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New Water Feature at Alton/Portola –Town Hall Meeting in November

Please see below for a link to a video that shows the proposed design for the water feature at Alton/Portola.  The video was professionally done by architect Robert Taft, and will take you on a virtual “tour” of what the fountain and surrounding landscape are proposed to look like. This information, along with rendering boards and project costs will be presented to the communityat a Town Hall Meeting scheduled to take place before the regular open session Board meeting on Monday, November 9, at 7:00 PM at the Community Room.  All owners are encouraged to attend this meeting to hear information about this project.  There will be a special voting process and ballots sent out for owners to approve the expense for the water feature, so your participation is key in getting this feature installed to enhance the community. Please check your mailbox and the web site for further updates on this process.

 Video link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4miK1r8HqZTflB3Yl9odmhYVTlDYVI0a2RaZmF4NGlWeHRkQ051dWlLbHVwSnRDWlRFVDQ


Date:    Monday, October 19 , 2015
Time:    7:00 p.m. (Open Session)
Location: Foothill Ranch Community Room (27021 Burbank)

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Darlene Ferguson at (949) 448-6000 or via email at Darlene.ferguson@fsresidential.com or Maureen Radon at (949)448-6125 or by email at maureen.radon@fsresidential.com.


The Architectural meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 6th,  - all plans for review at the meeting need to be submitted to FirstService Residential, 15241 Laguna Canyon Rd., Irvine, 92618 by Friday, October 2nd.


Pool cards are now mailed out to homeowners twice monthly or they can be picked up at FirstService Residential's office at 15241 Laguna Canyon Rd., Irvine, 92618 by appointment. Please send an email to darlene.ferguson@fsresidential.com with your name and address. If you are a new homeowner within last 2 months – please note that information in your email. In the subject line please noteFoothill Ranch Pool Cards.


It's no longer a suggestion... It's the law.

Gov. Jerry Brown this month ordered mandatory water use reductions for the first time in California's history. The 31-point executive order forces reductions that will be clarified and implemented as we inch toward what will likely be a very hot and dry summer. 

Water agencies must cut water use by up to 36 percent for some cities, and the Metropolitan Water District -- the wholesale distributor of water to Southern California -- is slashing deliveries by 15 percent to help meet that requirement.

"We're in a new era," the governor said. "The idea of your nice little green grass getting water every day, that's going to be a thing of the past."

Brown's order includes replacing 50 million square feet of lawns throughout the state with drought-tolerant landscaping, banning the irrigation of grass on public street medians, and requiring large landscapes to make significant cuts in water use.

It sounds scary, and it is, because for many people this is unchartered territory but a 25 percent drop in water use is fairly easy to achieve in most cases -- and it doesn't mean that the beauty of our landscape has to suffer.

The average turf lawn requires 4 to 5 gallons of water per square foot, compared to 1 to 1.5 gallons for the same area planted with California friendly plants.

There are many beautiful plant varieties, including ground cover, that are resistent to drought - check with your local Nursery or Garden Center which should have a good variety of these plants.  The website Pinterest, as well as many other websites, has many photos and ideas for new drought friendly landscaping.  Please remember that you will need to submit your plans to the Architectural Committee prior to installation. 

The IRWD website has a suggested weekly watering schedule and they suggest for the month of May watering Turfgrass 3 days a week, 3 cycles of 3 minutes.  For trees, shrubs and groundcover - 2 days a week, 3 cycles of 3 minutes each.  Also, you will want to minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours.


  • Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
  • Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours.
  • Use a layer of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.
  • Divide your watering cycle into shorter periods to reduce runoff.
  • Water your lawn only when needed.  You can tell this by simply walking across your lawn.  If you leave footprints, it’s time to water.
  • Direct rain gutter spouts and other runoff towards shrubs and trees or collect and use for your garden.
  • Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it is needed.
  • Install a rain shutoff device on your automatic sprinklers to eliminate unnecessary watering.
  • Reduce the amount of grass in your yard by replacing it with shrubs, ground cover, rock, granite and/or mulch.
  • Water only as rapidly as the soil can absorb the water.


Many of the wood gates and fences throughout the community are in need of repair and paint. Spring is a perfect time to update your home and “curb appeal” by taking care of items that need touching up. While you are taking care of the gates and fences, your may want to check other area of your homes that could use some touch up also, like fascia and trim. Painting areas as the need arises is a good way to protect the wood and helps keep property values up for the entire community.


Please remember while there are specific pre-approved color schemes for each tract, you are still required to submit to the Architectural Committee for approval, according to the guidelines.  This includes filling out the Home Improvement form and the Neighbor Notification form.  The specific colors for your tract can be seen on the Dunn Edwards website at dunnedwards.com / homeowners / color tools / color archive / scroll to the bottom and enter your association and your sub-association (development or tract name).  

Dunn Edwards offers another service as well.   They will take a digital image of your home and mock up the colors you are considering for individual homeowners.  If anyone is interested in obtaining this service, they can call Dunn Edwards and make an appointment with the Professional Paint Advisor.    For the Dunn Edwards closest to FHR, the PPA is Tamara Stratton and you can make an appointment with her at 949.459.1195


The Cit of Lake Forest has prepared New Resident Welcome Packets for homeowners.  The packet includes helpful information about city services, shopping directories, and special events for new residents to Lake Forest.  You may access the welcome packet on line at: www.lakeforestca.gov/welcomepacket .


Please be advised that tampering, cutting, topping  of association common area landscape & trees is a serious violation that will be pursued by the Board of Directors.  It is the responsibility of you the homeowner to educate your realtor on the rules that we all live by here in Foothill Ranch.  At no time is it permissible for anyone but the association landscaper to prune landscape material located in the common areas.  Thank you all for your continued support in keeping Foothill Ranch a beautiful place to call home!


Let’s End Mello-Roos for Foothill Ranch!

The Anti-Mello-Roos Committee was formed to identify and conduct necessary research to provide knowledge to the community.

We want you to get involved in ending Mello-Roos for Foothill Ranch – once and for all.

Information you need to know!
•     Mello-Roos was originated to be a budget for infrastructure build out.

How can you help!
•    Pass the word that the Committee has been formed and is actively researching why we are still paying Mello-Roos.
•    Be ready to participate when the Committee needs you to help be one voice.
•    Fight to get solid answers and try to stop Mello-Roos in Foothill Ranch.