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Lease Notice and Tenant Acknowledgement

The following form is available to provide the NDHOA with information regarding leased property. The form should be signed by the tenant/lessee and mailed to the following address:

Norman Downes HOA
P.O. Box 962
Duluth, GA 30096

Please print, fill out, signs and mail to the address above.

Lease-Notice-and-Tenant-Acknowledgement

Numbers for Norman Downes

COPS Program 770-476-0572
Home Owners Association 770-476-1812
Amenity Keys (lake, pool, tennis access)
Norman’s News (newsletter)
Pool Rental
Tennis Reservations
Post Office at the Duluth Chevron 770-495-2900
Post Office – Duluth Main Branch 770-232-2757
Property Taxes 770-822-7200
Utilities/Communication
ATT (U-Verse also)
Atlanta Gas Light 770-994-1946
Charter Communications 888-438-2727
City of Duluth 770-476-3434
Coweta-Fayette Natural Gas 770-502-0226
Comcast Communications 888-681-2199
Direct TV 800-494-4388
Dish Network 888-813-2303
Gwinnett Co Water Resources 678-376-6800
Dumpster Cards 770-476-2454
Garbage Pickup 770-476-3434
Gas South 866-762-6427
Georgia Power 888-660-5890
Jackson EMC 770-963-6166

Map of Norman Downes

Frequently Used Numbers

Bunten Road Park 770-814-6981
City of Duluth 770-476-3434
Duluth Police Department (non emergency) 770-476-4151
Duluth Fire Department (non emergency) 770-623-2607
Emergency (Police, Fire, Ambulance) 911
Gwinnett County Public Schools 678-301-6000
   Duluth High School 770-476-5206
   Gwinnett Tech 770-962-7580
   Mason Elementary School 770-232-3370
   Peachtree Ridge High School 678-957-3100
   Richard Hull Middle School 770-232-3200
Poison Control 404-616-9000
Hospitals
    Glancy Rehabilitation Center 678-584-6789
    Gwinnett Medical Outpatient 678-312-7000
    Gwinnett Medical Center – Duluth 678-312-6800
MARTA
Newspapers/Newsletters
    Atlanta Journal & Constitution 404-577-5772
    Gwinnett Daily Post 770-963-9205

History of Norman Downes

The construction of Norman Downes subdivision began in 1973. In April 1974, the Norman Downes Home Owners Association (HOA) was incorporated. The initial phase of the housing development was along Heath Lane and Kensington Drive and Kenwood Drive toward the Pool. The second phase of development occurred in 1982 -1984 which expanded the subdivision to its current size.

In 1995, the county rezoned the land below the dam to permit the building of homes (Woodbridge Subdivision) in the dam flood plain. As a result the GA Department of Natural Resources required Norman Downes to upgrade the dam to meet Class 1 Requirements. The dam is maintained by NDHOA and continues to meet these requirements.

Through the years, each elected Board has strived to maintain the excellent appearance and condition of Norman Downes and its amenities. The entrances were landscaped for the second time in 2004, creating a very favorable initial impression to visitors and potential residents. Today the pool and tennis courts are maintained in excellent condition as well as the entrances and the dam.

Norman Downes is blessed with mature trees and a serene environment making it an excellent and sought after place to live.  In 2010, the Board began renovation and replacement of street signs and lamp posts, a project that is ongoing today.  Last fall, the overgrown community access to Lake Norman was cleared of brush debris and poison ivy to make it easier and safer for residents to enjoy the beauty, wildlife, fishing and boating that Lake Norman affords.   In 2012, picnic tables and landscaped nature trails are planned to further enhance this area.

Currently, the HOA renewed the Covenants in 2012.  There are six committees on the board … planning and development; general maintenance; landscape maintenance; pool; tennis and communication/social.  If you are interested in joining one of these committees, come to one of the HOA meetings or contact a board member.  Your contribution is vital, keeping our community safe, beautiful, and to attract quality homeowners who value our very comfortable environment.

Proposed Standards

Compliance Standards for Norman Downes Homes Association

Please refer to the City of Duluth standards and codes which may be found here.

Below is a list of approved architectural standards as adopted by the Covenants Compliance Committee for Norman Downes. Violations may be brought to the attention of the Norman Downes Homes Association Board by emailing NDHAboard@nullgmail.com. Upon investigation, any serious violations will be first addressed by issuing a letter to the resident asking that the problem be rectified in a timely manner. If no response is received with 10 days, a second and final request will be issued. If the final request is not responded to within 10 days, the Covenants Compliance Committee may hire contractors to bring the property to within standards. Any expenses incurred may be charged back to the owner of the property. Hardship and special situations are considered case by case. Most often however, minor and temporary violations are resolved with a phone call or face-to-face conversation with a member of the Board or Covenants Compliance Committee.

  1. The overall property must be maintained in good repair. No broken or boarded up windows or doors are permitted at any time. Hanging gutters, damaged shutters and garage doors, and missing siding and singles must be repaired promptly. Porches and steps must be kept in good repair. All fencing and gates must be maintained. No peeling, blistered paint or unfinished siding is allowed.
  2. Paint color of homes, fences and outbuildings needs to be attractive. No overly bright, fluorescent, or garish colors are allowed. Acceptable paint colors are (to be determined).
  3. Lawn maintenance – Front and back yards must be mowed and bushes neatly maintained. Curb and Driveway edging is encouraged. Per the City of Duluth, grass is to be cut on a regular basis and not to exceed 8″ in height.
  4. Plastic flowers and containers are not permitted on the front side of the residence.
  5. Landscaping & gardens – Vegetable gardens in excess of 8’x8′ area are not allowed in the front yard. Smaller herb and vegetable gardens are permitted if kept weed free and cultivated to be pleasing to the eye. No invasive trees or vines may be planted within the subdivision. Plantings on corner lots and at the entrances must not obscure the vision of drivers seeing pedestrians.
  6. Trees – Removal of healthy trees over 12” in base diameter must be approved by the Board unless fallen by natural circumstances. Part of Norman Downes appeal is its mature trees. There may be no visible tree stumps seen from the front of the home. IMPORTANT: Removal of trees without prior HOA approval may incur a fine.
  7. No decorative fencing in the front yard.
  8. Mailboxes should be made of sturdy material, and easily accessible from the street with numbers clearly marked on the mailbox or curb.
  9. Signage is limited to house numbers, plus one for sale or rent sign. Any posted signs within the neighborhood regarding upcoming events and garage sales etc. must be removed directly after the event takes place.
  10. Flags and yard art in the front yard must be tasteful and limited.
  11. Recreational and play equipment, including tire swings, swing sets, basketball hoops, and soccer nets are not allowed in the front yard or on the street in front of the property.
  12. Tents and hammocks are not permitted in the front yard.
  13. Holiday decorations must be removed within 30 days once a holiday has past. Christmas Lights (even unlit) must not remain on the house year round.
  14. Debris and other yard waste, including fallen trees must be disposed of in a timely manner.
  15. Dumpsters – may be kept on the premises in the driveway for a period of no longer than 30 days unless a major renovation project is in operation. No dumpsters may be kept on the street.
  16. Any new home additions – must be submitted for approval in advance by the Covenants Compliance Committee.
  17. Out buildings – must be submitted for approval in advance by the Covenant Compliance Committee.
  18. There is no burning within the City of Duluth of trash, paper etc. Open burning of leaves, tree branches and limbs by individuals associated with storm clean-up and individual yard work is allowed.