BEAU CHENE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. (BCHOA)
MEMBERSHIP AND PAYMENT OF DUES
The following information is provided to acquaint you with the services, privileges and restrictions of our community. Please contact us should you desire additional information or have questions.
The BCHOA provides services and operates as detailed below. All property owners, including condominium owners, are required to be BCHOA members; required membership in the various condominium associations is separate from the BCHOA. The country club, golf courses, swimming pool, tennis facilities, and golf course ponds and lakes are owned and operated by The Earnest Corporation. Membership in the club is separate and apart from BCHOA membership.
No property owner is exempt from BCHOA membership. Dues are $181.50/month for dwellings and $58.56/ month for lots. Dues are monthly. Coupon booklets and automatic bank drafts are provided for use when making your dues payments. Payments are due the 1st of the month; those received after the 15th will be assessed a $12 late charge on dwellings and $4 on lots. There is a $15.00 fee for all NSF checks. Unless BCHOA is notified that dues were prorated at the act of sale, the accounting department bills new owners for the prorated portion. If the seller has paid for the entire month in advance, he/she will be refunded the pro rated credit. Accounts are never to be opened in a tenant’s name and BCHOA does not serve as an intermediary between owner and tenant. Questions regarding your account should be directed to the BCHOA’s accounting department at (985) 231-6285.
The BCHOA has authority to levy dues against members. The Board of Directors, based upon an expense budget, sets these annually. Expenses include, but are not limited to:
1. Maintenance of streets and drainage
2. Garbage / trash collection
3. Operation of sewer and water systems
4. Security guard service
5. Roadside and entrance maintenance
6. Environment control for Beau Chene Residences
7. Mailbox and sign construction
GARBAGE / TRASH COLLECTION
Collection is provided by Northshore Disposal Service (N.D.S.) – Keys Family, owner at (985) 845-1380.
Pick‑up Days –
Monday & Thursday for garbage / trash and non‑yard trash
Wednesday & Saturday for yard trash only.
Pick-up Time ‑ Before 8:00 A.M. on collection days (Please do not place on the street prior to collection days.)
Specifications ‑ Boxes, rubbish, grass; leaves and limbs must be bagged, boxed or tied in bundles. Bundles must be no larger than 4′ x 2′ x 2′.
Builder’s trash/vacant lot clearing trash ‑ Responsibility of the builder or lot owner and will not be picked up by N.D.S.
Large Items ‑ Refrigerators, freezers, etc., should be handled by the residents themselves, a private service or by contacting N.D.S. at 845‑1380 to make special arrangements.
Article VIII, Section (1): The Restrictive Covenants governing all property in Beau Chene prohibits animals, except for the non‑commercial, domestic keeping of dogs, cats or caged birds, and only if such animals are not a source of annoyance or nuisance to the neighborhood or other members. All Beau Chene households are limited to 2 adult dogs and 2 adult cats at a maximum. The Board of Directors of the Association has the right to order any member whose pet is a nuisance to remove such pet from the property after a hearing with due notice before the Board.
PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE BOTH STATE AND PARISH LEASH LAWS. PETS ARE TO BE REGISTERED, LICENSED, AND INOCULATED BY THE PARISH SPCA AS REQUIRED BY LAW.
If there are problems with your pet, you may receive a phone call or letter from the Association, to be followed by further action by the Board or its attorney, and/or the parish, should the problem persist. The Association will try to assist you in resolving any problems that may arise with your neighbor’s animals.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, BOATS, MACHINERY, ETC.
Article VIII, Section 1(d): No junk vehicles, trailers, campers, camp trucks, house trailers, boats, machinery or other equipment, except for that which is reasonable, customary, and usual in connection with the use of any dwelling, shall be kept at a dwelling or lot. Further, except for true emergencies, no repair or extraordinary maintenance of automobiles or other vehicles shall occur at a dwelling. These restrictions do not apply to vehicles, trailers, boats …kept within an enclosed room or garage.
CONSTRUCTION APPROVAL AND SIGNS
Article VI: This article creates an Environmental Control Committee (ECC). Plans for houses, additions, decks, fences, pools, garages, cabanas, patios, sprinkler systems, greenhouses, accessory buildings, etc. are to be submitted to and approved in writing by the ECC as to safety, harmony of external design, color, and location in conformity with the design concept for Beau Chene by the Board of Directors.
Signs allowed include 1 (one) real estate sign no greater than 8 (eight) sq. ft. in size, but one additional sign is allowed on the golf course side of the golf course lots and on the other street of corner lots; for houses under construction, 1 (one) contractor’s sign no greater than 16 (sixteen) sq. ft. in size, and also those subcontractor signs required by parish law; and security (alarm) company signs no greater than 72 (seventy‑two) sq. in. in size.
Please note these regulations and abide by them so that we will enjoy a more attractive and livable community. Questions regarding the restrictions should be directed to the Manager of the Association. A complete set of the restrictive covenants and/or the ECC Guidelines is available in the administrative office, mailed to you upon request or accessed in the information tab on our website www.bchoa.org.
Beau Chene is a restricted entry community with 3 entrances and some 17 miles of private streets. There are guardhouses with security cameras at the 3 entrances. The Main Gate on Beau Chene Blvd. off La. Hwy. 22 and the East Gate on Fontainbleau Drive off the Hwy. 190 Service Road are manned 24 hours a day. The Marina Gate on Marina Blvd. off La. Hwy. 22 is open from 6 AM to 10 PM. A security patrol operates 24 hours a day. Beau Chene is a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Sub-Station and thus the STPSO provides additional patrols during weekdays and paid extra duty patrols on Friday and Saturday nights.
Entry for property owners may be by vehicle decal or the optional RFID tag (the RFID tag allows entrance through the right-hand lanes at the Main and East gates). Frequent visitors may enter with a temporary pass. There are two types of temporary passes. Daylight entry passes are issued to workers, housekeepers, service people, etc. Daylight passes are renewed every four months – Jan. 31st, May 31st and Sept. 30th each year. 24 hour (day and night) entry passes are issued to all renters, club workers, resident’s house guests and home healthcare workers. The 24 hour passes are renewed every 6 months-Jan. 31st and July 31st.
Entry procedure other than by decal, RFID tag or pass requires one to stop and submit an ID to be scanned by the guard. In addition, entry at night (9:30 PM to 6:00 AM) other than by decal or pass requires clearance by phone, written permission, or registration on a resident’s record (up to 10 names). While every effort is made to enforce procedures, please note there is no absolute guarantee a given individual will not gain entry to Beau Chene.
Contractors, yard workers and other service people performing outdoor work that would be disturbing to neighbors are not allowed into the community until 7 am on weekdays and 8 am on weekends. This rule applies even if a resident clears the workers.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS / PHONE NUMBERS / CALENDAR
There is an annual, general membership Association meeting each Spring. At this time, directors are elected to fill the positions of those with expiring terms. A meeting notice, the previous year’s minutes, and copies of the annual audited financial statement are mailed to all members in advance of the meeting.
The eleven‑member Board, meets bi‑monthly and/or as necessary for special needs.