History and Policy
The Forest Hills Van-Court Association, Inc. was formed on November 17, 1969 to continue the enforcement of restrictions on the properties designated as the Vanderveer Tract of land and the land designated as Forest Hills Court. Covenant restrictions dating back to May and July of 1923 protect each of these areas, respectively.
The Forest Hills Van-Court area is adjacent to Forest Hills Gardens, and the 1923 covenant restrictions called for enforcement by the Gardens Corporation and/or any of the homeowners. In 1969, the Gardens Corporation decided to withdraw from the active enforcement of the covenant restrictions. The Forest Hills Van-Court Association was incorporated at that time to carry on with enforcement. The Association represents approximately 320 homeowners in a thirteen square block area in Forest Hills, comprised of Harrow Street from 69th Avenue to 72nd Avenue, Ingram and Juno Streets from 69th Avenue to Ascan Avenue, and Kessel Street from 69th Avenue to 71st Avenue, as well as the connecting avenue properties.
The Forest Hills Van-Court Association, Inc. area is subject to the Covenants and Restrictions set forth in Article 6 of the 1923 Agreements that run with the land and are binding upon every property owner in the Forest Hills Van-Court Association, Inc. area. Article 6 provides that “No building, fence, wall, or other structure shall be erected or maintained nor any change or alteration made therein unless the plans and specifications showing the nature, kind, shape, height, material, color scheme, and location of such structure…shall have been submitted to and approved in writing by a committee of the Gardens Corporation (or the Forest Hills Van-Court Association, Inc, (the “FHVCA”) as its successor.)”
Ultimately, however, the community’s future depends on the willingness of each one of its residents to protect, preserve, and maintain it.
Community identification signs on all street lampposts within our boundaries identify the area as the Van-Court Community and include a statement that the community is governed by covenant restrictions. These signs alert new homeowners, as well as real estate agents, of our community’s Association.
The restrictions include:
- SETBACK REQUIREMENTS OF THE FRONT, REAR, AND SIDE PROPERTY LINES
- LIMITATIONS OF THE PROPERTY TO PRIVATE ONE FAMILY RESIDENCES
- A REQUIREMENT FOR WRITTEN PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS OF CHANGES OR ALTERATIONS TO BUILDINGS, FENCES, WALLS, PAVING, ETC. MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE VAN-COURT ASSOCIATION FOR APPROVAL
We are committed to protecting our community’s quality of life and welcome your support.