Castle Keep is a smaller neighbourhood with natural tree coverage, natural ponds and exciting entrance features. The homes here are estate quality, and a European styled condo is situated in the centre of the community overlooking the pond. A stylized knight graces the entrance lot and a timber beamed faux bridge announce your arrival.
- Residents' Association -
As in other nearby neighbourhoods, Castle Keep lots were registered with an encumbrance
on title specifying that all homeowners are automatically part of the Residents' Association. The intent is that special amenities in the area are to be cared for by the residents to the level of quality that they desire.
The Castle Keep Residents' Association (CKRA) is set up to care for the entrance parks and the timber bridge, which are beyond the scope of City of Calgary's Parks Department responsibility. There will be an annual fee set at $200 per household paid to the CKRA to cover these expenses.
The Castle Keep Residents' Association held its first Annual General Meeting in April 2014. Dream Development, formerly Dundee Developments, officially handed over maintenance responsibility to residents of Castle Keep. A number of Castle Keep residents stepped forward to act as the Board of Directors for the CKRA. Since then they have been actively performing the duties for the Residents. Please see www.mycastlekeep.ca
for current information.
- Restrictive Covenants -
As new homeowners in a new neighbourhood, many of you may not be familiar with the term Restrictive Covenants ("RC" for short).
An RC is a legal document that is placed on the title of each lot when it is created and before ownership is transferred to the first purchaser. Since it is on the title, the document remains on the land, even as the ownership passes from one person to another. The purpose of the RC is to set out what is not permitted on a lot. The RC is for the benefit of the entire community, and through this, property values should be maintained. In Dundee's experience, owners expect that a standard consistent with a high quality development is maintained. With the RC, you, as an owner, have the ability to enforce that standard when another owner violates any of the provisions.
Although the contents of the RC can vary from one phase of Castle Keep to another, they generally protect owners from improper development in that same phase. As an example, construction of a new building or a change to the appearance of an existing home (inclu'ing exterior colours), cannot be made without the written approval of Dundee. Other restrictions relate to the condition of the house, yard and fences. A violation that we receive many calls about is the parking of recreational vehicles and trailers on a lot. It should be noted that, although some individual covenants in the RC have a certain (specified) lifetime, the majority of the covenants are in place permanently.
With the excitement and large number of documents associated with a home purchase, many owners have never reviewed (or possibly were not aware of) the RC. We suggest that you take a moment to read yours, firstly to ensure you are not violating them unknowingly, and secondly, so that you know you are able to protect your property value from being affected by others.
For your convenience, scroll over the site of your home on this plan
and click to see the pertinent RC.
- Parking RV's -
Can I park my motor home in Castle Keep? Generally, the answer is no. Temporary parking is dependant on where it is parked.
If parked on a street, the City Bylaw says you can park in front of your home for no more than 36 hours. Then it has to be moved away for not less than 48 hours. If parked on a lot, the City Land Use Bylaw says it cannot be allowed in a front yard for longer than 24 hours. However, because we know this is a concern to many home-owners, Castle Keep's Restrictive Covenants go a little further in not allowing them anywhere on a lot.
- Fences and Decks -
Fences built by Dundee represent the 'standard' for the neighbourhood. You should consult the Restrictive Covenants for your lot firstly, but in general, if you want to duplicate the style and colour of a fence constructed by Dundee on your property, you do not have to make a submission to the Architectural Control Committee. Information on this 'Standard Fencing' is available for Decorative Steel, Screen and Lattice styles
If you want something different, please send in a sketch with dimensions and colour choices, as well as a plan showing where on your lot the fence is proposed to be built. Note that fences or dog runs that are chain link are not permitted anywhere.
In some parts of Castle Keep, side yard fences must match the rear yard fence that was built by Dundee, so the Restrictive Covenants for your lot should be checked before undertaking your fencing project.
Click here to review the fencing specifications.
We strongly recommend that you have a surveyor check the proposed location of your fence to ensure it is either within your property, or straddling a property line if you and your neighbour plan to share the fence.
Similarly, if you want to build a new deck or modify an existing one, you'll need to submit plans for review by our Committee, and you'll need a building permit from the City.
- Tree Gift Certificates -
Trees add character and colour to a neighbourhood, not to mention the environmental benefits. Dundee has always offered trees to the new residents in its communities, and Castle Keep is no exception. The first owner of a new single-family home has been offered a new tree for the front yard. This gift certificate program has an expiry period, and we encourage you to redeem any current gift certificates as soon as possible, in order to ensure the best choice of tree.