WOLF LAUREL, N.C. (June 30, 2017) – The community relies upon the Wolf Laurel Roads Maintenance and Security Homeowner’s Association (WLRMS) Board of Directors to oversee the full and fair enforcement of WLRMS’s Amended and Restated Declaration of Protective Covenants, Restrictions and Reservations, adopted April 22, 2015.
In the past, a series of developers failed to enforce the Covenants fully and fairly. Some property owners were permitted to use their property in ways that directly violated one or more of the Covenants. Nothing was done about these violations, in some cases, for many years.
The long-standing violations and spotty enforcement have created conflict and confusion in Wolf Laurel. RMS routinely gets complaints about these violations from other property owners, some of whom accuse RMS of selective enforcement.
“The 2015 Covenants are the law of the land in Wolf Laurel, and they benefit all of us,” said WLRMS President John Beneke. “They protect the property values, safety, culture and quality of life in Wolf Laurel, and every property owner in the community is legally obligated to conform to them.”
“Ensuring that property owners understand and comply with the 2015 Covenants is an important responsibility of the WLRMS Board of Directors,” said Board member and Legal Committee Chair Sharon Foster. “Of course we hope for, and appreciate, voluntary compliance. We can’t change what’s happened in the past, but we can ensure that from now on, full and fair enforcement of the Covenants is a high priority of the Board.”
The Board is sending letters to property owners with observed Covenant violations, requesting that they rectify these violations as soon as possible. The letter text is copied below.
June x, 2017
Address of Recipient
Dear Property Owner [insert name],
It has been almost four years since the Wolf Laurel Road Maintenance & Security Homeowners’ Association (“RMS”) took over the management of the Wolf Laurel Resort from the developer. During this time, the Board of Directors, composed of nine volunteer property-owners, elected by the remainder of the lot and home owners in the community, has committed itself to the full and fair enforcement of our covenants so that Wolf Laurel may continue to enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility that attracted us all in the first place. We are hoping that you will agree with us that full and fair enforcement of our covenants protects everyone and promotes community harmony.
The Wolf Laurel covenants restrict certain usages of our property. They were crafted to prohibit usages that would detract from Wolf Laurel’s natural beauty (such as unrestricted tree cutting; gaudily painted structures; random outbuildings; unfettered storage of recreational vehicles) or peaceful atmosphere (such as loud music; all-night lighting; motorcycle riding). Other covenants were designed to maintain our character as a residential community (such as prohibiting commercial enterprises run out of homes; prohibiting livestock and other barnyard animals; prohibiting camping). In this regard, the Wolf Laurel covenants are very similar to those protecting other communities like ours, including Mountain Air and those subdivisions on the mountain that are not within Wolf Laurel, such as Mountainside or Blue Mountain.
In the past, various developers for a variety of reasons failed to enforce our covenants fully and fairly. Some property owners were permitted to use their property in ways that directly violated one or more of our covenants. Nothing was done about these violations, in some cases, for many years.
These long-standing violations have done much to sow seeds of dissension in Wolf Laurel. RMS routinely gets complaints about these violations from other property owners, many of whom accuse RMS of selective enforcement of the covenants and favoritism for certain property owners. There is a pervasive sentiment that enforcement of the Wolf Laurel covenants depends upon who you are. All can agree that such a sentiment breeds an atmosphere of distrust and resentment.
The new Board of Directors for RMS is composed of your neighbors. We are not developers; we are not professional property managers. We merely temporarily occupy seats on your Board of Directors. Any authority we wield comes from you, the community, and your support for RMS and Wolf Laurel. Therefore, we come to you now to solicit your support for a new day in Wolf Laurel.
The RMS Board of Directors is asking all property owners to voluntarily conform their properties to the Wolf Laurel restrictive covenants. This means that even though you may have been storing something on your property for a long time, we are hoping you will make other arrangements for it. If you have certain non-conforming structures on your property, we are hoping you will remove them. If you are leaving your lights on twenty-four hours a day, we hope you will stop. Your neighbors will thank you and we thank you. (We have attached a Notice concerning covenant requirements that is given to all new property owners. We have highlighted the violation on your property.)
We recognize that this request will cause inconvenience for those whose property usages violate the Wolf Laurel covenants. Some of you may have even created these violations without knowing they were violations; and previous developers did nothing to help you conform your property to the covenants. We regret this past practice by developers and the inconvenience that rectifying the situation may now cause.
Doing nothing, however, is not the answer. The community as a whole has a right to expect that RMS will protect its property values by enforcing the covenants fully and fairly. We are writing this letter because we recognize that duty. We ask that you consider giving us your support by voluntarily complying with the Wolf Laurel covenants.
President, Board of Directors
Wolf Laurel Road Maintenance and Security Homeowners’ Association
The Covenants, plus numerous other WLRMS documents, can be accessed at WolfLaurelRoadsandSecurity.com, under the Policies tab. Anyone with questions or comments regarding the Covenants may contact the Board online or by calling the WLRMS office at (828) 680-9162.
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Wolf Laurel RMS Mission Statement
The Wolf Laurel Road Maintenance and Security Homeowner’s Association is responsible for safeguarding and improving the roads, security, safety, infrastructure, neighborhood architectural standards, natural resources and quality of life of its property owners. WLRMS Officers, Board and Committee Members, and Staff, accept this responsibility, and pledge to continue to discharge their duties for the Wolf Laurel community with a robust and renewed commitment to integrity, fiscal responsibility and transparency.
Wolf Laurel Road Maintenance & Security Homeowners Association Inc.
63 Village Lane
Mars Hill, NC 28754 (828) 680-9162