer to Texas HB 873 for more information. Signs must be allowed 90 days before an election and up to 10 days after an election. There are other restrictions, but if the guidelines are followed, the signs must be allowed by the HOA/POA. It was passed in 2005 by a margin of 138-0 and signed by Gov. Perry.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Regardless of whether or not the restrictions address the issue, the signs are allowed. You can refer to Texas HB 873 for more information. Signs must be allowed 90 days before an election and up to 10 days after an election. There are other restrictions, but if the guidelines are followed, the signs must be allowed by the HOA/POA. It was passed in 2005 by a margin of 138-0 and signed by Gov. Perry.

Wow, what a brilliant piece of legislation. Many liberal states don't even have such a law.

So I suppose I'll be able to put up a sign for the upcoming primary.

Thanks Houston Realtor!

And good luck Tim. The HOA really needs to represent the interests of the community.

Link to post
Share on other sites
I'm finding it a real quest to get any answers about the ST HOA. Here is what has been happening to me: I send an email to the Southern Trails HOA care of the PCMI site, then (if I'm lucky) someone from the PCMI replies a few days later and says they are forwarding my email to the person on the ST HOA. Then it seems to fall into a black hole, cuz I never hear from anyone.

I really want to find out when the HOA next meeting is, so I can attend it, meet everyone, and get some direct email addresses. Wish me luck. :huh:

Don't forget, sometimes you get better results by actually calling the office on the telephone and asking to speak with someone about your concern. How retro, in this electronically impersonal 21st Century! :) Seriously, we had some questions for the SCR HOA, so we simply picked up the phone. We talked to someone who took a message, and a little while later someone else called back with the information we needed. It was like magic!

Link to post
Share on other sites
Don't forget, sometimes you get better results by actually calling the office on the telephone and asking to speak with someone about your concern. How retro, in this electronically impersonal 21st Century! :) Seriously, we had some questions for the SCR HOA, so we simply picked up the phone. We talked to someone who took a message, and a little while later someone else called back with the information we needed. It was like magic!

Good point. Sometimes it's so easy to send an email, then we sit and wait for a response while the frustration builds!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Here is the reply I got from the PCMI:

Southern Trails holds the Annual Meeting in August annually which the owners attend. There will be a notice sent for the meeting. The developer will provide a community update at that time.

Edited by Timnwendy
Link to post
Share on other sites
Here is the reply I got from the PCMI:

Southern Trails holds the Annual Meeting in August annually which the owners attend. There will be a notice sent for the meeting. The developer will provide a community update at that time.

I wouldn't have high hopes about being heard by PCMI any time soon. Here is a portion of a recent correspondence I've had with the "Association Manager" about a restriction where PCMI is making their own interpretation when it is clearly stated what the restriction is.

"I take direction from the BOD which at this time is the developer. When the developer leaves the community and owners serve on the BOD I will be taking direction from the owner BOD. The developer has the authority to amend any of the documents including the ACC while they control the votes which will be for the next 2-3 years. At that time by vote of the majority of owners, amendments may be made."

Link to post
Share on other sites
I wouldn't have high hopes about being heard by PCMI any time soon. Here is a portion of a recent correspondence I've had with the "Association Manager" about a restriction where PCMI is making their own interpretation when it is clearly stated what the restriction is.

"I take direction from the BOD which at this time is the developer. When the developer leaves the community and owners serve on the BOD I will be taking direction from the owner BOD. The developer has the authority to amend any of the documents including the ACC while they control the votes which will be for the next 2-3 years. At that time by vote of the majority of owners, amendments may be made."

In the manager's defense, the developer does control the Board. In fact, the developer owned lots probably have more "weight" than resident owned lots. This is intentionally done so that the developer can maintain control of the Assoctiation through their votes while they are still developing and marketing the community. Regardless of how residents feel, it just makes good business sense. The developer has millions of dollars tied up in the community and most homeowners have less than $300,000 invested. The developer needs to make sure that they can sell the lots to builders, who in turn can sell to residents. If the community isn't maintained properly, there is a great deal of money to be lost.

Link to post
Share on other sites
In the manager's defense, the developer does control the Board. In fact, the developer owned lots probably have more "weight" than resident owned lots. This is intentionally done so that the developer can maintain control of the Assoctiation through their votes while they are still developing and marketing the community. Regardless of how residents feel, it just makes good business sense. The developer has millions of dollars tied up in the community and most homeowners have less than $300,000 invested. The developer needs to make sure that they can sell the lots to builders, who in turn can sell to residents. If the community isn't maintained properly, there is a great deal of money to be lost.

I wouldn't have an issue if the "Manager" would apply restrictions as they were written. The issue I have is that the restrictions are not being applied as they are currently written and The "Manager" is making interpretations on her own. What's the use in having rules if they might not be applied?

Link to post
Share on other sites
I wouldn't have an issue if the "Manager" would apply restrictions as they were written. The issue I have is that the restrictions are not being applied as they are currently written and The "Manager" is making interpretations on her own. What's the use in having rules if they might not be applied?

The only thing that I can suggest is to write a letter to the Board c/o the manager. In the letter, tell them that you want/expect a response. This will make it more likely that the Board will see the letter, or at least hear about it. Tell them what you think and ask them why rules arent being enforced as written. You never know...they might just understand your point of view. I'm not saying they *will*, but stranger things have happened!

Link to post
Share on other sites
The only thing that I can suggest is to write a letter to the Board c/o the manager. In the letter, tell them that you want/expect a response. This will make it more likely that the Board will see the letter, or at least hear about it. Tell them what you think and ask them why rules arent being enforced as written. You never know...they might just understand your point of view. I'm not saying they *will*, but stranger things have happened!

This is an extremely important point and very good advice: Put it in writing, on paper, for the record. If you have an issue, developing a "paper trail" now will document your case, whether it is ends up being addressed by your current Board or a future Board that is not controlled by the developer.

As as side note, so often these days we seem to expect that if we send an e-mail simply asking for something, or even make a phone call, that we will get the response we desire. I had addressed this in a more facetious manner up-thread. Often, the old-fashioned more serious and formal methods are more effective, while e-mail and other informal methods of communication end up being not too much better than sending a message in a bottle: You don't know who, if anyone, will receive it or what they will do.

Creating a paper trail protects you, and -- if, God forbid, your issue is so serious and remains unresolved and disturbs you enough that you require legal assistance, gives you a head start on that process. I'm not saying to be be snarky or rude; on the contrast, be as polite an solicitous as possible while asserting your point of view. But do get it on the record, whatever it is that you are trying to resolve. And hopefully, this will truly get the attention of whover you are dealing with and they will address your concerns.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...
I admit that I'm not a fan of the wall, but only because of privacy. The wall itself is attactive enough, I just wouldn't want it to be at the edge of my backyard.

If the buyer started this house before the wall was there, the Newmark salesperson probably told the buyer that there would be a brick wall as their back fence. True...but misleading. My only concern at this point is uniformity, as others are sure to follow suit in creating their own privacy.

Back to the topic of this wall. The issue seems to be finally resolved, because it has recently been completely converted into a solid brick wall. You can still see the new mortar in it where they filled in the gaps at the top. It looks much better!

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...
Glad you mentioned that!

Are you referring to the large yellow tower with flags on top? I've been wondering what that was. It certaintly looks like some kind of drilling tool.

It's outrageous to think they're allowed to construct something like that in a strictly residential/commercial area...

Yellow Tower is gone..... There is some sort of building construction going on in that area now.

Link to post
Share on other sites

We are thinking about moving down to Southern Trails. We like the houses we've seen and are also eager to see how the Pearland Town Center turns out.

Related to that, does anybody know whether "they" will buid a sidewalk along 518 between the entrance to Southern Trails and the Pearland Town Center? It would be nice to be able to walk there (when it's not 100 degrees). Or even another road would be nice - something other than 518. Thanks!

Link to post
Share on other sites
We are thinking about moving down to Southern Trails. We like the houses we've seen and are also eager to see how the Pearland Town Center turns out.

Related to that, does anybody know whether "they" will buid a sidewalk along 518 between the entrance to Southern Trails and the Pearland Town Center? It would be nice to be able to walk there (when it's not 100 degrees). Or even another road would be nice - something other than 518. Thanks!

Hope you decide on this area. 3 years here and loving it.

I understand that 518 expansion from Kirby to 521 will start pretty soon. I am sure you will be able to walk to Pearland Town Center. I live in SCR a little north of ST and plan to walk/bike to Pearland Town Center (Weather Permitting as you point)

Link to post
Share on other sites

I think there will be sidewalks on the widened 518. That's just my guess, though.

If you are looking in the Sage Meadows section of ST, there is the stub of a street heading eastward directly towards the Towncenter. I've asked and there is no difinitive answer on what that street will be used for, but since it will run off the current property bondary of ST, it could eventually extend all the way to Kirby. If that happens, there will be a 'back street' access to the Towncenter from this section of ST.

Link to post
Share on other sites
I think there will be sidewalks on the widened 518. That's just my guess, though.

If you are looking in the Sage Meadows section of ST, there is the stub of a street heading eastward directly towards the Towncenter. I've asked and there is no difinitive answer on what that street will be used for, but since it will run off the current property bondary of ST, it could eventually extend all the way to Kirby. If that happens, there will be a 'back street' access to the Towncenter from this section of ST.

I just talked to one of the Ashton Woods agents down in ST. She thinks that eastward street will hit Kirby, but is not quite sure yet. She hopes to get an answer by Monday. I'll keep everybody updated.

Thanks for the replies.

On another note, we really are impressed by the recreation center at ST. The shaded picnic areas even have cieling fans! We were there about 11am today. Nobody was in the pool area or fitness center. I wonder if it's open yet.

Link to post
Share on other sites
I just talked to one of the Ashton Woods agents down in ST. She thinks that eastward street will hit Kirby, but is not quite sure yet. She hopes to get an answer by Monday. I'll keep everybody updated.

Thanks for the replies.

On another note, we really are impressed by the recreation center at ST. The shaded picnic areas even have cieling fans! We were there about 11am today. Nobody was in the pool area or fitness center. I wonder if it's open yet.

If you were looking at the Sage Meadows section (60' lots), then you probably were talking to Kim H. She is my sales agent and has done a great job for us since October, when we signed the contract to build there. I would recommend her to anyone.

The pool and rec center are open. They opened in 2007. The pool is closed in the winter months, and opens sometime around Memorial Day (or so I was told). The exercise room at the rec center has 24x7 access for homeowners, who are issued a key fob which unlocks the door to allow entry whenever they want a workout. From what I have observed, the exercise room is never crowded, at least not yet, since ST is still relatively unpopulated.

Hope things work out for you to move there. It will be next month for us, and we're more than ready!

Edited by Timnwendy
Link to post
Share on other sites

Anybody who is building an Ashton Woods home (or has built one in ST recently) be advised: your roofing shingles are made by Certainteed, and qualify you for a discount on your homeowners insurance with some carriers because of their impact-resistant quality. Now, not all insurance companies offer this discount, but I know State Farm does.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 weeks later...

For those moving to Southern Trails: I found out how to get your key fob for the fitness center. You need to fill out a form with PCMI and they will get it to you. The catch is, they won't send you the form to fill out until they get a copy of your HUD-1 statement (from your closing). I have the fax number and a name at PCMI who will help with this. Send me a pm if you want it.

Link to post
Share on other sites

We closed on our house yesterday. A couple of surprises I wanted to share:

1. There is an extra, one-time fee of $375 assessed by the HOA. The normal HOA dues of $750/annual are pro-rated based on your closing date.

2. My taxes were assessed at 3.556321. This is less than the 3.79 that the sales agents are showing in their literature.

Link to post
Share on other sites
We closed on our house yesterday. A couple of surprises I wanted to share:

1. There is an extra, one-time fee of $375 assessed by the HOA. The normal HOA dues of $750/annual are pro-rated based on your closing date.

2. My taxes were assessed at 3.556321. This is less than the 3.79 that the sales agents are showing in their literature.

FYI (and thanks, Timnwendy, for suggesting we check this out), Ashton Woods is offering 20K in free upgrades at Southern Trails until the end of April. They are closing out the section near the pool/gym.

Link to post
Share on other sites
FYI (and thanks, Timnwendy, for suggesting we check this out), Ashton Woods is offering 20K in free upgrades at Southern Trails until the end of April. They are closing out the section near the pool/gym.

That's cool. My sales agent had told me that 20K incentive package was discontinued, so I'm glad they reinstated it.

So did this help you make a decision for Southern Trails?

Link to post
Share on other sites

Probably did not take into effect the reduction in school taxes since the information was printed.

On another note though OUCH!!! 3.55 is a lot of taxes. I live in East Pearland and our rate is about 2.8. I know you are paying MUD instead of city taxes but that rate is a killer.

Link to post
Share on other sites
That's cool. My sales agent had told me that 20K incentive package was discontinued, so I'm glad they reinstated it.

So did this help you make a decision for Southern Trails?

Almost... we were really close to going for it, but it would still push our budget a bit too far, especially given the tax rates. I think we'll do better on the other side of the freeway. It's kind of killing me, because I really like the house & the community, but it would be extremely stupid to overextend.

Congratulations on your closing, by the way!!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...



×
×
  • Create New...