As a homeowner in Shadow Woods Subdivision, you automatically become a member of the Homeowner's Association. The Board of Directors of the Homeowner's Association is an elected body, by vote of the homeowners, that works together to ensure that the Shadow Woods deed restrictions and by-laws are being met.
As Shadow Woods Subdivision homeowners, we have joint ownership of the Subdivision property. The Homeowner's Association is responsible for improving and preserving the grounds and other common elements, as well as securing property, liability, and other insurance coverage for occurrences within the common grounds. The Homeowner's Association is also responsible for selecting the services to the common areas, such as maintaining and managing the grounds. No owner may be exempt from liability for his or her contribution toward the expenses of the administration by waiver of the use of enjoyment of any of the common grounds. The invoiced annual Homeowner's Association dues must be paid as indicated and on time. Should a homeowner disapprove of the way the Homeowner's Association is being managed, the homeowner does not have the right to withhold the dues in protest. The subdivision by-laws prohibit such action.
The SWSA elects a Board of Directors from our homeowners and delegates to the Board of Directors the authority to administer our Homeowner's Association business responsibilities. Your personal interest, involvement and membership in our Homeowner's Association committees are essential to "make it happen". Our homes and common areas are only what the residents and the Association makes them.
One of the fundamental purposes of the Homeowner's Association is to develop and enforce subdivision By-Laws, which in turn will enhance the ownership property values for all residents. Subdivision Deed Restrictions supplement the subdivision By-Laws and are the documents that provide the legal basis for protecting each homeowner's investment and for providing the framework within which we can all live in harmony in our neighborhood. It is hoped that you, the homeowner, will recognize and accept the Subdivision By-Laws and Restrictions. These documents should be viewed as the tools needed to keep our subdivision a pleasant living environment for all residents.
The Declaration of Subdivision Restrictions and By-Laws outline the rights, powers and responsibilities of our Homeowner's Association members. These documents apply to all residents of Shadow Woods Subdivision. No one is excluded.
You can read the Deed Restrictions by going to "Rules and Regs" using the link at the left side of this page. If you did not receive a hard copy when you bought your home, you can obtain one by contacting Beth Tilove, 248-375-1309 (Contact Us)
Shadow Woods is one of the largest subdivisions in the city. It is comprised of 419 homes, and stretches between Adams Road to the west, Brewster Road to the East, Tienken Road to the north and stops short of Walton Boulevard to the south. Along with those 419 homes, we have two retention basins -- north and south -- both situated off of Brewster Road. These locations are popular sledding areas in the winter months, and popular dog-walking destinations all-year-round. We have the Shadow Woods nature trail -- located to the west of Timberline Drive, and we have Keystone Park, which is a grassy lot at the southern end of the nature trail.
What all these trails and basins amount to is close to 30 acres of land for us as a subdivision to maintain. That maintenance is one of the primary responsibilities of the Shadow Woods Subdivision Association (SWSA). Other expenses include capital improvements, water and electricity at our five entrances, and miscellaneous expenses that complete the budget.
It is our responsibility as elected representatives of the Shadow Woods homeowners to maintain our subdivision as economically and efficiently as possible. It is the responsibility of every homeowner in Shadow Woods to pay the annual dues in order for us to accomplish this. If you have ever resided in a subdivision before, subdivision dues are not new to you. For many of you, however, this may be brand new and we hope that our information packet will explain things to you.
The City does not provide streetlights. We contracted the lights at our entrances with Detroit Edison, and we pay Edison directly for those lights. Basically, the City of Rochester Hills expects us to maintain our subdivision, and will step in if we do not do it in a manner they deem acceptable.
While we do have a great deal of responsibility for many things within our subdivision, the City does take care of snow removal, road repair and replacement, and any legal or traffic infractions that may occur in our neighborhood.
It is our hope that you and your family will enjoy living in Shadow Woods, and we hope that this website makes your introduction to your new neighborhood a little easier. Please do not hesitate to contact me; or any Board member with any questions or comments you may have. Future communication will be made via this website, our FaceBook page, our emails, and the annual report sent out each fall.
Terry Lanker, President
Shadow Woods Subdivision Association, 3128 Walton Blvd, P.O. Box 102, Rohester Hills, MI 48309