Saturday, October 23, 2004

Who's road is this anyway?

Let’s see if we can figure it out. Eventually it will be a private gated road, which will be part of the Grand Harbor development on Lake Bridgeport. But, right now, who’s responsible for this road, which appears to be the width of Hwy 1810? What happens if a giant mudslide covers the access to Cozy Cove Ct. (a county road) before it gets paved?

From what we understand, the sale of the Longhorn Council Boy Scout ranch land isn’t final until sometime in December. So technically, we guess, it still belongs to the scouts. Work is proceeding, however, as if the sale had already been completed. Let’s face it folks, big time developers can do magical things that we ordinary folks can’t do without getting into big trouble. Now what about that particular piece of land? Some El Lago folks, who have seen it, say it’s part of El Lago development, but they might be wrong. Perhaps it’s part of Cozy Cove development? Or perhaps it’s not part of any development? Frankly, I don’t want to lay any claim to it! And I’ll tell you why . . .

Greater minds than mine have been struggling for months (and spending big bucks on lawyers) over the issue of certain parcels of land that may or may not be part of El Lago. But what if this road is in the El Lago development or in the Cozy Cove development? The Grand Harbor private gated road will be part of the common area of the Grand Harbor development, and the landowners in Grand Harbor will be assessed maintence fees for the upkeep of the road, along with a multitude of other fees that POAs and HOAs usually assess, which I’ve addressed in previous postings on this page. But, at this time, there are no landowners in Grand Harbor. If Grand Harbor lots don’t sell quickly, who will pay for the upkeep of that private road? Least you think that it will be the developer who pays, just be aware that developers don’t go into the business to spend their money!!!

So if a private road in one development, which is controlled by a Property Owner’s Association, is also on land in another development, isn’t that cause for a red flag to be raised? Building a private road may not be a deed restriction violation in El Logo unless, of course, it is part of a commercial operation. It would seem, however, that the construction of a new development private road on land in another development just might violate something somewhere. At the very least, it certainly will cloud development lines of responsibility and perhaps much, much more.

Wouldn’t it be much simpler and much cheaper to just agree that that land that has never been developed in El Lago, and that doesn’t even appear to be in the El Lago – like down the road, isn’t part of El Lago? Then Grand Harbor can be free to do what it wants with its land without infringing on the rights (and future rights) of El Lago residents?

Until someone has the courage and brains to figure this one out, I’ll just call it the Grand (Longhorn Council El Lago Cozy Cove Court) Harbor Road.

Stay tuned for “MUDdy Water Carrots: How the Promise of Easy Water Can Lead to Taxation Ruin and Even Lower Your Property Values” and “How to Get Swallowed Up by a POA Without Even Knowing”

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