February 12, 2009

Architectural and Landscape Improvements Require ARC Review

With spring only a few months away you may be thinking of making some alterations or improvements to the exterior of your home or perhaps your yard.  If you plan on doing so, please submit the required Architectural and Landscape Change Application, as defined by the Covenants, to the Single Family Village Architectural Review Committee (ARC) for consideration.
Following the Developer’s turnover of our Homeowner’s Associations last year, residents may be unsure about the status of our architectural and landscaping rules.  The Single Family Village Board takes its responsibility to uphold established high standards very seriously. Our Covenants, architectural and landscape guidelines are still in effect.  The Board will continue to work closely with the ARC to maintain standards and enforce established rules.
Please keep in mind as members of a Homeowners Association we all agreed to abide by the same architectural & landscaping guidelines.  These guidelines benefit everyone in the Association because they help preserve and increase the value of our homes as well as increasing the aesthetic quality of our neighborhood.
The Board has established, with the help of the ARC, a list of items that require submission of Architectural and Landscape Change Applications and subsequent approval by the ARC prior to any work being done. The list is not comprehensive, but it clarifies what types of projects need to be submitted for ARC approval.  


Simple routine maintenance restoring your home to its formerly ARC approved state does not require a new application. A new application and review process is required for changes of:

Exterior paint color

Siding materials



Outdoor lighting (non-holiday)

Home additions


Garden Structures








Hot tubs

Permanent/ semi-permanent  private pools*

Permanent/ semi-permanent  swing sets & play equipment*

Permanent/ semi-permanent trampolines*

Permanent/ semi-permanent basketball hoops*

* For the purposes of this list “permanent/ semi-permanent” means in place for more than one day.  Certain play equipment may be used temporarily, meaning one day or less, but not left in place overnight.


Landscaping, Hardscaping, Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials:

The application is not required for:

Routine landscape or  hardscape maintenance

Annual plants  in existing ARC approved beds

Replacing dead shrubs and trees  with similar species in existing ARC approved beds

Perennial plants  in existing ARC approved beds

Asphalt seal coating and  driveway maintenance

Bulbs planted  in existing ARC approved beds


The application is required for substantially altering your home’s ARC approved landscape plan or construction of new or significant changes to existing ARC approved:

Landscaping beds





Retaining walls

If you are uncertain whether your project needs approval, or if you have any questions at about the required process please contact our Community Manager, Casey Groff at (763) 225-6498 or via email cgroff@developcommunity.com 
An Architectural and Landscape Change Application is available for download.  Please click here for the most recent copy.  If you are planning to make the type of improvements requiring applications, please fill out the Application completely and follow the directions for submittal and consideration by the ARC.
Thank you,
The Board of Directors
Victor Gardens Single Family Village Homeowners Association