Welcome to the website for the Lochmeade Homeowners Association in Atoka, Tennessee. Our goal is to share information about our community.
We are a welcoming community that takes pride in our homes and being good neighbors.
This website will help you decide if Lochmeade will be your home, too! Browse the website, view our photo gallery, drop us a note, or just drive through Lochmeade and see it for yourself. We think you will like Lochmeade as much as we do.
It’s official – the old Lochmeade phase 3 is now the new Lochmeade phase 3 and is, once again, legally a part of Lochmeade. Congratulations to all who voted for the acquisition and thanks to PFMT Holdings, phase 3 developer, and to Dave Tucker of D & D Custom Homes and Jimmy Burditt of Creative Development, Inc., phase 3 builders. This was very much a joint effort and we thank you all.
In other business, many residents expressed concerns about the number of solicitors we’ve recently had in the neighborhood and asked the Board if No-Soliciting signs could be posted. We’ve been working with Blue City Neon Signs and Graphics, of Atoka, and hope to have a sample sign and costing for your consideration in the near future. We’ll keep you updated on the Ladies and Laddies Facebook page.
RESULTS OF COVENANTS AMENDMENT:
This past Friday was the last day for HOA members to vote on the proposed amendment to our covenants. We’re pleased to announce the amendment passed with 74 votes “FOR” the changes, zero votes “AGAINST” and 19 “ABSTAIN”. We can now officially offer the new phase 3 developer the opportunity to re-join with Lochmeade and we expect him to accept our offer. We will advise when all paperwork is completed and the re-joining is official. A few individual items on the ballot were voted “AGAINST” but there were at least 62 (the minimum requirement to pass) votes “FOR” all items so the amendment passes as written.
There was a small turnout at last Wednesday night’s meeting to discuss the amendment. All questions were answered and a few remaining ballots were turned in. We also discussed the need to improve the lighting at our Atoka-Idaville entrance and we have a couple of ideas which we’ll try out in the next few weeks. Feedback is always appreciated. It was also pointed out that the fountain light has grown dim so Turtle Fountains has been contacted. Bulb replacements are about a week away.
We want to thank everyone who took the time to consider the amendment. We also hope this shows that, while our board and committees work on our behalf, it’s the members that ultimately decide how our association is run. We hope to see all of you at next April’s annual meeting.
*** NOTE *** This document is also stored in the official meeting minutes here -> Meeting Minutes
At the 2017 Lochmeade HOA Annual Meeting your Board of Directors shared with you the fact that we had discussions with the new owners of the old Lochmeade Phase 3 about the possibility of rejoining with Lochmeade. At the time we said the merger was unlikely since the new developer showed little interest but that we planned to continue pursuing the matter. At our last meeting we reported the likelihood of rejoining appeared better in that there was now some interest being shown by the developer and builders. Today we’re informing you the developer and builders of Phase 3 have agreed to rejoin Lochmeade, if you’ll have them. This had always been the board’s goal – to give the residents of Lochmeade that choice.
There are pros and cons to the merger and we plan to have meetings to discuss those and share information. The reason the board pursued the matter in the first place is that a local real estate agent and real estate broker in Memphis, on separate occasions, both highly recommended merging with Phase 3. Their logic was simple – the more control you have over your neighboring areas the higher your property values. We did have to make a few concessions to get builder interest:
- Builders prefer not to work with Architectural Control Committees for the simple reason committees take time to make decisions. We agreed to use an independent architectural firm selected by the builders, but one that works for us. HOA’s do this regularly. After the houses are built all future changes/modifications go through our Architectural Control Committee as per normal.
- We also agreed to accept more duplication. In the 45 new lots there might be 5 or 6 houses with the same floor plan, but with variances in bricks, entries, etc. We will ask them to encourage diversity.
- In our Architectural Guidelines, Guideline 4 requires a minimum 20” floor height. We still suggest 20” but we will accept less if the new homeowner doesn’t want it as it adds more expense.
- We agreed builders will not pay HOA fees. Fees will be paid by new home owners, pro-rated for that first year.
Those were the concessions we made to get the builders on board. We think they are acceptable but that’s for you to decide, otherwise, all Lochmeade covenant rules and architectural guidelines apply.
Here’s the plan. Our covenants will have to be changed/modified/rewritten to allow for the additional lots and then we will vote on whether to accept the change to the covenants, and because it is a change to the covenants a 67% majority is required for approval. The new covenant will be mailed to each home and ballots will be provided for us to vote by mail. Our attorney tells us this ‘process’ will take about 3 – 4 months and cost us about $5,000, but in the end, if you approve, we’ll have 45 more dues paying residents in Lochmeade. We’ll keep you updated as information becomes available and meetings are scheduled.
Lochmeade HOA Board
When you check your mail boxes today (Saturday or Sunday) you should find 2 fishing badges with plastic covers and straps, plus a copy of the Lochmeade Fishing Rules and Regulations. We plan to replace badges annually so please hold on to those covers and straps. Doyle and Lynn Sanders purchased the materials then they along with Jennifer and Brad Hamil assembled, sorted and delivered the packets. This was all done with no cost to the HOA. So Doyle, Lynn, Jennifer and Brad, thank you all very much. The badges look great and will help solve the problem we have with knowing which fishermen belong. And everyone please, read the fishing rulebook.
Thanks again, guys, for the passes.
Lochmeade HOA Board of Directors