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Gated communities

EDITOR:

Living in El Dorado Hills has shown me luxury but it has also shown me censorship. There are many gated communities in EDH that are infuriatingly limiting with their rules. Rules like what color to paint your fences, what plants you can grow, what kind of satellite dishes are allowed, “inside hours,” and not even being allowed to put up lost posters of pets for worried owners. This kind of censorship is belittling and even in some ways cruel; making house owners pay for services that they do not even like and/or cannot afford.

These rules set by gated communities did start out as precautions to make neighborhood life more likeable for house owners but over the years have grown power hungry in how much they can control the lives of community people. Yet we do not stop it because people always need a place to live and these gated communities offer so many houses because they just keep expanding, looking for more lives to censor.

There is a way to stop the monstrous controllers of neighborhoods, and that is to cut them off from buying more land to expand their gates, stopping them in their tracks of progress. Also, for the already existing communities, we can all come together to boycott the rules that oppress us, to get our plants, colors and choices back. Censorship while it has its uses is more often than not infuriating and insulting for those on the receiving end of it. Please, let’s put a stop to the limiting rules and allow our communities to live in safe happiness.

KRISTINA GARRETT
El Dorado Hills

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  1. There is a good way to change course in the EDH area, first don’t vote for Supervisor Knight or Nutting. Both are heavily developer influenced and their votes and campaign contributions prove who they work for and it isn’t the resident. These over-expanding gated communities are a general nuisance. There are plenty of them now for the next century. There is an all out fight in the EDH and West County area and South County area where some of the last old ranches are to preserve what little open space and zoning to keep it that way is left. The area North of Green Valley Road, East up Green Valley Road and out Salmon Falls to the bridge and out Latrobe Road to the county line are all areas that need the zoning to be protected and no thanks to Mr. Knight the area was attacked by developers and he voted for many small-parcel rezones that favored the developers and ignored hundreds of neightbors who had to band together to try to stop it with very negative results. We haven’t forgotten Mr. Knight around here and will continue our efforts to protect what little is left and not vote Knight or his friend Nutting back in. There is too much at stake and the very safety of our roads for our kids and loved ones and our quality of life for our families have to be protected from unsafe developers throwing hundreds if not thousands of vehicles on roads like Salmon Falls where several schools are located near, or Green Valley Road which is becoming known as a very dangerous road and a high number of accidents are seen on commuter mornings and afternoons. Join me and many others in restoring some sanity and safety and vote no on Knight and Nutting.

  2. An honest question…. which gated communities in EDH are expanding? I understand that Serrano is still building homes, but have the HOA rules changed? Buyers agree to the rules when they purchase the property, and the rules are disclosed at that time.

    We’ve lived in a non gated community in EDH for over 16 years, and honestly, I think some simple HOA rules would have benefited our neighborhood. Mostly regarding noise in the late evenings, and cars parked bumper to bumper in front of homes on our very narrow roads. I understand that the choice of house color, and plantings are very individual issues, but if the HOA rules are disclosed prior to to the purchase, and agreed to, it seems that odd to argue the point later. It does seem petty to limit neighbors’ ability to post notices regarding lost pets.

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