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Documents & Forms > Modifications Committee (MC) > About the Modifications Committee
Modification Committee Policy & Procedures
Article XI, Section 11.3 of Declaration of Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs) states that, “The Modifications Committee (MC) may promulgate detailed procedures and standards governing its area of responsibility, consistent with those set forth in the Guidelines for Sustainability, and subject to final approval by the Board.” This document establishes the Modification Committee operating procedures. This operating procedure provides definitions, establishes deadlines and schedule dates, describes the modification application and review processes to include Fast Tracking, discusses fees, requires records, and discusses the final committee inspection of the project.
Modification Committee Policy and Procedures (03-2020)
Documents & Forms > Modifications Committee (MC) > Home Modification Do's & Don'ts
Roof Color Requirements
High Desert homeowners considering replacing their roofs now have a simplified, abbreviated summary of HDROA's roofing color requirements, approved in 2015 by the Board of Directors. The new one-page summary is suitable for sharing with roofing contractors as decisions on color and materials are made.
The Modifications Committee is seeing an increase in requests for roof replacement as many High Desert homes pass the 15-year mark. Owners putting on a new roof are reminded that any High Desert roof replacement is an external change to the dwelling and therefore requires prior approval of the Modification Committee. The Modifications Committee has a “fast-track” process to approve roof replacements with specifications identical to the original approved roof. Proposals to change the roof materials will require full review of the Committee, which meets every month. See the Online Forms Page for more information on submitting a modification request to the Committee.
Roofing Requirements Summary (04-19-15)
This pamphlet provides a guide for the homeowner to help them obtain approval to install a solar energy based power generating system in High Desert in a way that is in harmony with the rules and regulations of the community, our environment, and the expectations of residents.
Guide to Installing Solar Power
Documents & Forms > Modifications Committee (MC) > MC Actions 2019
Documents & Forms > Official Documents > Governing Documents > Guidelines for Sustainability
Documents & Forms > Official Documents > Policies
Modifications Committee Policy
Garage and Estate Sales Policy
High Desert prohibits garage sales in the community. The governing documents prohibit residents from conducting any “garage sale, moving sale, rummage sale, or similar activity” (see the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R) Exhibit D – Use Restrictions.) Fines will be immediately levied if residents are found to be in violation.
Estate sales are permitted but no signs may be placed in High Desert yards or on streets advertising the sale, and all parking must be legal. Items for sale may not be placed outside the residence or displayed in opened garages.
Garage & Estate Sale Procedures
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Modifying Your Property
Some home repairs and improvements—especially exterior alterations—require review and approval by the High Desert Modifications Committee. Examples include additions (extra rooms, patio covers, etc.), replacement of your roof, stucco, windows, driveways and sidewalks, changes to exterior block walls and major changes to landscaping.
Keep in mind that plants visible by neighbors must also be on the Approved Plant List pdf.
Other Design Features:
Here are some guidelines for certain minor changes to your property:
• Basketball Backboards may be installed after approval from the Modifications Committee. The privacy of adjacent lots, color, obtrusiveness of its location and screening by landscaping are considered.
• Antennas and Satellite Dishes must be located in places that minimize visibility from neighboring lots, common areas or the street.
• Awnings are not allowed.
Flagpoles with decorative flags, balloons, beacons or banners are not permitted except as approved by the Modifications Committee or Board for special events.
Overview of Modifications Guidelines
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Trash & Recycling
Monday is our trash and recycling day here in High Desert. Solid waste pickup is weekly; your containers should be at the curb by 7 a.m. Please do not put them out any earlier than necessary and please remove them from the curb as soon as possible after dumping. When your containers are not in use, High Desert rules require that they be stored in your garage or behind your wall, screened from public view.
Curbside recycling service is also provided every Monday. We are fortunate that Albuquerque accepts a wide range of recyclable items. The website www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/recycling/acceptable-materials provides a full list.
Items for curbside recycling should be placed in your blue recycling bin, and that bin should be placed at least 5 feet from your trash can. Again, it should be properly secured so that the contents do not blow around. They don't accept glass, so take that to a recycling convenience center by the Bear Canyon Senior Center or behind the Sonic next to Lowes.
Further information on Albuquerque's trash and recycling programs may be found at the Solid Waste Management Department website at www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/
All property is assessed for tax purposes by the Bernalillo County Assessor as of January 1 of each year.
Around the first of April, you will receive a Notice of Value specifying the dollar value of your lot and home that will be used in calculating that year’s property tax bill. It pays to review this Notice carefully, as you have only a limited amount of time to file a protest if you believe your property has been assessed incorrectly.
Additionally, many residents overlook the exemptions to which they may be entitled. Every New Mexico resident is allowed a $2000 “Head of Family” exemption on their primary residence and Veterans may qualify for an additional exemption of up to $4000. These exemptions are not automatic, however. You must complete the form included on the Notice of Value and return it by the date specified to receive these exemptions for the current year. (After the first year, they will continue to appear until ownership changes.)
Property assessments and tax bills are a matter of public record. If you’re interested in knowing how your assessment compares to that of your neighbors, go to the Bernalillo County website at www.bernco.gov/ and select "Search Records" under the "Residents" menu then click on “Property Records Search."