Our community is very unique thanks to the foresight of the developer John Umina. In 1958, John filed a subdivision plan referred to as a “common scheme” which sets aside lots, like our waterfront lots, and provides this “benefit” as part of all individual lots in a subdivision. In the 60’s and 70’s development began in earnest. Roads were built with proper grading, asphalt, and storm drains; entrances were landscaped containing “private“ signage and lighting, electric, telephone, cable, gas, and water utilities were installed underground, and the set aside “Common” or “Recreational” areas were refined to provide private water and beach access to all lot owners.
In 1985 the South Cape Civic Association, was formed by owners in South Cape Estates and Quail Hollow; Denise Sullivan and Ben Lofchie of Whippoorwill Circle; Harold Boynton, Arthur McNulty, and George Gadbois of Neshobe Rd.; Catherine Conroy of Nehoiden Rd.; Robert Fox and Mary Ryder of Manitoba Rd.; and Robert Gauthier of Metacomet Cir. Thanks to their efforts the SCCA (later to become the South Cape Homeowners Association, SCHA) was incorporated among other things “To hold title to real estate (recreational lots) and manage it as common areas for benefit of all lot owners.” We all owe these people thanks for making sure that John Umina’s “common scheme” has been preserved for all lot owners.
In July 1986, the developer transfered ownership of the “common” lots in the subdivision to the SCCA. In addition to the “recreational lots,” two additional lots, the entrances, and approximately three miles of roads were transferred to the SCCA for safe keeping.
For thirty years, the SCHA has used annual dues responsibly for the following;
The 2018 annual homeowners’ dues have been set at $200, unchanged for 8 years. The dues for undeveloped lots are $75.
There are 152 lots in the SCHA subdivision. The SCHA holds title to four lots reserved for the benefit of all lot owners; these include the two very valuable waterfront areas (lot # 96 in South Cape Estates and Lot # 168 on Whippoorwill Circle) that are developed with docks and beach access, and one undeveloped lot in each neighborhood, #97 and #141 respectively. This leaves 148 lots with “common benefits” in recreational areas, undeveloped lots, entrances, and about three miles of private streets.
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