FRMA Newsletters

Since the October 2017 fires which damaged Fountaingrove homes and common areas, the FRMA Board has published several newsletters for members, distributed via email to all members for whom the Association has a valid email address. Click on any link to review these documents or pages.

To FRMA Association Members

March 1st, 2018
In these stressful and trying times, your FRMA board is focusing on some key objectives:

- Protecting your investment in the hundreds of acres of common areas managed by the Homeowners Association (HOA) and assessing the damage in order to make a comprehensive insurance claim

- Providing current and accurate status from city and county sources about the many issues we're all dealing with- benzene contamination, site clean-up, foundation removal, review of house plans, and other recovery-related matters.

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Fountaingrove Ranch Post Fire FAQs

October 11th, 2017
santa rosa hoaOur thoughts and prayers are with all of those in the Fountaingrove community who have suffered in this disaster. Many questions have been raised regarding the Fountaingrove Ranch Master Association in the aftermath of the Tubbs Fire. Below are answers to the most common questions.

If our home was lost do we still have to pay assessments?

Yes, under California law and the Declaration of Conditions Covenants and Restrictions owners are still obligated to pay assessments. The Association must still operate and will have to spend money to repair the Common Area and make sure it is in safe and stable condition so that it does not cause further harm to people or property. Check your insurance - some may cover assessments while you are rebuilding.

What is the Association's obligations in rebuilding the community?

The Association must first put the Common Area into safe and healthful condition. This will include removing debris, assuring drainage on the Common Area is still functional, and erosion control measures on the slopes. The Association must then repair the Common Area including fences, drains, signage, and landscaping.

Can the Association choose not to rebuild the Common Area?

60% of the members of the Association (X votes) can vote not to rebuild the Common Area. In that case, the Association uses the insurance proceeds and reserves to put the Common Area in safe condition. However, the City could still compel the Association to rebuild the Common Area.

Who rebuilds our homes?

Each owner is responsible for rebuilding his or her home unless you are in a sub-association that has the obligation to rebuild.

Can an owner choose not to rebuild their home?

For homes that are not in a sub-association, an owner may choose to remove all structures and debris and landscape the lot. The owner and lot will still be subject to assessments and required to maintain the landscaping on the lot, even if the home is not rebuilt.

Do we have to rebuild exactly the home we lost?

The CC&Rs provide that an owner is required to rebuild in substantial conformity with the appearance and design of the home immediately prior to the destruction. However, an owner can apply for architectural approval for changes to the exterior appearance of the home. The Architectural Committee will approve changes if the committee finds the new design is still harmonious with other homes in, and the natural topography of, the neighborhood. Owners can change the interior as they desire without approval of the Association - only exterior changes require approval.

When do we have to rebuild?

santa rosa hoaOwners must put their lots in safe condition as soon as possible. The CC&Rs require owners to commence reconstruction within 90 days and diligently pursue completion. We understand that with the scale of loss in our City, it will not be possible for many owners to start construction in 90 days; but each owner should start the process of getting plans drawn and engaging a contractor within 90 days, even if actual construction cannot start during that time.

The Association and management will do what it can to help the Association members through this disaster. If you have a suggestion of what we can do to help, please let us know and we will see if it is within our capabilities.

Architectural Control Committee reminders

January 30th, 2011
santa rosa hoaThe design guidelines and rules offered in the design review manual have been developed in an effort to maintain and compliment the natural physical character of Fountaingrove and to achieve a consistent level of review by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC).

New construction, exterior modifications and major landscape projects must be submitted for preliminary review and must be received ten (10) workdays prior to the next scheduled meeting. The ACC meetings are held on the third Tuesday every month.

If you have any questions, please call Gigi LaFontaine at (707) 575-5171.

Dumping is Not Permitted

anuary 16th, 2011
AS A REMINDER... PLEASE DO NOT dump yard waste or anything else at FRMA open spaces or elsewhere especially as we enter the fire season. Dumping is also illegal and could result in a stiff fine.

santa rosa hoa Anyone witnessing dumping is encouraged to get vehicle descriptions and license plate numbers. This information should be reported to the police.

Homeowners should clearly instruct their landscape maintainers (the mow-blow-go guys) that yard waste must not be dumped. It creates a fire hazard. Members pay for the problem when FRMA authorizes cleanup expenses.

Yard waste should be placed in the large brown container provided to homeowners, and this may be placed at the curbside every week. For larger quantities, the waste should be hauled to an appropriate facility, such as the county land fill or to green recyclers like "Grab & Grow," 2759 Llano Rd., Santa Rosa (707-575-7275).

Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Threat and Mitigation Report

October 1st, 2009
Adopted by Fountaingrove Ranch Master Association Board of Directors November 14, 2007.

santa rosa hoaThis report is intended as both a plan and guide for the annual mitigation of wildland fire fuels in both the open space areas within the FRMA and adjacent properties.

Because of the proximity of the FRMA to vast areas of wildland, as well as areas of FRMA open space which contain significant amounts of vegetation and are adjacent to homes, it is incumbent upon the FRMA to remain vigilant as to the condition of these areas and take appropriate steps to ensure that they are maintained in a fashion which meets fire safety requirements. Failure to do so could result in individual and/or collective liability, for FRMA board members, the association and the property manager, which could be either criminal and/or civil in nature.

Therefore, the attached report should be reviewed at least annually and updated as necessary to comply with changing conditions, regulations and laws. The Property Manager should be instructed to take the necessary steps to ensure that all FRMA opens space areas and properties adjacent to the FRMA comply with current regulations, including consulting with the Santa Rosa Fire Department, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, County Fire Services and contractors, as needed. This report provides all of the information necessary to accomplish the above tasks.