duck creek ridge owners association

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Welcome to Duck Creek Ridge Owners’ Association

Welcome to the Duck Creek Ridge Owners’ Association web page. We are a homeowner owned Association with 257 lots and about 186 owners located 31 miles east on Highway 14 from Cedar City in Southern Utah’s Color Country. We are very proud of our Association; the members have worked hard to make it an attractive and fun place to live and visit. Our strong CC&Rs and Bylaws have been developed by the members to permit nice homes to be built in the wooded setting of the area while maintaining the rustic atmosphere of the Dixie National Forest. If you are looking to purchase a home in the Color Country area, please consider looking in the Duck Creek Ridge / Color Country Subdivision area. We think you will find the people here to be outgoing and friendly and the overall visual impact of the homes in the community and the hidden wonders of the forest second to none.

Welcome to new cabin and lot owners

The Association would like to welcome everyone who is new to the DCROA this year.  The area has seen a tremendous growth in lot sales and cabin construction in 2020, with continued expansion into 2021. With growth and change comes new opportunities to help make the DCROA community stronger and a more enjoyable place to call home, or “vacation” home. We encourage new members to become familiar with their neighbors and support the common causes advanced by the DCROA.

Winter can still be enjoyed on the Mountain

Although spring is approaching soon,  snow and winter fun can still be found around Duck Creek. According to HSR Snow Removal Services, the area has seen snow fall from at least seven winter weather fronts. Snow amounts have not been as deep as past winters, but steady storms have provided extended snow coverage. Community roads are cleared by contracted snow plow services. With heavy snowfall, the services do their best to clear roads for all of the subdivisions, not just our subdivision. Be patient, and do your part by NOT parking on local roads when the roads are being cleared. Vehicles along the road may prevent the street from being plowed, and cars could be towed leaving the vehicle owner with towing charges and fines. If residents believe their street has not been cleared in a reasonable manner, please contact the Service Coordinator Wade Heaton at (435)-691-1997.

In a recent discussion with Wade, he explained that snow removal is scheduled to begin when accumulations reach 6 inches. When snow is falling heavily, the accumulations could be much greater by the time snow removal equipment reach every road. Community roads are cleared in priority, from primary roads, to connecting roads, to finally cul-de-sac streets. His advice was to alert all mountain residents and guests to be well aware of winter weather conditions. “A heavy snow fall on Sunday evening may mean that people will not be getting out of the area to be at their jobs on Monday”, said Mr. Heaton.

 DCROA to continue with dust abatement for another year

The Kane County Commission has postponed the decision on the proposed take-over of dust abatement for local roads. Since preparations need to be made well in advance, the Association will continue to proceed with the scheduling the dust reduction service for DCROA roads. The Association will work in conjunction with Kane County Road Maintenance to ensure roads are bladed properly before the magnesium chloride solution is applied. More information will be provided to residents in May with further planning. Residents are advised to watch for road signs and be cautious during the dust abatement process.

Sheriff’s sub-station contract with DCROA under renewal

Ten years have passed since the initial agreement was signed which gave the Kane County Sheriff’s Office a facility within our own community. The original building was used as a storage shed for association member snowmobiles and equipment before roads were maintained in the winter months. When snow removal became a routine service, the building was available for “repurposing.” The sheriff’s office was interested in having a greater presence in the area, so arrangements were made to allow the sheriff’s office to retrofit the building to serve as a sub-station.  A revised agreement is being reviewed by board members and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office to continue providing residents with close-at-hand public safety services.

DCROA Board and Related Committees

Minutes from the August 29th, 2020 DCROA Board meeting can be found in the “Meeting Minutes” section. Due to the current Covid 19 resurgence, the Board has been dealing with any Association issues via emails, texts, and phone calls. Donna Mooers continues to actively address all of the membership concerns. The next formal Board meeting will be arranged via telephonic conferencing. Until pandemic concerns have subsided, the Board Annual Meeting will be scheduled accordingly. The DCROA committee for review and updating of the Association bylaws and CCR’s has been meeting regularly. Drafts are being written with input from all board members.  Every Association member is encourage to email Donna Mooers with any  general comments for the Board or specific concerns regarding the Bylaws/CCR’s.

 Making Fire Safety Effort PAY with Fire Council “In-Kind” grant credit

Every cabin and lot owner within DCROA can now take credit for all fire prevention efforts going back over the past year and including all current fire safety activity. By accounting for time and money expended on cleaning up our personal property to make the space more fire-safe, grant dollars can be earned for continued and expanded community fire prevention projects. These projects include the annual Chip Fest, fire prevention seminars, and reduction of fire threat “hot spots” in the Greater Duck Creek Area. Simple acts of man or nature can be devastating, with resulting fires having no boundaries or limits until fire crews can extinguish the final embers. By having all Association members take an active role in reducing fire fuels, we make our immediate and surrounding properties safer, AND we contribute to increased grant fund dollars to benefit the entire community. Click on the following link to become a participant in Fire Council “In-Kind” grant project:

Fire Prevention In-Kind Credit

If you have any questions about this Fire Council project or need assistance in completing the form, please contact DCROA board member Lynn Larson by text at (702) 301-9180 or email at larsonvegas@gmail.com

Cedar Mountain Community Coalition

As a member of the Duck Creek Ridge Owners Association, you are also part of an even greater network of dedicated property owners with a common goal of maintaining and enhancing our Mountain community. The Cedar Mountain Community Coalition brings together several other Owner Associations along with federal/state/local agencies to focus on emergency issues, fire threats, dust reduction, road maintenance, safe vehicle operation on local roads, proper lot/cabin usage, just to name a few areas of common concern. The Coalition holds regularly scheduled meetings. DCROA members are encouraged to get involved, either by attending the Coalition meetings, or by volunteering your time and talents as a Coalition member.

Pinewoods Resort – a member of  DCROA

Summer season brings additional activity at the Pinewoods. Along with a wide array of rooms and suites, the resort provides RV parking with full amenities. Conference and meeting rooms are available.  The kitchen is open and serving a full menu for take-out or dining in on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For more information, contact the Resort at (435) 682-2512 or visit their website below:

Pinewoods Resort

Duck Creek Village Association website–another information source

The Duck Creek Village Association is a non-profit organization comprised primarily of local business owners. The Association goal is to promote the scenic beauty of the region and provide information about products, services, and events of interest to the public.  Check out the “How can we help?” section of the website and click on any of the helpful buttons. Also look at the “Road Conditions” tab near the top boarder for a very impressive real-time display of four highway camera positions along Highway 14 between Cedar City and the junction at Highway 89 (referred to as Todd’s Junction).   Click on the link below which will direct you to the Association’s new website.

Duck Creek Village Association website

 Permanent Dumpster Site Improvement

A permanent dumpster site immediately across Highway 14 from Duck Creek Ridge Road (just beyond the horse-back ride area but before the Fire Station) is available for all area residents.  The County will continue to make improvements on the dumpster site. Kane County assumes full responsibility of clean up, snow removal on the lot, plus clean-up of hazardous or dangerous waste material.

We are counting on everyone to:
DO NOT DUMP asbestos, paint, tires, gas bottles, appliances, furniture, fluorescent tubes, toxic or corrosive materials, liquids, and / or solvents. Should you see someone improperly dumping or note problems in the area of the dumpster please contact:

  1. Wade Heaton of Kane County Special Services District at (435) 691-1997
  2. Sheriff’s office at 911 if an emergency or (435) 644-4916 for a non-emergency

If you notice a fire or smoke, please contact:
The Fire Department at 911 if an emergency or (435) 682-3225 for a non-emergency
THESE ARE THE ONLY AGENCIES/INDIVIDUALS TO BE CONTACTED.

Neither a Board Member nor any other individual will be able to assist you so please direct the issue to the proper agency.
Those items listed above and others of the same type must be disposed of properly. Contact Kane County Special Service District at (435) 644-5089 for information regarding locations for the disposal of these items.

911 Emergencies ONLY
Special Service District Wade Heaton (435) 691-1997
Kane County Sheriff (435) 644-4916
Cedar Mountain Fire Department (435) 682-3225

Mission Statement

The Duck Creek Ridge Owners’ Association was incorporated for several purposes. While originally intended to be a water Corporation owned by the members to maintain the Association’s well and distribution system, the Articles of Incorporation were amended in 2007 when Kane County took over the Association’s well.
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Construction

Lot owners are required to seek ARCOM approval before any construction can begin. It is the owners’ responsibility, not the contractor, to obtain written approval. Please see Article 6 section 6.2 of the Association Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R’s) for information.

Property Maintenance

In an effort to keep our mountain homes safe, the Duck Creek Ridge Board of Directors, working with Kane County Sheriffs' office and Cedar Mountain Fire Department is taking a proactive position regarding the clearing and maintaining of homeowner lots. Lots with cabins and those without structures are to meet Forest Service standards. Failure to maintain a lot may result in action being taken by the Association under various areas of the Bylaws and/or Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R's) and legal action by one or more of the listed agencies. Contact the Associaton secretary for a Vegetation Management Plan and Defensible Space Standards.

Emergency Information

Members are encouraged to sign up for Everbridge. This is the Kane County site for emergency and other area information.  Go to Kane.Utah.gov. At the bottom of the page is the Everbridge logo. Click on it and follow the steps to sign up. You can check mark youre interests. Whenever there is an event, if you have signed up, either your phone or cell will receive a voice mail or text message regarding the event. If you have children or family members who live out of the area, they can create their own account under your address and they will be notified.  It is free.

If computers are not your forte, call 877 644-2349, option 3 and the secretary will help talk you through the process.