Hello Friends and Neighbors,
As most of you know, one of the principle functions of the Park Estates Homeowners Association (PEHA) is to enforce the requirements specified within the various Conditions, Covenants and Restrictions (CG&Rs) for the 10 tracts that make up Park Estates. As originally written, the intent was to keep the residential areas almost purely residential, occupied by single family homes and a couple of apartment complexes for the Long Beach State University. Park Estates itself was developed over time and the original CC&Rs were written between 1947 and 1957. Much like other historical documents, the CC&Rs were written to address issues that were pressing at the time and reflected the vision of the developer, Mr. Lloyd Whaley.

Unfortunately, over the past few years, there has been an increasing number of instances where residents have decided not to follow the CC&Rs because they do not want restrictions on what they do. Due to our litigious environment, they then challenge the Board to enforce the CC&Rs. These include homeowners doing work on their homes without ARB approval, substantially deviating from approved plans, cutting down trees without approval, failing to maintain their properties, running garage sales, etc. While cutting down a single tree without replacing it or a putting on a composite roof instead of a shingle/shake roof is not going to destroy the value of the PE neighborhood, it creates an environment where the Board has to defend against “you allowed them to do it, why can’t I do it too” claims.

In our attempt to uniformly apply the CC&Rs and push for corrective measures, the Board has determined that the CC&Rs may need some fine-tuning to make them more effective. As a result, ALL residents are going to receive a letter from the Board in the coming months outlining the nature of the CC&R issues and a questionnaire for your input.

At our annual meeting on May 10th, I look forward meeting as many of you as possible and to assist our unique community to move forward. Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments.

Sincerely, Ted Brodeur


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