Residential Design and Landscaping Standards
AUTHORITY: Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, Article V.
The Architectural Control Committee (ACC) intention is to maintain consistency and precisely maintain original standards of Heritage Lakes Subdivision's original design and function of the homes of Heritage Lakes. The architectural design of all additions, alterations, and renovations to the exterior of any Home shall conform to the design of the original home in style, detailing, materials, and color.
The ACC has the responsibility to assure the conformity and harmony of external design and the overall general quality of the Subdivision. The ACC wants all Homeowners and their guest to enjoy your residence here at Heritage Lakes, but in order for us to continue attracting new Homeowners, we need to maintain our homes and yards in the best possible condition. The ACC has established guidelines (Design and Landscaping Standards) with respect to the approval and disapproval of design features, architectural styles, exterior colors and materials, details of construction, location and size of structures and all other matters that require approval by the ACC. By virtue of the purchase of your home in Heritage Lakes, you have subjected yourself to the legal documents of the Association and to the jurisdiction of the ACC.
Compliance with the Design and Landscaping Standards includes proper maintenance of Homeowners' property. In general, Homeowners' property should exhibit a neat, well-kept appearance. The ACC and the Board of Directors have the right and obligation to enforce compliance with the guidelines and standards.
The Homeowner is required to give notification of all improvements even if those improvements are listed within the Declaration of Covenant as acceptable. Any exterior addition or alteration to a home's form, fit or function, without prior approval of the ACC will be deemed in violation of the Design and Landscaping Standards and Association Covenants. The Homeowner may then be required to restore the addition or alteration to the original condition at the Homeowner' s expense.
These guidelines are not absolute and irreversible dictates. However, the ACC feels that the closer these guidelines are adhered to, the more harmonious and aesthetically pleasing the community will be. The ACC is open to other ideas and suggestions, and will review projects not covered by these guidelines on a case by case basis. The ACC reserves the right to amend or revise these guidelines as necessary.
The information provided is a summary of what is included in the Design and Landscaping Standards. It is in no way intended to be an inclusive listing and does not cover every component of the Covenants.
NOTE: SUBMISSION OF A COMPLETED ARCHITECTURAL IMPROVEMENT/CHANGE REQUEST FORM IS REQUIRED FOR ALL EXTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS/CHANGES INCLUDING NOTIFICATION OF REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING MATERIALS, PAINTING THE SAME EXISTING COLORS AND ROOFING REPLACEMENT WITH SAME COLOR SHINGLES
- PAINT AND COLORS (Completed Request Form Required)
- SIDING REPLACEMENT: (Completed Request Form Required)
- GARAGE DOOR REPLACEMENT: (Completed Request Form Required)
- EXTERIOR DOORS: (Completed Request Form Required)
- WINDOW REPLACEMENT WITH OTHER THAN ORIGINAL TYPE INSTALLED: (Completed Request Form Required)
- RE-ROOFING: (Completed Request Form Required)
- SIDEWALKS AND DRIVEWAYS: (Completed Request Form Required)
- DECKS: (Completed Request Form Required)
- SCREENED-IN-PORCHES: (Completed Request Form Required)
- PATIOS: (Completed Request Form Required)
- FENCES/WALLS: (Completed Request Form Required)
- BASKETBALL BACKBOARDS: (Completed Request Form Required)
- STRUCTURAL LANDSCAPING: (Completed Request Form Required)
- PETS & DOG HOUSES: (Completed Request Form Required)
- SWINGS AND PLAY EQUIPMENT: (Completed Request Form Required)
- REFUSE, GARBAGE CANS AND TRASH:
- STORAGE PILES, WOODPILES, EQUIPMENT STORAGE AND CLOTHESLINES:
- EXTERIOR ANTENNAS:
- EXTERIOR LIGHTING: (Completed Request Form Required)
- MAILBOXES: (Completed Request Form Required)
- SWIMMING POOLS:
- AIR CONDITIONING UNITS AND WINDOW FANS:
- EXTERIOR BUILDINGS: (Completed Request Form Required)
- WATERFRONT LAND:
- LANDSCAPING GUIDELINES
- BEDS AND ISLANDS
- PRUNING AND TRIMMING
• All exterior painting involving color changes from the original color scheme requires approval from the ACC. This requirement applies to siding, front doors, shutters, trim, and other structures located on property. All requests for change in exterior colors will be reviewed on an individual basis with regard given to adjacent homes and original color.
• Color samples must accompany all requests - Large samples help give a better impression of color than small ones. Indicate the color scheme in general terms of your change and of the houses on either side of yours (Example - light beige siding, white trim, light beige garage door, dark green front door and dark green shutters). (If painting the same color, different brands of paint that are closest in similarity to existing colors maybe used. Colors are for reference only and to simplify the notification process)
• Front door and shutters must be painted the same color. Exception- Wood Stain Glass Door.
• If repainting original color, no ACC approval is required. Only notification of repainting and current color section filled out on ACC Request Form.
• The Homeowner shall not replace the outside siding on any structure without prior approval of the ACC.
• The siding on each home shall be of brick, stone, stucco, masonite or hardiboard construction only.
• Vinyl siding is not allowed.
• If repainting original color, only notification of repainting and the current color section filled out on ACC Request Form.
• The Homeowner shall not replace any garage door without prior approval of the ACC.
• Notification must be given to the ACC prior to replacement of a garage door of the same type.
• Replacement of any garage door is limited to the existing type or one with standard type windows.
• If repainting original color, only notification of repainting and the current color section filled out on ACC Request Form.
• The Homeowner shall not replace or add an exterior door without prior approval of the ACC.
• Storm or screened doors that are visible from the front of the house or side of the house if side faces the street are not allowed.
• Storm doors that have a full-length glass view are allowed on the rear of the house only.
• Screened decorative doors are allowed on the rear of the house only.
Windows shall be compatible in style with the architecture of the house. Screen windows must not distract from or alter the appearance of the house. Windows shall be of quality material and workmanship and consistent in proportion, detailing and style. The type, style, material, color, detailing and installation of a new or replacement window must be consistent with that of existing windows.
• The Homeowner shall not replace any window with other than original type installed without prior approval of the ACC.
• Individual replacement windows must match or be compatible with existing windows in design, configuration, material, frame width, and color.
• Only wood or paintable composite materials can be used for window replacement. Vinyl windows are not allowed. Painted windows must match the color scheme of the house.
• Window replacement must be double paned windows and must resemble the original windows as closely as possible.
• In no event shall the interior or exterior of any window be covered with reflective materials such as foil, or with paper, bed sheets or other un-approved temporary coverings.
• Window screens must match the type, material, frame width and color of the existing window screens.
• Burglar Bars are not allowed on windows.
New or replacement roofing, including the design and material, shall be appropriate in appearance and quality to the style and design of the house. Roof material and color should be compatible with other existing or proposed exterior colors and materials on the house.
The Homeowner shall not replace any roofing with other than original type installed without prior approval of the ACC. Architectural style shingles are accepted shingles for replacement. The following product brands are acceptable choices for roofing replacement (names may have changed for color replacement):
• GAF Charcoal
• GAF Weathered Gray
• GAF Misty Gray
• Owen-Coming Williamsburg Gray
• Owens-Coming Onyx Black
• Owens-Coming Weathered Wood
• GA Pacific Hearthstone Gray Architectural
• The roofing material and color should be compatible with other approved roofing in the neighborhood.
• Changes in material, such as a change to architectural shingles, are considered as significant as changes in color.
• When replacing roofing, the entire structure should be re-roofed at one time. Partial re-roofing is generally not allowed unless the additional/replacement roofing exactly matches the existing roofing.
• Replacement roofing material and associated elements should be similar in appearance and quality to the existing approved roofing.
• A change in roof color must be approved by the ACC.
• Photographs/brochures showing, the manufacturer and specific color "name" of the proposed roofing material and a sample of the roof material must be submitted for approval.
A new or replacement sidewalk/walkway or driveway should be constructed of natural colored concrete material. Modifications and additions to existing walkways or driveways must incorporate the same material, color and detail as the approved walkway or driveway. Excessive use of concrete (as determined by the ACC) in front, street side, and back yards will not be allowed. Concrete driveway extensions will be reviewed on an individual basis.
• The Homeowner shall not construct or alter any walkway or driveway without prior approval of the ACC.
• Driveway and sidewalk/walkway materials replacement, other than with materials installed by the original builder, or adjustments to dimension and style, requires ACC approval. Each request will be reviewed for approval on a case-by-case basis.
• A copy of the existing site plan showing the house and driveways, property lines, easements and the location of the walkway along with a list of all materials to be used must be submitted with ACC request for approval.
• Driveway and sidewalk/walkway color should be natural concrete color.
• Driveway extensions to the rear of the house are not allowed.
• Painting or altering of sidewalks in front of the house is not allowed.
The deck shall be an appropriate size for the area in which it is to be located. It shall be harmonious (in configuration, detail, material, and color) with the architecture of the house.
Modifications or additions to an existing deck must incorporate the same materials, colors and detail as the approved existing deck.
• The Homeowner shall not construct or alter any deck without prior approval of the ACC.
• Changes in grade or drainage pattern must not adversely affect adjoining properties.
• Decks are to be located at the rear of the house.
• Upper-level decks shall be attached directly to the house. Only ground level decks may be approved as freestanding decks.
• Decks should not project beyond the side walls of the house. The side walls of the house are defined as the major (structural) side walls and do not include bay windows, chimney enclosures, porches or other such projections. In certain situations, stairs and some portions of the deck may extend up to 4' beyond the side walls but must be approved in advance.
• Stairs should be parallel or perpendicular to the edge of the deck or be set immediately adjacent to the deck in an L-shaped configuration.
• Privacy screens, arbors, trellises, gazebos, screen porches or similar structures of significant mass shall not be located on that portion of the deck that projects beyond the side of the house. Each will be considered and reviewed by the A.CC on a case-by-case basis.
• A solid trim board shall be provided on any open side of the deck to conceal the joists and cut ends of the decking.
• Underdeck screening should be compatible with the architecture of the house and deck. Any underdeck screening must have finished edges.
• Framing shall be constructed of pressure treated lumber. Decking surface may be artificial outdoor wood materials such as "Trex" or equivalent. All decks constructed of pressure treated lumber should be sealed with a clear water sealant (if natural in color) or stained with an outdoor stain (color to be approved by ACC).
• Decks may be constructed with the approval of the ACC. Plans submitted to the ACC should show details in respect to design and dimensions ofthe deck. A rendering of the proposed deck is required so that the ACC can visualize what is proposed.
• Submission Requirements are as follows: A copy of the existing site plan showing the house and any fencing, accessory structures, significant vegetation, property lines, easements and the location of the proposed deck. Photographs showing the house and site of the addition. Complete plan and elevation drawings, to scale, showing the existing house and the proposed addition. A list of all exterior materials and samples of proposed colors, if applicable. Catalogue photographs or manufacturer's "cut sheets" of "off-the-shelf' items, as applicable, including sizes, materials and colors. A landscape plan, as applicable.
Porch additions shall be designed as an integral part of the house. The initial design of many houses may have included porches. Porch/screened porch additions shall be compatible with the existing house in style, scale, massing and the consistent use of architectural elements, materials, colors and other details.
• The Homeowner shall not construct or alter any screened-in-porch without prior approval of the ACC.
• All existing screened-in-porches constructed of pressure treated lumber should be sealed with a clear water sealant (if natural in color) or stained with an outdoor stain (color to be approved by ACC). Re-painting of existing siding same as siding on existing house.
• The size and location of the new constructed porch should be appropriate to the existing house and space available on the property.
• The design and location should consider any adverse impact on neighboring properties, including changes in grade or drainage.
• New windows and doors should be the same or be compatible with the material and color of the existing house.
• Where more substantial porches/screened porches are to be constructed on upper-level decks, special attention must be given to the massing of the addition in order to visually integrate the porch with both the house and the ground.
• Screened-in-Porches may be constructed with the approval of the ACC. Plans submitted to the ACC should show details in respect to design and dimensions of screened-in-porch. A rendering of the proposed porch is required so that the ACC can visualize what is proposed. The plans must show the position of the porch on the lot and its relation to house and property lines.
• Submission Requirements are as follows: A copy of the existing site plan showing the house and any fencing, accessory structures, significant vegetation, property lines, easements and the location of the proposed porch. Photographs showing the house and site of the addition. Complete plan and elevation drawings, to scale, showing the existing house and the proposed addition. A list of all exterior materials and samples of proposed colors, if applicable. Catalogue photographs or manufacturer's "cut sheets" of "off-the-shelf'' items, as applicable, including sizes, materials and colors. A landscape plan, as applicable.
• Only pressure treated wood or same type siding used on existing house may be used as screened-in-porch materials.
• All new screened-in-porches constructed of pressure treated lumber should be sealed with a clear water sealant (if natural in color) or stained with an outdoor stain (color to be approved by ACC).
• All new screened-in-porches constructed with same type siding used on existing house must be painted same existing color as siding on house.
A patio shall be design and located to be harmonious with the architecture of the house and to mitigate the impact of its use upon neighboring properties. The patio shall be an appropriate size for the area in which it is to be located and should be constructed of concrete, slate, brick or other masonry or stone material. Landscaping is recommended for screening.
• The Homeowner shall not construct or alter any patios without prior approval of the ACC.
• All patios which were not constructed by the Builder require approval. Patios and walks should be constructed of materials similar to those used by the Builder and which harmonize with the colors of the community. Suggested materials are concrete, slate, natural stones, outdoor pavers or outdoor tiles.
• Changes in grade or drainage pattern must not adversely affect adjoining properties.
• Patio location is in the rear of the house only. Front or street facing side yard patios will not be approved.
• Patios may be constructed with the approval of the ACC. Plans submitted to the ACC should show details in respect to design and dimensions ofthe patio. A rendering of the proposed patio is required so that the ACC can visualize what is proposed. The plans must show the position of the patio on the lot and its relation to house and property lines.
• Submission Requirements are as follows: A copy of the existing site plan showing the house and any fencing, accessory structures, significant vegetation, property lines, easements and the location of the proposed patio. Photographs showing the house and site of the addition. Complete plan and elevation drawings, to scale, showing the existing house and the proposed addition. A list of all exterior materials and samples of proposed colors, if applicable. Catalogue photographs or manufacturer's "cut sheets" of "off-the-shelf' items, as applicable, including sizes, materials and colors. A landscape plan, as applicable.
• Patios can be painted; but the color must be approved by the ACC.
In order to maintain the open character of Heritage Lakes, the use of fences should be limited. Fences should minimize the physical and visual impact on neighboring properties. All fences must be well designed, well-constructed and compatible with the architecture of the home or project.
• The Homeowner shall not construct or alter any fence without prior approval for the ACC.
• Fence design of the fence requires ACC approval. Plans submitted to the ACC should show details in respect to design and dimensions of the fence. A rendering of the proposed fence is required so that the ACC can visualize what is proposed. The plans
must show the position of the fence on the lot and its relation to house and property lines.
• Fences or walls erected upon any lot shall be ornamental in character, and shall not exceed a maximum height greater than six (6) feet and a minimum of four (4) feet. Fences located on the Lake shall not exceed a maximum height greater than five (5) feet on the sides and a maximum/minimum of four (4) feet along the lake side.
• No fence shall be constructed so as to extend toward the front of the Lot past the front plane of the swelling structure constructed thereon (or front and side setback line street side only on any comer Lot) of each residence constructed or to be constructed.
• No wood fence shall be constructed other than with the smooth wood side of the fence facing out that is adjacent to a dedicated street or adjoining Lot.
• No chain-link fences will be permitted in any location. Fences must be constructed of Fire Retardant material. Wood or wrought iron/aluminum is acceptable fencing materials.
• Adjoining of existing neighbor's fence requires the adjoining or other alteration of any party fence shall first obtain the written consent of the adjoining Homeowner(s) and submit this consent as a part of the Architectural/Landscape Improvement/Change Request Form.
• All fences constructed of pressure treated lumber should be sealed with a clear water sealant (if natural in color) or stained with an outdoor stain (color to be approved by ACC).
• All landscaping and maintenance of lawn external to the fence must be maintained by Homeowner, not to extend beyond the property line. If rear fencing is installed on Lake Lots, Association does not maintain the area. lnstalling a fence does not negate maintenance between the outside of fence and Lake.
• Retaining walls will be approved on a case by case basis, e.g. (a) To prevent soil erosion, (b) To increase the usefulness of one's lot (level area) and (c) For landscaping purposes such as flower beds or gardens. Pressure treated lumber, brick masonry and natural stone are acceptable materials.
• The Homeowner shall not install basketball backboards without prior approval of the ACC. Only portable basketball backboards are allowed.
• Portable Backboards shall be freestanding, constructed of Plexiglas or acrylic materials and shall be supported by a portable metal stand.
• Portable Backboards must be perpendicular to and adjacent to the driveway or to the side of the house if there is a side-entry garage.
• Backboards are not permitted to permanently be attached to house.
• Portable Backboards, when not in use, are not permitted to be stored or left in street overnight or on a permanent basis.
• The Homeowner shall not do structural landscaping (this is not in reference to bedding and/or planting landscaping) without the approval of the ACC.
• Construction or alteration of any structure should not take place without written approval by the ACC of plans and specifications of such construction or alteration.
• No decorative structures, such as sculptures, birdbaths, fountains or other embellishments shall be placed on any Lot without prior approval.
• Barbecues, Firepits and Fireplaces: Wood burning and/or gas built-in barbecue units or fireplaces must be contained in the rear yard. Plans for Site chimney elements must be submitted to the ACC for approval to avoid obstructing views from inside the house, from adjacent properties or Lake edge.
• Seasonal decorations are permitted as long as they are removed when the season/holiday is over.
• Vegetable gardens must be kept in the rear of a Lot not visible from the street and more than sixty (60) square feet in size. Vegetable gardens must be kept in a neat manner and pests must be controlled.
• No living tree having a diameter of six (6) inches or more (measured from a point two
(2) feet above ground level) shall be removed from any Lot unless such removal is in conformity with landscaping plans and specifications submitted to and approved by the ACC.
• No activity that involves the excavation of soil for the purpose of constructing tie or landscaping timber walls or terracing of soil which may create erosion or changes the directional drainage flow of water shall be done without landscaping plans and specifications submitted to and approved by the ACC. The ACC may, as a condition or approval of such plans and specifications, require the use of certain means of preventing and controlling erosion or siltation. Such means may include (by way of example and not of limitation) physical devices of controlling the run-off and drainage of water, special precautions in grading and otherwise changing the natural landscape.
Window awnings, such as canopy canvas types are not allowed.
• No structure for the care, housing or confinement of any animal shall be constructed, placed or altered on any Lot unless plans, specifications and locations for said structure has been approved by the ACC.
• Please note the Declaration of Covenant, Conditions and Restrictions provides that no animals, including birds, insects, and reptiles may be kept on any Lot unless kept thereon solely as household pets and not for commercial purposes.
• All pets must be household pets only.
• Outside dog/cat cages, runs, tethers or any other manner of securing such an animal is not permitted at any time.
• No dog shall be permitted to run free at any time and all dogs must be on a leash when using the common elements.
• Cobb County, Georgia Sec. 10-11. Control of Animal.
(a) General Control. Restraint of dogs and/or animals shall be maintained as follows::
a. When upon the premises of the owner, all animals shall be kept indoors or in a primary enclosure as defined by this chapter in such a manner as to contain the animal within the bounds of the owner's premises, or on a leash in the hands of a person that possesses the ability to restrain the animal. Tethering as a means of primary enclosure is not permitted. Tether means any chain, rope, leash, tie out, or wire attached to an animal's collar or halter that attaches to a stationary object and is designed to restrain an animal.
• Each Homeowner, as a courtesy to your neighbors, should try to avoid pet nuisance resulting in damages, soils, defiles, eliminates or defecates (without immediate clean up) on private property other than the property of the owner or caretaker of the animal, or on common property. (Property courtesy and Neighbor respect is encouraged in Homeowners front yards)
• Pet owners are responsible for any damage, noise or inappropriate behavior of their pets on Common Areas. No dogs are permitted to remain unattended on any Common Areas. It is the responsibility of the animal's owner to repair any damage done to the common areas and to clean up any excrement or debris left by the animal.
• No livestock shall be kept on any Lot and no animal shall be allowed to become a nuisance.
• Recreational and playground equipment shall be placed or installed only upon the rear of a Lot; exceptions must be approved by the ACC.
• Metal swing sets are allowed, but must be maintained to be rust free and structurally sound.
• All wood play equipment must be kept structurally sound and stained accordingly to provide a neat and decorative appearance.
• All structures shall be maintained so as to present a neat and clean appearance.
• All play structures, including trampolines, shall be adequately anchored for safety.
• No sign of any kind shall be displayed to the public view on any Lot or Common Area.
• Homeowners may display one (1) sign of not more than four (4) square feet advertising the property for sale or rent, or a sign used by a builder to advertise the property during the course of construction and any sales period.
• The Association may erect and maintain uniform subdivision identification signs, street signs, and other appropriate informational signs upon the Common Area and Common Facilities, or upon utility easements, of a size and design approved by the ACC. No other signs shall be placed or maintained upon any of the Common Areas.
• Contractors advertising signs are permitted in front yards only during completion of exterior work to home and must be removed when work is complete. The Homeowner is responsible for removal of all signs left by Contractors.
• Political signs are prohibited.
• All refuse, garbage and trash shall be kept at all times in covered, reasonably noiseless containers.
• Trash containers shall be kept and maintained within an enclosed structure appropriately screened from public street view.
• Trash containers shall not be permitted to remain in public street view except on the days of trash collection and nay not block sidewalks, mailboxes, or driving areas.
• No person shall dump rubbish, garbage, or any other form of solid waste on any Lot or on Common Property.
• Clotheslines or similar apparatus for the exterior drying of clothes shall be prohibited.
• All equipment including lawn mowers and lawn and garden tools shall be kept in the garage or screened by adequate planting or approved fencing so as to conceal them from view by neighboring residences and streets.
• All garden hoses are to be reeled on hose holder or neatly rolled and screened from view of the street.
• No lumber, metals, bulk materials or solid waste of any kind shall be kept, stored, or allowed to accumulate on any Lot, unless screened or otherwise handled in a manner approved by the ACC.
• Exceptions shall be made for building materials employed during the course of construction of any Structure approved by the ACC.
• Radio and television antennas on the exterior of the building or roof are permitted in concert with the Telecommunication Act of 1996 as passed by Congress and adopted by the FCC with an effective date around September 26, 1996. All effort should be made to conceal antennas from the street as much as possible.
• To the extent these rules do not conflict with any Federal, State or local law, regulation or code, satellite dishes which do not exceed 24 inches in diameter and which are professionally installed in an area which is concealed from the street as
much as possible does not require ACC approval. Notification of installation is required by the ACC.
• Please note that Antenna placement is still subject to certain standards as adopted by the ACC. Please review the Declaration of Covenant for clarification of Antenna placement.
• No solar equipment of any sort shall be placed, allowed or maintained upon any portion of a Structure or Lot without prior written approval by the ACC.
• The Homeowner shall not install exterior lighting (lamp post, landscaping, etc.) without prior approval from the ACC.
• Replacement of the original structure lighting (front door/garage fixtures, comer spot fixtures) is allowed. Replacements must be compatible in style and scale with the original fixture.
• Exterior lighting shall not be directed outside the Homeowner's property, and should not have an adverse visual impact upon adjoining neighbors.
• Christmas lights may be out/up after November 1st and must be removed by January 31st each year.
• Each Lot shall have a uniform mailbox and support structure of a design and color approved by the ACC and maintained by the Homeowner.
• The approved standard is the HL large black acorn with water oak casting.
• No other mailbox is allowed for mailbox replacement other than the approved standard mailbox.
- No above ground pools are allowed.
• No window air conditioners or window fans shall be installed in any window.
• All air conditioning compressors shall be installed at ground level.
• All exterior structures must be approved prior to beginning construction.
• Storage Buildings must be located in the rear yard (not the front or side yards) and disguised from the street as much as the Lot will allow.
• Design and color must be in harmony with architectural style, siding and trim of the house.
• Storage building must have a concrete floor.
• Storage building must have a gable roof and roof shingles to match the existing house.
• The siding materials must match the rear of the house (hardiboard or masonite siding).
• No metal or T-1-11 plywood is allowed. The color must also match the siding of the rear of the house.
• All utilities must be located underground.
• Storage building planned with interior and/or exterior lighting, and/or walkways must include specifics of type and location.
• Storage building with vehicular garage doors will not approved.
• Building can be used for storage only and cannot be occupied as live in quarters.
On Lots adjacent to a Lake or Creek or other water body or course primarily serving the Property:
• No refuse of any kind shall be placed on or disposed of into the adjacent waters which are to be kept clean and free of pollution.
• No water shall be removed from a Lake by any Homeowner except in emergency cases due to flooding. The intention is for the Lake to be maintained at its natural level.
• No school bus, truck or commercial vehicle over one (1) ton capacity, house trailer, mobile home, motor home, recreational vehicle, camper habitable motor vehicle of any kind, boat or boat trailer, trailers of any kind, or like equipment shall be permitted on any lot on a permanent basis, but shall be allowed on a temporary basis.
• No common area or recreational area is to be used for the parking of vehicles, other than during the recreational use of the area.
• Each Homeowner, as a courtesy to your neighbors, should try to avoid parking vehicles overnight on the streets of our subdivision.
• (Per Cobb County guidelines) Vehicles must be parked along the curb, facing in the direction of traffic flow, have a valid tag and be operational. Vehicles may not be parked in designated No Parking areas, where they block access to private driveways or where they restrict the safe flow of traffic.
• (Per Cobb County guidelines) Vehicles may not be parked in the grass or unimproved surface between the roadway and the home's front setback. Warning: Walking restriction due to parking on sidewalks and on turf areas on front lawns could result in Residence owners reporting to Cobb County and calling to have vehicles towed.
Article 6.02 of the Declaration of Covenant, Conditions and Restrictions in regard to the responsibilities for proper maintenance, the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) has put together the following guidelines to clarify expectations for property maintenance. All Lots shall, at Homeowner's expense, be maintained in good order and kept in a clean, slightly and sanitary condition at all times. Nothing says; "I don't care" like unruly shrubs or an overgrown lawn.
All landscaping shall be maintained and cared for by Homeowners in a manner consistent with the standards of design and quality original established by the Builder and in a condition comparable to that of other first class residential subdivision in the metro area. Landscaping in the Common Areas shall be maintained by the Association in a neat and orderly condition.
• Weeding - All lawns must be kept virtually weed free in order to preserve the beauty and value of the neighborhood. (Suggestion: Apply applications of chemical weed control in late Winter/early Spring, Summer and late Fall)
• Mowing - All lawns should be neatly mowed and must be kept in good condition in order to preserve the beauty and value of the neighborhood. It is recommended that during the growing season lawns should be mowed at least once every 7-10 days, or as needed to maintain a neat appearance.
• Edging - Edging along sidewalks, driveways, fences, streets and beds should be done at least once a month.
• All beds and islands must kept virtually weed free in order to preserve the beauty and value of the neighborhood. It is recommended that the Homeowner pull and/or spray weed control at least monthly before the weeds are noticeable from the street.
• It is recommended that the Homeowner replenished at least yearly, all landscaping material such as pine straw, woodchips, etc., prior to the bed or island becoming unattractive or the material is no longer visible.
• All hedges, trees and shrubs must be neatly trimmed and maintained.
• As a safety precaution, hedges and shrubs should not block the view from street of front door and windows.
• Any clippings from mowing, edging or pruning needs to be removed from sidewalks, driveways, streets and beds on the same day.
• Pet waste should be removed from lawns and common areas as it occurs out of respect for your neighbors.