FAQ

Community Information

Can you tell me about the history of Norman Downes?

You can read more about the history of Norman Downes here.

What are the guidelines for the yard of the month?

The yard of the month is no longer active.

What form is needed for residents leasing or renting?

Please fill out the Lease Notice and Tenant Acknowledgement form and mail to the HOA. This form and instructions can be found here.

Is there a map of Norman Downes?

You can view a map of Norman Downes here.

Where do I get the neighborhood covenants?

You may view and download the covenants here.

Where can I find the community standards?

The community standards can be viewed and downloaded here.

What are the pool rules?

Notice posted for the information of all persons using this facility:

  • Norman Downes Homes Association is not responsible for accidents or injuries at the pool.
  • All persons using this facility do so at their own risk.

Please treat this area as if it were your own home and be considerate of others while using this facility.

Members and Associate Members of the Association are those persons and their spouses who hold title to their property.

This area is for Members and Associate Members, their household residents, and their non-resident guests only. To use this facility Members and Associate Members accounts with the Association must be current. Member keys may be obtained upon payment of annual fee plus a replacement key fee.

Pool hours are from 8:00AM until 10:00PM. Life guard hours are from 11:00AM until 7:00PM.

When a lifeguard is not on duty:

  • All guests must be accompanied by at least one Member.
  • Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult aged 21 or greater.
  • Resident youth age 18 or older may use the pool without adult supervision.
  • No one person under the age of 21 may swim alone.

Members present share responsibility to enforce rules to ensure the safety of all persons.
Members are responsible for damages caused by other household residents or guests.
The Association may bill Members to recover costs from damages or negligence.

  • Appropriate attire required.
  • No pets allowed.
  • No glass containers allowed.
  • No smoking.
  • Please dispose of waste appropriately in the trash containers provided.
  • Baby Pool reserved for ages 5 and under.
  • “Swimmer Diapers” REQUIRED! Children with soiled diapers must be removed from the pool.
  • No diving into the shallow end of the pool. Diving allowed into the deep end only.
  • No running, horseplay, excessive noise levels, abusive language or abuse of pool property.
  • No skateboards, roller blades, bicycles, or other vehicles allowed in pool area.
  • No alcoholic beverages during regular pool hours. (Exceptions may be granted for private parties.)

Pool may be reserved for private parties after 7PM. Application for a reservation must be made to the pool committee at least one week prior to the event. Application must include a $50.00 refundable deposit to cover cleanup expense. Party host must agree to pay the overtime fee for a community lifeguard.

What are the tennis court rules?

Notice posted for the information of all persons using this facility:

  • Norman Downes Homes Association is not responsible for accidents or injuries on the courts.
  • All persons using this facility do so at their own risk.

Tennis court rules:

  • Court hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Guests must be accompanied on the court by a resident.
  • Play is limited to 1 hour for singles play and 1 ½ hours for doubles play when other players are
    waiting.
  • Only tennis shoes are allowed on the court – no black soled shoes.
  • Courts are for tennis use only – no skateboards, rollerblades, or bicycles.
  • No food or glass containers allowed in the court area.
  • No pets are allowed in the court area.
  • A player may not hold a court vacant while waiting for others.
  • Courts may be reserved for team practice and play with prior approval of the HOA Board of Directors.
  • All teams must have at least one Norman Downes resident as a member who will be responsible to collect an out- of-neighborhood playing fee prior to the season opening or booking practice sessions. A copy of the roster is to be submitted to the HOA tennis chairman with the fee.

Are there any clubs and associations for our neighborhood?

Norman Downes Homeowners Association is governed by a community elected board of directors comprised of nine members. Various committee chairs may be held by board members or other volunteer residents.

The Norman Downes Women’s Club formerly provided activities in the community for children and adults, including an Easter Egg Hunt, a Fourth of July Picnic and Children’s Parade, adult entertainment nights and a yearly garage sale. The community is looking for new leadership for these activities. If you are interested in being a board member, being on a committee or helping to organize the young women’s club, please click the link here.

The Ladies Bunko Group is made up of ladies from both Norman Downes and Norman Forest and friends who meet once a month in various homes. No previous knowledge of the game is required to play. Contact Carol Vidyasagar to sign up monthly. Use this link to contact Carol.

What communication tools does the neighborhood use?

www.normandownes.net and www.normandownes.com are the official domain names for the Norman Downes website. Copies of the covenants can be found on the Home page of the FAQs. You may also find the community standards here.

Message boards are located at the front entrances on the neighborhood and are used to alert the community to upcoming events. Please check them frequently.

Norman’s News is a publication by residents and for residents of Norman Downes and replaces the former Downes Beat that was published by the women’s club. It is published 3 – 4 times a year. Past newsletters can be found here. To submit an article or other information, use the article submission link here

HOA Assessments

HOA Assessments

The Norman Downes Homeowner Association assessment is $258 annually. Assessments are billed each January and are past due if not paid by the end of February.

Payment of the annual assessment provides access to the pool and tennis courts.

The assessments are used to manage and maintain the community. Some of the expenses that must be paid include, but are not limited to, water, electricity, repairs, maintenance, improvements, community management, mailings to owners, insurance and legal fees. Some money is also put into a reserve account to pay for future maintenance.

If you have questions regarding your HOA assessment then contact the board using this form.

Where do I send my payment?

Payments should be mailed to:

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

Please indicate the address of your home with your payment.

What is the assessment used for?

The assessments are used to manage and maintain the community. Some of the expenses that must be paid include, but are not limited to, water, electricity, repairs, maintenance, improvements, community management, mailings to owners, insurance and legal fees. Some money is also put into a reserve account to pay for future maintenance.

HOA Board

Who are our board members?

Current HOA board members can be viewed on the About page.

When and where are the board meetings held?

Except as noted, board meetings are held at the Bunten Road Park Activity Center at 3180 Bunten Road Duluth, GA 30096. The are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

All members of the neighborhood are invited to attend.

  • January 17 HOA Meeting
  • February 21 HOA Meeting
  • March 21 HOA Meeting
  • April 18 HOA Meeting
  • May 16 HOA Meeting
  • June 20 HOA Meeting
  • July 18 HOA Meeting
  • August 15 HOA Meeting
  • September 19 HOA Meeting
  • October 17 HOA Meeting
  • November 21 HOA Meeting
  • December 5 – General Meeting
  • December 19 – Officer Elections for 2018 via email

When is the annual meeting held?

The annual meeting is generally held in November of each year. Prior to the annual meeting, all owners will receive notification in the mail specifying the exact date, time and location of the meeting.

The meeting will be posted on the web site in the events section.

What happens at the Board meetings?

The Board of Directors conducts the association business at the Board meetings.

Owners are encouraged to attend.

Who do I contact?

Who do I contact to get involved with neighborhood activities?

The Board of Directors is always looking for owners to participate in neighborhood activities and to get involved with assisting the Board of Directors by serving on any number of committees. If you are interested in a community project, serving on a committee or would like to be involved with what the Board of Directors is doing, please use this form to contact the board or attend the next Board meeting.

As a real estate agent, how do I request a closing letter?

Request should be made by clicking here and filling out the request form.

How Do I Get Access to the Pool

The pool is accessed using a code. Request access by using this form

Pool Key Request

 

Verification

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Is there a list of frequently used phone numbers?

Click here to see a list of frequently used numbers.

A second list of numbers can be found here that may be of interest to our neighborhood.

How do I report suspicious activity?

If you feel that life or property are in immediate danger, dial 911. To report non-emergency suspicious activity, please see the question below.

Who do I contact about the pool?

Requests concerning the pool or to reserve the pool pavilion should use this form to make a request.

Who do I contact for street light issues?

The City of Duluth is responsible for street lights. This link can be used to access the City of Duluth site which has an email address for requesting street light repairs.