What do I need to do if I want to make a change to the exterior of my property?
Any time you make a change to the exterior of your home or your property, you must apply to the Architectural Supervisory Committee
. This includes, but is not limited to, new construction, an addition, changing the paint, landscaping, roof, deck, pool, and sometimes the shoreland and trail easement. There is more information located on the home page under the tab Architectural Review.
Is there any time when I don’t need permission to make a change on my property?
If you have been instructed to remove a diseased tree by the City Forester or you want to remove buckthorn from a non-shoreland area, you do not need permission.
Why is buckthorn an exception to the need permission rule?
Buckthorn is an invasive plant that grows quickly, inhibiting native species. Its density creates a habitat for tick-bearing wildlife, its limited root system does not provide shoreland stabilization, and its tendency to crowd native plants and trees affects a healthy canopy. The NOHOA office has buckthorn pullers that you can borrow to remove this plant pest from your property.
Can I fish in North Oaks?
Fishing is not permitted in any North Oaks lakes or ponds.
Can I use a boat in North Oaks lakes?
Canoes and kayaks are permitted as are sailboats. No motorized boats are permitted. Sailboats, kayaks, and canoes can be moored on Pleasant Lake with a permit through the year once rented through the website here
Can I use a golf cart on the roads or a minibike on the trails?
The use of golf carts anywhere in the city and on the North Oaks Golf Course is prohibited. No motorized vehicles are permitted on the trails other than those of NOHOA contractors.
Can I raise chickens or have bee hives?
Per the original warranty deed, the raising of any fowl is not permitted. There are no rules in place regarding bees but you should take the time to talk to your neighbors first before setting up beekeeping.
Where can I get a map of the trails?
A trail map is available here
or at the NOHOA office.
Can I ski on the trails?
Skiing is permitted on the trails, keeping in mind that the trails are groomed for skiing after a six-inch base has been established. Persons riding fat-tire bikes and dog walkers are asked kindly to stay to the side of the trail that has not been groomed for skiers.
Are there skating rinks in North Oaks?
North Oaks has two rinks located at the West Rec Area. The rinks are generally ready for use mid- to late-December. The rinks stay open daily (after school and all day on weekends and holidays) until mid- to late-February. We will update the Warming House Hours here each December
Do walkers, bikers and joggers in North Oaks wear safety vests?
For safety reasons, Members are encouraged to wear safety vests while out walking, biking, and jogging. Vests are available at the NOHOA office for $16 each.