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Stratford Place was developed as a subdivision containing some 143 residential lots in 1970 by Burk Development Company, Inc. Under the restrictions filed that year, building on the lots was confined to one detached, single family dwelling not to exceed 2 1/2 stories and a private garage for not more than four automobiles. Minimum living space was revised in 1976 for remaining lots owned by the developer to 3,000 square feet. Lots sold to individuals prior to December, 1976 remained subject to 2,000 or 2,500 square foot minimum, depending on location.

The legal subdivision restrictions refer to a number of items, including location of structures on lots, prohibition of temporary or moved-in structures, and prohibition of post-construction storage of building materials or equipment. The restrictions specify that no lot shall be used or maintained as a dumping ground for rubbish, trash, garbage or other waste. Boats, vehicles, campers, or trailers of any kind are not to be kept, stored, repaired, or maintained on any street or lot nearer to the street than the minimum building setback line.

Further, no oil drilling or development operations are permitted. No sign of any kind shall be displayed to public view on any lot or in the streets of the subdivision except one sign of no more than five square feet advertising the property for sale or rent. No obnoxious or offensive activity or any activity which may become an annoyance or nuisance to the neighborhood is permitted. Animals are limited to household pets provided they are not kept for commercial purposes or in such numbers or conditions as may be offensive to other property owners.

The restrictions created the Stratford Place Subdivision Council (later incorporated as the Stratford Place Homeowners Association) "to carry out the general plan of improvement, to implement the plan of the subdivision, and to benefit the purchasers and owners of lots in the subdivision" and vested in it power and authority to approve subdivision or replot of lots by majority vote and written consent, to approve plans and specifications for all structures (residences, buildings, fences, walls, additions, changes and alterations) prior to beginning constructions, approve/disapprove variances on front lines of houses and front and side building lines, disapprove use on the exterior of any buildings or improvement of imitation brick, imitation stone, or asbestos, and have lots mowed (at owner's expense) when not maintained. The restrictions further specify that the majority of the Council may designate a representative to act for it, that no member of the Council shall be entitled to compensation, and the ability of a majority of the lot owners to change the membership of the Council or amend its power or duties.