Monday, June 27, 2011

The Mills Peeps....I have heard from our Rep .****UPDATE****EDITED

Hi *Noey*

It is no problem, as I definitely understand where you are coming from. I hoped to have a better answer for you before responding but I don’t. Just know that everyone is aware of it and are working on coming up with a solution. Unfortunately, since the CCRs are already record at 4’ we have to rely on the developer to make amendments to them. I am working on putting together some information and statistics to help support our cause but at the end of the day they have the final say so. I know that it was frustrating and a shock and I apologize! I am going to work on this very hard for you, I promise!!! I will let you know as soon as I know more!!


So there it is.  She IS working on it.  But because the developer already has this stuff on record there is only so much she can do.  I do believe she didn't get this information until more recently, as I know she told us back in Feb. and someone else not far after us, that she did not yet have this kind of information.  So there we have it.  She is doing ALL she can (as if she doesn't work hard enough already) to help us all out since so many of us wanted the privacy fence.

There are SEVERAL other nicer neighborhoods in the area who also have the 4 ft restriction on fences, and one goes as far as to say NO sheds and NO fences other than wrought iron.  So it could be worse, right?
I'm glad someone is on our side and trying to help us out.  Maybe if she can somehow get this overturned we can all pitch in and do something nice for her.  Because lets face it, it's a BIG deal to some of us.  I was grateful to hear from her and even more grateful to hear she is working to help.

So that is my update.  If/When I hear anything else I'll let you know.  (although I'm not sure it will be before some of us close).  If any of you hear anything new, please be sure to let me know.


I talked to our Rep today.  She was on the phone with her mangers when I got there.  Here is pretty much the summary:

They have gotten a lot of info together and have found out that only 2 of their neighborhoods DON'T allow 6 ft fences.  Everyone is hopeful that they can get WF (Wells Fargo) to change it to 6 ft fencing.  HOWEVER...there is always the possibility that WF may say "No.  We are trying to get a new developer to do all this, so we'll leave it up to them".    No can say for sure what is going to happen.  But they ARE working on it and they seem hopeful.

I know it's not much and it's not definitive, but it's all I got.  I love the neighborhood, love the location, love my house.  I love that there are no HOA fees at the moment.  

I was pretty much told if we want to build the fence, go ahead and do it.  There is no HOA or Architectural Commitee to over see it right now.  You have a 50/50 shot of either keeping it, or being told to take it down later.  They could change the rule, grandfather you in if they don't, or make you tear it down when the HOA does get started.  It's a "do it at your own risk" type of thing right now.

I can honestly say our Rep had NO idea that the fence limit was only 4 ft.  She was shocked.  Especially because the one house does already have it.  I guess we all assumed it was okay.  I do know she and her managers on this and doing all they can do.  But in the end, it's up to WF.  She did say that if they do change it, it may have some limitations (you may have to have a certain amount of space between the boards or lattice at the top or something.  Police and Fire need to be able to see into the yards, that is why all the newer neighborhoods pretty much all have the new 4 ft restrictions these days.  At least the ones in our area).

I am happy we can at least have a fence with our kids and dog.   The prices of the houses are really good in there right now.  It's a good location, good schools, and the neighborhood has a LOT of potential.  (maybe we should all run for HOA board members when the time comes.  lol)  In the end, as much as we REALLY want the 6 ft fence, it's not a deal breaker for us.  We checked out the Abbington, the Orleans Homes neighborhood, and Lennar.  All the "better" neighborhoods like The Mills is planning to be.  All have 4 ft fence rules too.  You want a privacy fence, you may be sacrificing what kind of neighborhood you live in (trust me... I live in one now wonder people here have them...they are mostly all batsh*t crazy).  

For us, after discussing it, we'd rather have a smaller fence, with a great home, at an excellent price, on our pick of lot, in a great neighborhood....  over a more expensive house (or not) in a questionable neighborhood that really needs you to have that kind of fence. 


  1. I am debating on continuing to build if this is not corrected as it was a huge issue with me building in there and having security...I hope it works out as I do want to live there but the fence may become too big of an issue to overcome :(

  2. Yes, I agree with you also Anonymous. That is too low of a fence for security and a dog.:(

  3. I've jumped a 4' and 10' fences in my day. If someone wants to hop it, they'll hop it. As for privacy if you neighbor has a second floor, they can snipe you anytime they wish...*kanye shrug*

  4. You could always get the free security system with Guardian. You can get 3, maybe as much as 6 months, free monitoring. You have to meet with them anyway for wiring.

    Last Anon: LMBO! Good point. Where there is a will, there's a way, right?

    I find the bigger fences nicer when you have dogs.
    1. Your dog can't jump it.
    2. Kids can't reach over it and tick your dog off and get bit. But I guess that is why if you have a dog in the back yard at anytime you are required to have a "Beware of Dog" sign.

    See my edited portion above for the latest update.

  5. I checked out the same neighborhoods you mentioned and I noticed that they all had the 4ft wrought iron fences. I thought that they looked really good...but I dont have a dog. I am sure that if I did, I would feel differently. Maybe they can compromise and set strict limitations on the look of them, but still allow them to be 6 ft.

  6. That was kinda C.'s thinking too Ms. Ro. =)