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Lacamas Shores Trees & Views Policies

During the years, 2014 and 2015, a handful of neighbors calling themselves the Restore Lacamas Shores team consistently harassed board members and neighbors who disagreed with them about cutting trees in the wetlands and neighbors' yards (see History of Trees & Views). To settle the argument, the first Trees and Views Policy was introduced in 2014. The current board had other ideas about what that policy should include and published the June 2017 policy. After a negative response from the neighborhood, the latest Trees and Views policy was recently introduced. For comparison, all three are published below. Be sure to send your comments/suggestions to the HOA Board by Wednesday, September 6th.

Trees & Views Policy Oct 2014
Trees & Views Policy June 2017
Trees & Views Policy August 2017

The Onkeans don't like timeline...Cindy calls it a diatribe.

Included in the Patio Encroachment below are Surveys, HOA Board's complicity and the Revocable License Agreement.

Ontkean's Permanent Patio Encroachment

The Ontkean Encroachment
onto the HOA Common Areas

The evidence in this whole mess is voluminous. Nothing is secret except the deliberations and reasoning of the current board. All evidence that I have is totally available to any association member. First of all, no one objects to Cindy Ontkean’s gardening project on the corner lot between Lacamas Drive and El Rey. In fact, most people like it. The real issue is the transfer of HOA property and contractual easement obligations with the City of Camas. Over time, the developer and the past HOA boards have agreed many times to allow Cindy’s garden. The initial landscaping was done at HOA expense and when Cindy offered to spruce it up, we all agreed to let her do it. Cindy’s “dwarf garden” is not at issue here. Transfer of HOA property and building permanent structures on the HOA Common areas is the issue. The Ontkean’s have been told and they have agreed never to build permanent structures on the common area properties. Yet they have done so. They have several times asked for ownership of the property. We have told them of the effort required to do that.

  • In 1998: The developer deeded the common areas to the HOA
  • In 1998: The developer gave an easement to the City of Camas to use parts of the common areas between El Rey and lacamas for storm drain infrastructure, and for a sanitary sewer pump station. This is in our CC&Rs and there also exists a contract with the city.
  • In 2002: The Ontkeans build their home.
  • In 2003: The HOA buys the supplies to fix up the corner lot and volunteers level the ground, plant shrubs and lay turf.
  • In 2006: The Ontkean’s ask that the HOA “deed over” the corner lot at the intersection of El Rey and Lacamas drive. The board decided that with our easement obligations to the city, and the requirement for a supermajority vote of the association, that they could not “deed over “ the land. The board does decide that they will pay the Ontkeans a proportional share of the common area maintenance costs if they wish to maintain that lot to match their own landscaping. We do this for a few years.
  • In 2008: The issue is then up again and the City is asked for their opinion. They send us a letter affirming their continued claim to use the property and outline HOA maintenance responsibilities.
  • In 2009: The City asks to meet regarding concerns that the Ontkeans are planning to claim the corner lot using “adverse possession”. I am asked to write a memorandum of our meeting and send a letter to the Ontkean’s re-affirming HOA ownership of the corner lot.
  • In 2015: The Restore Lacamas Shores (The RLS) group is formed and they take up the Ontkean claim to the corner lot.
  • In 2016: The Ontkeans sue the HOA for ownership of the corner lot claiming the right of adverse possession…. thrown out for cause. Re-filed using different criteria. (The board has refused to allow anyone to see the revised Ontkean filings.)
  • In 2017: January the HOA settles out of court with the Ontkeans, allowing them to maintain the corner lot at their own expense and granting them ownership of their patio extension onto the HOA common area. Also, the HOA agrees not to assess the Ontkean’s the legal costs to defend against their suits.
  • 2017: February till now. I have asked the HOA board to explain/justify their decision to transfer the Common Areas property to the Ontkeans without a vote of the neighborhood, without recouping the legal costs, and doing it all in secret. Before the settlement was concluded, I had reminded the HOA board via emails and postings on the about the state laws that apply, the contract with the city, and our CC&Rs that all prohibit the transfer of property to anyone without a community vote and city approval. Yet, they have done it and the only validation they claim is that the board’s vote to do it was unanimous.

It seems to me that the board is clearly wrong. I’ve asked if they have a valid reason for ignoring state law, our contract with the city, and our CC&Rs…they will not share it. This recent email chain (Board promised response to June 26 Meeting) sums it up pretty well. Start at the bottom email and work your way up.

Synopsis of Board Meetings 2016 - 2017


This latest HOA board meeting synopsis includes…audience comments, Pat Lambert’s resignation as President,
Janine Smith's discussion on her unilateral actions concerning the Reserve Fund, and…Ron Boyce's report of the meeting with the city mistakes the permissions he says that he was given: to “Clean up” the county park and the shoreline preservation area between our picnic area and the lake. He also states that they have spent no money and that no state agencies are involved.

Richard Arnold

Synopsis of August 28, 2017 Board Minutes
Synopsis of Aug 10, 2017 Meeting with City (Wetlands)
Synopsis of July 24, 2017 Board Minutes
Recap of June 19 Working Minutes
Synopsis of June 26, 2017 Board Meeting
Synopsis of Annual Meeting March 18, 2017
Synopsis of February 13, 2017 Board Minutes
Synopsis of January 16, 2017 Board Minutes
Synopsis of 2016 Board Meeting Minutes



Current News & Events

Lacamas Lake Annual Cleanup
Saturday, September 30th!

Every year volunteers get together to clean up Lacamas Lake. Lacamas Shores initiated the first lake clean up over 20 years ago. This popular boating and fishing lake attracts its share of trash during the busy summer season and this is a chance for the people who love the lake to help clean it up. Georgia Pacific lowers the water level of the lake this time of year and that makes access easier. And, you don't even have to get dirty. This can be good clean fun for everyone.

Saturday, September 30th, 9:00 am - 11:30 am. Participants meet at the Hertiage trail boat launch parking lot off Lake Road. Sponsors provide gloves, garbage bags, drinking water and food. You bring waterproof boots, all your family and friends, all ages. There will be prizes!!
For more information: Lacamas Lake Annual Cleanup!


Camas First Friday
October 6 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pumpkin Pageant & Harry Potter Costume

Downtown participating businesses will have a carved pumpkin and you get to vote for your favorite. Voting enters you to win prizes. There will also be prizes for a winner and runner up for Best Harry Potter Costume for kids and adults!

Pick up a map at DCA tables on 4th Ave to find Fairy Doors hidden all over downtown. As always, there will be live music, shopping and dining plus art shows. .

For more information visit October Camas First Friday freepumpkin

Spirit Tales of the Vancouver Barracks

The Vancouver Barracks was founded in 1849.In all the years since then, many stories have grown up about the Vancouver Barracks. The Barracks spirit tales are just in time for Halloween.

The Spirit Tales of the Barracks tour was designed by local historian and author Jefferson Davis. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you will be interested in the stories of past inhabitants.

The tours will run until October 29, 2017 every Sunday, Friday, and Saturday. Visit the website for more information. Spirit Tales of the Vancouver Barracks

Camas Plans to Widen NW Larkspur Street

A July 11 open house announced the city's plans to widen NW Larkspur Street north of Lake Road. This change will impact our neighborhood as well as others closer to the street. Below is a link to the feedback the city received from those who attended the event. There is also the project fact sheet and street design alternatives.

City of Camas NW Larkspur Street Improvement Project


VIEWS Archives

The VIEWS newsletter was published bi-monthly in the past. New publication dates will be announced by the current board. Enjoy reading the history of Lacamas Shores in past issues.
VIEWS Archives



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