As an Eastmark resident, you’re an important stakeholder in the vision, character, and values of our neighborhood. That’s why the Eastmark Resident Association, or ERA, has specific community standards on the books to help homeowners maintain Eastmark’s high-quality look and feel.

So what does it mean to be a resident in “good standing?” What happens if you get a notice of noncompliance?

If just the thought of this is anxiety-inducing, don’t fret. We’ve broken down the good, the groan, and the sigh of relief when it comes to community standards, and we’ve also rounded up a few helpful links for some common compliance items.

The good

The community standards are in place to keep our community (and your property values) desirable now and into the future.

If you’ve paid your monthly assessment dues on time and you’ve followed the community standards, congratulations! You’re a resident in “good standing.”

You’re not left in the dark. There are plenty of online resources to help you understand the community standards. From Design Review to Noncompliance Enforcement Guidelines, you can reference these 24/7 right here on the resident website.

And if you’re ever unsure about what’s allowed or not allowed, or you have any questions, you can email the ERA. They are a wealth of information and are happy to help.

The groan

To maintain the community standards, the Eastmark Community Life Team regularly tours the community and if there is a noncompliance item found, you’ll receive an initial courtesy notice and an opportunity to correct the issue.

If not addressed, the noncompliance issue can escalate and lead to a monetary fine and declined access to Eastmark’s amenities, like the community pool.

Check out the Noncompliance Enforcement Guidelines for all the nuts and bolts.

The sigh of relief

The ERA is on your side. They’re here to work with you, not against you, and they want to help you remedy any community standards concerns.

You’ll get several notifications before you receive a monetary fine or lose access to amenities. It doesn’t happen overnight.

If you feel like you received a noncompliance letter in error, let them know. If you have a Design Review question, if you’re not sure about what is and is not allowed in the community, let them know. If you notice a community standards violation somewhere in the neighborhood, submit a Community Concern form, which is available 24/7.

Communication is key, and they’re here to help.

5 common community standards

Landscape modifications

All front yard landscape changes require prior written approval from the Eastmark Design Review Committee. For backyard landscape changes that only include permitted plant material and trees listed in the Eastmark Master Plant Palette, installation does not need to be reviewed by the Eastmark Design Review Committee prior to installation.
Source: Eastmark Design Guidelines

Commercial vehicles

Commercial vehicles—including vehicles with signage as defined in the Noncompliance Enforcement Guidelines (page 3/Exhibit A)—must be parked in enclosed garages.
Source: Exhibit D of the ERA CC&Rs

Holiday lighting and decorations

Exterior holiday lighting and decorations are permitted between Oct. 1 and Nov. 6, and Nov. 26 and Jan 10. Lights and decorations for other holidays (e.g. Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving) may be installed no more than two weeks prior to the holiday and must be removed within one week after the holiday.
Source: Eastmark Design Guidelines

Landscape maintenance responsibilities

Home landscape must be maintained so that it does not become visually unattractive and overgrown. Trees, shrubs, or plantings cannot overhang or encroach upon any public right-of-way, including sidewalks and bicycle paths.
Source: ERA CC&Rs and Eastmark Design Guidelines

Pools and spas

Pools and spas must be constructed in compliance with local regulations including those of Maricopa County and the city of Mesa. Pools cannot be drained or backwashed onto adjacent open space, the property, or public streets.
Source: Eastmark Design Guidelines