Important Community FAQs
- Inspections: 73 Subdivisions, approximately 2,600 units per four inspectors including 41 shopping centers and stand alone churches/buildings.
- Objective: Win-Win results for FCCSA, Residents, Neighborhood Representatives & the FCCSA Community Standards Department.
When inspecting a subdivision, the FCCSA Community Standards Department determines a deed restriction violation based on these underlying tenets:
- Maintenance Standards
- Aesthetic/property value issues
- Compromised building materials issues
The First Colony Community Association Community Standards Department staff strives to provide quality service while encouraging homeowners to take pride in one of their most valuable assets– their home. At times, the deed restrictions guidelines may seem cumbersome and restrictive, but the overall purpose of the deed restrictions is to help maintain property value and maintain and improve the overall
appearance of the community.
The following valuable information is provided to help residents learn and understand the deed restrictions. In addition, the information will provide the most common items that the Community Standards Residential Inspectors may notice while inspecting your subdivision.
Inspections – Are done on a quarterly basis. Each inspector is assigned approximately 3000+ homes (excludes commercial properties).
- Objective – Achieving compliance by helping homeowners to understand the violation issue and guide them as to the proper course to take to cure the problem.
When inspecting a subdivision, the inspectors determine deed restriction violations based on the following tenets:
- Residential Property Standards and Maintenance
- Property Improvement Manual
- Comprised building materials and or issues
What does the Community Standards Inspectors look for?
The Community Standards Department has compiled a list of the “Top Ten” items that are frequently cited for deed restriction violations. Please note that the items are all equally important when addressing the issue of maintenance and home values.
- Mildew/mold/stains – on the home, fence or driveway /walkway areas.
- Lawn maintenance – mowing every 7-10 days, edging, weed control, damaged sod replacement and raking and bagging leaves.
- Landscaping – replacing dead, dying or missing shrubs to assure two complete rows (some neighborhoods require more than two rows), trimming all shrubs (48 inch maximum height) and ornamental trees, maintaining landscape borders and weeding landscape beds and tree rings.
- Tree maintenance – replacing dead trees with like kind – 30 gallon, 2 inch caliper approved trees. Trimming or pruning yard trees and street trees. At this time, FCCA trims the street side of the street trees. Homeowners are responsible to trim the yard side of the street trees.
- Gutter maintenance – remove/clean out all debris or dirt from the gutters. Maintain the exterior condition and assure that the gutters are fastened appropriately.
- Exterior painting – trim, siding and shutters must be repainted when the paint fades or chips. A property improvement application – along with a swatch of the paint color – must be submitted every time the home is painted (even if painting the same color).
- Fences and Front Door – must be kept in good condition. Rotted pickets and/or posts should be replaced, fences should not be “wavy”, and front doors should be refinished when faded. Only grade #1 cedar pickets are permitted.
- Driveways, walkway and sidewalks – should be cleaned or power-washed to remove mildew/mold, dirt and stains. Cement pads should be replaced when the driveway/walkway has cracked. Expansion joints should be kept free of grass and weeds.
- Public view – items such as trash cans, lawn bags, tools, toys, etc. should be stored completely out of public view. Trash cans or law bags may only be placed at the curb the night before the scheduled pick-up. Note: Sugar Land and Missouri City have a separate green waste pick-up day. The trash cans/carts should be put out of public view – behind a wooden fence, in the garage or screened by 8 am the day after the pick-up.
- Property improvement without prior approval – all exterior changes to a property require a property improvement application and approval. This includes, but is not limited to, roofing doors, paint, windows, driveway extensions, play forts, landscaping changes.Letter Notification ProcessFirst Colony Community Association adheres to the State of Texas mandated process.
- The first letter is sent after a violation has been identified.
- The second letter is sent within 30 to 60 days – if the violation remains uncured. This letter requests that the violation be cured within 10 days.
- The third letter is sent by certified and regular mail notifying the owner that the issue will be presented to the Covenants Committee for potential sanction – if the violation is not cured. A date is given and the resident is given information about attending the hearing if they choose to do so.
The Covenants Committee is comprised of First Colony volunteer homeowners – along with a representative from the Board of Directors. This committee meets on a monthly basis to review properties that are out of compliance with the deed restrictions. If a find is assessed, homeowners are notified of the amount of the monthly fine. Homeowners can appeal the decision within 30 days.
For any additional questions, please e-mail email@example.com or call (281) 634-9500– or contact your neighborhood inspector.
The Certificate of Compliance (COC) inspection is required by FCCSA prior to the sale of a home. This inspection focuses on issues of compliance within the deed restriction policies and modification approvals. The purpose of the inspection is to inform both the property seller and the purchaser of any outstanding violations. All members that are selling their home must submit a Certificate of Compliance request form (14 business days prior to the closing date).
The Resale Certificate package that we provide includes:
- Resale Certificate
- Certificate of Compliance
- Supplemental Amendment for the neighborhood
- Development Guidelines for the neighborhood
- Declaration of Covenants
- Bylaws of the Association (FCCA)
- Notice of Dedicatory Instruments for the Association
- Articles of Incorporation of the Association
- Assessment Collection Policy
- Residential Deed Restriction Policy and Schedule of Fines
- Certificate of Compliance Policy
- Available Guidelines for Modifications
- Modification Application
- Park, Lake, Recreation Facility Rules & Regulations
- Current Year Operating Budget
- Current Balance Sheet
- Certificate of Insurance
Should you have any further questions please contact our office at (281) 634-9500
First, read the entire letter. Look for the following information in the body of the letter:
- What is the violation for?
- Where is the violation?
- Options on how to cure/correct the violation (example: Install more evergreen shrubs using the approved shrubs listed in the guidelines).
- Read all the guidelines that are included with the violation letter. All guidelines are also available on our website www.firstcolony.org under Community Standards.
- If you do not understand the guidelines, or disagree with the violation notice, please contact the Community Standards Department of FCCSA. Your inspector’s phone number and e-mail are listed in the letter itself.
- An Enhanced Community Standards Specialist is available to meet personally with you if needed. She will meet you at your home to explain further or show you the area in question.
- Most letters give you a timeframe to cure the violation. It is important that you contact your inspector to let him/her know your plans to cure the violation.
- An extension of time is possible for homeowners that have a hardship. The form is also available under Community Standards
Your Community Standards Team will do whatever we can to help you. Please contact us with any questions and we will strive to answer them.
Thank you so much for your cooperation!
- Contact the City of Sugar Land Police Department at (281) 275-2500 (after hours, call (281) 275-2525).
- Contact the City of Missouri City Police Department at (281) 403-8700.
- Parked cars must be at least thirty (30’) feet from an intersection.
- Parked cars cannot prevent an emergency vehicle or larger from entering that street.
- Automobiles cannot be parked to advertise garage sales or any other event.
- Missouri City residents should contact Fort Bend Animal Control at (281) 342-1512.
- Sugar Land residents should contact the City of Sugar Land Animal Services at (281) 275-2364.
Below describes the appropriate entity to contact about repairs on a specific area of sidewalk.
Municipalities- The City of Sugar Land and City of Missouri City maintain all sidewalks that parallel public streets, including sidewalks in front of homes. To report problems with City of Sugar Land sidewalks, please contact the Department of Public Works at (281) 275-2450. Missouri City residents should contact the Department of Public Works at (281) 403-8500.
First Colony Community Services Association- FCCSA only maintains sidewalk inside FCCSA landscape reserves and greenbelts, which includes the sidewalks around pool and park sites. FCCSA does not maintain the sidewalk in front of any home located on a public street.
- Minor property improvement project – such as painting, replacing fences, etc. do not need to be reviewed by the consulting Architect, in these cases there is no fee
- Larger projects or new construction require a $250 fee attached to the application. The fee for a signage submittal is $100.
A COC inspection must be requested in writing by use of a COC Request Form. This form must be submitted at least 14 business days prior to the scheduled sale or conveyance of the property. Earlier requests are encouraged. There is a fee collected at closing. To review FCCA’s COC Policy or download a COC form, please visit www.firstcolony.org.
If you have any questions related to property improvements, please contact FCCSA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (281) 634-9500 prior to beginning plans or work.
During this time of the year many homeowners are unsure of the deed restrictions regarding holiday decorations. The guidelines encourage homeowners to decorate the exterior of their home in a tasteful manner that celebrates the season and shows the spirit of the holiday (be sure to be safe – check all decorations to assure that they are properly maintained).
Year-end holiday decorations may be installed no earlier than mid-November but cannot be lit until Thanksgiving Day. All holiday lights and decorations must be completely removed no later than January 10th.
In order to use an FCCSA Pool you must sign up for our digital pool pass through CellBadge. You can sign up at https://firstcolony.cellbadge.com/Register
The Aquatic Center fitness pool, The Lakes Pool and Austin Park pool are operated as “swim at your own risk” pools and require a pool access card which requires a $100 deposit to receive a key for entry. The Aquatic Center Lap Pool is open currently from 5 am – 10 pm, Monday – Saturday and Sundays 4 pm – 8 pm. The Austin Park pool and The Lakes pool are open from 7 am – 8 pm. Austin Park pool is closed on Thursdays for cleaning. The Lakes pool is closed on Wednesdays for cleaning.
To reserve a Missouri City or Sugar Land park, picnic area and/or pavilion, please contact the following:
- Sugar Land Parks & Recreation: (281) 275-2885
- Missouri City Parks & Recreation: (281) 403-8500
The GENERAL portion is paid by all residential and commercial members and covers most FCCSA expenses including landscape, park and lake maintenance, street lighting, deed restriction enforcement, financial management, office expenses, insurance, legal services, taxes, and general and capital projects. The RECREATION portion is only paid by single-family residential members and pays for the operation and maintenance of FCCSA pools, tennis courts, parks, recreation reserves, and capital projects. Some neighborhoods pay an additional Neighborhood Assessment for special services or features.
not receive your assessment in the mail by early December, please contact the Accounting Department at (281) 634-9512.