April 19, 2011
In the published portion of the opinion, the court held:
1. The following language in the CC&R's gave the Homeowners Association the authority to adopt new design standards pertaining to development of lots in the subdivision: "in the event of a conflict between the standards required by [the Planning] Committee and those contained herein, the standards of said Committee shall govern"; and
2. The Planning Committee could not adopt a rule that allowed for attorney's fees to be awarded to the prevailing party in a lawsuit because such a provision was not contained in the CC&R's. Adopting the rule was an attempt by the committee to insert a new provision that binds homeowners without their approval.
In the unpublished portion of the opinion, the court held that the Planning Committee acted properly in denying the plaintiff's building plans. (The details are not summarized here because that part of the opinion is not certified for publication.)
Cal.App. 3rd Dist. (C062389) 3/25/11