What governmental entities have jurisdiction over the property?
Shelby County, District 8
Shelby County Sheriff's Department
Fire District: Cahaba
Valley Fire and Emergency Medical Rescue - Class 4
Shellby County School System
Mt. Laurel Elementary School
Chelsea Middle School
Chelsea High School
Shelby County Health Department
Contact: Larry Rush (620-1650)
Shelby County Building Inspection
Contact: Gerald Cummings, Chief (620-6650)
Post Office: Meadow Brook Post Office (995-8096)
Birmingham, Alabama 35242
Morgan Taylor, Postmaster
What are the highlights of Stonegate Farms' Covenants, Conditions &
Minimum home size:
2,500 square feet
Maximum home size: 15,000 square feet (primary); 3,000 square feet (guest)
Maximum home/roof height: 40 feet
50' undisturbed buffers
along all side and rear lot lines.
- Alabama Power, Alltel Phone, Alagasco Natural Gas, Birmingham Water Works Board.
Standard fence detail
for all fences visible from Common Areas.
No more than 5 pets (i.e.
dogs and cats) per lot.
Subdivision of lots
prohibited without ARC (Architectural Review Committee) approval.
No hunting allowed
in the development.
There is no requirement to begin construction (unless otherwise stated in a definitive sales agreement); however, once construction has commenced, it must be continuously and diligently pursued to completion. The Stonegate Farms Property Owners' Association will manage the Common Areas and the CC&R's.
The Architectural Review Committee (the "ARC") will manage all architectural and aesthetic development issues. All plans for improvements must be approved in advance by the ARC.
Farm Animal Lots
are specifically designated.
Lakes on Stonegate
Farms property will be available for the use and enjoyment of all residents
of the Development; however, designated Lake Lots have certain rights
and additional restrictions relating to their use and occupancy.
No swimming will be
be permitted in the lakes within Stonegate Farms.
here for the complete 65-page covenant document in .PDF format.
What is the annual cost of membership in the Stonegate Farms Property Owners'
Association (POA) and how are these costs adjusted?
Dues in 2009: $1,550.00 per platted lot. (Includes lot owner's share of
maintenance of Common Areas) per platted lot. (Includes lot owner's share of maintenance of Common Areas)
per platted lot. (Includes lot owner's share of maintenance of Common
Dues are adjusted
annually as approved by the POA-based on projected POA expenses for the
Dues pro-rated over
the year based on closing.
Who manages the Stonegate Farms Property Owner's Association ("SFPOA")?
The Stonegate Farms Property Owner's Association is managed by Neighborhood Management, LLC. Their contact information is:
Neighborhood Management, LLC
Mountain Brook Center
2700 Hwy 280, Suite 206
Birmingham, AL 35223
(205) 877-9480 PH
Will the Developer build a fence along the Common Area roads?
No. However, if lot
owners desire to build a fence along the Common Area roads that are boundaries
of their particular lots, then such fence must be a certain uniform type.
Who can use the Lakes at Stonegate Farms.
The lakes within
Stonegate Farms are for the use of all residents of Stonegate Farms.
Lake lot owners may
access the lakes from their lot. No bulkheads or boat docks will be allowed.
Boats are to be kept out of the water and stored in a secure and sightly
manner on their property when not in use.
Non-Lake Lot owners may
access the lakes from common areas adjoining the lake. Boats may be launched by
non-Lake Lot owners from the common area adjacent to the lake. Boats may be
no longer than 16 feet and must have electric trolling motors with power not to
exceed 40 pound trust. Non-Lake Lot owners' boats must be kept on their property.
No swimming will be permitted in the
lakes within Stonegate Farms.
May I build a gazebo along the water's edge on any lake lot?
Will I have access to the several adjacent lakes not within Stonegate
Neither the Developer,
the Association, any Owner, nor any Occupant shall have any rights in
and to, or any obligations with respect to, any or all of Smyer Lake,
Hollybrook Lake, Upper Big Pine Lake and/or Lower Big Pine Lake, all located
in the vicinity of the Development.
Such area lakes are
privately owned by other parties, and are provided solely for such other
parties and their guests. Ownership of any Lot or Dwelling within the
Development shall not entitle such Owner to any rights in or for the use
of any such area lakes. All of such area lakes are specifically excluded
from Common Areas as herein defined.
Will there be a horse trail?
Yes, there is an existing trail (which is available for use by horses, bikers, and walkers) that meanders through the greater part of the Development. It consists of a cleared dirt path and is clearly marked.
Will there be a common barn/equestrian facility?
Will this be a gated community development?
Yes. The cost for two opening
devices is included in the lot price. Maids, lawn care professionals, and/or
other residential service providers will have to call your home or be given the
code in order to enter the gate. The purpose of the gate is to control access to
Stonegate Farms and not to provide any measure of "Security" to the residents.
In fact, several sections of both the Covenants and the Purchase Contract deal
with this issue directly.
Can I purchase additional gate opening devices?
Yes, subject to the
POA's rules, regulations and pricing policies. The current price for additional opening devices
is $75.00 each.
Will the gate be manned or unmanned?
What is the purpose of the Architectural Review Committee (ARC)?
In order to ensure the quality of this
community, an Architectural Review Committee has been established whose responsibility it is to
review and approve all individual site, building and landscape plans for:
- Consideration of
primary site design issues;
- Sensitivity to the natural beauty of the land;
- Encouraging excellence in architectural design.
The authority to
approve or disapprove building and landscape plans is granted to the ARC
by Article V of the recorded and applicable CCR's.
The ARC's goal is
to maintain within the overall community pleasing relationships of building
to site and building to building, without unreasonably restricting individual
residents' creativity or preferences.
What is the current amount of the plan review fee?
$850.00 payable to Blackwell Nelson Companies, plus a $100.00 erosion control plan review fee which is payable to Spectrum Environmental.
Who are the current members of the ARC?
Certain members of Stonegate Farms, LLC, and Stonegate Farms residents.
What is the ARC process?
All house plans must
be submitted to, and approved by, the ARC in accordance with Article V
of the CC&R's prior to starting construction. Once plans are approved,
such plans may be submitted to the appropriate governmental authority
for a building permit.
Describe unacceptable architecture.
Anything in the opinion
of the ARC that is inherently in conflict with the countryside character
and nature of the development.
May I use any builder, or is there a list of approved builders?
You may choose your
own builder. Each builder will be required to post a $2,000.00 deposit
with the developer to insure the builder's compliance with rules and regulations
relating to construction activity in Stonegate Farms. Additionally an erosion control overnight feel of $65.00 per month payable to Spectrum Environmental will be charged to each owner/builder during construction.
What are the applicable building setback requirements?
A 50 foot undisturbed
buffer will be required along all sides and rear lot lines. See Article
VI of the CC&R's for specific building setback requirements.
Under what circumstances may the CCR's be modified?
The ARC has broad authority to grant variances to take into account the numerous unforeseen conditions that owners and builders will encounter as they plan and construct their homes and other improvements within Stonegate Farms.
The purpose of the
CCR's is to provide a comprehensive framework to encourage quality development
- not a rigid set of rules to discourage reasonable architectural expression.
Will mail be delivered to a mailbox at the end of my driveway?
Yes. A standard mailbox design has been approved by the ARC and all mailboxes will comply with this approved design. Each owner will be responsible for their mailbox at that owner's own expense.
What types of driveway surfaces will be allowed?
Black asphalt at the intersection of any driveway with a Stonegate Farms road extending on approved distance on to the lot, unless specifically approved by the ARC. Black concrete is also an option in lieu of black asphalt. Beyond the transition distance approved by the ARC, alternative driveway may be used as approved by the ARC.
Who will pick up my trash/garbage?
Waste Management is
the service provider for Shelby County and serves Stonegate Farms. Each
homeowner will be responsible for calling and setting up their own account
and will be billed directly by Waste Management (841-2740). Trash is picked
up once a week.
Is there Cable TV service to the development?
Not at this time.
What is the zoning?
Stonegate Farms is currently
located in an unzoned area of Shelby County.
What is the Property Tax assessment rate and the mileage rate?
Vacant Property Assessment: 20%
Mileage Rate: 44 mils per thousand dollars of assessed value
Vacant land: Lot Value@$175,000 x 20% x .044=$1,540 Property Tax
Homestead: Home and Property value @ $650,000 x 10% x .044 = $2,860 Property Tax.
Will homes in Stonegate Farms be utilizing sewer or septic?
Septic. There is no sewer service
to the project.
Does the land within Stonegate Farms typically percolate?
The Developments to each
side of Stonegate Farms (Shoal Creek and Smyer Lake) utilize residential septic
systems and to the best of our knowledge, those systems are in good working order.
All test pits on different lots in Stonegate Farms have been
completed and the results were all positive. No further test pits have been performed
since it is not known where the homes on any given lot will be sited.
It will be the responsibility of each lot Buyer to become comfortable with the satisfaction
of percolation requirements relative to their lot as it relates to their proposed home site
and necessary septic field lines.
Note: In the event
that there is a conflict between this document and the Covenants, Conditions
and Restrictions (CC&R's), then the CC&R's shall govern.