Common Area Guidelines
Adopted by the Vandevert Ranch Association
[Comments Added November 2006 are in brackets]
In order to insure maximum enjoyment of the
Vandevert Ranch common areas, your board has adopted policies and
guidelines for the use of these areas. These guidelines supplement
the Declaration, Bylaws and other governing documents for Vandevert
Ranch [now in the Owners Only section of this web site] and may be
amended from time to time by the Board of Directors.
To insure availability, please call the Ranch
Foreman to reserve any of the following ranch facilities:
The schoolhouse has been restored and furnished
for use by all Vandevert landholders. It is a wonderful facility
for small meetings, weddings of landholder’s children or
grandchildren, and children story telling etc. The developer
renovated this historic building and gifted the antique furnishings
to the Vandevert Ranch Association with a request that the
landholders not treat the schoolhouse as a museum, but as a common
facility to be used and enjoyed. (We request that the Landholder be
present during the use of the schoolhouse. Any use of the
schoolhouse which would involve the temporary removal of the
furniture needs to be discussed with the Ranch Foreman.)
The barn is a complete equestrian facility with
8 boarding stalls and a tack room on the first floor. The second
floor features a large loft with arguably the best views on the
ranch. The loft is intended as a social gathering place for
landholders and their guests. It can accommodate larger groups for
parties and special occasions. Before leaving, all second floor
lights should be turned off, and the barn locked at night. Please
remember to make prior arrangements with the Ranch Foreman for use
of the loft. (We request that the Landholder be present during any
use of the Loft by guests. Liquor may not be sold at any event
anywhere on Vandevert Ranch.)
The Ranch Staff has developed a system of
equestrian trails. Landholders and guests wishing to ride are
requested to contact the Ranch Staff for information regarding trail
conditions and for an updated map of the trail system.
Because of the very fragile nature of the
environment and as a courtesy to fellow landholders, both
equestrians and hikers are requested to avoid crossing through other
landholders’ property and to stay on designated trails or in
pastures which ranch personnel indicate are available for riding.
Regarding equestrian services, contact the
Ranch Foreman for a current listing of services and related fees.
Written boarding agreements and liability releases will be required
prior to boarding a horse at the barn and/or using equestrian
As all horses are individually owned, at no
time may anyone ride or move any horse from pasture to another
without the permission of the owner or the equestrian staff. All
tack is privately owned and may not be used without the owner’s
Landholders are responsible for injury and
damages when they or their family members or friends are riding or
playing with any of the horses.
The Ranch has kennel facilities for the
boarding of landholders’ dogs during absences from the Ranch. Dogs
must be current in their shots. Owners are responsible for
providing an adequate supply of dog food and should provide the
Ranch Foreman with the name of their chosen veterinarian as well an
itinerary where they can be reached in case of emergency.
The Teepee Campsite
The teepee campsite is a day use or overnight
campsite for families, children, grandparents and guests. The
campsite features a teepee with a wood floor and furniture, a
campfire pit (seasonal restrictions apply) and a picnic table. We
request that your campers under age 16 be accompanied by an adult.
A portable camp toilet is available from the Ranch Forman. The user
is to clean it before it is returned to the Ranch office. Parking
area is limited to the south side of the road only.
The Gazebo is available for picnics and
barbecues by landholders and their guests. Gazebo parking is
limited to the shoulders of the road to the barn, allowing
sufficient room for emergency vehicles to pass by on the road.
Anyone needing closer access to the Gazebo than
the barn road can obtain directions from the Ranch Foreman to a dirt
road which accesses the site.
The lake was developed for recreational catch
and release fly fishing. (Children under 12 years old and under may
use spinning reels. Please be sure children are taught proper
release techniques so that fish are returned to the lake unharmed.)
All fishing tackle is limited to a single barb-less hook. With the
exception of the landholders whose property borders the lake on the
east side, all fishing should be done from the west (meadow) side of
the lake. The lake can be accessed by parking at the Schoolhouse
and walking down the Common Area access between Lots #2 and 3, and
along the fence in front of Lots #8, 9, and 10. Guests must be
accompanied by a Landholder. Please avoid trespassing on other
landholders’ property. Workers are prohibited from fishing in the
lake and Landholders should advise all contractors of this rule.
Our common area facilities are for the
exclusive use of Vandevert Ranch landholders and their guests. The
board requests that host landholders be present on the ranch when
their guests are using all common area facilities.
For large groups of guests the desire of our
landholders for serenity and ready access to common area facilities
will require careful advance planning, as well as prior notification
and approval by the Board of Directors. The Ranch Foreman should be
notified well in advance of intentions for group events.
Guest parking is normally restricted to the
host landholder’s property and to the parking provided adjacent to
the schoolhouse and barn. Although we will do our best to
accommodate your needs, any exceptions to this rule must have prior
approval of the board in order to assure access for fire and
In order to protect your privacy, commercial
soliciting will not be allowed anywhere on the Ranch at any time by
any Landholder, guest, or member of the general public.
In the event that a Landholder decides to rent
or lease their property [one year minimum], the use of the common
areas by the temporary resident is not allowed unless approved in
writing by the Board of Directors.
It is advisable when not on the Ranch to
consider leaving a key to your home along with phone numbers and
other emergency information with the Ranch Foreman.
All guests staying in your home when the
Landholder is not present should notify the Ranch Foreman. [The
revised Declaration filed in February 2005 essentially forbids
having guests stay in your home when you are not present.]
Security is a must!
Vandevert Ranch Association, Inc.
[Addendum – Fire Roads
Landholders may drive on the fire roads on the
west side of the ranch and beside the pasture by the barn. Please
do not drive on single-track riding trails or across the meadow.]