Homeowners Association Overview
BENTSEN PALM DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, INC
When a home or lot is purchased in Bentsen Palm Development, it is subject to documents filed of record in Hidalgo County, Texas. All homes are automatically a member of the Association and membership is mandatory.
The Association establishes community rules, regulations and building standards. It is also responsible for enforcing these rules and regulations. The purpose of these rules is to enhance the quality of life for all residents in Bentsen Palm Development and to protect your investment. An example of the rules: all lawns must be kept neat and mowed; houses must be kept in good repair; no inoperable vehicle can be parked in the street; no continuous overnight parking in the street; no boats, RV’s etc can be parked or stored except out of view from the front, with the exception for communities specifically designed for RV parking, i.e. Retama Village. An example of the building rules; all individual fences must be of an approved type by the Architectural Review Committee (ARC), staining of fences shall be an earth-tone color approved by ARC, all front and side yards must be fully sodded and irrigated with trees and shrubs (native plants are encouraged). It is important to remember that alternations to the exterior of your house are not allowed without written approval from ARC. For a complete list of all rules and regulations and how the Association works, please read the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCR) that is filed of record. You may obtain a copy from your homebuilder or from our website www.bentsenpalm.com . Every lot owner has a Class “A” voting membership in the Association. Rhodes Enterprises, Inc., the developer, has a Class “B” voting membership in the Association. There is a Control Period by Class “B” Member incorporated in the By-Laws and CCR of the Association. As the community grows, the Control Period decreases until the Class “B” membership ceases to exist. This provision is to insure all property owners have input and advice to Association decisions, but to insure the vision of a High-Quality, restricted Master Planned Community is realized. If you have any questions, please contact Rhodes Enterprises, Inc., 956-287-2800.
NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS
Within the Master Planned Community of Bentsen Palm Development are several individual communities. Each community is unique and planned for different market segments to fulfill the desires and needs of a wide variety of residents. Bentsen Palm Development Association, Inc. may establish the structure of the Neighborhood Community Associations when a plat is filed for each community. Each Community Association serves as an advisory committee to the Board and at the pleasure of the Board.
Each individual Community Neighborhood will have specific Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCR) and specific Building Design Standards for that community. The Neighborhood Community Association Board will advise Bentsen Palm Development Association, Inc. regarding CCR enforcement, violations, etc. and advise the ARC on Building Design Standards within that particular Neighborhood Community.
All Community Centers and Common Areas are owned by Bentsen Palm Development Association, Inc. Therefore, you own them. Rhodes Enterprises, Inc. will develop and build the facilities and improve the Common Areas. After the facilities are constructed and open for the resident’s use, Rhodes Enterprises, Inc. will transfer title, debt-free, to the Association. Facility use is limited to residents and an approved policy for guests and limited to the particular community within which a resident lives. The Association also plans on development of Community-Wide amenities, such as lakes and additional hike/bike trails and parks that are available to all residents.
ASSOCIATION DUES AND FEES
The mandatory dues are established and must be paid quarterly. If the dues are not paid, use of the facilities will be suspended and extra fees and collection charges will be added to the amount owned. The Association will file a lien on your home to collect unpaid dues.
Depending on the facilities in each Neighborhood, additional fees may be established by the Board of Directors of the Association on a Neighborhood basis. Each Neighborhood Community Association may choose to request additional improvements or services for their Community and establish additional dues or fees for such.
WHO CONTROLS THE ASSOCIATION
Every lot owner has a Class “A” voting membership in the Association. Rhodes Enterprises, Inc., the developer, has a Class “B” voting membership in the Association. There is a Control Period by Class “B” Member incorporated in the By-Laws and CCR of the Association. As the community grows, the Control Period decreases until the Class “B” membership ceases to exist. As the Master Planned Community grows, additional members from the Communities are added to the Board of Directors, until such time as all Directors are Community Members. The enforcement of the rules will enhance the quality of life for all of the residents in Bentsen Palm Development and protect your investment.
A Master Planned Community must have ALL communities in compliance with the rules for all to benefit.