Your Home Town Bulletin • December 2023

NW Landing office closed December 22-January 1

The Northwest Landing office will be closed on Friday, December 22, 2023, through January 1, 2024, for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The office will reopen Tuesday, January 2, at 9 a.m.

Information for new (and longtime) residents

Are you new to Northwest Landing? Even if you have lived here for several years, you may not know who to call – Northwest Landing or City of DuPont. Whether you are an owner or renter, there is information for you on the Northwest Landing website. A Who You Gonna Call webpage includes common topics our office gets questions about. Governing documents for the association are also available without logging into the members’ portal.

Reporting violations anonymously

ROA staff occasionally receive reports of violations that do not include contact information. The ROA cannot legally act on anonymous reports. Please include your name and contact information with any complaint you send to the ROA office.


A very happy Holiday of Lights to you and yours!

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year, or the Winter Solstice – or all of these and more – staff, board of directors, and committee members of your Northwest Landing Residential Owners Association wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. Most of our holiday celebrations include festive displays and special lights, so maybe we can think of December through February as the Holidays of Lights. If you missed the City of DuPont tree lighting on December 1, you can visit Ross Plaza any evening through the end of December.


Committee off during December

Our dedicated volunteers who serve on the Property Improvement Committee (PIC) are on break in December.  Reviews will resume January 17, 2024.  Please continue to submit Property Improvement Request forms to or mail to 1495 Wilmington Drive, Suite 110, DuPont, WA 98327. If there is an emergency, such as roof replacement or other major repair, call the ROA office at 253-964-1289.


2024 ROA Meeting Schedule

Board of Directors – 5:30 p.m. – Association Office or via Zoom

January 24 April 17 July 24 October 9

Board meeting dates are subject to change. Check the calendar on the members portal. Members are welcome to attend Board meetings but must make a reservation. Meetings may be held at the Association office and on Zoom.

Annual Meeting – All Homeowners – 6 p.m. – April 24 – Best Western/Liberty Inn

Budget Ratification – All Homeowners – 6 p.m. – November 13 – Best Western/Liberty Inn

Property Improvement Committee – 5:30 p.m. – 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month

NOTE: Meeting dates are subject to change. Check the calendar on the homeowner’s portal. This committee reviews all exterior modifications, including painting, roofing, adding central air conditioning or solar panels, fences, sheds, patios, patio covers, decks, landscape renovations, adding or removing trees. Some projects may also require a city permit. Project forms can be downloaded from the homeowner’s portal on the website.



Northwest Landing Events

Register for events here.


Sounds of the Season features South Puget Sound New Horizons Band. This is a family-friendly (age 5 and older, not appropriate for young children) event at Eagle’s Pride Golf Course. Enjoy an afternoon of holiday favorites, seasonal appetizers and a hot cocoa bar. Ring in the season with family and friends and reserve today, as space is limited. We can’t wait to celebrate the season with you!

COMING IN 2024: Watch for announcements about Northwest Landing events in the bulletin, on our website, and on Facebook.


City of DuPont Events

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Annual Tree Lighting • Friday • December 1 • 6 p.m. • Ross Plaza

Holiday Open House at the DuPont Historical Museum • Saturday • December 9 • 2-4 p.m.

Board Game Day at the DuPont Historical Museum Sunday • December 17 • 1-4 p.m.

All ages welcome! Those 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Games and snacks provided or bring your games to share. 

Santa on a firetruck coming to your neighborhood?

For the past several years, Santa has hitched a ride around town on a DuPont firetruck – usually mid-December. Watch Facebook for announcements.

Did you say COOKIES?

Members of the DuPont Community Garden are selling homemade cookies to support the garden’s mission to provide fresh produce to Lakewood andThurston County food banks. Order by December 11. Cost is $30 per two-pound box of deliciousness. Email with your name, phone number, email address, and number of boxes you want to purchase. Orders can be picked up at the garden on Powerline Road (enter from Center Drive) on Saturday, December 16, 10 a.m.-noon.




1859 Christmas at Historic Fort Steilacoom • Saturday • December 9 • 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park • 1000 Military Road South • Spanaway • 5:30-9 p.m.-nightly through January 1, 2024

ZooLights • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium • Tacoma • November 24-January 1 • 4:30-10 p.m.

Winter Solstice Festival • Lakewold Gardens • Lakewood • December 14-31 • Thursdays-Sundays • 4:30-7:30 p.m.


Dear ROA,

I just repainted the trim on my house and one of my neighbors told me that I needed to send my painting plans for review by the Property Improvement Committee. What gives? I thought I was doing standard maintenance. Am I going to be fined?

  • Painted in Hoffman Hill

Dear Painted,

If you painted the trim the same color that it was, that is considered maintenance. However, if you have painted your trim a different color, you will need to contact the ROA office, fill out a Property Improvement form and send it in as soon as possible.  Fines are not charged until several notices are sent to an owner. Our association prefers to have an owner comply so that a fine does not need to be charged.  

Dear ROA,
I’ve HAD it! My neighbor’s dog barks ALL the time – day and night. I have a baby who sleeps (or tries to) during the day. And I keep waking up at night to their dog barking incessantly. Can the ROA fine these people?
  • Sleepless in Palisade Village
Dear Sleepless,
The short answer is to call the DuPont Police Department non-emergency phone at 253-287-4455 to report. The City of DuPont will fine owners of habitually barking dogs. But they need you to report it. First violation is a $100 fine. Most homeowner’s associations, including Northwest Landing, do not include rules about pets that are already in a city code. The only rule your ROA can act on is this: Raising, breeding, or keeping of animals, livestock, or poultry of any kind is prohibited.


Winter Checklist for Homeowners

  • Winterize underground sprinkler systems: It’s important that water is flushed out of underground pipes to keep them from freezing and, possibly, bursting. Pictured is a sprinkler system that failed last December in a Northwest Landing neighborhood.
  • It’s important to remove dead leaves from yards, sidewalks, and stormwater drains. Leaves from some trees can be used a mulch in gardens but many leaves will kill grass beneath them. Leaves can clog stormwater drains in alleys and streets. Please do your part to prevent street flooding.
  • Inspect roof and siding for moss and mold, and make plans for cleaning them.

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