Residential Estate Industry Journal 4 - Page 27

GOVERNANCE
Aesthetics rules
Every community establishes their own ‘ theme ’ in respect of design , layout , materials used and colour , and rules pertaining to the maintenance of the intended look and feel will have a direct impact on the value of property . Further rules and regulations relating to building standards , stands under construction and safety fences ensure a balance in maintaining the quality of lifestyle for existing residents and the need to complete buildings according to plan . The placement of external structures , including air conditioners , television dishes and solar panels , etc , all affect the aesthetics of the community and are in place to ensure the sustainability of property value .
Usage and service rules
All estate facilities and common areas are for the shared use of all members of the HOA , residents and guests , and the use thereof needs to be controlled , to limit abuse . The golf course , restaurants , hotels and sports clubs require rules relating to use , hours of operation and accessibility to ensure fair opportunity for all to enjoy them . Very often these are also commercial operations governed by their own regulations and need to form part of the rights and responsibilities of HOA members . A harmonious lifestyle is attained by the attitude towards the use of the shared and common areas including parks , dams , walking and jogging trails and the like .
Environmental rules
Environmental factors of community living , including energy , water and waste management , are the responsibility of all who live in South Africa , and focused projects and joint efforts in this regard are the responsibility of all who live in residential communities . It is a key responsibility of the board and management to comply with environmental legislation regarding the removal of alien species , as well as the control of planting and beautification of gardens , both private and common .
Conduct rules
People are entitled to expect certain levels of privacy , peace and tranquillity within the community in which they live . The community is made up of different age groups , cultures and belief systems , and rules relating to the general behaviour of all residents need to set a minimum standard of conduct relating to music , the use of equipment and control of pets , etc .
Conclusion
Rules that are formulated in each of the above categories should fit the purpose of each category .
KINGSWOOD GOLF ESTATE BOSCHENMEER GOLF ESTATE
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