Proposed Amendments to the Covenants | Autumn 2020

As a result of communications from Oakbrook residents and ensuing discussions among the members of the Covenant Committee and HOA Board, there are two proposed amendments to the existing Oakbrook Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions. Please review the proposed new language below, listen to the discussion during the Annual Meeting livestream, and then complete your Vote Card with a "yes" or "no" for each proposed amendment.

The Annual Meeting livestream will take place on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 7:30 - 8:30 pm via Zoom. You can find details to log into the meeting in your Autumn 2020 Oakbrook HOA Newsletter, print and online edition, which you've already received. Each household's Vote Card must be mailed to Oakbrook HOA by Monday, November 2, 2020.

Proposed Amendment to the Covenants | Section 23: Short-Term Rental Use

This will fit in Article III (Use Restrictions) as a new Section 23. Short-Term Rental Use.

No lot, structure, portion of lot, or portion of structure embraced in the properties shall be rented out for fewer than thirty (30) consecutive days unless the homeowner of the lot or structure is physically present in the structure for the duration of the guest occupancy.

Any homeowner wishing to rent out a portion of their lot or structure for fewer than thirty (30) consecutive days, e.g. Short-Term Rental, shall follow all applicable Laws and Ordinances in accordance with the City of Littleton, Arapahoe County, State of Colorado, and any other governing bodies.

Any homeowner wishing to rent out a portion of their lot or structure for any duration of time shall follow all applicable Laws and Ordinances in accordance with the City of Littleton, Arapahoe County, State of Colorado, and any other governing bodies.

Any homeowner wishing to rent out a portion of their lot or structure for fewer than thirty (30) consecutive days shall register their intention with the HOA Board on an annual basis, no later than January 1st of the year in which the homeowner intends to operate the Short-Term Rental. If a homeowner decides after January 1st of the current year to begin renting out a portion of their lot or structure for fewer than thirty (30) days, the owner must register their intention with the HOA Board at least thirty (30) days before the first rental occurs.

No lot, structure, portion of lot, or portion of structure embraced in the properties shall be re-let, sub-let, or otherwise rented out by any renter or non-homeowner for fewer than thirty (30) consecutive days.

No non-permanent structure or portion of a non-permanent structure shall be rented out for any length of time.

Proposed Amendment to the Covenants | Section 23 or 24: Residential Renewable Energy Technology

This will fit in Article III (Use Restrictions) as a new Section 23 or 24 (depending on whether or not the proposed Short-Term Rental language passes).

Subsection 1: Solar Energy Technology

The installation and operation of solar panels, solar shingles, and other solar energy collecting technology on a residence is permitted in accordance with city code and state law.

Subsection 2: Wind Turbines

The installation and operation of residential house roof-mounted wind turbines is permitted in accordance with city code and state law. This section does not impose a height restriction on the height of house roof mounted wind turbines and exempts a house roof-mounted wind turbines from the height requirements set forth in Section 9 of this article. Mounting wind turbines to backyard sheds and constructing and maintaining free-standing wind turbines is not permitted.

Subsection 3: Geothermal

The installation of a residential geothermal heating and cooling system is permitted in accordance with city code and state law. This shall include reasonable temporary accommodations needed for fences and rights-of-way in drilling a geothermal well. Drilling and operation of a geothermal well shall be exempt from Section 20 in this article as the HOA acknowledges that the thermal and physical properties of 
water are a mineral and insofar as the well does not produce hydrocarbons. Any structure needed to house the geothermal operating equipment  should be no larger than an unattached shed as noted in Section 9 and that structure and any associated surface disturbance adheres to Sections 14, 15, 17, and 22 of this article.