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Maintenance Committee

The primary function of the Maintenance Committee is to assist the board of directors in fulfilling its common area repair and maintenance responsibilities. The role of the Committee is oversight.

Next Meeting: December 7, 2018, 10:00 am, at the association office.

Greenspace Management Plan: Conservation and care of life in the greenspace; keeping land and waters of the Plantation safe, attractive, and valuable to people and to native wildlife.

“It shall be the express intent and purpose…to protect, maintain, and enhance the natural environment…. to protect streams, lakes, and water supplies, to maintain and enhance the conservation of natural and scenic resources, to promote the conservation of soils, fish, wildlife, game and migratory birds, enhance value of abutting and neighboring forests, wildlife preserves, natural reservations or sanctuaries or other open areas and open spaces, and to afford and enhance recreation opportunities, preserve historical sites, and implement generally the Killearn Lakes Master Plan for development.” Article IX, Section 1, Killearn Lakes Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions.

Click here for the 2016 Greenspace Plan

America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend

Please help us in supporting America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend. You can drop off canned foods, non-perishable items and toiletry items at the KLHOA office Monday-Friday from 9am to 3pm. Second Harvest of the Big Bend is the food bank that distributes millions of pounds of food every year to hungry families in the 11-county region of the Big Bend.

Learn more about the Second Harvest at:

Citizens Connect: Report Issues Now!

With the Leon County Citizens Connect App, users can report:

Animal Issues, Downed Trees, Noise Complaints, Street Light Out, Waste pick-up, and much more...

Get the FREE app now by searching for "Leon County Citizens Connect" in your Apple Store or Google Play Store. To submit a request online or to learn more: click here.

Architectural Control Committee Documents

Below you will find Architectural Control Committee documents regarding our neighborhood. When residents want to submit something to the ACC, the actual forms they use will either be the New Home Building Application (below) or the Architectural Control Committee Change Application (below) for everything else: fences, sheds, etc. The remaining documents are the standards for each change/addition residents wish to implement. Should you have any questions about these documents, contact us here.

Above Ground Pool Standards ACC Change Application Dock Standards Fence Standards In-Ground Pool Standards
New Home Building Application New Home Standards Storage Shed Standards    

Update: Debris Pick-up

Update from Sunday, October 21st: We know everyone is concerned about the trees and branches leaning over our main roadways since Hurricane Michael. Leon County Operations has informed the HOA that crews will be out by early next week (10/22 - 10/25) to begin the removal of these hazards on Deerlake Road and Kinhega Drive.

Leon County Commissioner, Bryan Desloge, has additional information on Debris Removal, FEMA Assistance, and the latest Status Report: here.

Bryan Desloge, Leon County District IV Commissioner, provides an update on debris pick-up in our neighborhood:

"Leon County will be collecting debris on both public and private roads. We began residential debris collection earlier today [Tuesday October 16th] with 24 debris removal trucks and anticipate another 11 contracted crews later this week. Debris collection information is provided, and will be continually updated, through the County's Emergency Information Portal (EIP) at:"

"The EIP includes a map of each collection zone and the neighborhoods currently being served. Killearn Lakes is in Zone #1. You can place your debris at the curb now or refer back to the EIP to see when your neighborhood is scheduled for collection. The EIP will be updated every two-to-three days."

"There's a gigantic amount of cut trees and debris out there, so this may take some time to get to everyone. We ask for your patience and understanding. We're a lot better off here than our neighbors to the west. Just know we're doing the best we can to address your concerns. Please let me know if you have any questions."

Bryan Desloge
Leon County Commission
District IV Commissioner
301 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Fl. 32301
(850) 606-5364

What to Recycle in Leon County

Are you a new resident to Killearn Lakes? Have you always wondered what is and isn't acceptable to recycle? The Leon County Solid Waste Division has a web page dedicated to what can and cannot be recycled at their facility. Click the link or image below for more information:

Nature Trail Restoration Project

Status: The Trail restoration has been put on hold due to a lack of funds and because there are opposition to the paths clearing.

Where: Kinhega (between Hollis and Briar Branch) to Pine Hill Lake dam and to Valley Creek: See the Trail Map here. Also an additional trail planned along Bannerman to Meridian Road.

Why: Neighbors have asked to bring back the nature trails and so we are trying to revive them. Trails existed back in the 80's and have since become overgrown. Markers still exist identifying the trail. Invasive plants/trees on the trails need to be eliminated. A tremendous amount of work needs to be done for the revitalization of the trails. If you are interested in helping with the trails project or know of the location of a trail, please contact the Killearn Lakes HOA by clicking here. The nature trail will give our community a great place to walk, picnic, and enjoy wildlife!

How: Re-identify the trail routes, restore the bridge and boardwalk near Kinhega and Briar Branch. Brush, vines and fallen trees need to be removed from the paths.

Who: Joe Barnett (Volunteer Board Director), Jeff Caster (Volunteer Board of Directors President), Gregory Durant (KLHOA Maintenance Manager), and Brian Pierce (Former Recreation Committee Volunteer). All additional volunteers are welcome. At one point we had the largest number of volunteers EVER, turn out to revive the trail.

Plants along the trails: Dewberry, Yellow Carolina Jessamine vines, Virginia Creeper, Trillium plants, Florida Anise, Red Partridge Berry, Pea Plants, Pink Azaleas, Blueberry, Wood fern, and Red Berried Yaupon Holly. Trees along the trails: Red Maple, Cedar, some giant Short Leaf Pine, Long Leaf Pine, Loblolly Pines, Oak, great smelling Bay trees, White Flowering Dogwoods, and a tunnel of Sparkleberry trees.

Invasives along the trails: Coral Ardisia, Popcorn trees, Potato vines, Japanese Climbing vine, and Nandina.

Historical: Here are three documents detailing even more about the Trails:
Killearn Lakes Nature Trail Restoration
April 2017 Killearn Lakes View Magazine Article
March 2018 Killearn Lakes View Magazine Article


If you want to help revive the trails or make your yard Florida friendly, please call or Contact us today. We can also have your yard evaluated by a Master Gardener!

Lakes Restoration Project

Killearn Lakes has six lakes throughout the neighborhood. These were manmade in the 1950's by spring feeding. Five are maintained by the HOA: Arrowhead (8 acres, fishing dock), Pine Hill (34 acres, fishing dock/boat ramp), Pettygulf (25 acres, boat ramp), Blue Heron (58 acres), Monkey Business (39 acres, fishing dock/boat ramp) and Dianne (Maintained by Golden Eagle HOA). All of the lakes are interconnected below Lake Arrowhead. Here's a map of the various Lakes.

In order to keep the growth of invasive aquatic plants under control, maintenance of the lakes consist of spraying herbicide treatments and adding Sterile Triploid Grass Carp. The video below, provided by the University of Florida's Invasive Plant Management section details the importance of managing invasive aquatic plants in Florida's lakes:

Here's a link to additional UF Plant management:

Invasives that currently exist: Hydrilla, Water Hyacinths, Duckweed, Alligator-weed, Tara. Lake Blue Heron has Filamentous Algae and Lyngbya.

Of the five Lakes maintained by the HOA, Lake Blue Heron is currently experiencing the worst invasive plant intrusion. Per Naturalake Biosciences, "There are few things as difficult to treat as Lyngbya." - Link to Article. The main sources of filamentous algae in the lake come from: 1) Air, e.g. coal/gas, 2) Septic Systems, 3) Road debris, e.g. fertilizers/silt.

The continued explosion of residential and commercial developments throughout Killearn Lakes has provided significant excess stormwater runoff entering our lakes mostly untreated. As a result, aquatic plant expansion in any lake could occur within a year or less without continued management.

Preventions: All recommendations start with prevention of pollution. They recommend avoiding yard fertilizers unless the soil is sampled for need. Most lawns here don't need fertilizers. They recommend using native plants. Lake front properties need non-invasive plant buffers to filter fertilizer pollution. Removal of plants actually gets the pollutant out of the lake. Poisoning tends to sink plants to feed more algae. Poisoning can also kill some native plants that compete with algae and crayfish have been killed by copper-based herbicide treatments.

Looking for additional information regarding the invasive species issues within our Lakes? Check out local resident and Lake Doctor, Charlie Mesing's articles here:

Killean Lakes Restoration Summary
Lake Blue Heron Treatment Summary


If you want to help clean our lakes or make your yard lake friendly, please call or contact us today. We can also have your yard evaluated by a Master Gardener!

Tree Management

We've reached out to the Florida Forest Service for help regarding the aging trees in our neighborhood. We currently have 400 acres of trees that need assessment. The Forest Service will help us with a plan to manage the decaying trees.

Please check back for updates.


Would you like to Volunteer to help the neighborhood tree management committee? Contact us today!

See Something, Say Something!

If you see a situation that needs attention, please provide the HOA with a ticket issue system submission and let us know where and what needs attention. Pictures would be a great help! Examples of issues that need attention: grass that needs cutting, fencing that needs repair, trees that look dead, etc. The Leon County Sheriff's Department also has a Crime Map that is updated weekly. It displays the various crimes taking place in our community. Click here to see the crime.

Are you interested in volunteering for your Neighborhood Watch? Duties could include:

  • Assist with educational and social neighborhood meetings
  • Attend your organizational meetings
  • Help you get your neighborhood organized
  • Pass important information to area coordinators in your neighborhood

For additional information about joining your neighborhood watch, please reach out to Volunteer HOA Board of Director Member, Roy Mars.

Note: If there is something illegal going on, you should report it immediately to the Leon County Sheriff's Department and then to the HOA. Please don't wait two or three days to report it. An example would be a car break-in. Reports such as these help keep patrol's through our area. There could be a common thread of area car break-ins, time of day, locations, etc. If police do not know it’s happened, they will not be able to help. Sheriff non-emergency number: (850) 606-5800.

Tekesta Park Playground Replacement

Over the years, the popular playground at Tekesta Park has been a staple for families in the Killearn Lakes neighborhood. The park itself hosts birthday parties, baseball games and monthly Food Truck Fridays, while the playground allows children a safe place to exercise, play, and build friendships. After nearly 20 years, the playground at Tekesta Park is deteriorating and in need of replacement. Our goal is to "Keep Our Playground" by erecting a new playground structure with a focus on nature, inclusive play, and accessibility. The new playground will include slides, swings, a climbing area, play panels at ground level, and a canopy! We aim to encourage active play for children of all ages and abilities in a safe and fun environment.

Tekesta Park Playground Plan:
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Covenants and Dues

HOA Dues Increase:

Final Update: The dues increase did not pass.

Update: At our September 25th special meeting to discuss the dues increase a motion was made by a member to postpone the vote for two weeks to allow more Members to participate. The motion was seconded by another Member, then discussed vigorously for more than an hour before being approved by vote of the members present. Presently about 80% of the 4,225 member households have not submitted a proxy to participate in the decision. We can do better. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 30th at 7pm for a vote to take place to increase the association dues. If you cannot make the meeting (Deerlake United Methodist Church at 8013 Deerlake Road South) you may submit this proxy documentation via email to the KLHOA at The proxy must be completely filled out.

Dues Increase Newsletter from the HOA Volunteer President, Jeff Caster:

On August 14th, Killearn Lakes Plantation HOA held the first “Special Meeting” to discuss the HOA dues increase. Since a quorum was not achieved, a vote was not taken. This left plenty of time for everyone to express themselves to the Membership and leadership of our HOA. The most recurring request from Members was to see more about how the dues increase will be allocated in the next budget.

Below is a link to a one page summary detailing just that. Complete financial information about our HOA is available to Members by contacting the HOA office. Please make time to become familiar with as much information as you like. Your questions can be answered at the next “Special Meeting” on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 pm at United Methodist Church on Deerlake Road. If you prefer, contact the HOA office or me, and we'll do what we can to provide timely and complete answers.

Please make yourself familiar with this information before submitting your proxy or attending the Special Meeting. Please share this email with your neighbors and friends in Killearn Lakes. You can visit for information. It will help every Member make a more informed decision.

Click the image below for the larger PDF version:

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Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Thank you.

Jeff Caster, Volunteer President

It's time to increase HOA Dues for Killearn Lakes for only the second time in 40 years. Back in 2006, the dues were raised from $60.00 ($48.00 if paid early) to $120.00 ($96.00 if paid early). It's been 13+ years and the need has presented itself again. The proposed increase will be to $200 ($175.00 if paid early) for non-lakefront properties and $225 ($200 if paid early) for lakefront properties. The process for voting to increase the dues will begin in August. Inflation is making it difficult for existing dues collected to keep up with the cost of maintenance for the neighborhood. Curious what the existing dues go toward? If you are a member you can see our existing budget expenses by clicking here (March Financial Sheet).

Proxy IconThe dues increase will go towards the following:

  • The five lakes we own have dams, drainage structures, docks, boat landings and roadways to maintain and repair. Maintenance expenditures have been reduced due to lack of funding.

  • The lakes are degrading due to the pressures associated with development. We can no longer adequately maintain them with current funding.

  • Our three parks have playground equipment and other amenities to maintain and preserve.

  • We have almost 450 acres of green space to maintain and preserve. Our urban forest has reached maturity and some types of trees have reached the end of their lifespan. Each year we receive numerous requests from homeowners to remove dead or dying trees from these green spaces. The number of requests has increased. So has the price of removing them.

  • We maintain the medians and right of way along nine miles of roadway. We have cut back maintenance to save funds during the current budget crisis and it shows. We need to ramp this back up.

  • Until the latest budget issues, we have hosted on an annual basis the Fall Picnic, Kids Fishing Contest, and, in past years, fireworks on the 4th of July. We would like to bring all of them back.

  • We have the expenses associated with running the HOA office, including payroll for three staff, computers, copier, mailings, legal fees, insurance, the Lakes View magazine, etc., almost all of which have been reduced to cut costs. We have antiquated software which needs to be upgraded. We cannot continue down this path.

  • We are revising the Covenants and Restrictions to bring them into the 21st century. It will take a monumental effort and funds to get this accomplished. Then provide proper enforcement.

  • We no longer have a Contingency Reserve Fund. Our auditor recommends for an Association the size of Killearn Lakes we should have at least $500,000 in reserves. This is a priority.

  • The Vision 2023 Plan is what Membership says is most important to them. The increase will be used to implement the plan. The new board will allocate resources as they and the Membership desire.

  • Renovations at Tekesta Park including the restrooms, parking, and erosion control.

  • Restoring the Nature Trail and expand it to Tekesta Park.

Covenants and Restrictions Modification:

The goals are to eliminate obsolete "developer" language and to condense the Covenants and Restrictions from 40+ documents to one document. This would eliminate confusion as to what restrictions apply to which neighborhood within KLHOA. In order to have the new Covenants and Restrictions approved, we need 2/3's of the 4,225 households/members to vote in favor of the revised document. Volunteer Vice President, Mark Reichert, wrote about the entire process here: New Covenants and Restrictions. We will have a revised version of the Covenants and Restrictions available on our Members-Only website for review and comments in the future.

Vision 2023 and Plan

The VISION 2023 & PLAN is based on Member input from 45 participants and 229 pre-session surveys. The VISION 2023 & PLAN are written to inform decisions by the Association’s volunteer board of directors/staff and to inspire Members to voluntarily become interested/involved in shaping the future of Killearn Lakes Plantation.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the Vision 2023 and Plan.