SSR Frequently Asked Questions

How many houses comprise the Silver Saddle Ranch neighborhood?
Silver Saddle Ranch consists of 214 houses on 16 streets in Poway. See the Community Map tab to view our neighborhood.


I am interested in serving on the HOA Board.
Fantastic! Contact your SSR HOA team at  ssrhoa@yahoo.com and we will be happy to speak to you about opportunities within our HOA.

I am noticing that people walking their dogs let them go to the bathroom on my yard. I don’t want this to happen, what should I do?
Neighbors walking animals should only walk them with a leash on the street or on the trail. Dog clean-up bags should always be carried by pet owners. If dogs do go to the bathroom on the street or trail, neighbors must pick up the droppings and dispose of them properly. There are some discrete “no dogs / no dogs pooping” signs that some owners use to remind pet owners to not allow pets on their private property. If you see an owner disobeying our bylaws, please talk to them nicely to correct this behavior.

 

My neighbor parks their motorhome in front of my house for days. What should I do?
Silver Saddle Ranch streets belong to the city of Poway. Use of Silver Saddle streets for storage of any vehicle is prohibited. No person who owns or has possession, custody or control of any vehicle shall park such vehicle upon any street or alley for more than a consecutive period of 72 hours link. In the event a vehicle is parked or left standing upon a street in excess of a consecutive period of 72 hours, the Chief of Police or any member of the Highway Patrol of the State may remove said vehicle from the street in the manner and subject to the requirements of Section 22651 of the Vehicle Code. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 72.122). If possible, it is always best to talk with your neighbor before turning them in to the police.

What schools do children living in Silver Saddle Ranch attend?
Silver Saddle Ranch families are served by the Poway Unified School District, which includes Painted Rock Elementary School, Twin Peaks Middle School, and Poway High School. Families may also consider nearby private schools such as St. Michael’s and several Montessori schools. There are also several private preschools in the area.

 

What is the policy on trash removal?
Trash pick-up day in our neighborhood is Tuesday. (Trash and Recycling). Trash containers can be placed on the curb for collection on the morning of pick-up or the previous evening. Blue containers are for recycling. Grey bins are for trash. Homeowners provide plastic or metal bins for green recycling (leaves, branches, grass and plant trimmings.) After pick-up, empty containers should be promptly stored in the garage, or behind a fence/hedge out of sight from the street by the end of the day.

 

What exterior home improvements require approval?
Any proposed changes or improvements to your home that visible from the street and/or adjacent property require a Request for Architectural Improvement to be submitted to ssrhoa@yahoo.com for an Architectural / Environmental Review prior to commencement. This includes exterior color scheme changes. Structural improvements, roofs, windows, solar installation, fences, gates, new rooms/room additions, sheds, patios, patio covers, entry covers, awnings, hardscape (sidewalks, driveways, decorative walls), and recreational equipment (basketball backboards, swings, etc.). When in doubt, contact the Architectural / Environmental Review Board. Improvements should reflect quality of workmanship and materials, harmony of external design with existing Silver Saddle Ranch homes.

 

How do I submit a request for improvements?
Prior to commencing any exterior home improvements, homeowners must submit a Request for Architectural Improvement to ssrhoa@yahoo.com. Applications are reviewed by the Architectural / Environmental Review Board.

 

I share a fence (or other property) with a neighbor and it is falling over?
There are several homes adjacent to horse trail easements and neighboring properties. Any improvements made on shared property (replacing fences etc.) must be performed by a contractor that is licensed, bonded and insured. Building a structure requires a Request for Architectural Improvement approval by the Board. Typically, the expense is shared between the homeowners.

 

I live on Avenida La Valencia and every single day people speed so fast. I've actually seen people speed on all of our Silver Saddle streets! I am afraid of my children or pets getting hit. What can we do?
Silver Saddle Ranch streets belong to the city of Poway. Our HOA Board has made several requests over the years to request additional enforcement. The city does sometimes place their "This is your speed" indicator on Avenida La Valenca, though we do still have speeders.  You can contact the Poway Sheriff's Department to request additional enforcement by calling (858) 513-2000. You can also contact Traffic Engineering to let them know about the problem and your concerns. You can learn more about traffic calming measures in the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Document. As neighbors, together we can make a real difference by using the "slow down hand signal" when we are out on walks or in our yards when someone is speeding.

 

I want to be more informed about what's going on in Poway and our community. Is there an automated way to be notified of information?
Poway does have a notification program where you can sign up to be notified about various topics. The program is called "Notify Me." To opt in to the program, go to Notify Me and type your email address in the box and select "Sign In." You can select to receive all information (which is a lot), or you can pick and choose the topics that you are interested in.

 

Who maintains the horse trails?
The city of Poway is currently replacing some piping in a portion of Silver Saddle Ranch’s horse trails. This work was supposed to be complete in January of 2020, but it is still ongoing. When city work is not being done, horse trail maintenance is important to keep SSR trails in good repair. Neighbors who own property next to the horse trails are responsible for maintaining them. Please regularly remove weeds and brush from the trail. Spreading mulch is beneficial to prevent trail erosion while keeping weed growth down. The horse trails are not personal property, therefore personal orchards, fences, gates or structures should not be placed on easements. Additionally, personal belongings, firewood,  junk or equipment should not be stored on the horse trails. Please see the community map to view our horse trail routes.

 

What days can I water my lawn, and for how long?
Day-of-week landscape water usage restrictions in Poway have been removed. Please check the City of Poway website for information on any ongoing water use efficiency rules.

 

I am new to Silver Saddle and I didn't realize how expensive water is for my lawn and garden. What can I do?
There are so many ways to reduce water usage in your home and garden area without sacrificing beauty. To help with project costs, check out special rebates and programs that are often available to assist you with reducing your water usage without breaking the bank. Details can be found here.

 

I would like to contact my Board of Directors.
Contact your SSR HOA team at  ssrhoa@yahoo.com and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

 

The street light in front of our home is out, how can we get it changed?
The city of Poway manages many of Silver Saddle's services. To get the light fixed, you must submit a service request via the Poway website. The city uses "YourGOV" which is an application that allows City of Poway citizens to report non-emergency related issues to the city. YourGOV can be used via the Web, mobile phone, or tablet. A users guide can be found here. The cool thing is that you can see if the issue has already been submitted by someone else and is in work.

 

My neighbor’s house looks terrible and they are not following our HOA Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs) and bylaws, what should I do?
If it’s possible, please talk to your neighbor about your concerns before turning them into the HOA Board. One assumption that is often made is that all houses in our area are part of the Silver Saddle Ranch HOA. Your neighbor may not actually be part of our HOA, take a look at our SSR map to verify. If they are indeed in our HOA, you can report an issue to the HOA Board of Directors, email ssrhoa@yahoo.com. Please provide as many details as possible. Thank you

 

My neighbor parks their business truck on the road. What should I do?
Silver Saddle Ranch streets belong to the city of Poway. Use of Silver Saddle streets for storage of any vehicle is prohibited. No person who owns or has possession, custody or control of any vehicle shall park such vehicle upon any street or alley for more than a consecutive period of 72 hours link. In the event a vehicle is parked or left standing upon a street in excess of a consecutive period of 72 hours, the Chief of Police or any member of the Highway Patrol of the State may remove said vehicle from the street in the manner and subject to the requirements of Section 22651 of the Vehicle Code. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 72.122)

 

What are the main Poway Municipal Codes that impact me, here in Silver Saddle? I think I have a city complaint, but don't know what to do.

Poway has a City Code Compliance Division to ensure that the Poway Municipal Code is being followed, this helps provide a better quality of life for all City residents. The following is a list of the frequently received complaints as they relate to the Poway Municipal Code:


Complaint Poway Municipal Code
Abandoned Vehicles on Private Property PMC 10.52.010
Green Pools and Spas PMC 8.16.060
Graffiti On Private Property PMC 9.56.020.B
Placing and Removal of Trash Containers       PMC 8.68.145 C
Unkempt Yards PMC 8.76.030 and PMC 8.80.030

To make a complaint, please call 858-668-4660, or email Poway's compliance office. Please include your name, address and daytime phone number, and provide them with as much information as possible relating to your complaint. You may also fill out a complaint form (PDF).

 

I have a complaint about an animal-related nuisance.
Please note that the HOA is unable to assist you in matters related to neighbor-to-neighbor disputes. Examples of issues that fall into this category include, but are not limited to, dogs barking and/or off-leash, parties, loud disruptive noises etc. We advise you to attempt to resolve these types of disputes neighbor-to-neighbor, by engaging in a conversation with your neighbor, or if necessary, you can report barking (and other) dog complaints by submitting a service request to the Humane Society or by calling (619) 299-7012. The Humane Society will first send a letter informing the dog owner of the complaint and what steps should be taken; If additional complaints are received, officers will be sent to take follow-up action.

 

We would like to have a graduation party at our house with a live band, how can we get approval?
Thank you for thinking of your neighbors and noise pollution in SSR. When planning a party, please talk to your neighbors about your intent to have a celebration. Ask them for permission and thank them ahead of time. Also, please send a note to the HOA Board so they can respond to any complaints if they come to us regarding the party - ssrhoa@yahoo.com.

 

How much are our SSR HOA dues?
Silver Saddle Ranch residents are required to pay homeowner’s dues on an annual basis. This requirement is outlined in our Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions. Our dues are extremely low – well below just about any HOA in California. The SSR Fiscal Year runs annually from July 1 - June 30. Annual Membership Dues are $96 for all home owners, and are due on July 1. Notices about dues collection and payment are sent out prior to the due date. We have a beautiful neighborhood with well-kept homes. This is the direct result of your pride of ownership, an active HOA Architectural/Environmental Committee and proactive standards enforcement. The homeowner’s dues fund is not large, but we do need it to pay for neighborhood HOA insurance, legal support for our neighborhood’s Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs) and bylaws. Dues also pay for CC&R updates, administrative supplies for mailing, postage and occasional neighborhood events.

 

How do I pay my Association dues?
Homeowners will be notified annually with a dues request. You may pay your dues by check or money order, payable to the SSR HOA. Dues should be mailed to Silver Saddle Ranch HOA, P.O. Box 28196 San Diego 92198. You can also easily pay online. A link will be sent out when dues are due.

 

I have a question about my HOA dues account balance. I believe that I owe some past dues.
Contact the HOA Treasurer at  ssrhoa@yahoo.com for assistance or questions about your HOA dues.  

 

What is the HOA Assessments and Billing Process for dues collection?
The process can be found here and in summary is generally:

1) July 1st – Assessment invoices sent.
2) August 1st – Assessments are due.
3) September 1st – Unpaid assessments become past-due and subject to past-due penalties. This creates a 1 month grace period – a member may pay dues after August 1st, when they were due, but before September 1st without penalty.
4) September 1st – First past due fee of $10.00 per month is charged. Additional past-due fees of $10/month will be charged on the first of each subsequent month when assessment + past due fees balance is greater than zero.
5) September 1st – First past due letter is sent by regular postal mail if assessments remain unpaid.
6) October 1st – Second past due letter is sent by regular postal mail if assessments remain unpaid.
7) November 1st – Third past due letter is sent by certified postal mail if assessments remain unpaid.
8) December 1st – The Association may take legal action to collect unpaid amounts

 

I have a complaint about a resident in the neighborhood.
Please note that we are unable to assist you in matters related to neighbor-to-neighbor disputes. Examples of issues that fall into this category include, but are not limited to, dogs barking and/or off-leash, parties, loud noises, and debris (garbage, leaves) finding its way into your yard. We advise you to attempt to resolve these types of disputes by engaging in a conversation with your neighbor, or if necessary, contact the local police department for further assistance.

 

There is stray animal in the neighborhood, what should I do?
An animal control officer patrols the Poway area from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. seven days a week, with on-call services provided from 5:00 PM to 8:00 AM. The City of Poway works with the San Diego Humane Society to provide the following animal control services:

-   Dog licensing
-   Housing lost and stray animals
-   Reuniting lost animals with their owners
-   Animal adoptions
-   Educational programs
-   Abandoned or abused animals
-   Rattlesnake removal

On the Resource Links page, there is a section called "Community Groups." Many people that lose animals or find animals post information in many of those groups.


What should I do if I see wild animals such as coyotes in our neighborhood?
Silver Saddle Ranch is near lots of wild habitat areas in Poway. We do have wild animals living and roaming in our neighborhood. Protect your pets by keeping them inside. Keeping pets and pet food inside is also the best way to keep coyotes out of your yard. Here are some guidelines in dealing with coyotes. Another resource that outlines most habitat near Silver Saddle Ranch can be found here.

 

How can I protect my house from fire danger?
Southern California is prone to annual fires. The best defense against fires is to create a defensible space around your home. The 1st goal in creating a defensible space is to remove fire-prone plants, then replant with fire resistant landscaping . The more continuous and denser the vegetation, the greater the wildfire threat is to your home. If this situation is present within your recommended defensible space area, you should break it up by creating separation between plants or small groups of plants.
Our horse trails are prone to dense vegetation and weeds. Reducing excess dense vegetation on the trails near your property is important.


Mulching can reduce water loss in the landscape by 25 percent or more. Mulch also keeps the soil and plant roots cool, which is important for plant health during our hot summers. Not all mulches have the same level of combustibility. The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension found that composted wood chips and a single layer of Tahoe Chips – a product like what the utility tree companies produce, has the least hazardous fire behavior. Keeping plants near your home watered and the mulch moist will also help reduce the combustibility of the materials. Replacing all your mulch with rock is not recommended, as it does not provide the same cooling or soil improvement benefits that organic mulches provide, but a mix of fire-resistant landscaping is attractive and beneficial to fire safety.

 

I have another question not listed here.

Please email your question to our HOA Board at ssrhoa@yahoo.com. Thank you