Floral Park Design Guidelines and Working Rules/Bylaws
Upon completion of the residences and community garage, the original families created a set of "working rules" focused primarily on block governance and issues relating to Commons maintenance, landscaping, and protocol. This agreement and additional covenants and bylaws 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 three times per year to discuss matters of mutual concern and agree upon monetary assessments for the upcoming four-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 oversee fiscal and logistical matters.
Exterior changes to the Floral Park properties require review and approval by the homeowners and must be consistent with the Floral Park Design Guidelines. As a local historic district, proposed exterior modifications 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 Historic Preservation Program.
Reference: "To ensure that the integrity of the designer's work would be maintained, the original eight property owners agreed not to alter the exterior of the property." - (Francis Geck,- "History of Floral Park 17," Call #760-4-6, Carnegie History Library, Boulder, 1978).
A copy of the City of Boulder's General Guidelines for Historic Districts can be found HERE, the Floral Park General Design Guidelines and "Working Rules/Bylaws," and the 2004 Amendment to the First Indenture are posted below. Additional documents are on file with the Boulder County Clerk.
"FLORAL PARK GENERAL DESIGN GUIDELINES AND WORKING RULES/BYLAWS"
"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)
(1) 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 or alterations of any kind will be made within the Commons without first presenting such plans to the entire group at a regular meeting for approval or rejection.
(2) Fencing of any kind is not permitted on any portion of the Commons.
Reference: "No owner or resident of the block may fence in any part of the tract of land known as 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.
(3) Three block meetings are held each year. Meetings are generally held in November, March and July and whenever possible, are scheduled on the second Sunday afternoon 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 rotation basis.
(4) Preserving the character of the block's landscape is a priority. To that end, each homeowner is encouraged to maintain the landscape on their individual property, including the landscape that abuts the Commons. Residents are also responsible for the upkeep of the Commons lawn (mowing, watering, sprinkler maintenance, raking, etc.) contiguous to their property, extending 45 feet into the center of the block. Landscaping decisions and costs associated with the flowerbeds on the north and south sides of the garage are largely left to the discretion of the two households that face the garage. Landscaping along the west side of the garage is funded and maintained collectively. Households agree to share in the cost of the maintenance and replacement of trees and shrubbery in the Commons and in Lot 9.
Reference: "The mature planned landscaping found within the block of houses provides a strong visual quality. This development has unique design qualities differentiating it from surrounding homes, yet blending in well with the homes in the surrounding vicinity." - (Francis Geck-"History of Floral Park 17," Call #760-4-6, Carnegie History Library, Boulder, 1978).
(5) 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 general maintenance of Lot 9. This includes supplying water to all Lot 9 landscaping: including the lawn, shrubs, flowers, and community garden. By election, one homeowner from the block is designated as the Trustee of Lot 9.
(6) Fire, property damage and liability coverage for the community garage, Lot 9, and Commons are negotiated and overseen by the Trustee, with the concurrence of the property owners. The Trustee enforces rules governing assessments, taxes, the garage and Lot 9, and looks out for the general repair and maintenance of the garage. ("In the event that any owner shall be in default in said payments, the Trustee may at his option declare said interest and any rights incident thereto to be forfeited, and may bring an action to enforce said forfeiture" - Floral Park Indenture, July 1, 1942). 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.
(7) Renters are expected to respect all the working rules/bylaws.
(8) It is the responsibility of any homeowner considering selling their property 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 along with its "Rules and Bylaws." A referral to this website is strongly suggested.
(9) 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, Boulder Planning Department.
(10) Each homeowner should be mindful of how excessive or persistent noise (including barking dogs) adversely impacts neighbors.
(11) Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets in all Common's areas.
(12) A moderator is elected every two years. The moderator will set meeting agendas, organize, and run each meeting. Agenda items should be solicited and then distributed by the moderator at least two weeks in advance of each meeting.
(13) A bi-annual review (walking tour/assessment) of general landscaping throughout the Commons should be undertaken and an active inventory of trees maintained. A report, including recommendations for action, should be presented at one of the group's regularly scheduled meetings. All residents are welcome to participate in the review process, however a minimum of five households must be represented. (The first comprehensive Commons tree survey was completed in 2017).
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