SNAG ISLAND MAINTENANCE ASSOCIATION
The Snag Island Maintenance Association performs a variety of functions such as road repair, right of way maintenance, collection and disbursement of the Association’s funds, and monitoring adherence to the Covenants.
Annual meetings of the full membership are held in April and Board of Trustee’s meetings are held as needed. All members are welcome to attend the board meetings and should contact one of the Trustee’s to be notified of the next meeting.
A copy of the Covenants and Restrictions follows and some of the highlights are as follows:
1) Natural Area - This is the most common cause for confusion concerning the Covenants. The 25-foot “natural area” should border all property lines, except on the waterfront plus whatever additional “natural area” is required to bring the total to 1/3 of the entire lot area. Please note that the “natural area” should remain undisturbed as opposed to some green belts, which allow clearing but restrict buildings. Also, the property line adjacent to the road right of way is usually unmarked. The 25-foot “natural area” begins at the edge of the road right of way, not the edge of the pavement. The road right of way is 60 feet wide. (approximately 55 feet from road center = edge of natural area)
2) Permits - A separate permit is required for each of the following:
A) Clearing (including major tree removal)
B) Building construction. See Article IV of Covenants.
C) Fence construction. See Article V of Covenants.
A permit application form may be obtained from a Trustee or from Lynne.
(Supplement to the Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, and CCR’s,
not a replacement. If there are conflicts, the
Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, and CCR’s shall prevail)
It is not possible to leave the Snag Island Gate open for
events due to security issues.
1. You may pick your 4 digit personal code, if you wish one, which you should treat as you do the keys to your home.
2. If you have a regular service person or company, a service code can be issued to you. It is not to be used outside of regular business hours. If you are building or remodeling it is
recommended the code be changed when the project is finished.
3. If you are having an event at your home/property, please contact the Snag Island office for an event code. This code can be used for one day and then it will be taken out of the keypad.
The Board of Trustees of the Snag Island Maintenance Association has adopted the following policies to govern the use, access to, and maintenance of the security camera system Installed at the entrance gate of Snag Island.
Use for Official Purposes Only
The security camera system has been installed solely to assist the Association and it’s contracted security service in providing Snag Island homeowners some additional security by being able to monitor the access activity at the Snag Island gate in the event of a security problem. The security camera system is Intended for use by the security service, the Board of Trustees for official purposes, and if necessary to assist prosecution, to aid law enforcement officers in Investigating potential illegal activity on Snag Island.
Access to Data
The access to the activity recorded by the security camera system is to be restricted to the security service and the Board of Trustees for official purposes only. The recorded data is not available to Homeowners for viewing for personal or private matters. If Homeowners believe the data recorded on the system may contain information that would assist in the investigation of potential illegal activity, the Homeowner may request the security service to review the data for specific criteria. The supporting data would then be made available to the proper investigating authorities. (July 2001)
Public events which have an open public invitation (such as garage sales, charities, etc.) are not allowed on Snag Island. This policy has been adopted to protect the privacy and security of Snag Island residents. In the event the above policy is not met, Snag Island reserves the right to refuse access to the public/parties trying to obtain access for such an event. The owner will be notified and responsible for added security expenses related to the violation.
LARGE PUBLIC EVENTS
For other large events (such as weddings, etc.) which are by invitation only, the owner must contact the Snag Island Association office to obtain an event code for invited guests to use for access to the event. The owner will be responsible for any damages to Snag Island property. (February 2015)
The Board of Trustees of the Snag Island Maintenance Association has adopted the following policy to govern loitering and unsafe activities in the area of the Main Gate and Guardhouse at the entrance of Snag Island.
Loitering, skateboarding and like activities are not allowed in the Main Gate and Guardhouse area due to safety considerations regarding the operation of motor vehicles and the automatic gate. Individuals and/or groups shall not park nor loiter in the area of the guardhouse and/or gate. Loitering is defined as remaining in the area of the guardhouse and gate with no particular reason, nor purpose to be there
The purpose of this policy is to help safeguard the welfare of the residents and guests of Snag Island.
(Revised September 2015)
APPROVED PLANTINGS IN GREENBELTS
Trees should be a minimum of 8 feet tall, planted a minimum of 8 feet from the edge of the pavement and property lines, with 16 feet spacing between trees.
Primary trees allowed:
Doug Fir, Western Cedar, Redwood, Leland Cypress
Secondary plants/trees to mix with large evergreens if desired:
Vine Maples, Large ferns (Aug. 28, 2018)
CONTROL OF COMPANION ANIMALS
Companion animal—-currently this is the politically correct term for what was formerly called a “pet” animal. This term excludes wild animals.
Visiting companion animal—-one that belongs to a human visitor to a Snag Island property or has been left with a Snag Island property owner for temporary lodging.
The Snag Island Maintenance Association does not regulate companion animals and will not participate in attempts to resolve disputes involving companion animals. Property owners, residents, and guests on Snag Island are required by law to comply with Pierce County Animal Services rules and regulations. Companion animals are the responsibility of their respective owners. Snag Island property owners are responsible for companion animals visiting their property. In the event of a complaint involving a companion animal, the parties to the dispute should make a good faith effort to resolve the matter by means of direct personal communication. If this approach fails, the complainant may report the matter to Pierce County Animal Control Services. Dangerous or potentially dangerous companion animals should be reported immediately by the complainant.
In summary, companion animal complaints should be directed to Pierce County Animal Services. In the event of animal attack or bite, call 911 and request a response from the Pierce County Sheriff. (March 2010)
CAMPER / RV PERMITS
A permit is required for a temporary dwelling
(1 ONLY: camper, trailer, RV, or tent) that will remain on any property for more than 2 weeks and less than 90 days. In no case will a permit be issued for any time in excess of 90 days or for more than one dwelling. A permit will be issued if the owner of the property issues a promissory note in favor of the Snag Island Maintenance Association in the amount of $500.00. This note will help cover the cost of legal action should it be necessary to insure removal. The promissory note shall be returned when the dwelling has been removed. (Dec. 9, 1991)
SIGNS & BILLBOARDS
No signs or billboards are allowed on Snag Island or along Snag Island Dr. E. One exception to this policy is the use of Real Estate “For Sale” signs. To ensure privacy and security, all Real Estate signs are required to contain “By Appointment Only”, and sellers are required to make maximum use of the “appointment only” concept. A maximum of two Real Estate signs may be used; only one sign on the road side of the property, and only one sign on the water side of the property. Signs are not to exceed 30”x30” and mounting post not to exceed 6’ tall.
(Revised August 2009)
References: Articles of Incorporation, Article II, paragraph 13 CCR’s, Article I,II, IV.
Fences have been and will be discouraged. Please see Articles IV and V of the Covenants and Restrictions of Snag Island. Fences are considered a structure and require a permit. Fence permit applications must be reviewed by the entire Board of Trustees and approved by a majority.
VACANT LOT SECURITY
Unauthorized parties on vacant lots can occur during any month of the year. Snag Island security will attempt to monitor this activity, but the most effective method of controlling it consists of a few simple preventive steps. The Board asks that you keep a few tips in mind to help keep Snag Island safe and enjoyable for all residents and invited guests.
If you have a vacant lot, please restrict access to the property with a gate or a chain and post your property as private property. If you do notice unauthorized activity on your lot or your neighbor’s, please contact Snag Island Security at 862-4242.
MOTORIZED VEHICLES & UNLICENSED DRIVERS
With the exception of motorized foot scooters, skateboards, electric assisted bicycles, and electric personal assisted mobility devices such as Segways, all of which must be capable of speeds of no more than 20 MPH on level ground, only persons at least 16 years of age with a valid driver’s license may operate vehicles on Snag Island roadways. Additionally, the operator of an electric assisted bicycle must be at least 16 years of age though a driver’s license is
Motorized vehicle includes any/all type(s) of vehicle(s) powered by either an internal combustion engine or electric motor. (Revised Nov. 10, 2021)
References: RCW 46.04.336, RCW 46.04.1695, RCW 460.04.169, RCW 46.04.1945
Snag Island is a private community, with no public roads or facilities. Other than government employees acting in their official capacity, the only approved visitors to the island are
invited guests of residents and/or service, construction, delivery or maintenance persons working on island private services such as power, water and telephone and/or are privately contracted with a resident.. All other persons Including door to door salespersons, solicitors, etc. are considered to be trespassing.
Trespassers encountered by residents on Snag Island shall be directed to leave the island and the incident shall be reported immediately to the Pierce County Sheriff and our security
service. (September 2015)
SPEED LIMIT POLICY
The Snag Island Maintenance Association (SIMA) hereby adopts the Washington State Motor Vehicle Code, RCW Title 46 and its Rules, Regulations and Definitions. The RCW’s shall be enforced by State, County, and designated Security Officers.
The SIMA hereby adopts the maximum speed limit of 25 miles per hour on Snag Island roadways. For clarity, Snag Island roadways are defined as that property owned by the SIMA, including its right of way between 218th Avenue East and its termination in the 20700 block of Snag Island Dr. East, including all side roads. (Feb. 2016)
SPEEDING/RECKLESS DRIVING NOTICE
Dear (Property Owner),
More than one written complaint has been received by the Snag Island Board of Trustees concerning the careless operation of a vehicle driven by a member of your household, (name) (or driven by your guest) (name) (or description of vehicle).
As you know, the roads of Snag Island are privately owned and are not patrolled by the Pierce County Sheriff. The Board of Trustees, with the support of the majority of the Members of the Snag Island Home Owners Association, are informing you by this letter that a potential liability issue has been reported concerning your (or whoever) driving habits. Specifically you (or whoever) 1) go too fast, 2) cross the centerline on blind corners, 3) drive in the bike path.
Please be aware, should you ever be involved in a traffic incident on Snag Island a copy of this letter will be given to law enforcement and to other participants. Any future written complaints received by the Snag Island Board of Trustees will result in another letter being sent to you and a copy placed in the Snag Island Home Owners Association files. The identity of the complainants will not be made public unless future legal proceedings require their testimony.
Do give this letter your careful consideration and change your driving habits while on Snag Island, for your own safety and the safety of your neighbors. If safety is not a concern, be aware that the Snag Island Board of Trustees will make these complaints available to a plaintiffs attorney should liability litigation arise in the future.
Board of Trustees
(Dec. 5, 1995)
REAL ESTATE OPEN HOUSE POLICY
To protect the privacy and security of its residents, the Association has adopted the following policies for realtors and owners who have homes or lots listed on Snag Island.
1. Maximum signs allowed (2): Two signs are allowed on the property: One sign at the road side and an optional second sign on the waterfront if the owner requests it. All signs must have “By Appointment Only” attached.
2. No public open houses.
3. No unescorted buyers are to be sent to drive by the home/lot.
4. Brokers’ opens are allowed by invitation only with the following conditions: No open house signs on 218th Ave. E. No open gate allowed. Realtor/real estate agent or owner can either station someone at the gate to open it, or use the phone system to open the gate.
5. A gate code can be requested from Snag Island (862-4242). A record will be kept of those individuals who have requested gate codes. These codes are not to be given out to anyone but a licensed realtor/real estate agent who has an appointment to show the home/lot.
6. In the event any of the above policies are not met, Snag Island reserves the right to refuse any further access to parties who have not lived up to these conditions and the owner will be notified. (Revised May 2009)