Rules, Regulations & Procedures

What Homeowners Need to Know

As a community of 107 homeowners, we are governed by the Master Association's Declarations and By-laws. These Rules allow all homeowners and their guests to use the common property of the Master Association in a safe, fair and communal way, with the goal of achieving a place to live that is congenial to all that choose to live within the Wentworth By The Sea Community.

The following are Rules, Regulations and Procedures that apply to all homeowners within the WBTS community.      

Architectural Regulations

Each WBTS neighborhood has its own architectural and landscaping guidelines for making changes to existing structures and grounds surrounding them. Please refer to the Declarations and By-laws of your neighborhood association before making any such changes.  

Waterfront Access Rules, Regulations & Reminders

The Wentworth By The Sea Master Association has two major pedestrian easements that allow all Wentworth By The Sea residents and their guests to access waterfronts.  One is the easement between 12 and 18 Mill Pond Road that enables residents to reach Mill Pond. The other is the beach access easement between the homes at 133 and 149 Little Harbor Road that enables residents to reach Little Harbor Beach. 

 In the case of the Mill Pond easement, the entrance between 12 and 18 Mill Pond Road is visible from the road.  It then passes between two privacy fences and emerges onto a mowed pathway that leads across a small meadow to the Mill Pond.  The small meadow and shorefront on Mill Pond are common land belonging to the Wentworth By The Sea Master Association.  Residents are free to enter the Mill Pond or launch kayaks and other portable vessels from the Mill Pond shore.  Residents may also reach Mill Pond via a path easement that begins on Campbell's Lane in front of the Campbell's Island sign at the bottom of the hill, continues along the bank of the Mill Pond, and ultimately connects with the Mill Pond easement between 12 and 18 Mill Pond Road.

In the case of the Little Harbor Beach access easement, the entrance from Little Harbor Road is marked by a small sign titled “Private Pathway”.  Residents enter at the sign and walk the stepping stone path to and down a set of railroad-tie steps.  After some 20 feet, the stepping stone path angles left and then passes over an area of small stones to reach the beach and ocean harbor front.  The width of the easement path over the stepping stones, as legally confirmed, is fifteen feet as it crosses the property of 133 Little Harbor Road and turns toward the tidal shoreline.  

This means that residents and guests should follow the stepping stones crossing the grassy lawn, but not feel constrained to remain within a three-foot boundary suggested by the stepping stones.  Once the grassy lawn and the narrow path to the sandy beach have been traversed, one should feel free to walk on the beach sand to the left towards Fort Stark or to the right towards the Wentworth Marina.  One should also feel free to remain on any portion of the sandy beach, including the beach within the Lynns’ property lines, which includes the ever-changing mean high tide property line bordering the harbor beach.      

Residents may use these easements without requesting permission of the owners of the property the easements cross. The Master Association requests that interactions between owners of property crossed by the easements and residents/guests using the easements, shall be conducted in a neighborly, welcoming and non-confrontational manner.  This is a two-way obligation. Any exceptions should be reported to our Property Manager (Gary Rumph) at 433-5000. 

Winter Rules, Regulations & Reminders

The following are some commonly asked questions regarding snow removal at Wentworth By The Sea.

Yes.  Rye Beach Landscaping (hereinafter called Rye Beach) has been our vendor since 1999.  Rye Beach plows and sands Master Association areas (all roads, emergency access roads, Yellow House parking and sidewalks), and is paid by the Master Association for this.  Rye Beach also plows driveways and walkways for individual homes.  Individual Neighborhood Associations set snow removal criteria, contract, administer and pay Rye Beach for driveway and walkway work.

The objective is to allow travel for the majority of residents within all neighborhoods as fast as possible.  Roads are first priority, driveway plowing second, and handwork (driveways, walkways and garage door aprons) third.  Each neighborhood area gets done first on a rotating basis.  For unusual storms (greater than 12” accumulation or snowfall rates greater than 1” per hour), performance criteria listed below may need to be adjusted upward.

  • Roads: Plowing typically will start after at least 1" of snow and will continue during the course of a storm with no more than a 3" buildup between visits.  Cleanup plowing commences within 1 ½ hours following the storm. Please do not park in streets or at the Yellow House during or immediately after snow events.
  • Driveways: Plowing takes place for amounts greater than 2" at the end of the storm (for storms under 6") with target completion within 6 hours.  For storms with greater than 6” accumulation, interim visits will be made with no more than 6” buildup allowed.  Cleanup (for storms > 6") will commence after end of storm and be completed within 12 hours.  Generally, snow is piled in individual yards with reasonable care to avoid plantings as much as possible.  Residents are asked to keep vehicles from blocking snow removal operations without notice from the vendor. Return trips caused by vehicle blockages may result in additional charges.
  • Walkways & Aprons: Handwork is normally done after all driveways (in all Neighborhoods) are done, but within the completion times listed above.  For unusual storms, changes in performance criteria may be necessary.  Priority is given to clearing of roads, driveways, and some common-type facilities such as sewer stations and hydrants.

Salt and/or sand is applied to all Master Association areas at the discretion of Rye Beach and/or the Master Association to facilitate safe travel. All excess sand (when applicable) is removed from same areas during our spring cleanup.  Salt/sanding of neighborhood common driveways is done solely at the request of an individual association's Board of Directors and at additional expense to that association.  Salt/sanding of individual homes' driveways is available upon request to Rye Beach at the homeowner's expense.

The Master Association Board of Directors request that homeowner comments or concerns regarding any Master Association common area maintenance issues (including snow removal) be directed to our Property Manager (Gary Rumph) at 433-5000, instead of directly to our subcontractors.  This will allow an effective working relationship with our subcontractors, and will allow us to stay on top of issues as they occur, which in turn helps our responsiveness. Comments or concerns for individual driveways and walkways should be directed to the Board of Directors of your neighborhood association.  

Gary Rumph
Property Manager

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