Membership Update

Hi Neighbors,

I’m sure you’ve seen the signs throughout our neighborhood reminding you that it’s time to pay your 2017 Homeowners Association (HOA) MembershipUpdatedues.

First off, I want to send a big thank you to the 55 households who paid their dues in the first two weeks of March!  Welcome also to our new residents who have already joined the HOA this year.

Emerging wildflowers along Independence are a reminder that spring is almost here.  For your HOA this means the cost of maintaining and improving our public landscaping is about to soar.  This is one key reason we request HOA dues be paid by March 31.  

Over 80% of our Estates of Forest Creek (EFC) operating budget is dedicated to our  Common Area maintenance – electricity, water, and mowing along Coit Road, the EFC entrances at Hogan Manor and Hearst Castle Way, as well as the median on our main thoroughfare, Hearst Castle Way.

Keeping our neighborhood attractive requires more than landscape maintenance. The Landscape Beautification Committee is continuing to implement a multi-phase, multi-year update of our the Hearst Castle median beds, along with our neighborhood entrances at Hearst Castle Way and Hogan Manor.  

Last year we updated the Hearst Castle median beds between Coit Road and White Castle.  We completed lighting improvements at both entrances.  This year we will refresh the Hearst Castle median beds from White Castle Lane to Breakers Way.  Future plans call for improvements at the Hogan Manor entrance, and transforming the Hearst Castle Way bridge into a signature asset of our EFC community.  

These are just some of the actions your HOA Board is engaged in to keep our community attractive and benefit all residents.  The EFC HOA relies on your annual membership dues to keep our community vibrant and attractive.  It is only through YOUR support that we are able to do these things.

Membership is a low $150 annually.  This gives you the right to vote in all HOA elections, run for the HOA Board, and many additional benefits including these…

  • Exclusive access to our secure HOA Members Only web portal – a password protected section that includes an on-line member directory, all Board meeting minutes and budget details, board member & key volunteer contact lists, block captain list, social and service group activity & contact details, a contractor referral list, ability to pay your HOA dues online, and much more.
  • Provide funding assistance to these community programs:
    • City of Plano Partnerships, such as CRIMEWATCH with City of Plano Police to keep residents informed of potential issues and safety tips, open dialog with the City of Plano to identify or resolve issues within our neighborhood.
    • Key EFC HOA- Sponsored Social Eventsincluding:  
      • Two large, family-oriented gatherings (Spring/Fall) for residents to meet their neighbors, make new friends, and offer some fun activities for your kids, and to make new friends, plus
      • Four quarterly Saturday morning “Meet & Greet” informal gatherings where you can enjoy refreshments with the HOA Board and neighbors in a nearby volunteer host resident’s home.

Please help keep our EFC community a premiere place to live by paying your HOA dues promptly.  It takes just a few minutes by simply clicking JOIN/RENEW now.  

There, you will be given the option of joining/renewing either:  

  • Quickly, Securely Online using the PayPal application for payment via personal PayPal account or credit card (new members are prompted to fill out short membership dues form – renewing members need to log into your HOA Members Only portal to review/edit/validate your existing membership form data we already have from you);
  • Manually Print/Complete membership dues form and Pay with your Check made payable to EFCHOA (instructions on how/where to submit this to your HOA are included on the form)

If you make the payment online, note that our web server will automatically return to your email address a confirmation of your payment.  If you pay manually, your check is your receipt and if interested, you can click here to view/print a copy of an invoice

Thank you for your support!  If not before, I look forward to meeting you sometime soon, i.e., at our upcoming monthly HOA Board meeting, at the next Meet & Greet on Saturday, April 29th from 10 am to noon, or just around the neighborhood.


Kathie Kankel, EFC HOA Membership Director