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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHEN DOES THE ARC MEET?
We meet on a Wednesday each month. We will give a minimum of 48 hours posted notice. Whether you've got an upcoming project, have questions about the process, or just want to see a meeting in action, feel free to join us! EMAIL US to find out when the next meeting is.
WHAT, EXACTLY, IS AN ARCHITECTURAL MODIFICATION?
An architectural modification is any change made to the exterior of a home, such as: painting your home a different color, adding a swimming pool, replacing your roof, planting trees, or adding a screened lanai, just to name a few. (See NEEDS APPROVAL for the full list of Delasol architectural modification projects requiring approval.)
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO GET STARTED WITH HOME IMPROVEMENTS?
Any exterior modification or any structural changes must have prior written approval from Delasol ARC. (See THE PROCESS for more info.) You should note that this approval process generally make take up to thirty days, therefore, do not schedule any construction work or purchase any equipment until written approval has been received. For further details, contact us via Anchor.
WHY DO WE NEED PROCESSES AND GUIDELINES TO MAINTAIN ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS?
Most importantly, Delasol needs a basis for treating all homeowners fairly and reasonably. Written guidelines allow homeowners and the ARC to work from the same criteria. The ARC wants the paperwork to be as simple as possible for everyone. Guidelines take the guesswork out of the application and ARC’s decision making. In fact, guidelines not only provide criteria for the current committee to make appropriate decisions, but for successive committee members to make consistent decisions in the future. Without guidelines, applications approved today may result in things deemed unacceptable by new committee members in the future.
SO I'VE GOT TO SUBMIT A PLAN WITH MY PAPERWORK. WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
Plans must be clear, complete, drawn to scale and prepared in accordance with applicable building codes. Plans shall show all dimensions, sizes, materials, finish colors, plant species, drainage, grading, etc. to provide a full representation of the proposed improvement.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES?
Failure to submit the required plans and application and to obtain the necessary approval from ARC - for any alteration, modification or new construction - may constitute a violation of the CC&Rs. Such violation could result in the Association's requiring the modification or removal of the work (regardless of whether it has been completed) at the expense of the owner. All residents have the right and the responsibility to bring to the attention of the Architectural Committee any violations of any provision or standard that the Association's Board of Directors or the Committee has adopted.
BE AWARE: If a homeowner fails to submit an application or submits an application after the initiation of a project, they will be required to cease work on the project; file an ARC Request for Modification, along with a non-refundable LATE FEE of $100.00 per project; and not resume work until approval is granted and Delasol's management company issues a letter approving the request for architectural change.
WHO IS DELASOL ARC?
The Delasol ARC committee was appointed by the Delasol Board of Directors. Tunisia Penta, Jim Etz, and Jim Keating are responsible for maintaining the aesthetic and structural integrity of the association. The purpose of a review committee is to administer the community’s guidelines by overseeing changes and modifications to property through an application and appeal process designed to balance the interests of individual homeowners and the community as a whole, ensuring that guidelines are met and property values are protected. Ultimately, a review committee has a duty to put the interests of our Delasol community, as a whole, above the interest of individual homeowner members.
WHAT CAN THE ARC DO FOR YOU?
While it may seem arbitrary from an individual homeowner’s standpoint, ARC looks out for the entire community. Aside from stopping residents from painting pink polka dots on their houses, ARC’s job is to make sure that the size and style of the project, the type of building materials being used, and the overall look of the new structure all adhere to Delasol’s design requirements.
Not only does this keep the community looking cohesive, it also helps to keep property values up by preventing individual structures from standing out. It’s also important to note that unapproved projects might legally have to be removed/redone at the owners’ expense, so it’s better to just have approval in the first place.
So, when a homeowner is ready to start a new project, or if the design of a current project changes midway through, plans must be sent to ARC first to make sure they’re in compliance with the Association’s design standards. If ARC does find any issues, they will let the homeowner know and try to help come up with other options.
The HOA appreciates all the hard work residents do to make their homes and community beautiful. Keeping ARC in the loop keeps the Association looking great!