A Primer on Associations

Cherokee Bay Community Club

Cherokee Bay Community Club consists of approximately 895 homes, a water system, private roads, a park, clubhouse, and other amenities. It is organized as a homeowners association. It was created when a set of covenants were recorded that established the duties and responsibilities of the association and its owners. Important documents include the Declaration of Covenants, the Articles of Incorporation, and the Bylaws.

Community associations are responsible for maintaining common areas, enforcing standards of conduct, and architectural control. Owners serving a common purpose enhance property values and improve the quality of life in the community.

The owners elect directors, the board of directors elects officers, and the board manages and operates the community. A community as large as Cherokee Bay is like a small city and the volunteer board of directors relies heavily on professional management to help it discharge its duties.

Washington State has a statute, RCW (Revised Code of Washington) 64.38, which pertains to homeowners associations.