|Architectural PREVIEW was: Architectural review and related topics||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ruth Hirsch (heidinysearthlink.net)|
|Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2013 05:39:52 -0700 (PDT)|
Hi, Pat, A few years ago we changed our committee name to: Architectural PREVIEW. It is an important change. We need to know what folks want to change before it happens---- not review it after the fact. I think Preview is what is intended all 'round, though the term AR is generally used. We are there to preview and advise. As noted by Philip, we can advise, yes. Is it legally binding? Perhaps if a safety issue, ie bikes in walkway-- but that is a totally different matter. We do ask that pretty much what is to be done that is visible, ie, exterior (landscaping aside,) come to us and to the neighbors whose viewshed will be affected. Again, the import was having agreement that changes come to Arch Preview before being implemented. We do pretty well with this, except for the household that doesn't. Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2013 14:31:02 -0700 From: Pat Elliott <pdelliott43 [at] gmail.com> Subject: [C-L]_ Architectural review and related topics Our senior/active adult cohousing community in the Sierra foothills in northern California would like to draw on the experience and wisdom of other cohousing communities regarding architectural guidelines, including the substance of such guidelines and the process of enforcement or implementation. We would appreciate copies of any relevant documents along with any commentary about their development and use. We live in a three story building with 30 units, each on a single floor, the building in the shape of a wide V. Most units have an exclusive use common area of a balcony or patio area in the back of the units, all visible from public streets. In front of each unit is a large common area walkway, some portions of which are used for private uses (plants, chairs, etc.). In addition, we have an extensive common area with landscaping and other improvements. As in many communities, we have a range of view on the desirability of rules or guidelines about anything, including architectural matters, appearance of the building exterior, landscaping, etc. Some want a uniformly maintained, integrated appearance; others are comfortable with "whatever". We are trying to establish an architectural review team do develop and implement architectural guidelines. Again, we have a spectrum of those not wanting such a team to have any authority to make any decision about anything to those wanting the team to approve changes, improvements, both exterior and interior, etc, with a full right of appeal to the board (which consists of all members). We have CC&Rs prepared by the developer's attorney which by their terms have priority over any community agreements we might adopt. Many feel the CC&Rs shouldn't have any power over our community since we didn't approve them by consensus in any meaningful way, way back in the development phase, or at least that consensed community agreements should have priority over the CC&Rs. Others feel the CC&Rs should be controlling, no matter what. Have you faced a similar situation regarding priority of CC&Rs vs. later adopted community agreements and how have you dealt with it? Soooo, we have a few challenges ahead. In addition to sharing any relevant documents, can you tell us what is working or not working for your community in this regard (i.e. architectural review/control issues and priority of governing documents)? What would you do if you were starting all over? What should we definitely not do? Etc. You can send documents not available on the internet to me at pat6 [at] me.com. Please send a link to useful things on the internet. Thank you for your kind attention. Pat Elliott Wolf Creek Lodge
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