Candidate Applications Now Available

Applications for open positions on the SVCA Board, the Architectural Control Committee, and the Nominations & Elections Committee are now available.

The application period is open from July 5, 2024, and closes at 4:30 PM September 3, 2024. Packets are available HERE, or can be picked up in person at the Welcome Center, 1850 Lake Whatcom Boulevard.

Candidates are required to be members in good standing from the time of application through their term of office, if elected. Each candidate must be listed on the deed to the property.

Burn Ban Starts July 1st

The Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office announced the enacting of a Stage 1 Burn Ban, effective from Monday, July 1st, 2024, through Saturday, September 14th, 2024. This proactive measure aims to mitigate the risk of fire hazards and protect the community and natural resources. Sudden Valley follows a more restrictive protocol and, per our Rules & Regulations, no outdoor fires of any kind will be permitted. Cooking fires such as enclosed BBQs are allowed.

For more information, see Whatcom County information HERE.

Fireworks are Prohibited in Sudden Valley

As the 4th of July approaches, we would like to remind residents that the use of fireworks in Sudden Valley is strictly prohibited. Fireworks are dangerous both for the user and the surrounding homes and forests:

  • Fireworks increase the risk of fire, disturb the peace of the neighborhood, and disrupt the activity of the animals that share our space
  • Setting off fireworks causes many injuries each year

SVCA maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of fireworks. Security will enforce the No Fireworks Allowed policy and cite offenders on SVCA Rules & Regulations Section 1.4. The fine for violating this rule is $100. No warnings will be given.

Error Made in Post About Accident

SVCA would like to apologize for spreading false information about details of the accident that closed Lake Whatcom Blvd on Thursday evening. In our haste to alert the community about the traffic problem, the information we received from the security guard on site was not confirmed with the Sheriff’s office. In future, we will not post without confirmation.

Please Attend a Community Meeting

The Architectural Control Committee (ACC) is in the process of revising the policies that govern new home construction and existing home maintenance and remodeling. The committee will present the proposed changes and ask for member feedback in a Community Meeting on Tuesday, June 18th, from 6 to 8 pm, in the Dance Barn. Members may also participate in the meeting via Zoom. This is a great opportunity to share your thoughts on the ACC Policies, available online at

Road Construction Begins Wednesday, May 29th

Work on the 2024 Road & Drainage Project will begin on Wednesday, May 29th.  Construction is being completed by Granite Construction.  The majority of the project is replacing numerous road crossing culverts throughout all of SVCA.  Residents should expect minor delays as construction proceeds, and the work is anticipated to last through August.  Granite Construction will communicate directly with residents when culvert work will affect their driveway access.  Please drive carefully and be respectful to Granite Construction as they work to improve SVCA’s drainage system.

Builders’ Meeting Announced

A meeting for all builders currently working or planning to work on projects in Sudden Valley will be held Tuesday, May 21st, from 6 to 8 PM in the Dance Barn at 8 Barn View Drive.

The purpose of this meeting is to review recent changes to SVCA’s Architectural Control Policies and the Fines & Fees Schedule. We will also review the processes for submitting new applications and change requests, giving notice for road closures, and requesting inspections. Ample time will be set aside for Q&A.

Participation can be in person or via Zoom. To register to attend via Zoom, please visit and scroll down the page. The meeting will also be recorded and posted to SVCA’s YouTube channel for future reference. Please call the Welcome Center at 360-734-6430 with any questions.

Firewise Community Roadside Pickup

The Firewise program starts Monday, April 22nd in Gate 5.
Here are some important points to remember about the Firewise program.
  • Place your branches next to the road.
  • Ensure branches are easily accessible. Keep those ditches and roads clear!
  • Only include naturally fallen branches.
  • Branches cannot exceed 6″ in diameter.
  • No limit on length of branches, crews prefer longer branches.
  • Piles no higher than 5′.
  • Branches only. Other vegetation will jam our equipment.
  • If you have leaves or clippings, please dispose of them separately.
Thank you for keeping Sudden Valley Clean and Safe!!