Tag Archives: architectural

Because I Said So, That’s Why!

For those of you who have served, or currently serve on a board of directors or an architectural review committee, have you ever felt like the evil parent telling your child “no”? No matter how you put it, the child continues to argue that he/she should be able to carry out the “forbidden” activity, until everything comes to a head and the child is sent off to his/her room.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the architectural review process for associations, resolution of a dispute is not as easy as putting your foot down and sending an owner to his/her room. To the contrary, the architectural process is closely scrutinized by courts and owners in the communities.  Therefore, before denying (or approving) a request, it is imperative that the architectural review committee dot its i’s and cross its t’s.

Read more

Homeowner’s drain tile trenches wreak havoc in neighbors’ yards

Mike HunterQ: A member of our homeowners’ association believes he does not have to follow our subdivision’s covenants, conditions and restrictions (or CCRs). He filled in the natural depression of the drainage ditch in his back yard to level the area. He then built a catch basin at his property line where the natural water flow would normally have gradually drained onto the adjacent lot, and installed drain tile trenches that all empty into a catch basin.

Now during heavy rains, his neighbor has rapids over 4 feet wide and sometimes over a foot deep eroding away his yard.

Read more

Architectural Design Review

 

Most community associations have a set of guidelines that spell out its architectural design standards and review processes.  These guidelines should reflect a balance between individual rights and the good of the entire association.  They generally explain:

  • The association’s authority to review designs.
  • Changes that must be approved.
  • The design review process.
  • The...
Read more