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.