You may have noticed more visits going on lately by Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association inspectors. Like some of you, I got a visit, checking out concrete patio work I had done. These visits are a part of a stepped-up program to ensure the character and appearance of Hot Springs Village stays attractive and that building codes are followed by contractors.
Recently the Planning and Inspections Department (PID) separated into the PID and the Village Compliance Department or VCD. With the architectural control committee, PID is now focusing on improving permitting and inspection services for the existing community as well as facilitating a great experience for new property owners who decide to move in and construct a home.
The VCD focuses on maintaining the value and lifestyle of everyone by encouraging property owners to comply with published rules and guidelines, like the recently revised Article 23 on Enforcement of the Declaration/Protective Covenants/Policies to include enforcement of the procedure to obtain required permits for work performed in the Village. Failure to obtain permits before work begins or failure to adhere to requirements of an approved permit can result in a member or a contractor being fined and/or denial of future permits.
Thus there are two big changes. First, the HSV POA, for the first time, can enforce the terms and conditions of the permit and secondly, either or both the property owner and the contractor are subject to fines for infractions.
Meeting with public utilities director Jason Temple, ACC chair John Froning and P&I director Beverly Ellison, the Voice was told that…
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