Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Long Canyon?

The Long Canyon neighborhood is located in Travis County, Texas, about 10 miles northwest of downtown Austin, off of RM 2222 (at Bell Mountain Drive), between FM 620 and North Highway 360.

Who or What is the HOA?

HOA stands for Home Owners Association.  All Lot owners in Long Canyon Phase I, II, and III are required to be members.  We are organized into two Homeowners Associations: Phase I and Phase II/III.  Each HOA has separate Boards of Directors, Architectural Control Committees (ACCs), and regulations.  We do share a common set of ACC rules and a common entrance and also have shared social events during the year.

Angel Pass and Park 22are two relatively small, separate neighborhoods within Long Canyon.  Those lots are not governed by either Long Canyon HOA, but their residents participate in some shared activities and voluntarily provide the HOAs with a small annual contribution to offset the proportionate costs of those shared activities and common-area maintenance.

Both Long Canyon HOA boards and all committee members are volunteers who live in Long Canyon.  Board members are elected by the HOA membership to two-year terms.

What fees do owners pay to the HOA?


The following fees apply to all or certain property owners in the HOA:
  • The Phase II & III DCCRs authorize assessments up to $200 per year per lot.  The 2018 annual dues were $200 per lot. The dues  are due at  the start of each calendar year. Late payments of annual dues incur a late fee that accrues each month that payment is more than one month late.  For Phase II/III property owners, the late fee is up to 10% of the invoiced amount per month.
  • Mortgage loan refinances incur an administrative fee of $75 in Phase II/III.
  • Home or lot transfer of ownership incurs a $300 transfer fee.
  • Construction project plan review and inspections incur a $100 ACC Inspection fee.

New construction and renovations that affect the exterior appearance also require ACC approval.  A construction deposit will be collected at the start of the project and returned at the completion of the project, after demonstration of conformance to applicable ACC rules; the deposit amount is based on the size of the project.

The HOA has the authority to impose fines if homeowners do not comply with the covenants and restrictions, and may place liens on properties for non-payment of fees and fines.  The HOA strives for constructive communication and rarely has to resort to fines or legal action.

What does the HOA do with those collected fees?

 The following recurring expenses are defrayed by the HOA annual dues and other income:
  • Upkeep of front entrance and other common area
  • Insurance
  • Property and income taxes
  • Trail maintenance
  • Annual Long Canyon BBQ
  • July 4 Parade and Brunch
  • Annual HOA meeting
  • Website hosting
  • Administrative costs (printing, mailing)
  • Professional advice & services (legal, financial, landscape design…)

Who provides Utilities &Services to Long Canyon?


Emergencies:
  • Call 911 for any and all emergencies.
  • Call 311 for non-emergencies and information.
We are served by the Travis County Sheriff Department, and you will occasionally see them patrolling.

Electricity Austin Energy (512) 494-9400
Water Austin Water Utility (512) 494-9400
Police Travis Co. Sheriff (512) 854-9770
Fire ESD#4  (512) 832-8389
Mail Post Office Chimney Corners Station (512) 345-9739
Travis County:    
Animal Control   (512) 974-2000
Road Maintenance & Dead Animal Removal   (512)-854-9433 (Wildlife, not pets)
Trash & Recycling:    
Salford Disposal   (512) 834-8139  collects trash and recyclables on Wednesday mornings.
Texas Disposal   (512) 421-1340   collects trash and recyclables on Tuesday mornings.
Waste Management   (512) 272-4341   collects trash but does not collect recyclables.
Internet/TV/Phone:    
Spectrum (formerly Time Warner)   (512)-485-5555   High speed internet, cable TV, Telephone
AT&T   (800)-288-2020    Phone, DSL Internet.  U-verse and DirectTV.

What schools serve Long Canyon?


Long Canyon includes both Austin & Leander School districts.  While there are exceptions, Phase I, Park 22, and Angel Pass are zoned to AISD, and Phase II/III to Leander ISD.
  • AISD Schools: Highland Park Elementary, Lamar Middle School, McCallum High School
  • Leander Schools: River Place Elementary, Four Points Middle School, Vandegrift High School

I am interested in remodeling in the near future. What approvals will I need?

Lot/homeowners within Long Canyon are governed by one single unified set of Architectural Control Committee Rules, and both the Phase I ACC and Phase II/III ACC are guided by them to protect community property values.  The respective ACC for your area within Long Canyon must review your plans and grant approvals prior to any work being done for landscaping, new exterior construction or modifications to any structures, including buildings, roofs, fences, pools and outbuildings.  If you are interested in building, remodeling or modifying, please first check the ACC Rules and consult with your ACC Chair.  The City of Austin also enforces building-code requirements, since Long Canyon is in the extra-territorial jurisdiction of the City.

What is on private part of the website?

     The most used private part of the website is the neighborhood directory.  
     The bi-monthly newsletter and other timely news and discussion threads (see ‘Message Board’) --   sections are   
    updated regularly and residents may opt to receive email alerts of changes, including notices of lost or found pets,
    suspicious activity, neighborhood events, external events, etc.
     Monthly HOA Board meeting minutes are available online (neighbors are always welcome to attend these meetings).
    Tradesmen referrals and details about the neighborhood playgroup
    Much more information and many helpful links are available.

 
What is a Watering Schedule?

Property owners using water supplies by the City of Austin, i.e., everyone in Long Canyon, are legally required to adhere to strict watering schedules to help protect our water supply. For full details, please see the City’s currently applicable watering schedule.

Please adhere to the current schedule.  During severe drought conditions, the City requires and enforces more stringent lawn-watering requirements that all must follow.  If you spot a residential sprinkler activated at incorrect times, on incorrect days, or creating run-off, please call 311 and the City of Austin will send a representative to help the household become compliant.