Our Homeowners Association

This site is not the official HOA site for the Villages at Sycamore Creek or the Retreat at Sycamore Creek.  The HOA for the Villages at Sycamore Creek (VSC) is managed by OMNI and is in control by 4 board members; Rick Metzler, John Fike, Don Miller, and Robert Peare.

The purpose of this website is to serve as a tool for communicating with the homeowners and residents of the Villages at Sycamore Creek and Retreat at Sycamore Creek.  This allows us to communicate HOA meetings, events happening in Pickerington, FAQs for existing and new homeowners, and much more.

If you do not find answers on this site, please contact OMNI.

© Photos are used by permission from Shaelene S. Photography and TJ Flight, LLC for use by vschoa.com only.

Sycamore Creek Pool

Pool access is only available to homeowners of Villages at Sycamore Creek and Retreat at Sycamore Creek.

Overview

OMNI contracts with a pool manager to manage the pool. The pool manager maintains the chemical balance in the pool, hires their own lifeguard staff, etc.

The process to obtain a pool pass is managed by OMNI. Every year in mid to late April, OMNI sends out a letter telling homeowners that assessments are due. The letter also contains information on how to apply for the pool pass, and how to pick up your passes on several pickup dates prior to pool opening. If you miss the pickup dates, you can pick up the passes from OMNI’s offices, and lately, OMNI is offering to mail passes for an additional fee.  The instructions are very detailed and include all of this information, so please read the instructions carefully. The instructions do change slightly from year to year, so please make sure you are reading the current year’s instructions.

Pool Hours

Pool Season
Closed for the season.

The pool is normally open from the end of May (Memorial Weekend) to September (Labor Day Weekend)

2024 HOA Budget

Please find documents related to the 2024 HOA budget for the Villages at Sycamore Creek and the Retreat at Sycamore Creek.

You can also find these documents and pay your dues by logging into your OMNI Anywhere Portal.

Villages at Sycamore Creek

VSC 2024 Newsletter VSC 2024 Newsletter
VSC 2024 Approved Budget VSC 2024 Approved Budget

Retreat at Sycamore Creek

Retreat at Sycamore 2024 Newsletter Retreat at Sycamore 2024 Newsletter
Retreat at Sycamore 2024 Budget Retreat at Sycamore 2024 Budget

OMNI Community Association

P.O. Box 395, Grove City, OH 43123
or
6898 Harrisburg Pike, Orient, OH
(614) 539-7726 ext. 219
Community Manager, Chevalo Duckett (duckett.c@omnihoa.com)

To contact OMNI, you can reach them through the OMNI website. Under the “Residents” tab, you’ll find links to the Help Desk and Residents – OMNI Anywhere Portal as well as the Design Review Approval information.

Help Desk Portal: As the name describes, this is where you can get help by asking questions.

Using OMNI Anywhere Portal:  Omni makes various documents and information available online using “Anywhere Portal”. You can do things like check on the status of your account, make an online payment, or read your Association’s Deed Restrictions, 24/7 online using Anywhere Portal. Visit Omni’s webpage at www.omnihoa.com, click on the ‘Residents’ tab, and then on the ‘OMNI Anywhere Portal’ drop-down listing to access the login window for Anywhere Portal.  We encourage all of our homeowners to make use of this resource.

Common HOA Violations and Solutions Common HOA Violations and Solutions
Sycamore Creek Covenants Conditions and Restrictions Sycamore Creek Covenants Conditions and Restrictions
Interactive Crime Tracking Reports Interactive Crime Tracking Reports
Police Department Vacation Check Police Department Vacation Check
City Code Enforcement City Code Enforcement
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News & Events

Rumpke Holiday Schedule

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Community Events Calendar

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need an HOA?

Our HOA fees help maintain the quality of life for this community and protect our property values.

Why is my annual assessment the amount that it is? What contributes to the cost?

Your lot assessment contributes to the beautifully landscaped pond and entrances at Busey, Carver, and Fairfield Drive. The VSC HOA owns almost 50 acres of common property (you can verify this information through the auditor’s website). All of that land requires mowing, landscaping, and weed treatment. Pond maintenance and pool maintenance are separate costs. Insurance to cover liability for all of the common property is also necessary to protect you financially. A fee is also paid to OMNI for their work. For a breakdown of money in and money out, log in to the Caliber portal to review the statement. A new statement is posted annually.

Does OMNI request bids from other contractors to make sure we are paying fair price to the landscaper and the pool management company?

It is the HOA Board’s responsibility to instruct OMNI to obtain bids.

Can I fish in the pond on Hill Rd and Fairfield Dr?

No activities like fishing, swimming, skating are allowed in the pond.   There are signs posted around the pond stating this.   The Pickerington Police are aware that if they are called they will enforce the rule.

While there is no wording in our deed saying “no fishing”, the drawing design for the neighborhood, incorporated into the restrictive covenants as exhibits, labels “recreational” areas (like the pool) and retention basins (the pond) separately. There is also a definition of recreational facilities in the deed restrictions and it does not include the pond. The pond is not labeled in the covenants as recreational because it was not designed to be recreational.

More importantly, “we” the HOA (not OMNI but those of us who own homes here) are not currently insured for allowing it to be used for recreational purposes; we’d have to pay more for liability insurance (and increase HOA fees) to allow it to be used for recreation.

I want to install all new landscaping in my front yard. Do I need to get approval for that?

Yes. You’ll need to request Design Review Approval to ensure your project meets standards.

I'm new to the neighborhood. How do I find out about the deed restrictions?

Congratulations on your new home! At the closing, you should have received a copy of the deed restrictions. You can also view a copy online here.

I need to pull out a dead bush. Do I need to get approval for that?

No

TREES: I want to remove a tree in my yard (not along the street). Do I need to get approval for that?

Homeowners can remove any tree on their property without approval from the association. If the tree is removed and replaced at the same location as the original one, that also does not require approval from the association. However, if the homeowner wants to install trees on new locations of the property, they must submit an application for approval. Trees must be far enough away from the property line of their neighbors to not be a nuisance at full maturity.

TREES: I want to remove a tree the is along the street. Do I need to get approval for that?

The Deed Restrictions state the owner is responsible for maintaining the street tree next to their lot. With this also comes the responsibility of removing and replacing the street tree with a like-type species, at the owners’ expense, if it needs to be replaced. It is recommended any owner in the Villages at Sycamore Creek first contact the city and see if they are willing and or able to help before paying for a tree. The city has helped owners remove and replace trees in the past.

Why do I need to get design review approval for modifications to the exterior of my home?

The VSC HOA deed restrictions require it. One purpose of the approval process is to ensure you don’t waste money making an improvement that isn’t permitted. If you don’t get approval and it is later noticed that you have made a modification, you’ll be required to obtain the approval. If approval isn’t granted because you failed to follow guidelines, you may be required to make changes to the modification, which could end up costing you more time and money.

Can I build a shed?

No. Deed restrictions prohibit sheds.

Can I have a window air conditioning unit in my upstairs bedroom where it’s hotter in the summer?

Only if it’s in a window that doesn’t face the street. If you live on a corner lot, it can’t face the side or front street.

Can I have a garden?

Yes. But you will need to request Design Review Approval beforehand to ensure that your project meets standards.

Can I put up a swingset or eagle’s nest for my kids?

Yes. But you will need to request Design Review Approval beforehand to ensure that your project meets standards. Metal swing sets, as one example, are prohibited. There are also restrictions on where you can place the swingset in your yard.

I received a letter that said I was in violation and I won’t be able to get into compliance by the deadline stated in the letter. Can I get an extension of time to comply?

Most likely, yes. Please contact OMNI through the Help Desk portal and let them know you need additional time.

I received a letter that said I was in violation by having my trash cans sit in my driveway. Can I build something on the side of my house to mask the view?

Yes. But because the structure is an exterior modification, you’ll want to get design review approval first to ensure your project meets standards.
See common HOA violations/solutions

My mailbox needs replaced. Can I replace it with a plastic one?

No. It needs to be replaced with another of “like kind, design, and pattern” as the original mailbox. See common HOA violations/solutions

Is there a company I can hire who will replace the mailbox with a compliant one?

For a DIY job, you can find mailboxes at Contract Lumber. Remember, it must be “like kind, design, and pattern” as the original mailbox.

If you don’t want DIY, Cedar Craft out of Reynoldsburg is a company that knows what type of mailbox is compliant. All you need to do is tell them the neighborhood you live in, and they can look up what mailbox is compliant. Call Cedar Craft at (614) 759-1600 for visit rel=”noopener”>http://www.cedar-craft.com/ See common HOA violations/solutions

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