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Antelope Valley Right-of-Ways, Dumpsters & Covenants
Posted on Apr 2nd, 2016

Per a decision made, in the February 9, 2016 AVI&SD Board meeting, the Antelope Valley Improvement & Service District Board of Director’s are asking that no dumpsters, physical structures, vehicles, etcetera are situated or parked within the Street Right-Of-Ways in the subdivision.  There are quite a few of the dumpsters within the Street Right-Of-Ways and a lot of dumpsters and garbage roll out cans, that are visible to all or most lots around them. 
The Covenants states in Article IV-Section 9 – Trash Collection: “All rubbish, trash and garbage shall be regularly removed from the Properties, and shall not be allowed to accumulate thereon.  Each lot owner shall be responsible for arranging for private monthly pickup and removal of garbage.  All clothes lines, refuse containers, woodpiles, storage area and machinery and equipment shall be prohibited upon any lot, unless obscured from view of adjoining lots and streets, by a fence or appropriate screen.  Each owner shall be responsible for insuring that water drainage is continuous in the portion of the lot which adjoins the roadways in front of the lots.”
There have been some questions from property owners as to where they can position the dumpster enclosures that are not within the street right-of-way.   Certified letters have been sent to homeowners, notifying them of having dumpsters in violation and asking them to please move them out of the Right-of-Way and also enclose them.  However, this applies to all properties within Antelope Valley Phase I and II, and Pinnacle Heights Phases I and II by extension of Antelope Valley’s covenants.  Property owners will have until April 30, 2016 to have these covenant violations corrected.  Enforcement against those not complying by April 30th, 2016 will begin in May, 2016.
The street easements within the Antelope Valley Subdivision are dedicated street easements, and not part of individually plated lots.  These easements are 60 feet in width;  however, when the developer constructed the streets they did not place them exactly in the center of the easements.   It is the property owners’ responsibility to ensure that any development, and structures erected, on their property be with in their property boundaries, and not blocking any easements.  The advice of AVI&SD board is that if you do not know where your physical property boundaries are located, before constructing or planting anything on your property, that you have your physical property corners located. 
The utility easements are only for the use of the utility companies to provide services to the lots within the subdivision.  They are not intended to be used as an egress to other properties.  The utility easement within your plated property boundaries is part of your property, and not for use by anyone but you, and the utility companies.  Should development or building occur, or anything is planted, within the dedicated easements, the property owner will be liable for the expense of removal, if necessary, for utility service construction, or maintenance purposes.
Please remember that any development or building needs to be submitted to the Architectural Control Committee for approval, and may need to be permitted through the County Public Works Department,  specifically any work with in the street right-of-ways.
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