January 2023 Newsletter

January Newsletter
Community Events
Enter Wheatlands in the search bar on the left-hand side of the page
and then click on Wheatlands Beer Tasting to register
Upcoming Community Events
For the month of February, there will be no rentals or social events at the clubhouse due to a kitchen and bathroom renovation. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but this renovation is to continue to make improvements to the clubhouse and the community. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Wheatland’s Bunco Night is back!

Saturday, March 11th at 6pm
Wheatlands Clubhouse

Stay tuned, more details coming soon!
Want to advertise your business and help your community have amazing social events?

Become a sponsor at our social events next year.

We are in the planning process for next year’s social events and we are always looking for sponsors to help with the events.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please click on the link below to download the form. Fill it out and email it and any questions to [email protected]
Community Event Recap
Thank you to everyone that came out to visit with Santa and share their wish lists with him. We sure hope Santa can help some of those wishes come true this holiday season. We enjoyed watching everyone eat some cookies, participate in making the Christmas crafts ornaments and riding on the horse drawn carriage rides.

A special shout out to Jen and Mike Cronk and Rebecca Joyner 1320 Homes Real Estate – Your Race Team of Real Estate Experts for sponsoring the hot beverage tent and providing complimentary hot drinks for all that attended. Thank you again for making this such a fun event and for all you have done to help with the Wheatlands community events this year.

We really enjoyed seeing all the smiling faces as everyone enjoyed this special event to celebrate the holidays! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
With only 1 entry in our Light Fight competition….Our BIG WINNER IS….. “Tis The Season” They won our first-place prize of $100 gift card, congrats! Thank you for sharing your beautifully decorated home with the neighborhood and participating in our Light Fight. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!
Community Information
Dear Residents,

We want to take a moment to pause and reflect on all that our community achieved in 2022 and thank you for your support of the Wheatlands Metropolitan District.
We have hosted so many fun events this year! From spring to fall there wasn’t a season without a neighborhood get together! We enjoyed watching the smiles and laughter as our community celebrated life together and got to know one another. We appreciate all of our sponsors for making these events possible. And a huge thank you to our property manager, Isabell Rodau for organizing and planning all the events for our neighborhood!
We have seen the value of our new recreation center for our community with residents enjoying all the classes and programs it has to offer. We appreciate the YMCA staff at our recreation center and all they do to support our community! 
This year we began Phase II of the park. Although it took longer than anticipated, we are excited the basketball court area is now open for use. The west side of our park is almost complete. The fences on that side will be taken down once it is finished and our contractor will be back in the spring to finalize the basketball court surface. We are planning a grand opening next year and hope you will be there to celebrate with us!
We want to congratulate our Wheatlands Shark Swim team for another wonderful season and look forward to seeing the Sharks swim next year.
We appreciate the quick responses and the open channels of communication regarding covenants this year. AMI had nothing but wonderful things to say about our community and the amount of respect our residents show their team as they partner with us to maintain our community standards. The attention to detail that you place on your home and property helps our entire community and we thank you! 
As we look forward to 2023, we plan to continue to maintain and enhance our community. Some of our upcoming projects include: replacing our pool chairs with new lounge chairs, remodeling the clubhouse kitchen and bathrooms, completing a shrub replacement plan around district property, building the urban soccer fields, maintaining our existing trees and continuing to host our neighborhood events. 
If you have any suggestions for the board or are interested in sponsoring an event, you can always email us at [email protected]We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!
– The Wheatlands Metropolitan Board
Oil and Gas Leasing:

The Wheatlands Metro District board was presented a lease agreement at the December board meeting for our mineral rights. The district board members unanimously voted no at this time to accept the lease agreement. We encourage residents to make their own decisions regarding their individual mineral rights. The City of Aurora has put together a Q and A that was shared in November and is located here.  We are working with our legal team to put together a Q and A for our community and will share it once it becomes available.  
Covenants in Common Interest Communities (Metro District)

Definition. Restrictive covenants are deed restrictions typically found in a Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions. Declarations including restrictive covenants are normally drafted and put in place by the original developer. In addition to the Declaration, the Metro District adopts Rules and Regulations and Residential Improvement Guidelines that clarify the Declaration restrictions. These documents are collectively referred to as “Governing Documents. “
When restrictive covenants are recorded in a declaration, they bind all property owners. Even though a purchaser may not read the declaration, the purchaser is bound by the covenants because they are in his “chain of title” and attach to the property. As a result, the courts will consider each owner to have “constructive knowledge” of the restrictive covenants, meaning that an owner has knowledge of the covenants as a matter of law. What this means is that actual knowledge is irrelevant, and an “I didn’t know” defense ineffective.

Purpose of Restrictive Covenants. The stated intention of many restrictive covenants is to “preserve, protect, and enhance property values.” This goal may be achieved as follows:
Architectural and maintenance restrictions give a development a more standard appearance because they control some of the activities that take place within its boundaries.
Use restrictions limit use of property for defined purposes and in accordance with defined standards. Use restrictions are generally intended to enhance the peaceful enjoyment of residents‘ use of their properties.

Types of Restrictive Covenants.
Architectural and Building Restrictions. The covenants require an owner to seek prior approval from the Metro District Board or Architectural Review Committee before making these types of changes.
Typical restrictions may include:
Set back requirements
Conditions on additions to dwellings (e.g., patios, enclosing porches, adding a second story, installing satellite dishes or solar panels)
Modifications to exterior appearance of dwellings (e.g., painting a different color, changing from siding to brick, adding windows and doors)
Exterior appearance of lots (e.g., landscaping, yard art, fencing)

Use Restrictions. 
Occupancy use, Leasing, Pets, Parking, Use of other limited common elements and garages (what can be stored on a patio or balcony, garage uses other than parking vehicles), Nuisance and noise, Trash, Satellite dishes, etc.…

To see the Wheatlands Metro Districts complete set of covenants and Residential Improvement guidelines please visit https://www.wheatlandsmetro.org/covenants/

Next Board Meeting

Thursday, January 12th at 6:00pm

We welcome all community members to attend and participate in our board meetings.

Get involved and volunteer for a committee and share your talents!

Going forward the board has decided to allow for flexibility with our meetings
and will post on the agenda prior to each meeting if they will be at the clubhouse or online. 

View our website at www.wheatlandsmetro.org to see the agenda and past meeting minutes. 

Thank you! 
YMCA Programs
We are offering all sorts of swim lessons starting in January for kids of all ages!
Click on the link below to register! Classes begin January 9th! Sign up soon!
Kids Night Out!

When: Friday, January 13th and 27th
5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Where: Aurora YMCA at Wheatlands
6100 S Kewaunee Way
Aurora, CO 80016

What: Kids Night Out
Drop the kids off for 3 hours of fun. Dinner, games, crafts, and a movie. Our staff will start the evening with dinner and then lead the kids through a craft and some fun games and activities, followed by a movie. 

Ages: Potty-trained to 12 years old.

Please register by the previous Wednesday.

Cost: $25/child
Limited to 20 kids.

In order for us to have Kids Night Out
will need at least 6 children to sign up. 
Enter Aurora Kids Night Out in the search bar on the left hand side of the page
and then click on Kids Night Out to register
Southlands Events
The Southlands Shopping center continues to offer events and programs

Check on the link below for information about pictures with Santa
Ice Skating on the Pond.