The corporation is formed by a The Arabella Country Estate for the purpose of marketing, managing, and selling of residents and plots within a Arabella Country Estate. It grants the homeowners privileged voting rights in governing the association, membership in the Arabella homeowners association by a residential buyer is with a condition of purchase of a property within the Golf Estate.

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Arabella Country Estate has rules and regulations in place to make the Golf Estate a safe and efficient place to live. The Arabella Homeowners Association wants to ensure that the estate always appears at its best both functionally and aesthetically.

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Please read below the index and reference paragraphs of the Rules and Governance Penalties applicable to Arabella Country Estate for non-compliance of the said Rules. All penalties imposed will be doubled every three months in the fines have not been settled.

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Arabella Country Estate Building guidelines were produced as a set of functional guidelines for anybody plannong to build a property within the golf estate. So if you are planning to build on Arabella Country Estate, this is a document you should familiarise yourself with.

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The Arabella Estate is located within an environmentally sensitive area adjoining the Bot River Estuary. An organic style of architecture has been adopted using natural materials, slate roofs and subdued earth colours in harmony with the surroundings. High standards of architectural and environmental quality will be maintained.

Environmentally sensitive design and energy efficiency should give emphasis to:
• Correct orientation of the house (see 2.4 below)
• Use of wide, low eaves and pergolas to shade walls
• Proper thermal insulation of roof areas
• Use of solar energy and solar boosted water heating
• Use of heat pumps for water heating and air conditioning

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Arabella Country Estate is situated within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve within the Cape Fynbos Region. This is one of the richest plant kingdoms in the world with an incredible variety of flowers and shrubs. Arabella is an area that is also prone to long dry periods with variable or no rainfall.

As a part of the Biosphere Arabella Country Estate is committed to protecting the biodiversity of plants and animals within the reserve and to co-operating in avoiding the introduction of plants or animals which may pose a threat to this diversity. The Golf Estate is also committed to the conservation and wise use of water resources.

Additionally, South Africa has promulgated Regulations in terms of the Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act (CARA). The Schedules to this Act set out plants, not allowed on private land. Failure to remove such plants is an offence and landowners are liable to prosecution. It is in our interest to comply with these regulations.

Arabella Country Estate Landscaping Guidelines are intended to help private homeowners:

  • Help Arabella Country Estate contribute to the goals of the Biosphere Reserve
  • Avoid breaching the CARA Regulations, and
  • Have a water wise garden that will save water and thus save money.

WHEN STARTING A GARDEN IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT a qualified landscaping consultant is employed to guide you in your choices. Many of the surrounding nurseries or landscaping contractors have the knowledge to advise you in your planting.

The Arabella Country Estate is located in a sensitive natural environment close to the Bot and Kleinmond estuary within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. It is a high quality, professional standard golf Estate developed for country living and tourism.

The Estate’s management team is committed to ensuring that Arabella Country Estate is developed and managed in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable way, taking account of social, economic and biophysical issues.

To this end Arabella Country Estate is committed to:

Complying with all applicable safety, health and environmental requirements, legal and otherwise.

Developing and managing the Estate in a way that minimises environmental impacts and prevents pollution through:

  • Ensuring that the development does not undermine the functioning of essential ecological systems on and around the Estate as well as functioning of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.
  • Ensuring that no management activities, equipment or products used on the Estate cause negative impacts on or are harmful to the environment.
  • Ensuring that monitoring and measuring of environmental performance is undertaken and remedial action implemented where necessary.
  • Ensuring that only recreation activities compatible with the natural environment are provided.

Protecting and, where applicable, improving the natural features, systems and wildlife on the property.

Implementing management practices that enable continuous improvement in the safety, health and environmental management system and economic feasibility of the estate as a whole.

Setting and regular reviewing of objectives and targets in order to achieve those improvements.

Taking preventative measures to ensure safety of personnel at all times and to prevent any negative health impacts that might occur. The management of the Estate shall be fully involved in all aspects of risk prevention through safety meetings. All Contractors must be actively involved in risk prevention.

Promoting safety, health and environmental awareness amongst Estate employees as well as persons working on behalf of the estate i.e. contractors, residents and visitors.

Senior Management and Contractors recognizing relevant achievements by individuals and departments.

Contributing to local communities through providing employment and training opportunities and supporting local businesses wherever possible. All of these being subject to this policy

Maintaining an open and mutually instructive relationship with environmental and community organisations.

Internal audits shall be regularly held to ensure compliance with the Company Standard.

This policy shall be prominently displayed at the Estate offices and at the Main Gate, and publicized whenever appropriate.

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