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Deed Restrictions: G.O.M.O.

The Garden Oaks Maintenance Organization (GOMO) is charged with deed restriction management and enforcement for sections 1, 2, 3, and 5 of Garden Oaks*.

GOMO Office Manager
713 561 3936
4001 N. Shepherd Dr, Suite 216
Houston, TX 77018

Title Transfer and HOA Fees

If you are a tax service company or title company looking for information about the necessary transfer fees, please see this page.

Deed Restrictions

You can download the text of the Deed Restrictions for Garden Oaks, by Section. PDFs of the Recorded Documents are shown by PDF symbol . A transcription of the deed restrictions is provided for readability and convenience as a Word Document . These Word Documents are updated Transcriptions which more closely reflect what is in the original Recorded Documents including misspellings and odd punctuation. We have tracked the changes from the old transcriptions so you may see the changes by turning on Markup. (You may also find copies of the old transcriptions here along with a version which compares the new and the old.) Where any difference occurs between the transcribed and recorded documents, the Original Recorded Documents will control.

Section 1 recorded document transcription
Section 2 recorded document
Section 3 recorded document
Section 4 recorded document
Section 5 recorded document

Amendment A for sections 1, 2, 3, and 5

Subdivision Management Certificate

Amendment A is the amendment to the deed restrictions that created GOMO, and should be downloaded with the deed restrictions for sections 1, 2, 3, and 5 in order to have the complete deed restrictions for those sections.

*Note: Section 4 is continuing their effort to join GOMO. While section 4 does not have GOMO to help with its deed restrictions, the deed restrictions for that section are still valid and enforceable.


Deed Restriction Violation Enforcement Policy (Recorded)

Payment Plan Policy

Document Retention Policy

Rainwater Recovery System Policy

Records Production and Copying Policy

Guidelines Regarding Appraised Values

Refund of Transfer Fee Overpayment Policy

Sign Policy (Draft) - GOMO is seeking member input on a draft Sign Policy. This Policy is intended to replace the requirement in the Deed Restrictions that ALL signs be approved by providing blanket approval for many of the most common types of signs. If you would like to give input, please use the form here. We anticipate doing a review of the input late 2016 or early 2017 before final edits and approval. - Draft Sign Policy

GOMO Directors

There are three director positions per section on staggered three year terms so there is at least one position per section up for election each year.

If you are interested in being a director for your section, contact any of the directors listed below or email GOMO for detailed qualifications and procedures. You can download a copy of the nomination form (PDF, updated 29 Aug 2005) if you are interested in running for GOMO and wish to see what the requirements are.

This proxy form may be used by a candidate to obtain authority to represent owners.

Contact GOMO: We are set up to most efficiently answer your questions if you make contact with the Office Manager by leaving a phone message or sending an email using the contact information at the top of this page. These are usually answered on the same business day. Directors are also available, however, most have day jobs that impact the speed of their response.

Section One

Wayne Forster** 713 880 4367
Sheila Briones*** 713 861 8091
Mark Saranie* 713 724 1271

Section Two

Ed de Alba** 713 694 5934
Lori Kennedy*** 713 691 6833
Rafael Pina* 713 614 6533

Section Three

Kathy Silver** 713 688 8781
Dea Larson* 713 695 3634

Section Five

Teresa Coleman** 713 686 7728
Chavonne Slovak*** 713 682 3601
Kip Noser* 281 846 5479
* Term Expires End of October 2018
** Term Expires End of October 2016
*** Term Expires End of October 2017

GOMO Bylaws

In addition to and as required by the Texas Property Code and Non-Profit Incorporation laws, GOMO operates under a set of bylaws. These bylaws were designed to make GOMO an organization that is responsive and open to the needs of property owners in Garden Oaks. You can download the current GOMO bylaws (PDF).

GOMO Financial Statements

As of July 31, 2016 - Balance, Profit & Loss, Budget vs. Actuals

As of Apr 30, 2016 - Balance, Profit & Loss, Budget vs. Actuals

As of Jan 31, 2016 - Balance, Profit & Loss

As of Oct 31, 2015 - Balance, Profit & Loss, Budget vs. Actuals

As of July 31, 2015 - Balance, Profit & Loss

2016 Budget

Older archived financial information can be found on this page.

Violation Form

If you wish to report a potential deed restriction violation occurring in sections 1, 2, 3, or 5, you can download this form (PDF) and submit it to any GOMO director listed above, or mail it to the GOMO address shown near the top of this page. Contact a GOMO director listed above or email GOMO first for any questions about how to fill out the form, what kind of violations should be reported, etc.

  Litigation Update

Section 3 Garage Case

The 14th Court of Appeals granted a motion by both parties establishing the following briefing schedule:

GOMO’s opening brief is due November 7, 2016.
Response brief and cross-appellant opening brief is due December 7, 2016
GOMO’s reply and cross-appellee brief is due January 20, 2017.
Reply brief is due February 9, 2017.

More updates on this and other cases can be found here.

  Board Meetings

If you wish to speak at a GOMO Board Meeting or submit a question or comment to GOMO, use this form.

1st Tuesday of month at Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet Cafeteria 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM for plan reviews all months except Oct and Dec. Garden Oaks Civic Club meets afterwards.

3rd Wednesday of month at Garden Oaks Professional Bldg, second floor 7:00 PM to 9:00 for plan reviews and board meeting.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 7:00 PM Agenda

Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 7:00 PM Agenda

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:30 PM - GO Prof Bldg
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:00 PM - Annual Mtg, GO Elem Library Agenda

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 6:30 PM - GO Prof Bldg
Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 7:00 PM

2016 Meeting Dates (PDF)

Building Plan Submission

Owners are encouraged to attend a meeting early in their planning process to ask questions.

For Construction Plan approval, please submit the following:

  • Filled out and signed Plan Submission Form (PDF)
  • Plans including site plan, floor plans, and elevations with full dimensions
  • Current Survey of property requesting construction approval
  • Elevations of the residence if building a new detached garage or an addition to an existing detached garage
  • Digital versions of plans are requested as courtesy but do not replace the need to submit hardcopy. PDF format is preferred.

  GOMO News

Litigation Status (updated 11 August 2016)

Questions and Answers

Meeting Minutes

2016 August 17
2016 August 11 Special Session
2016 July
2016 June
2016 May Executive Session Summary
2016 May Business Meeting
2016 April
2016 March
2016 February
2016 January

GOMO Info (Annual Newsletter)

October 2015 Issue
October 2014 Issue
October 2013 Issue

  GOMO News

GOMO Can No Longer Fund Constable Patrols and Neighborhood Beautification

GOMO reviewed and adopted a budget for 2017 at its business meeting held August 17th. Major changes from prior year’s budgets include the elimination of spending of “Surplus Funds” as required by the bylaws for FY 2016-2017. These funds have been used for neighborhood related items such as Constable Patrols and Neighborhood Beautification.

In practical terms, this means that next year Garden Oaks will lose the two Constable Patrols funded by GOMO (cost $153,500) and Beautification funding (cost $20,000). These steps were taken as a result of the outcome of the Section 3 garage lawsuit. While the lawsuit found GOMO to be improperly formed only with respect to the homeowners in the lawsuit, out of an abundance of caution, GOMO decided to place all transfer fees and other income received after the judgment date, June 8, 2016, into a separate account.

GOMO appealed the ruling and is confident that the appeal will establish that GOMO was and is properly formed and that it has the authority to enforce Deed Restrictions and collect Transfer Fees. However, until such time, GOMO will limit spending to deed restriction enforcement and operating expenses.

Due to its contractual obligations with Harris County, GOMO will continue to fund the two Constable Patrols until February 28, 2017.

  GOMO Director Elections

The information available now on who is running is listed below. It is possible for a candidate to present themselves for election at the Annual Meeting. There is no requirement for an earlier declaration. Current incumbent directors who are running for reelection are identified as such.

Section 1:

Mike Taylor
Joe Casarez

Section 2:

Sue Schmidt

Section 3 (1 year term):

Beth Wiedower
Stuart Arouty
Susan Kostelecky

Section 3 (3 year term):

Kathy Silver (GOMO Incumbent)

Section 5:

Teresa Coleman (GOMO Incumbent)
Coley Groth


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