Residents question homeowners association sign restrictions
By Megan Wehring
KYLE – A equality issue arose recently in the Plum Creek neighborhood after some homeowners were forced to remove road signs because they were seen as political.
The Plum Creek Homeowners Association (HOA) adheres to the Texas Election Code, which requires HOAs to allow homeowners to have political signs on their property for up to 90 days before an election and up to 10 days after an election. election.
Emily Strobel, ambassador for the Austin Kindness Project, started selling signs to residents of Plum Creek last year, but the HOA only started sending notices for the sign removal a few weeks ago. Each sign reads: In this house we believe black lives matter, women’s rights are human rights, no human is illegal, science is real, love is love, kindness is everything .
Many Plum Creek owners disagree that these signs are sending a political message.
“We do not consider the signs that we would like to display in our yards as political in any way,” Strobel said. “These are an outward statement of our values. They are simply a statement of what the people who put them in their garden think about the world and these particular issues. “
Strobel added that the signs of kindness made visitors, even delivery drivers, feel welcome at her home.
“I received notes on my door from UPS drivers thanking me for the welcome sign,” Strobel said. “Sometimes they’re a little scared to walk into someone else’s property because of things that happened on the news. Seeing a sign like this makes them feel welcome.
Another owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, agreed that the signs are the opposite of politics.
“This sign actually encompasses our belief system as a family,” said the owner. “It’s not a political statement, but it’s a statement of kindness, acceptance and unity. I think these are values that we are proud of, just as any household would be proud to show their affiliation with a university or to announce the pride of their high school students.
Only a number of residents have been asked to withdraw their signs of kindness, the owner explained.
“I know there are still a lot of houses in the neighborhood that still have signs,” she said. “Some people have yet to receive notification that they need to be removed. I don’t know what the situation might be. Maybe they just haven’t been contacted by the HOA yet, but there seems to be a double standard in some cases.
Michelle Winn was also asked to remove her sign from her yard, but moved it to the porch because she believes this type of signage helps promote more diversity and inclusion.
“I really believe our goal is to have real and honest conversations with our neighbors and with each other and to encourage diversity,” Winn said. “If we’re just implementing what the HOA says is okay, we’re not encouraging honest conversations and I think that’s more divisive than anything else.”
Strobel concluded that there is an outward expression and individuality throughout the neighborhood, she just wants the signs of kindness to be part of the group.
The Plum Creek HOA has not commented on the Hays Free Press / News-Dispatch.