Floral Park Design Guidelines and Working Rules
Upon completion of the residences and community garage in 1940, the original eight families created a set of "working rules" in which they reaffirmed the original boundaries of the "community housing project" and intent of the shared common space. This agreement and additional covenants and amendments that have been added over the years continue to be observed by the residents through a "gentle persons' agreement." Floral Park was originally structured as a "loose organization" (Daily Camera, 1940) and continues in that tradition today. Decisions are reached through consensus.
The eight households meet bi-annually to discuss matters of common concern and agree upon monetary assessments for the upcoming six-month period. The meeting location rotates amongst the homes in a counterclockwise manner. A Lot 9 Trustee (known as the "Block Head"), meeting moderator, and a Treasurer are elected periodically to administer fiscal and logistical matters.
Exterior changes to the Floral Park properties require review and approval by the homeowners and must meet the Floral Park Design Guidelines. As a local historic district, proposed alterations also require a Landmark Alteration Certificate, must meet the City of Boulder's General Design Guidelines for historic districts, and be granted appropriate permits by the city's Planning Department and the Historic Preservation Program.
A copy of the City of Boulder's General Guidelines for Historic Districts can be found HERE and the Floral Park Design Guidelines and "Working Rules" are posted below. Additional documents detailing more in depth design guidelines and requirements are on file with the Boulder County Clerk.
"FLORAL PARK WORKING RULES"
"These rules have worked well for many years. The older members of the group will be grateful for the co-operation of new owners in observing them, for the mutual benefit of all."
(Bylaw Amendments, 1972)
* All property owners unanimously agree to the importance of maintaining and preserving the character and original intent of this community of properties; the unique and historically-significant common plan and design. Inasmuch as Block 17 was carefully planned as a unit, it is understood that no change in plan will be made without first presenting such plans to the entire group at a regular October or March meeting for approval or rejection, depending on whether the plan is in harmony with the unit of development.
* Fencing of any kind is not permitted on any portion of the Commons. ("No owner or resident of the block may fence in any part of this tract of land, the COMMONS. These purposes and rights to common use are protected by an easement duly signed by the original group of owners and recorded in the books of the County Clerk and Recorded in the County Court House. This Commons easement is and continues to be binding on all subsequent owners)."
-Boulder County Clerk, Book 676, page 168.
* Three block meetings are held each year. Meetings are generally held in October, March and July and whenever possible, are scheduled on the second Sunday of the month. For voting purposes, each household will have one vote. It is each homeowner's responsibility to be in attendance at these meetings. With advance notice, proxy votes will be allowed. Meetings are hosted by each household on a rotating basis.
* Each household is responsible for the care (raking, mowing, watering, trimming, maintaining shrubbery, etc) of the part of the Commons contiguous with their property and extending along the east-west dividing line running through the center of the block. With group consensus, households may jointly agree to share the responsibility and expense for major tree, bush, and branch removal and/or special Commons-related projects or emergencies.
* Lot 9 is the track of land where the community garage, two adjacent walkways/easements leading to the Commons, and a parcel west of the garage (most recently used as a community garden) is located. The two households adjacent to garage (Geck House and Thompson House) share the responsibility for the maintenance of Lot 9 just as the other six household maintain the remaining portion of the Commons. This includes supplying water to the lawn, shrubs, and community garden. By election, one homeowner from the block is designated as the Trustee of Lot 9.
* Fire, property damage and liability coverage for the community garage, Lot 9, and Commons are negotiated annually by the Trustee, with the concurrence of the property owners. The Trustee enforces rules governing the garage and Lot 9 and looks out for the general repair and maintenance of the garage. Each owner is responsible for one eighth of the insurance premiums and taxes. The group is collectively responsible for garage repairs that are not covered by insurance. Each owner is responsible for any damage to the shelter house, garage, (including adjacent cars parked in the garage), or Commons caused by themselves, their guests, or one of their renters.
* Each household is responsible for weed control, snow removal, and cleaning of leaves in front of his/her garage unit and residence sidewalk.
* Fencing is discouraged. But, if fencing becomes necessary in side or back yards, it should be modest, adhere to Floral Park Design Guidelines and be undertaken with the consultation of all other homeowners. Wire fencing, masked with landscaping, can help mitigate the visual impact of fencing materials. Landscaping is still the preferred tool for delineating individual property lines. The city's Historic Preservation Department and Landmarks Board have never allowed fencing that might obstruct street-scape views of the houses. (Please refer to detailed description and illustrations of fence types in Addendum to the Floral Park Design Guidelines on file with the Boulder County Clerk). Fencing on any part of the Commons is not allowed.
* The Commons may not be used for personal storage or as an area for discarded personal items and/or refuse.
* Garage doors are to be kept closed and locked.
* The main body of the garage floor space is to be used only for the shelter of an automobile. Furniture, barrels, boxes, hazardous materials, etc., may not be stored in the area of the shelter of an automobile.
* The Commons is for the exclusive use of residents and their invited guests. Please notify neighbors well in advance to reserve the Commons for an event. Any set-up or clean-up should be done in a timely manner.
* Renters are expected to respect all the working rules.
* It is the duty of any homeowner considering selling a home to notify the other residents in advance. In this way, a fully-informed buyer might be identified. It is also the responsibility of every homeowner to inform realtors and buyers about the historic preservation status of Floral Park. A referral to this website is strongly suggested.
* Homeowners are eligible for state tax credits and preservation grants. Applications for state tax credits (20-25%) or grants for all interior and exterior renovations, replacements, and upgrades (must be at least $5,000.) are available through the History Colorado office in Denver and/or through the Historic Preservation office within the Boulder Planning Department.
* Each homeowner should be mindful of how excessive or persistent noise (including, but not limited to barking dogs) adversely impacts neighbors.
* Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets in all Common's areas.
* A moderator is elected every two years. The moderator will set meeting agendas, organize, and run each bi-annual meeting. Agenda items should be solicited by the moderator at least two weeks in advance of each meeting.
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