A. Most of the rules are followed, but some of the rules (which were written over twenty years ago) have not aged well. For example, basketball hoops are forbidden, but that was before Stonebridge had so many young boys and girls. Today, Stonebridge is much more age-diverse, and parents want their children to play nearer their homes at least some of the time. Similarly, outside TV reception discs were also forbidden because years ago they were extremely large and ugly. Not so today. Finally, signs outside of the houses were originally banned, but now the SCA has adopted an alternative policy
Thus the question arises: why not just amend the original documents? The blunt answer is the procedural requirements to change the documents are so cumbersome that it is simply not feasible with respect to the amount of effort it would entail, the time it would consume and the cost involved in such an effort.
What to do? All the neighborhood associations and the community association need attentive boards made up of diligent and wise people who can discern the difference between what is essential to preserve our community and what might have been pursued during an earlier time as a serious violations of the rules and make appropriate policy changes when they are needed.