Homeowners’ Association (NDHA) News
Happy September! The NDHA hopes that you had a wonderful summer and a chance to use our beautiful parks and pathways at some point during the season. If not, September brings a different kind of beauty with fall colors and the change of season. We have beautiful vistas right on our doorstep- enjoy!
Summer Landscaping Update: Despite the seemingly constant heat, we did manage to accomplish some significant landscaping upgrades within the community. The Xeriscape median project on Discovery Ridge Way is complete and looks good. The heat-stressed foliage seems to be recovering; ULS has assured us that with their increased watering routine in this area and cooler temperatures, the plants will rebound. Regardless, the new foliage is warranted and anything that does not recover will be replaced next season. The new trees that the NDHA negotiated for were planted this June in the construction zone at the entrance. They seem to be taking well, and we are looking forward to them maturing and growing over the next many years. The waterfall continues to operate smoothly, and the entrance planters are colorful and welcoming. The community greenspaces look amazing – we do have a very special oasis here in Discovery Ridge!
ULS crews have worked hard in our community this year, under very difficult, and sometimes dangerously hot conditions. The NDHA would like to thank them for their efforts. It is very much appreciated!
Finally, we would like to acknowledge the many residents who have advised us of the multitude dead shrubs in the community this year. This has turned out to be a city-wide issue and has hit potentilla shrubs particularly hard. We have hundreds of these shrubs throughout the community; they are normally very hardy and winter well. Unfortunately, the dry, warm conditions of last winter killed most of them and removal will be a big job. The NDHA board is working with ULS on a strategy to deal with all the dead shrubs, and to budget for this work. Your patience is appreciated, it will take some time.
Delinquent Fees Update: Many residents have not yet paid the $307 fee for 2021 which was due June 29th. Immediate payment is required. Past due payments are charged interest at a rate of 18% per annum. The NDHA has a strict policy for the collection of unpaid fees. Accounts in arrears will be turned over the NDHA lawyer for collection, at which time significant legal fees will also be incurred by the homeowner.
Please keep in mind that this is an encumbrance on your land title, and you are legally required to pay these fees annually. Our community relies on everyone to pay their fee on time so that we can pay our contractors on time. Volunteer efforts required to follow up and request past due payments is frustrating and could be put to much better use. Payment options can be found on our website at ndha.ca You can log onto your account via our website to check if you have paid and are up to date, or contact us at NDHAmembership@ndha.ca for help with your account. Please reference your address when you email us. Thank you to all who have paid for 2021, we appreciate it!
We are always happy to hear from our NDHA members; if you ever have a concern or comment and need to contact us please access our website at ndha.ca to send an email or call us at 403-237-9595.