Architectural Guidelines Part 4

Post Construction Repairs, Renovations and Improvements

 

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4.1 Exterior Improvements and Renovations

Any modification of existing construction or improvements by additional changes to the exterior of the house, driveway or landscaping must have prior approval of the Architectural Review Board. The original exterior color scheme of any home must remain the same unless written permission to change colors is given by the ARB.

To have an Improvement Plan reviewed, an Application along with all applicable fees must be submitted to the ARB (See Fee and Deposit Schedule). The ARB Administrator may be contacted regarding any questions about additions or changes to exterior elements.

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4.2 Fees for Major Exterior Renovations, Repairs or Improvements

An approved application shall be necessary for major repairs, upgrades, or any modifications that change the dimensions, the external appearance, or access to any existing building or to an existing driveway or wall, any addition to the existing footprint and/or surface, and significant landscaping or terrain modification.  These include but are not limited to room additions, deck expansions, or the erection of a wall or hardscape with a surface of more than twenty (20) square feet. Prior approval is also necessary for any other modification of the property that includes any two of the following: excavation, tree removal, or use of heavy equipment

Application/Inspection Fee:  $50-$650 due with application (non-refundable)

The application/inspection fee will be determined based upon the number of staff hours needed to administer the application and make site visits to ensure compliance with the Architectural Guidelines. Factors that affect the fee include the complexity of the application and site plan, the location and the grade of the site, the type of construction, the number of site visits at each stage of construction, the need to develop an equipment and materials staging plan, and the need to have a traffic management strategy to keep roads and rights-of-way clear so that traffic flow is not impeded.

Applications will be reviewed and a decision rendered within 14 to 30 days from the date received in the ARB office. Construction must begin within12 months after plan approval and completed 12 months after project commencement.

Any change or variation of the project from the original application will require resubmission of an application to reflect the modifications.  The new application may require additional fees for review and inspection. Failure to notify the ARB of plan modifications and/or failure to submit new application materials may result in a fine of up to $100/day until the revised application is submitted and approved.

Construction Fee Deposit:  $1500 due with application

Fees charged against this deposit are of three kinds.

The first fee deducted will be for the ordinary wear and deterioration caused by heavy equipment and material loads traversing Wolf Laurel roads. The ARB Administrator, in consultation with the owner and the contractor, will calculate the total fee based upon the estimate of the number of heavy equipment vehicles to be used and the amount of materials to be delivered for the project. The ARB Administrator and the Security gate staff will adjust this estimate based upon actual usage as the project proceeds to completion as monitored.

The Heavy Equipment/ Materials Fee Schedule is as follows: single rear axle dump truck or delivery truck: $20, tandem axle dump truck or delivery truck: $30, and heavy equipment on truck and trailer: $40.

The second fee deducted from the deposit will be for any excessive damage to Wolf Laurel roads determined to be directly attributable to the construction project and that has not been repaired to the satisfaction of the ARB by the owner or the owner’s contractor or workers.   In some instances, the success of needed repairs cannot be immediately determined; the affected section of the road(s) must be subjected to extended traffic and weather conditions in order to determine the effectiveness of the repair. In these instances, a portion of the deposit will be kept in escrow for up to six months after the initial repair has been attempted in order to ascertain its adequacy and durability.

The third fee that may be deducted from this deposit is for failure to comply with the construction rules and regulations set forth in the Architectural Guidelines. Fees may be assessed at up to $100 per incident and doubled or trebled for repeated non-compliance.

The deposit must be replenished as necessary to maintain a minimum reserve of two-thirds of the original deposit until the ARB final project review and approval. The deposit will be returned less the fees deducted for ordinary wear and deterioration, excessive road damage and/or for non-compliance as explained herein.

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4.3 Minor Exterior Renovations, Repairs or Improvements or Landscaping

 

An approved application shall be necessary for minor changes to the exterior of the building, e.g. deck enclosure, replacement of roof, painting, window replacement, regrading of a driveway, or minor landscaping.

Application/Inspection Fee:  $25-100 (Non-refundable

The application/inspection fee will be determined based upon the number of staff hours needed to administer the application and to make site visits to ensure compliance with the Architectural Guidelines.  Applications will be reviewed and a decision rendered within 14 to 30 days from the date received in the ARB office.  Construction must begin within 12 months after plan approval and completed 12 months after project commencement

Any change or variation of the project from the original application will require resubmission of an application to reflect the modifications.  The new application may require additional fees for review and inspection. Failure to notify the ARB of plan modifications and/or failure to submit new application materials may result in a fine of up to $100/day until the revised application is submitted and approved.

Construction Fee Deposit:  $750

Fees charged against this deposit are of three kinds.

The first fee deducted will be for the ordinary wear and deterioration caused by heavy equipment and material loads traversing Wolf Laurel roads. The ARB Administrator, in consultation with the owner and the contractor, will calculate the total fee based upon the estimate of the number of heavy equipment vehicles to be used and the amount of materials to be delivered for the project. This estimate will be adjusted based upon actual usage as the project proceeds to completion.

The second fee deducted from the deposit will be for any excessive damage to Wolf Laurel roads determined to be directly attributable to the construction project and that has not been repaired to the satisfaction of the ARB by the owner or the owner’s contractor or workers.   In some instances, the success of needed repairs cannot be immediately determined; the affected section of the road(s) must be subjected to extended traffic and weather conditions in order to determine the effectiveness of the repair. In these instances, a portion of the deposit will be kept in escrow for up to six months after the initial repair has been attempted in order to ascertain its adequacy and durability.

The third fee that may be deducted from this deposit is for failure to comply with the construction rules and regulations set forth in the Architectural Guidelines. These fees include but are not limited to failure to keep the road right of way free of equipment and materials or debris and failure to observe work schedule hours.  Fees may be assessed at up to $100 per incident and doubled or trebled for repeated non-compliance.

The deposit must be replenished as necessary to maintain a minimum reserve of two-thirds of the original deposit. The deposit will be returned less the fees deducted for ordinary wear and deterioration and or for non-compliance as explained herein.

Heavy Equipment/ Materials Fee Schedule:

  • Single rear axle dump truck or delivery truck:  $20
  • Tandem axle dump truck or delivery truck:  $30
  • Heavy equipment on truck and trailer:  $40

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4.4 Fees for Interior Repairs, Renovations or Improvements

No application/Inspection fee is required for interior improvements or renovation.  However, the owner must submit an Interior Renovation application to the ARB before work is begun to determine if a Construction Fee Deposit will be necessary due to the use of heavy equipment or heavy material removal and/or delivery.  If necessary, the following Construction Fee Deposit requirements obtain:

Construction Fee Deposit:  $600

Fees charged against this deposit are of three kinds.

The first fee deducted will be for the ordinary wear and deterioration caused by heavy equipment and material loads traversing Wolf Laurel roads. The ARB Administrator, in consultation with the owner and the contractor, will calculate the total fee based upon the estimate of the number of heavy equipment vehicles to be used and the amount of materials to be delivered for the project. This estimate will be adjusted based upon actual usage as the project proceeds to completion.

The second fee deducted from the deposit will be for any excessive damage to Wolf Laurel roads determined to be directly attributable to the construction project and that has not been repaired to the satisfaction of the ARB by the owner or the owner’s contractor or workers.   In some instances, the success of needed repairs cannot be immediately determined; the affected section of the road(s) must be subjected to extended traffic and weather conditions in order to determine the effectiveness of the repair. In these instances, a portion of the deposit will be kept in escrow for up to six months after the initial repair has been attempted in order to ascertain its adequacy and durability.

The third fee that may be deducted from this deposit is for failure to comply with the construction rules and regulations set forth in the Architectural Guidelines. These fees include but are not limited to failure to keep the road right of way free of equipment and materials or debris, and failure to observe work schedule hours.  Fees may be assessed at up to $100 per incident and doubled or trebled for repeated non-compliance.

The deposit must be replenished as necessary to maintain a minimum reserve of two-thirds of the original deposit. The deposit will be returned less the fees deducted for ordinary wear and deterioration and/or for non-compliance as explained herein.

Heavy Equipment/ Materials Fee Schedule:

  • Single rear axle dump truck or delivery truck:  $20
  • Tandem axle dump truck or delivery truck:  $30

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