Quick Reference for Homeowners with Storm Damage

Storm Damage in Ridgeview Ranch

If you have any questions on ACC Design Standards compliance for any repairs you need to make due to recent storms, please contact Melissa Verde with CCMC at mverde@ccmcnet.com or 469-246-3500 or email our ACC Chair at karenf25@swbell.net and we can give you guidance on compliance.  Keep in mind that if you complete a non-compliant project without ACC approval you are financially responsible for bringing it into compliance as well as any fines the Ridgeview Ranch HOA Board may choose to impose for violating the ACC process.

In general, if you are repairing fences, roofs, windows, landscaping, etc. from our recent storm damage, if you replace these items with the same colors, types of materials, sizes, etc. this is considered to be repair/maintenance and does not require a formal submission through the ACC.

If you are repairing damaged fences, roofs, windows, landscaping, etc. by replacing these items and changing their original colors, type of material, sizes, locations, etc. then that is considered an “alteration to an existing improvement” per Article 15 of the Ridgeview Ranch HOA Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) and needs to be submitted to the ACC for approval.  You will need to review the most recent 2011 ACC Design Standards Update. This document is a PDF file that is searchable, and has “bookmarks” indexing the various types of project requests.

With many damaged trees in our neighborhood, if the trees being removed are not part of the minimum landscaping package (see “Landscaping” Design Standard excerpt below) they do not need to be replaced.  However, if they are part of that minimum landscaping package they will need to be replaced.

For your convenience, here are excerpts from the current ACC Design Standards for fences, roofing, and landscaping (please consult full document for more information on additional project types):

Roofing

All shingles will be replaced with 25 year or above shingles. All replacement shingles must be of a dark gray/weathered wood hue. No light colors, brown tones, or black. Any color variation must be approved by the ACC prior to installation.

Roofing shingles designed primarily to be wind and hail resistant and provide heating and cooling efficiencies greater than those provided by customary composite shingles; or provide solar generation capabilities must follow the above color requirements and must be more durable than and of equal or superior quality as stated above. The owner requesting permission to install these types of roofing shingles will be solely responsible for accrediting, certifying and demonstrating to the ACC that the proposed installation is in full compliance.

Fences and Walls

Any fence or wall must be constructed of masonry, brick, wood or other material approved by the Committee. Chain link fencing shall not be allowed without prior approval of the Committee. No fence or wall shall be permitted to extend nearer to any street than the front building line of the residence upon the Lot upon which such fence or wall is situated, except for retaining walls installed by the builder or retaining walls or decorative fences approved by the Committee. No portion of any fence shall exceed eight feet (8′) in height. As required by the City Agreement (referred to in Section 15.10 of this Declaration), fences installed upon the golf course lots shall be a standard fence of a height of four feet of black wrought iron or tubular steel or other materials acceptable to the City (masonry treatment with wrought iron or tubular steel shall be permissible), and shall be of a design which is in accordance with the City Agreement and consistent among all of the golf course lots.  Any replacement of the fencing on a golf course lot by the Owner shall comply with the requirements of this Section and the City Agreement.

Replacement of a builder-provided fence may match the original in size and materials. Must submit colors of stain being used, painted fences are not permitted.

All fences that run parallel (or mostly parallel) to the street must have posts and runners inside the fence (smooth side out). This includes all sides of any corner lot that face the street as well as the back portion of fences on lots that back up to Ridgeview Drive or the west side of Independence.

For parts of fences between lots, the person whose lot the fence sits on has the right to decide which side of the fence the poles face, subject to ACC approval.

Landscaping

Homeowners are required to maintain, at a minimum, a landscaping package consistent with what the builder installed at the time of original home construction. Each Dwelling shall have a minimum of one (1) tree in the front yard, with a minimum of 3″ caliper. Any replacements must be of similar size and type to original plantings, and must be of the native region to promote aesthetic harmony within the community.

Application and copies of plans (drawings) for any major changes to landscaping, including but not limited to walls, retaining walls, fences, trees, and shrubbery, must be submitted to and approved by the ACC prior to commencement of landscaping work and/or construction.

Required landscaping maintenance includes keeping grass cut and planter areas and sidewalks and driveways free of weeds. Sidewalks should be maintained and properly edged. Dead vegetation (e.g., trees, shrubbery, etc.) is required to be removed within 30 days.

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