Governing Documents

In addition to federal laws, state codes, and county codes, the HOA is governed by its “governing documents,” which are:

  • Please note that several provisions within our governing documents have been superseded by more recent statutory law, so our documents should not be relied upon in isolation.
  • For improved searching and accessibility, the central, amended content of each governing document is available on its own page, but refer to the All HOA Disclosures document for the full, official content.
Articles of Incorporation

Articles of Incorporation page

  • These articles established the HOA and generally define why and how it exists.

Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs)

Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions page

  • This document describes the easements, restrictions, covenants, and conditions which each current lot owner is subject to.
    • These covenants are for the purpose of protecting the value and desirability of each owner’s property.
    • This is where you will find most of the rules about what you can and cannot do with your property.


Bylaws page

  • This document specifies how the Association will conduct business.

Additional Rules & Regulations

In accordance with Article XIV of the declaration of covenants, the Association has adopted the following additional rules and regulations.

  • Approved 09/13/2022

Approved 11/09/2021

  • In order to avoid any perceived conflicts of interest and any confusion regarding official communication channels, no director will administer a social media page related to the Trails at Beech Creek community, without the explicit permission of the board of directors.

Approved 11/09/2021

  • The Association’s annual meeting will be held in November of each year.

Approved 06/14/2022

  • Lot owners and residents are prohibited from using Association property (common areas and amenities) to offer paid services for profit.
  • Lot owners and residents are prohibited from using Association property (common areas and amenities) for events open to the public.
  • Lot owners and residents are prohibited from using Association property (common areas and amenities) for events open to non-residents without express permission from the Association.

Approved 10/11/2022

  • Visitor parking is limited to 72 hours.
  • To address parking issues on specific areas of Heathland, Astounding, Onnesta, and Dryden, limited assigned/reserved parking has been established. For reserved parking spaces, only a vehicle associated with the address marked on the parking space may park there.

  • Updates approved 03/12/2024, 04/11/2023, 12/13/2022

  • Approved 06/14/2022

  • Updates approved 04/11/2023, 08/09/2022

Approved 03/12/2024

  • In accordance with Article XIV Section 1 of our covenants, conditions, and restrictions, the Association has established a rule prohibiting the overnight storage of any appliances, tools, materials, or supplies within the front or side portions of any lot, with the following exceptions:
    1. These items may be stored in areas of side yards where they are not publicly visible from the sidewalk (e.g., behind a fence).
    2. This rule does not apply to the items required to complete an approved architectural modification, during the approved construction period for that modification.

This rule is intended to follow in the spirit of our covenants, conditions, and restrictions; to address inconsistent gaps in our covenants, conditions, and restrictions; to prevent chronic and unsightly yard storage; and to promote members’ property values.

Approved 12/13/2022

  • The reasonable holiday decorations permitted by Article VI Section 10 (of the Associations Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions) may not be setup greater than 45 days prior to the subject holiday.

This complements Article VI Section 10 of our Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions, which specifies that holiday decorations “shall be required to be removed within fifteen (15) days after the subject holiday.”

Approved 10/12/2021

  • Black aluminum is now included in the list of acceptable fencing materials provided in Article VII Section 3 and Article VIII Section 3 of our Amended and Restated Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions.

Approved 10/12/2021

  • No fence shall extend in front of the rear building of any Detached Unit Lot by more than 60% of the side of the house constructed on that lot.
  • This new rule is more relaxed than what is stated in our covenants, but the board has determined that particular covenant to no longer be enforceable, since many fences were approved by the developer in the past that violate it.

Approved 10/12/2021

  • In response to new state law (Real Property Article Section 2-124), the board established new rules regarding the use, placement, and storage of basketball backboards / hoops. These new rules are more relaxed than those specified in our covenants, which are no longer permitted in Maryland.
  • Time: Basketball backboards / hoops must only be used daily from 9:00 AM until dusk.
  • Location: Basketball backboards / hoops must only be used on the top half of the driveway. In other words, they must be placed closer to the home than to the street. For safety reasons, backboards / hoops must not be placed at the sidewalk or at the street.
  • Storage: Basketball backboards / hoops must be stored out of sight from the front of the lot. Backboards / hoops must not be left out in the front of the lot overnight. Backboards / hoops must always be stored when not in use.