Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of frequently used numbers. Welcome to the neighborhood and we look forward to working with you.
Community / Area questions . . .
Do LDPOA members get free or reduced price use of Don Pedro Lake or the Don Pedro Golf and Country Club?
No. Though the names are similar, these are all totally separate business entities that have nothing to do with the LDP Owners’ Association.
What is the name of the local water company?
The Lake Don Pedro Community Services District. For address & phone see local links.
Who do we contact for garbage service? Is there a local dump?
On the local links page you’ll find Fiske Sanitary (Mariposa Co.), Cal Sierra (Tuolumne Co.) and info for the Don Pedro Transfer Station (Dump).
Who is our electric service supplier?
PG&E (800) 743-5000
Are there any service clubs or organizations active in the area?
The Gold Chain Lions Club (209) 878-3287
Where’s the shopping? The amenities? Activities? Cultural events?
There are two ways to look at these things in Don Pedro…you could say we have little to none or you could say that we have an abundance of varied choices.
This area is a rural gem situated in the center of a triangle of urban areas each with plentiful shopping and its own unique flavor. To see some of what’s available check out our “Where Is It?”
General LDPOA Questions
How many lots are in the subdivision?
There are 3125 individual member owned lots There are actually 3,162 lots total, however this number includes tank sites, the natural park sites and lots set aside for municipal uses etc.
Is membership in the Owners’ Association mandatory?
Yes, by definition and in accordance with the bylaws if you own property in the subdivision you are a member of the association.
What are my specific member privileges?
Use of the Hacienda pool (pool pass key required – see office), the picnic area with its barbeques and basketball hoop, the exercise room and lending library. Members in good standing also have the privilege of a free rental once each year of the Hacienda Lounge and a free rental of the Hacienda Pavilion once in three years. Members also receive reduced member rates on Hacienda apartment rentals. See rentals page for details.
What other benefits are there to the LDPOA?
The LDPOA has always played a central role in the community. For years local schools have had their events and graduations at the Hacienda. Classes covering interests in art and writing to fitness, dance, swimming, and more; concerts, meetings, community gatherings and charity fundraisers are held here.
Partnered with the local Lions Club a local Little League field was developed whose ongoing upkeep, as well as its recent refurbishment, is LDPOA funded. Additional community enrichment projects are being considered.
Beyond these things the LDPOA is a collective voice for the Don Pedro area and community when dealing with the two counties (Mariposa & Tuolumne) that comprise the subdivision itself and the third (Stanislaus) that borders us.
How many separate units are there in the Lake Don Pedro Owners’ Association?
Six total - Three in Tuolumne County and three in Mariposa County.
Why are there different CC&Rs for different units – why aren’t they all the same?
Originally the Mariposa County units and the Tuolumne County units were separate entities and their CC&Rs were enacted separately. The two groups were later merged into a single Owners’ Association but that did not alter their individual CC&Rs which remained in place. Some differences stem from differences in County ordinances.
How many of the lots in the subdivision are developed (have houses built on them)?
As new houses are being built on previously undeveloped lots, at any time a specific number would quickly be inaccurate but we can say that approximately 45% of the subdivision lots are currently developed.
Development Questions - I want to build on my property…
What involvement does the Association have in this process?
In addition to all the appropriate county permits, you need to apply to the association’s Architectural Control Committee (ACC) for a Lake Don Pedro Owners’ Association Permit for your project. You must have this permit before any work begins. Note: The ACC meets once a month to review applications and issue permits see calendar for date.
Is there a fee for an LDPOA building permit?
With a lot’s first development project there is a one time fee of $50. For additional projects (additions, outbuildings, fences, etc.) there are no fees.
When building a new house, who do I contact about bringing in electrical service?
PG&E - (800) 743-5000 customer service. NOTE: You will need to make sure that they understand that you are talking about new construction (not just new service) in the Don Pedro area. Strangely enough, most of the work stringing new lines and poles is done out of the Merced PG&E new construction office even though we’re in a totally different county.
What is the ACC and what is their function?
The Architectural Control Committee (ACC) is charged with ensuring compliance with the appropriate CC&Rs concerning the development of lots in the subdivision. Generally, their concern is that compliance along the outward appearance of properties in the subdivision. For example: a bathroom or kitchen renovation project inside your home needs no ACC permit unless it involves exterior additions.
I have a large lot, can I put a second house on it for (rental; relatives)?
No. The CC&Rs are very specific on this. Each lot is for a single family dwelling only regardless of lot size.
I have elderly parents and need to care for them can I add an addition to my existing home to for them to live in?
Each application and situation is evaluated on an individual basis. To be considered an addition the project must be attached to the existing dwelling through a continuous or attached roof and / or a common wall. Please contact the LDPOA office to contact the ACC chairperson for specific questions and to discuss details.
I have a Pedestrian Equestrian easement (trail) on my property… What are they for? Who can use it?
These “trails” allow public access for horse riding and hiking use. They crisscross the subdivision and connect with the natural land park sections.
Who decided that and what if I don’t want it?
P&E are county easements. You would need to contact your county recorder.
How wide are they? Does the property line run down the center or on one side?
They are 30 ft. wide and are on one side of a property line.
Can I put a fence across it? Put my storage shed there? Plant trees across it?
By county ordinance these easements may not be blocked, no structures placed on the easement, nor can there be any impediment placed to its intended use.
May I drive my ATV (motorbike, dirt bike, etc.) on the P&E trails?
Motorized vehicles are prohibited on the P&E trails.