Covenants

In order to maintain value and provide an aesthetically pleasing and neighborly environment for all residents,homeowners within Sturbridge Plantation are expected to adhere to a set of covenants.  You received a copy of the covenants related to your particular plat when you purchased your home. Though the list above is not intended or represented to be complete, the following covenants apply with Sturbridge Plantation.

Fences

No building or addition thereto, or any fence, or ancillary structure shall be erected, altered, placed on any lot until and unless construction plans and specifications and a plan showing the location of the structure on the lot have been approved by the Architectural Review Board.

Out Buildings

No separate garages or out buildings or auxiliary structures of any kind or nature, except garden or ornamental landscape structures, shall be erected or allowed to occupy any portion of any lot, except that portion of the lot in the rear of the residence.

Trade

No noxious or offensive trade or activity shall be carried on upon any lot, nor shall anything be done thereon which may be or may become an annoyance or nuisance to the neighbors or the neighborhood.

Temporary Structure

No structure or a temporary character, trailer, tent, mobile home, motor home, basement, shack, garage, barn or other out building or auxiliary structure shall be used at any time as a residence, either temporarily or permanently.

Pets

No animals, livestock, or poultry of any kind shall be raided, bred or kept on any lot, except that dogs, cats and other normal and common household pets may be kept provided that they are not kept, bred or maintained for any commercial purpose, provided they are kept in reasonable numbers and under reasonable conditions so as not to create a nuisance and not to otherwise unreasonably disturb the neighbors or the neighborhood.  Some plats restrict pets to house pets only and not the yard.

Parking

No lot owner will use or allow to be used any on-street parking curbside areas for permanent or semi-permanent vehicular parking or storage. It being the intention of these covenants that on-street parking be restricted to visitors, guests, etc. and not for regular parking or vehicle storage by lot owners.

Recreational Vehicles

No boat, boat trailer, house trailer, horse trailer, trailer, camper, motor home or similar item shall be stored on or at any lot for a period of time in excess of twenty-four (24) hours, unless the same are housed in a carport or garage, or parked beyond the real line of the home and otherwise screened so that said item cannot be seen from any adjoining street or the adjacent and surrounding property.

Vehicle Maintenance and Repairs

No vehicle maintenance or repair shall be performed on any vehicles upon any portions of the subject property, unless performed in a garage, in an emergency situation. All repairs must be completed within four (4) hours.

Accumulation of Refuse

No lumber, metals, bulk materials, refuse or trash shall be kept, stored or allowed to accumulate on any part of the property. If trash or other refuse (garbage, grass clippings, etc.) is to be disposed of by being picked up and carried away on a regular and recurring basis, containers must only be placed in the open on any day that a normal (Tuesday and Friday for garbage, Wednesday for trash) pick up is to be made at such place on the property to provide access to persons making the pick up. At all other times such containers shall be stored in such a manner so that they cannot be seen from adjacent and surrounding property.

Business Activity

No profession or home industry or other commercial venture shall be conducted in or on any part of the property or any improvements thereon. There are exceptions on approval from the Association Board of Directors. In no event shall any part of te premises or any structure thereon be used as a school, child care center, kindergarten, learning center, musical instrument or voice training center, or other public building, including non-profit or charitable institution use.

Mailboxes

The design of all mailboxes must be approved by the ARB. The homeowner shall install and maintain said mailbox in appropriate condition and repair, with original color schemes. Any damage or destruction to mailboxes which cannot be adequately repaired will result in the lot owner being required to purchase a replacement mailbox from the association.

Prohibited Uses

No person shall without written approval do any of the following: (1) Use any gas or electric motor boat on any lake or pond. (2) Boat or fish without permission (no permission to anyone under the age of sixteen, unless they are accompanied by an adult). (3) Permit the running of animals except on a leash. (4) Light any fires except in designated picnic areas or within a residence. (5) Fell any trees or injure or damage any landscaping within the common areas. (6) Interfere with or block any drainage, utility or access easement. (7) Build any structures, fences, recreational or other common facilities than those approved by the ARB. (8) Discharge any liquid or other materials other than natural water drainage into any lake or pond. (9) Alter or obstruct any lakes or ponds. (10) Interfere with any water control structures or apparatus. There shall be absolutely no swimming or wading in any part of the lakes or ponds. Nor shall any person violate any rules and regulations that may be established by the Association governing the use of common areas.