Architecture

Revised October 9, 2017
 

Overview

The Architecture Committee is charged by the CC&Rs with ensuring that any architectural changes maintain the look and feel of the community and comply with the CC&Rs and other rules. The CC&Rs do not specify the details of what constitutes the architectural “look and feel” of the community. Instead, it directs the Architecture Committee to define those details.

The Architecture Committee has for many years published its Approved Paint Colors document, which addressed both colors and some other issues. Other separately published policies have addressed flagpoles and homeowner landscaping. The Architectural Design Notes were developed to provide guidance about some design issues that are commonly encountered. The standards in these notes have mostly been applied for many years but not previously published in a combined document. We will add other topics as the need for them arises.

Every homeowner is urged to contact the Architecture Committee prior to undertaking any landscape or structural change or externally visible change. This will avoid the possibility of having to make possibly costly changes.

Does my project need to be approved?

All architectural changes to a home in Sunrise Mountain View Estates require approval by the Architecture Committee. As stated in the CC&Rs, “architecture and improvements shall be deemed to include, but not limited to, structures, fixtures, radio antennae, television antennae, satellite stations or dishes, walls, fences, copings, awnings, sunshades, flagpoles, landscaping and any and all other related matters.” Both small changes (changing a window shape, installing a new gate) and large changes (adding a room, a pool, or new yard walls) are to be submitted for review prior to beginning construction. Any change that can be seen from the street or from neighbors requires approval by the Architecture Committee.

Approval is not required for any remodeling you do inside your home. Approval is generally not required for landscaping and hardscaping in the enclosed area of your yard that is not visible from the street or neighbors. However, you are responsible for following the Homeowner Landscaping rules and the CC&Rs. Normal maintenance and replacement with the same item and painting in accordance with the Approved Paint Colors document does not require pre-approval.

We encourage homeowners to inquire whether a change they desire requires approval. Email or call the Architecture Committee to find out if you need to request approval of your change.

Authority

The authority for the Architecture Committee (AC) to adopt and ensure compliance with the rules and guidelines is derived from the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R’s), which states in Article XII Section 2: “All architectural matters within the Properties shall be governed by an Architectural Committee, except as otherwise provided herein. The Architectural Committee shall have the exclusive right, exercisable in its sole discretion, to promulgate and amend-written rules and regulations on construction and approve plans, specifications and plot plans.”

Article XII Section 3 states: “For purposes of this Article, architecture and improvements shall be deemed to include, but not limited to, structures, fixtures, radio antennae, television antennae, satellite stations or dishes, walls, fences, copings, awnings, sunshades, flagpoles, landscaping and any and all other related matters.”

Article XIII Section 1 states: “… the Architectural Committee may in its sole discretion decline to approve structures including room additions, carports, garages or outbuildings where the style, site location, or other details of appearance or structure are out of harmony with the existing or planned character of the Properties.”

Architectural Standards

Procedures and Forms

Articles

✉ by Guy Scharf, Chair, Architecture Committee

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