HOA Corner: Let it snow! (But do I need to shovel my sidewalk?)
The CAB's rules on snow removal in Littleton's Sterling Ranch
I'm often asked what you can - and can't - do in and to your Sterling Ranch home. We thought the Sterling Ranch Roundup would be a helpful forum to answer FAQs. Keep in mind that the community's rules can and do change so check first with the Community Authority Board (the CAB is Sterling Ranch's equivalent to a HOA) regarding your particular issue. In other words, don't rely on this Roundup post - ask your Sterling Ranch realtor or the CAB for the latest and great information. With that said, on to today's question!
Question: What are the CAB rules about snow removal?
First, as is typical in communities like Sterling Ranch, homeowners are responsible for removing snow from the sidewalk in front of their homes. If you live on a corner lot, you also need to remove snow from the side of your home. According to Douglas County, homeowners should place snow in their front yard to help hydrate their lawn.
Douglas County is responsible for snow removal on all public streets. Routes are plowed on a priority basis with arterials and collectors being top priority. Believe it or not, but you can actually track Douglas County and CDOT's snowplows real-time. As I'm writing this, snowplow #4808 is headed up Highway 85 toward Sterling Ranch at 33.8 mph! Check it out:
Snow removal on certain CAB-owned vehicle access areas will be performed by the CAB when snow depth on the street has reached 4 inches, and snow has stopped falling.
Finally, snow removal on walks or trails contained within CAB-owned landscape tracts, parks, or other common areas will be performed by the CAB when snow depth has reached 4” and snow has stopped falling.
If you have a question you'd like the Roundup to look into, feel free to e-mail me at Mariel@Focus-Realtors.com. As your Sterling Ranch real estate expert, I'm just as interested in finding out the answers to your questions as you are! We will continue to post FAQs, and answers to those FAQs, from time to time so please check back with the Roundup often!
Last but not least, keep in mind we can't provide legal or other advice to you, and please don't rely on this Roundup post. Check with the CAB if you have any questions.