If you're making improvements, repainting, etc. it's important that you find out whether or not you'll need approval, and complete the request forms required. To learn more about the requirements, you may want to refer to the CCR documents, which can be found here. If you have any questions or concerns about any rule or restriction regarding architectural matters, please contact Community Association Management, who will provide information to the current members of the Architectural Committee.
what is the architectural committee?
As set forth in Section 4.01 in the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for Grand Oaks Owners Association, improvements as defined in Section 1.12 must be approved by the Architectural Committee in writing prior to beginning construction.
what qualifies as a substantial "improvement" that would require application?
An improvement is defined in Section 1.12 as “... every structure and all appurtenances thereto of every type and kind, including but not limited to, buildings, outbuildings, storage sheds, patios, tennis courts, swimming pools, garages, storage buildings, fences, screening walls, retaining walls, stairs, decks, landscaping, poles, signs, exterior air conditioning, water softener fixtures or equipment, and poles, pumps, wells, tanks, reservoirs, pipes, lines, meters, antennas, towers, and other facilities used in connection with water, sewer, gas, electric, telephone, regular or cable television, or other utilities”.
what about basketball nets/backboards?
The Architectural Committee, by the authority granted to it under Section 7.06 of the Deed Restrictions has adopted the following rule. Permanent basketball goals will be allowed provided they meet certain standards. Basketball goals must be approved by the Architectural Committee before they are installed. The pole must be metal, painted black and permanently installed in ground at least 25’ back from the curb. The backboard must be clear. The basketball goal must be properly maintained, with nets in good repair. Portable basketball goals are prohibited.
what about temporary structures, sheds, or outbuildings?
Section 3.12 states, “... an Owner shall be permitted, without Architectural Committee approval, to erect one (1) outbuilding on the Owner’s Lot if (i) the surface area of the pad on which the outbuilding is placed is less than or equal to eighty (80) square feet, (ii) the height of the outbuilding, measured from the surface of the Lot to the highest portion of the outbuilding is less than or equal to six (6) feet, (iii) the outbuilding is constructed within an area completely enclosed by a privacy fence of not less than six (6) feet in height, (iv) the exterior of the outbuilding is constructed of the same or substantially similar materials as the exterior of any residence located on the Lot, and (v) the outbuilding is constructed within the building setback lines in accordance with applicable building codes of the governmental entity having jurisdiction over the Property. The Architectural Committee shall be entitled to determine, in its sole and absolute discretion, whether an outbuilding constructed on any Lot complies with the foregoing requirements relating to size, height, fence enclosure and construction materials”.
What about Fences?
Section 4.05 deals with Fences and Sidewalks. Regarding changes to the fence look, placement, and materials it says the following, "Replacement or alternative fencing shall be uniform with the existing fence design and construction in the community. In no event shall any fence or wall be erected, placed or altered on a lot nearer to the front street than the front wall of the single family dwelling which is located on the Lot and no hedge may be installed or maintained more than three (3) feet In front of the wall of the single family dwelling which is located on the Lot and closest to the front property line of the Lot." If you'd like to move your fence, within the bounds of the rules above, or change your fence from the existing design please submit an "Application for Improvements".
Application for Improvements
Text and links to know if you need to apply.
Application for Paint Approval
Text and links, including link to paint inventory and document.