In keeping with this mandate, the Committee oversees homeowner aesthetic
updates and modifications including, but not limited to:
- Swimming pools, spas, hot tubs
- Ornamental ponds
- Living space additions
- Decks, porches, gazebos
- Above ground permanent structures
- Play structures
- Facade alterations
- and similar external updates or modifications
Many of these items, including rules, regulations, and limitations, are discussed in the Association Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions. All lots in Phases 4 and 5 are subject to these restrictions.
The Architectural Design Review Committee has the authority to interpret the Covenants and Restrictions, to develop standards and approve or disapprove plans.
Homeowners are REQUIRED to submit plans and specifications to the Committee prior to commencing any projects.
Below are the general guidelines the Association has adopted:
The Association has developed the following guidelines for items not specifically covered in the Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions. Special cases and items not included in this list will be reviewed by the Architectural Design Committee on a case-by-case basis. Homeowners are REQUIRED to submit plans and specifications to the Committee prior to commencing any projects.
- Porches, decks, and structure additions. Structures elevated above the ground shall not extend from the side houseline with the exception of:
- Cresthaven models, whose structure should not extend further than the porch option offered by Pulte as part of the original construction.
- Deck access walkways.
- Driveways, driveway extensions. Limitations are as follows:
- Cement colors shall be neutral.
- Extensions in the area of the garage may not exceed widths of 16 feet or lengths of 20 feet, and they may not extend beyond the rear houseline.
- Extensions on original driveways (forward of the front house line) are limited to 3 feet maximum.
- Circular driveways can have a maximum width of 16 feet and shall be reasonably screened from the street and adjacent property owners by landscaping.
- Pools, hot tubs, spas, ornamental ponds.
- These items shall be located behind the house and within the side house lines.
- Adequate landscaping is necessary so as to screen the item, including any fencing, from view of the street and adjacent property owners.
- Swimming pools must meet specific fencing guidelines as set by Plymouth Township.
- Fences around swimming pools shall be of neutral color and consistent in design with the fence at the Country Club Village of Plymouth community pool, located in Phase 1.
- Homeowners must inform neighbors on adjacent properties of the intent to install a pool, hot tub, spa, or ornamental pond.
- Chain link fences, perimeter fences, and solid fencing are prohibited.
- Decorative, short extent fences as part of landscaping plans will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- Basketball backboards. These shall be transparent.
- Brick mailbox enclosures. These are prohibited. The current mailbox and post design has been selected by the homeowners and cannot be changed.
- Brick or other decorative pillars, with or without lighting, shall match or complement the house colors.
- Play structures. Should be behind the house entirely within the houselines. Submit plans for design and location to the Architectural Design Review Committee.
- Tennis courts, recreational courts, basketball courts (not a part of the driveway). These items and associated fencing or lighting are prohibited.
The Review Process
Homeowners are REQUIRED to submit plans and specifications to the Committee prior to commencing any projects. In many cases, Plymouth Township will not issue a building permit for the project until a signed letter from the Architectural Review Committee is provided.
The Architectural Design Review Committee is made up of volunteers. The Committee members will do their best to respond promptly to your requests, but ask that you submit the plans at least two (2) weeks prior to scheduled initiation of a project to allow adequate time for the review and approval process.
The same process will be followed for all submissions:
- Homeowner describes the project in detail on the Architectural Review Application Form (below). This form and drawings/specifications of the design are submitted to the Committee Chairperson.
- The Chairman will record the date of receipt and assign the review to a Committee member.
- The Committee member conducting the review will examine the plans and contact the homeowner. An appointment will be made to discuss the plans at the homeowner’s house. The assigned Committee member and possibly one other member will attend this meeting.
- The assigned Committee member will make a determination regarding approval and report to the Committee Chairman. If necessary, the Chairman will call the full Committee to review and make a final decision. In general, the Committee will take into account the following:
- The contents of the plans and specifications.
- Existing conditions at the home site.
- Existing conditions at adjoining properties.
- Existing conditions in the Phases 4 and 5.
- The homeowner’s plans for future construction and landscaping work.
- The Committee member will contact the homeowner to advise them of the committee’s approval or rejection. A letter will be written to document the decision.
Please download, fill out, and transmit the form below to the Committee for review.