FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions:

I want to be part of a PCM HOA Committee - who do I contact?

Thanks for wanting to be involved. Visit the Contacts page for a list of committees. Please send an email to president@polecreakmeadows.com

How much are dues and when do they need to be paid?

Dues are $300 and are due February 28 each year.

When do have to provide my water reading?

The water reading is required to be uploaded on the website by October 31st each year. Please see the Water Reporting Form for more details or reach out to the Water Committee Chair.

When and where is the Annual HOA meeting?

This information is on the PCM Calendar page.

What kinds of signs can I have on my property?

See Rules & Regulations section 3.2 for more details.

When can I take trash to the end of my driveway?

See Rules & Regulations section 3.3 for more details.

RV/Trailer/Boat:

How long can I have an RV/camper/boat parked on my property?

A total of 120 cumulative days in a calendar year. See Rules & Regulations section 3.5 for more details.

Can I or a family member live in the RV/Camper?

No.

How long can I have a trailer parked on my property?

A total of 120 cumulative days in a calendar year. See Rules & Regulations section 3.5 for more details.

Equipment on Property:

Can I have a shipping container on my property during construction?

No. Exterior materials (logs, stone, siding) can be stored outside while the exterior construction is underway. Interior materials can be stored inside the home once the exterior is completed. See Rules & Regulations section 3.6 and DRC Design Standards section 8 for more details.

Can I have construction equipment on my property?

Only during construction of a DRC approved improvement (home, outbuilding etc). See Rules & Regulations section 3.6 and DRC Design Standards section 6 for more details.

Vehicles:

Are snowmobiles allowed on roads in PCM?

No, per Grand County regulations. If snowmobiles are seen on roads, contact the Grand County Sheriff's Office.

Are ATVs allowed on roads in PCM?

Typically only for property maintenance purposes. See Grand County regulations for ATVs on county roads for other purposes.

Are snowmobile or ATVs allowed on common areas?

No. See Rules & Regulations section 3.7 for more details.

Can I build a bike/ATV trail on my property?

No. See DRC Design Standards section 24 and Rules & Regulations section 3.10 for more details.

Can I park on the streets?

Typically no, but there are temporary exceptions listed in Rules & Regulations section 3.1.

Businesses:

Can I build a commercial building/business in PCM?

No. PCM is zoned a residential community. See Covenants section 3.2 and DRC Design Standards section 2 for more details.

Can I run a business out of my home?

Yes, only as long as the business does does not involve servicing customers or employees from the home. See Covenants section 3.2 for more details.

Pond:

Why is there a pond and what is it used for?

The pond is to be used by the fire department in case of a fire in PCM. It is also part of our water augmentation plan. See Covenants section 3.30 for more details.

I see algae/weeds in the pond - is that a problem?

Different chemicals have been tried as needed to control the algae/weeds in the pond that will not harm pets. The Fire Department have confirmed that they can use their hoses in the pond even with algae/weeds.

Roads:

Who maintains the roads in PCM?

PCM created a (Public Improvement District) PID 9 years ago to pay for the streets to be paved. This is part of our real estate taxes. The roads are maintained by Grand County.

When do the roads get plowed when it snows?

Grand County is responsible for plowing the roads. 3 inches of snow must fall for them to plow.

Short Term Rental:

What is the Short Term Rental policy?

There is a minimum stay of 3 days. Additionally, all Grand County STR rules and regulations must be followed. See the STR Policy for more details.

There are loud parties/neighbors late at night. What do I do?

Colorado Law states that "Quiet Hours" are 7pm to 7am. Please contact the Grand County Sheriff's Office if there are disturbances.

Animals:

Can I have chickens on my property?

No. See Covenants section 3.10 for more details.

Can I have a horse on my property?

No. See Covenants section 3.10 for more details.

Can I have dogs on my property?

Yes. If walking your dogs, they must be leashed and picked up after. See Covenants section 3.10 for more details.

What kind of dog run/fence can I have?

It must be made of masonry, stone or wood matching the home and adjacent to the home. See Design Review Standards section 17 for more details.

Forestry:

PCM is a Firewise Community - does that mean I can get a discount on my homeowners insurance?

It depends on your insurance carrier but many companies do provide a discount. To stay a Firewise Community, it is imperative that all homeowner follow the Forestry Guidelines in the Rules & Regulations section 3.8.

Does PCM has requirements associated with Forestry items?

Yes. It is imperative that all homeowner follow the Forestry Guidelines in the Rules & Regulations section 3.8.

What is a defensive space?

The Grand County Wildfire Council and Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) provides information on creating a Defensible Space, an area that includes your home and immediate surroundings that if properly conditioned can help protect your home from a wildfire. The PCM HOA Forestry Web Page provides a listing of additional CSCF Defensible Space Wildfire Mitigation items recommended for PCM property owner consideration.

What is the policy for removing dead trees?

Dead trees must be removed from your property in a timely manner. See Rules & Regulations section 3.8 for more details.

What is ladder limbing and what is required to be done on my property?

Limbing is required on your property and is the removal of all tree branches from the ground up to a height of 10ft above the ground (as measured from the lowest hanging point of a branch) for trees 30 feet or greater. For pine trees 8-30ft tall and within 10ft of the outer edge of anther tree, remove branches up to 1/3 the height of the tree. Aspen trees and some ornamental trees are exempt. Limbs within 10 feet of your home or overhang your home must be removed. See Rules & Regulations section 3.8 for more details.

Are there rules regarding how many trees can I remove from my property?

Limited amounts of healthy trees can be removed without DRC permission. Large amounts of tree removal requires DRC approval. See DRC Design Standards section 27 for more details.

How and when can I burn slash piles?

Slash piles must be burned or removed within 18 months of their initial construction. Materials should be dried for 4 months prior to burning but a slash pile can be burned earlier if it contains significant portion of dry dead wood. Slash piles may only be burned in the winter and require a Grand County Open Burn Permit. Your slash piles will be inspected and approved by the County. You must call in to Grand County for permission on the day you want to burn as well as to record that you are burning. See DRC Design Standards section 27 for more details. Go to Grand County Burn Permit to request a permit and learn more about the process.

When are chipping days?

As an alternative to burning your slash, you can take it to the chipping days hosted by the Grand County Wildfire Council. Please see the Grand County Wildfire Council website for the latest scheduled dates.

What should be done with juniper bushes?

Juniper bushes are very flammable and it is highly recommended that you remove them from your property - especially 30 feet from your home. Consider taking your juniper slash to a chipping day instead of burning.

How should I pile up firewood on my property?

Firewood shall be cut to lengths not to exceed six feet and stacked on your property more than 30ft from the home. Landscaping or building material logs may be of any length and must be neatly stacked while in storage prior to their intended final use, more than 30ft from the home. See Rules & Regulations section 3.8 for more details.

What should I do about tall grasses near my home?

It is recommended that in late summer/early fall, you should mow grasses within 30 feet of your home to less than 6 inches in height.

DRC - New Home:

I am ready to build my new home, what do I do?

You need to submit a DRC Improvement Request form. Full architectural plans are required along with other documents listed in the IRA form. The IRA must be approved before Grand County can supply the building permit. See the DRC Design Standards for more details.

What are the new home size requirements?

Homes must be a minimum of 1800 square feet of living area; the main floor must be a minimum of 1400 square feet excluding garage,porches etc. See Covenants section 4.19 for more details.

What are the new home color requirements?

The exterior of homes must be earth tones. See Covenants section 4.18 for more details.

Is there a time limit when construction must be complete?

Once construction has started, the exterior must be completed within 2 years. See DRC Design Standards section 6 for more details.

Is there a time frame when construction must start?

Once the IRA form has been approved, construction must start within 2 years. See DRC Design Standards section 3 for more details.

My utility company says they have to cut the road. Is this allowed?

No, this is not allowed. The roads do not need to be cut for utilities. Any road cuts must be approved by the PCM DRC. The Grand County Road & Bridge department cannot give this approval. See DRC Design Standards section 9 for more details.

Can I build a pre-fabricated or mobile home in PCM?

No. See Covenants section 3.3 and DRC Design Standards section 2 for more details.

Can I live in my RV/trailer on my property while construction is underway?

No. You can live on your property once the home construction has been approved by the Grand County Building Inspector.

DRC - Other:

I want to replace my existing driveway with an asphalt drive. Do I need DRC approval?

Not if the asphalt driveway follows the exact lines of the existing driveway.

Is an asphalt driveway required?

No, although it will add to property value and resale.

I want to build a shed/detached garage. What do I do?

You need to submit a DRC Improvement Request form. Cross out the sections that do not apply. Full architectural plans are required as well as a diagram showing the location of the building on the property with the distances to the lot lines. Outbuildings must match the existing home, are restricted in size, and cannot be used as a secondary dwelling. See DRC Design Standards section 19 for more details.

I want to have a trampoline/swingset/zip line on my property. What do I do?

You need to submit a DRC Improvement Request form. Cross out the sections that do not apply. A diagram is required showing the location of the trampoline/swingset/zip line on the property with the distances to the lot lines. See DRC Design Standards section 20 for more details.

Can I have solar panels on my home?

Yes. Solar panels that are flat to the roof are allowed. Free standing solar arrays are not permitted. See DRC Design Standards section 25 for more details.

Can I have a wind turbine on my property?

No. See DRC Design Standards section 26 for more details.

Can I build a fire pit on my property?

You need to submit a DRC Improvement Request form. Cross out the sections that do not apply. Full plans are required as well as a diagram showing the location of the fire pit on the property with the distances to the lot lines. Wood burning fire pits must be constructed with a 10 ft radius of non combustible material (rock, concrete). See DRC Design Standards section 21 for more details.

Are there limitations when I can have a wood burning fire in my fire pit?

Yes, per Grand County rules there are no open fires in a Stage 2 Fire Ban.

I want to repaint my home, do I need DRC approval?

Yes. Please contact the DRC even if you are repainting the same colors at drc@polecreekmeadows.com.

I need to replace my deck/deck railing, do I need DRC approval?

You need to submit a DRC Improvement Request form. Cross out the sections that do not apply. Please submit plans with the colors of the materials/stain.

Can I build a fence on my property?

Typically no, except for a dog run. See DRC Design Standards section 16 for more details.

I want to do some landscaping on my property. Do I need an IRA?

It depends on the changes you are requesting. See Covenants section 3.1 and DRC Design Standards section 16 for more details before you start any work.