Forest West Community Improvement Association Guidelines For Display of Certain Religious Items

State of Texas
County of Harris
This is a re-typed version of a photocopy, done for ease of reading ONLY. It is NOT to be considered a definitive legal document, but only an aid to reading. The Original is filed in the Harris County deed records.

Know all persons by these presents:

Whereas, Forest West Community Improvement Association (the “Association”) is charged with administering and enforcing those certain covenants, conditions and restrictions contained in the recorded Deed Restrictions for the Forest West Subdivision (hereafter collectively referred to as the “Deed Restrictions”); and

Whereas, Chapter 202 of the Texas Property Code was amended effective June 17, 2011, to add Section 202.018 (“Section 202.018”) thereto dealing with the regulation of display of certain religious items; and

Whereas the Board of Directors of the Association (“Board”) has determined that in connection with maintaining the aesthetics and architectural harmony of the community, and to provide clear and definitive guidance to regarding the display of certain religious items therein, it is appropriate for the Association to adopt guidelines regarding the display of certain religious items within the community.

Now, Therefore, the Board has duly adopted the following Guidelines for Display of Certain Religious Items within the community.

  1. A property owner or resident may display or attach one or more religious items to each or any entry to their dwelling. Such items may include anything related to any faith that is motivated by the resident’s sincere religious belief or tradition.
  2. Individually or in combination with each other, the items at any entry may not exceed 25 square inches total in size.
  3. The items may only be displayed on or attached to the entry door or frame and may not extend beyond the outside edge of the door frame.
  4. To the extent allowed by the Texas state constitution and the United States constitution, any such displayed or affixed religious items may not:
    1. threaten public health or safety; or
    2. violate any law; or
    3. contain language, graphics or any display that is offensive to a passerby.
  5. Approval from the Architectural Control Committee is not required for displaying religious items in compliance with these guidelines.
  6. As provided by Section 202.018, the Association may remove any items displayed in violation of these guidelines.

The guidelines are effective upon recordation in the Public Records of Harris County, and supersedes any guidelines for certain religious which may have been previously been in effect. Except as affected by Section 202.018 and/or by these guidelines, all other provisions contained in the Deed Restrictions or any other dedicatory instruments of the Association shall remain in full force and effect.

Approved and adopted by the Board on this 30th day of December 2011