OLDE OAK RIDGE

HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

 

 

Architectural Guidelines

A Supplement to the Declaration’s Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions

 

These guidelines were approved by the HOA Board of Directors on July 18, 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Table of Contents

 

Introduction.. 3

Your Architectural Review Board.. 3

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD GUIDELINES.. 4

Preamble. 4

Improvements and Alterations. 4

Duties of the Architectural Review Board (ARB) 4

Preparation and Submission of Requests for ARB Approval. 5

Time and Approval 5

Written Approval 6

Implementation. 6

Changes Deletions and Additions to Requests. 6

No Waiver. 6

Neighbor Awareness. 6

General Guidelines and Consideration.. 7

Construction Hours. 9

Common Area Construction Access Conditions. 9

Specific Guidelines and Considerations. 9

Air Conditioners and Attic Ventilation units. 9

Antennas, Satellite Dishes. 9

Artifacts (fountains, statuary, ornamental animals). 10

Castle Wall-type Bricks, Pavers, Stones. 10

Children’s Playsets. 10

Decks – Main Level or Ground Level 11

Driveways. 11

Deck and Patio Lights. 11

Exterior Lighting. 11

Electronic Insect Traps. 12

Fences and Gates. 12

Flags and Flag Poles. 12

Gutters. 12

House Numbers. 12

House Painting. 12

Hose storage. 13

Landscaping. 13

Lattice on Decks or Patios. 13

Porches, Railings, and Front Steps. 14

Replacement Windows. 14

Security Service Signs. 14

Security Lights. 14

Storm or Security Doors. 14

Storage or Trash Containers. 14

Storage Buildings and Sheds. 14

Solar Collectors. 15

Temporary Holiday Decorations and Lights. 15

Trash Containers and Collection. 15

Utility Service. 16

Vinyl Trim Coverings. 16

Walls. 16

Window Dividers (Removable). 16

Window Mounted Sunscreens. 16


Introduction

 

These Guidelines have been prepared to assist homeowners in planning improvements, alterations, and maintenance of their properties. They are supplementary to the Declaration’s Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&R’s). It is highly recommended that all Olde Oak Ridge homeowners review the CC&R’s in the Founding Documents and these Guidelines carefully to determine what Architectural Review Board (ARB) approvals are necessary and how submissions should be prepared.

 

The Architectural Review Board reviews submittals at scheduled meetings and on an ad hoc basis as needed. The ARB’s prime objectives are to preserve and maintain the aesthetic design and architectural integrity of the Olde Oak Ridge community, to create an environment that will protect and enhance property values by maintaining high aesthetic standards that make OOR an attractive and desirable place to live, to prevent and correct deterioration that inevitably follows a lax approach to architectural control and enforcement of standards, to promote harmony to benefit all homeowners, and to create a spirit of cooperation among neighbors.

 

We are looking forward to working with you to improve our OOR community.

 

Your Architectural Review Board

 

The following Architectural Review Board Guidelines have been prepared and approved by the Architectural Review Board (ARB) and the Board of Directors. The following represent minimum pre-approved standards. Homeowners may apply to the ARB for approval of items that exceed these standards.

 

The fundamental basis of the Guidelines is the Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&R’s) in the Declaration of the Founding Documents. Individual guidelines may reflect the mandate of the ARB. Several are based on the committee‘s experience with homeowner submittal(s) reviewed to date and, in this respect, these Guidelines are a supplement to the CC&R‘s.

 

As the Guidelines evolve, the ARB will add to or amend these contents and homeowners will be kept advised of these additions through the community website, notifications, newsletters, and, as appropriate, the community message board at the entrance to the community.


ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD GUIDELINES

Preamble

The OOR CC&R’s require that any and all improvements and alterations that change the appearance of any property must be approved by the Architectural Review Board (ARB). It is important that any improvements and alterations to a property be made in harmony with and not be detrimental to the rest of the community. A spirit of cooperation between neighbors and with the ARB will go far in creating an optimum environment, which will protect financial investments, promote enjoyment and otherwise benefit all homeowners.

 

The ARB Guidelines, plus additional related information are presented in this reference document.

Improvements and Alterations

Improvements and alterations requiring approval relate to all buildings, decks, parking areas, lighting fixtures, fences, walls, and landscaping including grading. Any addition, alteration, repair, change, or other work in front and/or back yards which in any way alters the exterior appearance, including, but without limitation, the exterior color, of any property may not be made or done without the prior written approval of the Architectural Review Board (ARB).

 

Any Owner proposing to modify, make additions to, or rebuild his/her dwelling unit in any manner which requires the extension or other alteration of any shared wall shall first obtain the written consent of the adjoining owner(s) and the ARB. (Please review the “Neighbor Awareness” section of this document.)

 

Homeowners shall not, in whole or in part, change the landscaping, shared walls, retaining walls, or any other improvements located upon any portion of the Common Areas, by the addition or removal of any items thereon, without the prior written approval of the ARB. A homeowner shall not place any permanent or temporary structure whatsoever or store any personal property upon the Common Areas.

 

Duties of the Architectural Review Board (ARB)

 

In reviewing requests for improvements and alterations, the ARB shall consider whether the proposed improvement or alteration will be consistent with the requirements of the CC&R’s and these ARB Guidelines, and any other factors that the ARB deems appropriate.

 

The ARB has the right to refuse to approve any improvements or alterations, which are not suitable or desirable in its opinion, for aesthetic or other reasons.

 

The ARB will also make periodic checks of the OOR community to ensure homeowners are adhering to the CC&Rs and the ARB Guidelines. Violators will be reported to the Board of Directors, and if necessary to the Board of Directors, for notifications and appropriate action to correct the violation(s).

 

Preparation and Submission of Requests for ARB Approval

 

OOR homeowners will make submissions to the Architectural Review Board (ARB) through the Board of Directors as follows:

 

Olde Oak Ridge HOA, PO Box 523204, Springfield, VA 22152

 

Submissions will be made on the Architectural Review Board Modification Request Form (with additional sheets being attached as necessary) that is available on the OOR website (http://www.oorhoa.org). Please describe:

(1) The proposed improvement or alteration;

(2) Its purpose

(3) Building or landscaping materials to be used;

(4) Architectural design;

(5) Type and color of finishes:

and, as appropriate,

(6) Scaled plans showing

1           Dimensions;

2           Location and identity of plants, trees and outer landscape features;

3           Distances of proposed structures from property boundaries and existing buildings and fences.

4           Effect on drainage

5           Effect on neighboring sight lines

Time and Approval

The ARB strives to approve or disapprove any improvement or alteration within forty-five (45) days after the plans and specifications have been submitted on the request form and received by the Board. Many requests will be approved within a much shorter period. The Secretary will date-stamp each submittal on receipt and submit the proposal to the ARB at or before the next scheduled ARB meeting. Homeowners must verify with the Board that the ARB request has been received, reviewed, and approved prior to proceeding with any alteration or improvement.

Written Approval

All improvements or alterations shall be constructed or installed on any Lot only with the prior written approval of the ARB.

Implementation

Upon receipt of written approval from the ARB for any improvement or alteration, the Homeowner who requested such approval shall (a) proceed to make such improvement or alteration as soon as practicable, (b) shall diligently pursue such work so that the work is completed as soon as reasonably possible, (c) and shall complete the work within such time as may be prescribed by the ARB.

Changes Deletions and Additions to Requests

The ARB must approve any change, deletion or addition to plans that were previously approved by the ARB in writing. The ARB has the right to withhold approval of any similar plan, drawing or specification or any matter subsequently submitted for approval.

No Waiver

The approval of the ARB of any plans, drawings or specification for any work done or proposed, or for any other matter require the approval of the ARB, shall not be deemed a waiver of any right to withhold approval of any similar plan, drawing or specification or any matter subsequently submitted for approval.

 

Neighbor Awareness

 

The intent of neighbor awareness is to advise neighbors who own property adjacent to or in close proximity to the Lot of the proposed improvement(s) by requiring notification by the applicant. Neighbor awareness does not constitute neighbor approval or disapproval. An impacted homeowner does not have veto power over the proposed project but his/her concerns are a factor to be considered by the ARB. No application will be denied solely because any neighbor refuses to agree to the proposed change. The ARB will solely determine which neighbors are in close proximity.

 

Any neighbor who objects to a specific application may express their objection to the ARB. Any such objection must be in writing and signed. The ARB will evaluate the neighbors' comments or concerns, which may necessitate an owner/neighbor attendance at an ARB meeting. However, the authority to approve or disapprove the application is the sole responsibility of the ARB.

 

Neighbor awareness is required for all Major Improvements. Although neighbor awareness is generally not required for other improvements, the ARB reserves the right to request neighbor awareness for any proposed improvement(s), as the ARB deems necessary. Examples of such other improvements include, but are not limited to, structures or vegetation that, in the sole discretion of the ARB, unreasonably interferes with a neighbor's view or access to sunlight.

 

The Owner is responsible for obtaining the neighbor awareness information and will acknowledge by signature on the Application or Form that the information is complete and accurate. The ARB reserves the right to request additional neighbor awareness.

 

The Owner is solely responsible to completely describe the proposed improvement(s) to his/her neighbors, so that neighbors will not later complain of the lack of full disclosure by the Owner. For that reason, applications should be completed and all drawings or plans should include a generous amount of legible notes.

 

If the closely affected neighbor(s) residing on the property is not an Owner, the street address of said property should be provided on the application and the ARB will contact the absentee Owner in writing upon submittal to the ARB. 

 

General Guidelines and Consideration

 

(a) Approval of improvements by the ARB is for aesthetic purposes only. It is the Owner's sole responsibility to comply with the CC&Rs and all federal, state, and local ordinance and codes. Approval of any improvement by the ARB does not waive the necessity of obtaining the required governmental permits. In turn, obtaining governmental permits does not waive the need for approval by the ARB prior to construction. Any improvement or alteration proposed by a homeowner must meet the codes established by Fairfax County and be subject to all appropriate permits and inspections required by the County. Homeowners should inquire about, understand, and be prepared to comply with the code and permit requirements prior to making a submission to the ARB. In addition to conforming to all code and permit requirements, any improvement or alteration to buildings and structures shall, in the opinion of the ARB, be compatible with architectural designs, color schemes and exterior finishes of existing OOR buildings.

 

(b) Improvements and alterations proposed for backyards, the highest part of which are less than five feet (5’) in height above the base level of the Lot and will not be extended or grow to exceed five feet (5’) in height above the base level of the Lot and will not intrude upon neighbor’s enjoyment of their own Properties do not have to be submitted for Architectural Review Board (ARB) review. All structures or trees greater than or destined to be extended or to grow to a height greater than five feet (5’) above the base level of the Lot at any location around the home (i.e., in either front or back yards) require approval by the ARB. Height notwithstanding, all structures and buildings must conform to the code; permit, architectural design, color and exterior finish provisions of (a) above.

 

(c) Any alteration or improvement should not unreasonably interfere with the outlook or view from adjacent or neighboring Property. Prior to preparing a submission to the ARB, the homeowner will discuss any alterations or improvements that will be visible from other properties with their neighbors and advise the ARB of the outcome (e.g., agreement, dissention, or consensus) of such discussions. (See “Neighbor Awareness” section of these Guidelines)

 

(d) The OOR HOA requires the ARB to apply certain standards in making its decisions. Such standards include:

Ÿ         Harmony with overall community design or contextual relationship:

Ÿ         Contextual relationship pertains to the characteristics of any existing structures, the neighborhood, and the individual site. What may constitute acceptable design in one instance may not be acceptable in another instance. To blend in with the contextual relationship, a design must also be compatible with the immediate and nearby surroundings.

Ÿ         Compatibility is defined for our purposes as an agreeable relationship in, and in some instances actual continuity of architectural style, mass, proportion, rhythm, scale, quality of design and materials, and similar use of materials, color, design and construction details.

Mass or massing is the characteristics of pulling together the parts.

Proportion is the relationship of height to width, voids to solids, bulk of the structure to nearby structures, and to the parts of the whole.

Rhythm refers to the regular occurrence of elements such windows and doors, colors, and trim detail.

Scale is the size, in three dimensions, of the proposed alteration. It height, width, and bulk must relate well to its immediate and adjacent surroundings.

Color and material including siding, trim, roofing, doors, windows, gutters, downspouts, and all other architectural details must relate harmoniously with the Association and they must be in context with the neighborhood.

Ÿ         Because of their close relationship, town homes require a high degree of architectural consistency. Alterations and additions to one property may affect privacy and may create a direct impact on adjacent property.

Ÿ         Primary concerns relating to additions and alterations include preservation of access, sunlight, ventilation, view, and drainage, as well as impact on privacy and normal use of property.

Ÿ         Workmanship: The quality of work must be equal to better than that originally employed in the construction of the OOR community. As practices and industry or code practices and standards have changed and improved, current and better practices should be followed in construction and alteration of units.

 

Caution: Do not copy your neighbors and assume that all is in accordance with ARB standards and practices. Relying on the assumption that because a neighbor has done something to their property that it is okay for you to do the same thing is a dangerous assumption. That neighbor may be in violation and corrective actions may be planned to correct the problem, or the violation may be the subject of an enforcement action that has yet to reach final resolution by the ARB or in a legal action. Or, under certain circumstances, a modification may have been “grandfathered” for that one situation by the ARB/HOA.

 

Construction Hours

All construction or installations must be carried on between 7:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. on Monday through Friday (except holidays) and between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, except that any local or county ordinance that is more restrictive will prevail.  

Common Area Construction Access Conditions

The use of Common Area for construction access is not permitted, unless authorized by the Homeowners Association and the Owner signs a waiver of damage and posts a construction deposit for repairs of damage to the Common Area. Any authorization for construction access by the Association must be in writing and must include a specific description of the access area.

 

Specific Guidelines and Considerations

Air Conditioners and Attic Ventilation units

HAVCHVAC equipment must be free standing, located on the ground, and located so as to not interfere visually or acoustically with neighbors. No “window” AC units are permitted.

 

Attic ventilation units must be no higher than ten (10) inches above the surface of the roof, be placed near the rear of the roof, not extend or be visible from the street or front common area above the ridge line of the roof, and must be a color that matches or harmonizes with the roof/roofing materials.

Antennas, Satellite Dishes

All antennas or other devices used for the reception and/or transmission of television or radio signals or other forms of electromagnetic radiation shall not be erected, used or maintained on any Property without the written approval of the ARB.

Any device used for the reception of video programming services, including direct broadcast satellite (DBS) television receivers which meet FCC video programming requirements may be installed without the prior written approval of the ARB providing the following provisions are met:

1. The homeowner must notify the Association in writing within two weeks after the installation that a device has been installed giving the exact location of the antenna. The antenna must be situated in a location with the least visual impact to neighbors while providing optimum reception. The antenna should not be mounted in the front of the house, on the roof surface which can be seen from the front of the house, or above the tip of the roof. If this is not the case, the Association may determine that the antenna must be mounted elsewhere and the homeowner will be responsible for all costs associated with moving the antenna.

a. All installations must meet FCC requirements and applicable State, County and City requirements.

b. A DBS antenna that is one meter or less in diameter (39 inches) may be installed without written approval of the ARB. Only one (1) dish is approved for installation without formal approval of the ARB. If multiple dishes are desired, the owner must satisfy the ARB that additional dishes are necessary to provide adequate reception options.

c. Antennas, masts and any visible wiring must be painted to match the surface on which they are mounted providing painting would not interfere with reception –

in which case the homeowner must provide supporting documentation.

d. The ARB may require that antennas be camouflaged at reasonable expense to the homeowner as long as it does not interfere with reception or violate the provisions of applicable laws and regulations.

e. Homeowners are responsible for the repair and maintenance of all dishes or antenna and shall not allow the devices to become a safety hazard or an eyesore. The homeowner shall be responsible for any damage to neighboring homeowner properties or OOR common property that may be caused by the improper installation or improper maintenance of an antenna or dish.

Artifacts (fountains, statuary, ornamental animals)

All artifacts (e.g., fountains, statuary, ornamental animals, pottery, large rocks, etc.) including furniture (e.g., park benches, chairs, etc.) placed in front yards must be of an appropriate size and tasteful appearance. No more than two ornamental artifacts are allowed without written approval of the ARB. Only if majority opinion of the ARB is that the scale, color, appearance, arrangement, and placement of the artifacts is attractively and tastefully presented and maintained, more artifacts may be approved. Plastic or similar composites definitely require ARB approval before being permitted in the front yards of units.

Castle Wall-type Bricks, Pavers, Stones

May be used for landscaping in limited areas of front yards providing they do not exceed 16” in height, are set back a minimum of 3‘-0” from the sidewalk and the color and style is in harmony with the architectural integrity of the community. Walls of this nature and meeting these criteria do not require approval of the ARB.

Children’s Playsets

No play sets, playhouses, swings or swing sets may be placed in front or side areas or on common areas adjacent to an owner’s unit except on a temporary basis when the playset is in use (inactivity for more than 3 hours constitutes “not in use”) and children are actually playing on the set between 8am and 8pm. At no time may such play equipment or play sets be left visible from common areas or the streets overnight, nor may the set be installed as a permanent or semi-permanent fixture in a front or side yard or on common ground so as to be visible from the street or adjoining common areas. Playsets, swing sets, etc., may be installed inside the unit’s fenced back yard lot without ARB written approval as long as the playset height does not exceed the height of the unit’s rear area fence. When not in use, all toys and sports equipment (bicycles, etc.) must be removed from the front or side area of the unit so that the sports or play equipment or toys are not visible from the streets or front and side common areas

Decks – Main Level or Ground Level

All new deck construction, alterations to an existing deck, or significant replacement of an existing deck must be approved in advance by the ARB. Specific, complete plans including location relative to property lines, etc. must be included with the application form.

Driveways

Any alteration of a garage-unit driveway requires ARB approval. Altering original color of concrete requires prior written approval.

Deck and Patio Lights

Patio (Malibu), low voltage lights may be installed providing they are no more than 18” above the ground and do not shine into a neighbor’s lot, the streets or a common area. Deck floodlights or accent lighting must be aimed so that the light does not shine directly into a neighboring deck. If these criteria are met the lights do not require approval of the ARB. Decorative, temporary lighting such as light ropes that serve decorative purposes rather than providing essential illumination for deck usage and safety, are not acceptable for use as permanent or semi-permanent lighting on decks or patios. Light ropes may only be used for temporary holiday decoration and, as such, are subject to the display restrictions specified under theTemporary Holiday Decorations and Lights” section of these guidelines.

Exterior Lighting

Exterior lighting or lighting fixtures to be attached to buildings, walls and other structures will be complimentary in design and color and must be consistent with the style of the unit. Fixtures should be as small in size as reasonably practical. Light fixtures should be appropriately shielded and the lighting should always be directed downwards so as not to shine into adjacent properties, streets or common areas. All installations must meet Fairfax County code and inspection requirements. Installation of the aforementioned lights does not require approval of the ARB if these standards are adhered to.

Low voltage (12 volts), 16w-level (less than 15 inches) landscape lighting should be directed downwards or towards the house, be tastefully arranged and un-obstructive to neighboring homeowners and if this standard is met, such landscape lights do not require approval of the ARB.

Exterior lighting installations must be maintained in safe operating condition at all times.

Electronic Insect Traps

Electronic insect traps or bug lights will not normally be approved because they emit light and noise. Any such insect trap must be approved by the ARB prior to installation.

Fences and Gates

In accordance with their needs (e.g. screening of trash containers as per these Guidelines; controlling the movement of small animals; preservation of privacy; aesthetic appearances, etc.), homeowners may install fencing in the back yard of their unit. Such fencing shall not extend onto Common Area. The design of the fences and gates will comply with the current designs of the community. Gates and fences must be well maintained at all times and require the prior approval of the ARB before installation.

Flags and Flag Poles

American flags and dDecorative flags such as seasonal, school or university, and team flags may be displayed as long as they are displayed as a flag on a flagstaff (not draped on a deck rail, hung as a banner from a gutter, roofline, or stuck in a window, etc.) and are displayed in good condition (not faded, torn, soiled, or frayed). Flagpoles that are removable and do not exceed six feet (6’) in length are permitted. Temporary flagpoles that meet this standard do not require approval of the ARB. Permanent flagpoles require written approval of the Architectural Review Board (ARB).

Gutters

Must be well maintained and painted to match the surface on which they are mounted. Discharge from the gutters must not be onto a neighbor’s property. Gutters meeting these criteria do not require the approval of the ARB.

House Numbers

House numbers should be consistent with the original numbers and must be displayed consistent with County codes that require them for emergency response and public safety use. Internally-lit or painted-on house numbers are not acceptable and will not be approved. House numbers must not exceed 4” in height.

House Painting

ARB approval is required for exterior painting of a home or replacement of the siding if it differs from the original siding color, style, or material (e.g., vinyl vs. aluminum). ARB approval will take into consideration, but not limited to, the color and sheen of the paint, the architectural style, existing roofing and wall colors and the color of neighboring properties.

 

This requirement is waived when for any area or surface the color, texture, appearance, and sheen of the paint to be applied is identical to the original colors and finish or the color/finish that was previously officially approved by the ARB.

Hose storage

When not in actual use, hoses should be properly coiled and hidden by landscaping. Hoses should be of subdued green or black colors. No bright colored hoses may be stored in front or side of the unit. These dDevices used for hose storage in the front of units must be properly maintained and in harmony with the architectural integrity of the community. All hose storage devices stored in front of a unit require the prior approval of the ARB. Even when approved, hose storage containers should be hidden by landscaping as much as possible.

Landscaping

1           Trees may be replaced in kind or with any of the following: Dogwood or Bradford Pear, flowering crabapple, flowering cherry, weeping cherry, or other ornamental tree approved by the ARB.

2           When reaching maturity a tree must not exceed or reach beyond the property lines of the lot on which it is planted and may not obscure more than 60% of the front elevation of the unit when viewed from the street directly in front of the unit.

3           Trees must be maintained in safe and presentable manner. Appearance of a tree may not be allowed to detract from the appeal of the surrounding properties (e.g., severe trimming that essentially leaves a 12 ft. stump or a disfigured appearance to the tree). Tree safety includes assurance that no ropes are left hanging from a limb or branch that may constitute a hazard to children or an unsightly appearance from the street or common area, and that damaged or broken limbs and branches and/or diseased trees or limbs are properly removed or are being treated to return them to proper health within a 120-day period.

4           Except for flower gardens, shrubs, and trees that shall be neatly maintained, all open Lot areas shall be maintained as live grass lawns primarily made up of typical lawn grasses – fescue, blue, zoysia, bermuda, etc. Lawns made up of weeds are unacceptable. Grass height should be maintained at about 2” to 4”. All other ground cover (plant, mulch, stone, rock, etc.) must be approved in writing by the Architectural Review Board

Landscaping meeting these criteria does not require approval of the ARB.

Lattice on Decks or Patios

Lattice used as a screening or decorative device around or on a deck or patio area must be constructed of natural redwood or cedar, and must be properly maintained and in good repair at all times. Lattice that obstructs or interferes with the view from a neighboring deck or patio requires the approval of the ARB.

Porches, Railings, and Front Steps

Changes to front porches and steps are highly visible to the community and must be carefully controlled. Any changes such as painting a front porch or steps with concrete paint or stain; brick, pavers, or flagstone porches/steps, and brick, pavers, or flagstone accents must be submitted to the ARB for approval. Porch metal railings must be maintained in good repair (no rust, chipped paint, etc.) and the color must be consistent with the unit’s trim color.

Replacement Windows

Replacement windows must not alter the appearance from the original windows style, color, and design and have a minimum profile. Existing windows and related trim may be replaced with vinyl windows of the same color.

Security Service Signs

Signs designating private home security systems must be positioned no more than one foot (I’) from the foundation of the home and may not be more than two feet (2’) high or one square foot in area. Only one such exterior sign is permitted on a Lot. Small decals that are unobtrusive and do not conflict with the aesthetic appearance of the home may be placed on windows or rear sliding glass or French doors.

Security Lights

Security lights and security floodlights must be set on a motion detector and not allowed to burn at all times. The sensitivity of the lights must be such as that activity on a neighboring lot or deck does not cause the lights to go on. The lights must be aimed so that they do not shine directly into a neighboring lot or deck. The fixture must be painted to match the surface on which they are mounted.

Storm or Security Doors

Must be constructed of a good grade of metal and paint color must match the approved color of the trim of the home. If there is any design on the door it must not be racial, political, religious, or mythological in nature and must be approved in advance by the ARB.

Storage or Trash Containers

In order to conform to the CC&R’s and these Guidelines, homeowners must store trash containers out of sight either (a) in garages or (b) in the unit’s back yard. Those who elect to store their trash containers in back yards will conceal them from the streets. The ARB will be pleased to review any proposed inside wall construction, vegetation planting or total gate screening of trash can storage in accordance with the CC&R’s and these Guidelines.

Storage Buildings and Sheds

Sheds or storage buildings may only be placed in the backyards of units and may not extend onto common areas. They may not exceed a size of 10’ x 6’ x 6’H. The paint, structure, foundation, and style must be compatible with the architectural nature of the community and all such structures require written approval of the ARB prior to installation.

Solar Collectors

Solar energy roof panels are not acceptable.

Temporary Holiday Decorations and Lights

At appropriate times of the year, homeowners may decorate their properties with temporary decorations provided they are tastefully arranged, reasonable sized for the property, and are not intended, when reviewed by the ARB upon specific request, to offend any culture or religion. Decorations shall not constitute a hazard or danger of any kind and all lights, banners, etc. should be totally removed at the end of the customary holiday season.

All December holiday decorations must be taken down no later than January 21st. All other holiday decorations must be removed within 7 days of end of the holiday (e.g., seven days after Halloween, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, etc.) Holiday decorations do not require the approval of the ARB. “New baby” decorations should be taken down seven days after the birth of the baby. Birthday, graduation, prom, wedding, military homecoming, and similar decorations must be tastefully arranged (the majority opinion of the ARB is the final word on this), reasonable sized for the property, and must be removed or taken down the day after the event, and in no case may such decorations be displayed for more than a total period of seven days (i.e., before and after the event). Messages displayed for any special events must be in good taste and inoffensive in the opinion of the ARB.

Trash Containers and Collection

All garbage or trash on any property must be placed in covered trash containers. Plastic bottles and plastic containers and other recyclable materials may be placed in the small AAA recycling bins without requiring a cover, but the bin should not be allowed to overflow with bottles and/or old newspapers so as to create an unsightly mess that is visible from common areas or adjacent properties. Except on collection days, the trash and recyclable containers shall be stored so as not to be visible from the streets or a front or side common area.

 

During the months of November through March, trash and recycling containers will not be placed by the street for pickup until after 5:00 pm EST on the evening before the scheduled collection day. During the months of April through October when daylight savings time is in effect, trash containers may not be placed out by the street for collection before 7 pm EDT on the evening before the scheduled collection day. If these hours are not observed, the community’s appearance suffers from having trash containers displayed for up to three days per week (a day and a half twice per week), so residents are expected to strictly observe these guidelines for the good of the community. Emptied containers should be retrieved and properly stored as soon as possible after collection and must be retrieved and stored by the end of the collection day (no later than 7pm).

Utility Service

No lines, wires or other devices for the communication or transmission of electrical current or power, including telephone, television, and radio signals, shall be erected, placed or maintained anywhere on or upon any Property unless contained in conduits, or cables installed and maintained underground or concealed in, under or on buildings or other structures. All such installations shall meet Fairfax County codes and permit requirements and be approved in advance of installation by the ARB.

Vinyl Trim Coverings

Low or “no”-maintenance vinyl trim coverings may be installed over existing wood trim on units if the vinyl replacement is consistent in all respects with the trim being covered -- color, style, design, dimensions, etc. Typically, the soffits are also replaced when trim is altered. The soffits must match the original trim color.

Walls

Shared walls must be properly maintained and in good repair and must be consistent with the OOR Declaration’s CC&R’s provisions on shared walls.

Window Dividers (Removable)

Windows often offer removable dividers that give the appearance of separate panes to the windows. Use or removal of the removable dividers must be consistent in a unit -- either all windows in the unit must have them installed or all of the unit’s windows must have them removed to present a consistent appearance to the unit. Mixed use from floor to floor or window to window is unacceptable. All dividers must be in good repair.

Window Mounted Sunscreens

If visible by a neighbor, from the streets, or from a common area, adjustable sunscreens or exterior sunshades must match the primary color of the home, must not be reflective, must be tasteful in appearance and appropriately sized, and must be maintained in good condition and repair (e.g., hang straight, no holes, no frayed or torn edges, no missing slats or pieces, color not significantly faded, etc.) at all times. Sunscreens meeting these criteria do not require approval of the ARB.