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Welcome to Whitaker Downs

This is the official Web site of the Whitaker Downs Homeowners Association. It is designed to be a comprehensive information resource for the residents of Whitaker Downs and interested members of the surrounding community.

Whitaker Downs is a traditional pool-and-tennis neighborhood located in Jackson County, Georgia, about 55 miles northeast of Atlanta, 26 miles northwest of Athens, and 17 miles southeast of Gainesville. It is a covenant-protected community regulated by the provisions of the Georgia Property Owners’ Association Act.

Click here for an aerial view of Whitaker Downs and to get directions to our community.

Board to Allow Golf Carts on Recreation Field

The HOA board of directors voted last month to allow residents to drive golf carts to and from the recreation field, which previously was open only to foot traffic.

The recreation field borders Walnut Creek and is accessible by easement through the property of David Chapman at 462 Reece Drive.

“Our purpose in implementing this policy change is to encourage better use of this valuable community asset,” said board president Beth Thackery.

Persons using carts would be required to sign a legal waiver and display a permit/decal on their carts. The waiver would require permit holders to agree that carts are to be used only for travel between Reece Drive and the recreation area, that carts are not to stray from the designated easement, and that once in the area, carts must be parked in and remain in a designated parking zone. No types of motorized vehicles other than golf carts are allowed.

Permit decals are available from the board of directors. To obtain a decal, simply send an e-mail to boardofdirectors@whitakerdowns.com.
Failure to abide by the rules and stipulations of the signed agreement may, at the discretion of the HOA board of directors, result in fines and/or retraction of permission to access the recreation field via golf cart

New Directors Elected at Annual Meeting

Dan Alexander, Bryan Bullock, and David Quilliams were elected to two-year terms on the board of directors at the annual Whitaker Downs Homeowners Association meeting Nov. 29.

Vote totals were: Alexander: 59, Bullock: 55, Cunningham: 33, and Quilliams: 58.

Former board member Branon Martin conducted a PowerPoint presentation analyzing current and previous HOA expenditures and detailing the allocation of resources in the proposed budget for 2017, which was unanimously approved without modification.

The proposed budget anticipates a net loss for the year, driven largely by the intended replacement of the walls at the entrance to the subdivision.

HOA treasurer Larry Reinhardt explained that funds for the renovation would be taken from reserve accounts that were expressly established for the eventual maintenance of capital assets, such as the swimming pool and the entrance wall. Reinhardt also noted that annual dues will remain unchanged at $425, and that the usual $25 discount for early payment would be offered.

Refreshments were provided by Lyn Rooks of FernGully Landscaping.

Annual Meeting Slated for Nov. 29

The Elections and Nominations Committee has mailed packets to all Whitaker Downs homeowners regarding the annual HOA meeting scheduled for Nov. 29 at the Fairview Community Center.

Each packet contains a meeting notice, proxy ballot for the election of three board members, and a copy of the proposed 2017 budget. Any homeowner who did not receive a packet should notify the HOA board board of directors.

Homeowners will be able to sign up for the HOA’s various committees, elect directors, and vote on the proposed 2017 budget. All HOA members are encouraged to attend.

The Fairview Community Center is approximately 4.9 miles from the Whitaker Downs entrance. Leaving Whitaker Downs, turn right on McNeal Rd., then right on Rt. 60. Travel to just past the four-mile marker and turn right onto Fairview Rd.

Nominations Needed for 3 HOA Board Positions

Whitaker Downs HOA members will vote to fill three seats on the board of directors at the HOA's annual meeting Tuesday, November 29.

As of Nov.2, four candidates have been nominated for the two-year terms, according to Susan Whitfield, chairman of the Nominations and Elections Committee. They are Dan Alexander (265 Reece Drive), Jill Cunningham (185 Huntington Trail), Bryan Bullock (166 Reece Drive), and David Quilliams (57 Macy Lane).

Nominations are open to all HOA members whose properties are in good standing. If you would like to serve on the board of directors or nominate someone else for the post, you must contact a member of the committee before 5 p.m. Nov. 3 to have the candidate’s name printed on the proxy ballots. Nominations may also be made from the floor at the annual meeting.

Election and Nominations Committee members are Susan Whitfield, Michael Notheis, and  Bob Penland. You may also contact current members of the board: Beth Thackery, Mark Thornton, Larry Reinhardt, or Grover Demeter.

Beth Thackery Elected Board President

Beth Thackery was elected president of the Whitaker Downs Homeowners Association board of directors at the board's regular meeting Oct. 9.

She replaces outgoing president Todd DeBella, who resigned his position due to his impending relocation to Gwinnett County.

An 11-year resident of Whitaker Downs, Thackery was elected to the board at the HOA's annual meeting last December. She currently serves as the board liaison to the Pool Committee and the Landscape Committee.

WD Golf Club Seeks Members

The Whitaker Downs Golf club is seeking new players to join its weekly outing, according to club chairman Larry Reinhardt.

“Enthusiasm and interest are far more important than talent.” Reinhardt said. “We have many different skill levels in the group and would love to have more neighbors participate.”

The club plays weekly, usually on Wednesdays or Thursdays, at different courses in the Hoschton area. Anyone interested in joining should send an e-mail to larry.reinhardt.jr@gmail.com.

Jackson County Offers Online Mapping Service

The Jackson County Tax Assessor's Office sponsors a Web site allowing you to view online parcel maps, aerial photography, and sales histories for the past three years. Click here to view the map of Whitaker Downs, then click on different properties to view ownership and assessment information.