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Landscape Projects in Spring

The month of May is a perfect time to start your projects. Adding plants, mulch, and other material will
help add value to your property and give you a sense of satisfaction that your home is inviting to visitors.
While you are completing your projects on your property, remember to respect your Open Space areas.
The following are examples of rules violations and how they impact the resources contained in open
space.
Dumping
Includes grass clippings, branches, other yard waste, dog feces, and construction debris. Harm to the
Open Space includes yard waste containing seeds of non‐native plants that can germinate and crowd
out native and other desirable plants in the open space. Dump piles can provide habitat for rodents and
snakes that you may not want living close to your house. The Open Space is not a public dumping area,
but is shared by everyone to enjoy.
Driving in Open Space
Includes contractors using Open Space to access owner’s property, transportation of materials, ATVs or
any other unauthorized vehicles in Open Space. Harm to the Open Space includes destruction of
property, bare spots that are susceptible to weed invasions (expensive to fight noxious weeds), unsightly
scars left in the Open Space and erosion of bare soil.
Excessive Mowing
Includes mowing beyond the allowed four‐foot wide swath where private property meets Open Space.
Harm to the Open Space includes: excessive mowing prevents seed development of native plants not
allowing them to reseed, some native plants can be killed by excessive mowing, variations in excessive
mowing creates an unsightly mosaic of the private property/Open Space boundaries.
Structures
Includes retaining walls, pathways or trails, extension of private landscaping, bird feeders, play
equipment (swing sets, trampolines, etc.), invisible dog fences or other fences or any other structures
are prohibited. The use of Open Space for personal benefit is unfair to other property owners.
Planting In Open Space
Includes trees, shrubs, non‐native vegetation, or any other non‐approved plantings. Planting non‐native
species can compete with native species. If you would like to know more information about the approval
process for plantings in the Open Space, contact the Ranger staff at 303‐904‐0249.
Another problem that I experience often is the lack of communication between a homeowner and their
contractor. I have already written contact notices this year because contractors have damaged open
space to access a homeowner’s back yard. A resident must receive two approval letters first before
starting their project; one for the project and one allowing access through Open Space (if needed).
Taking the time to communicate with your contractor and knowledge of your property line is the correct
way to begin a project. This means your project will be completed the first time and you will not have to
call the company back to restore damaged Open Space or even relocate material from the project
incurring added cost.
The Ken‐Caryl Ranch Master Association Board of Directors adopted a strict enforcement policy
regarding rules violations. The enforcement procedure (except dog off leash) will be applied as follows;
• Rangers will write the resident a Contact Notice for the first violation. A copy of the Open Space and
Parks Rules will be provided to the resident at that time and the Ranger will inform the resident that any
subsequent Open Space and parks rules violation in a 36‐month‐period will result in a Notice of Hearing
to appear before the Master Association Board of Directors.
• Rangers will write the resident a Contact Notice for any subsequent open space violation. A copy of
the Open Space and Parks Rules will be provided to the resident at that time, and the Ranger will inform
the resident that at least two Open Space and Parks Rules violations have occurred within a 36 month
period, and they will be mailed a Notice of Hearing to appear before the Master Association Board of
Directors.
If you have any questions, call the Rangers at 303‐904‐0249.
by KCRMA Open Space Ranger Matt Oven

Ken-Caryl Ranch