What the Architectural Review Board (Committee) Does for You

published: September 2nd, 2022 by in HOA Living

Are you getting ready to make an addition to your house or fence in your backyard? Perhaps you want to change the color of the paint on your door? Before you break out the miter saw or your new can of paint, make sure to get your plans approved by our association’s architectural review board.

While it may seem arbitrary from an individual homeowner’s standpoint, the architectural review board looks out for the entire community. Aside from stopping residents from painting pink polka dots on their houses, the committee’s job is to make sure that the size and style of the project, the type of building materials being used, and the overall look of the new structure adhere to the association’s design requirements. Not only does this keep the community looking cohesive, but it also helps to keep property values up by preventing individual structures from standing out. Of course, it’s also important to note that unapproved structures might legally have to be removed at the owner’s expense, so save yourself money and headaches by getting approval before building.

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So, when you’re ready to start your new project, or if the design of your project changes midway through building it, send your plans to the architectural review board first so that we can make sure they’re in compliance with the association’s design standards. If we do find any issues, we’ll let you know what they are and try to help you come up with other options. We appreciate all the hard work residents have done to make their homes and this community beautiful—help us keep this association looking great by keeping us in the loop of all your building projects.

You can find the ARB application for change form on the website, under documents, ARB forms. We understand that owning your home and asking permission to work on it may seem counterintuitive to what you as a homeowner may want. However, this is part of the governing documents and is in place to help owners maintain their property value.

If you are doing routine maintenance, such as painting the same color on the house or door, or updating the driveway (with the same material), these do not need ARB permissions.  All home maintenance can be accomplished as you the homeowner sees fit.

Let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to discuss the Documents, and how they pertain to the ownership here at our Beautiful Property.

Laura Goguet