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Ranch Colony Property Owners Association
Architectural Control Guidelines


Adopted February 15,1995
(Revised June 5, 1996)

The following architectural control guidelines apply to the Ranch Colony developments known as Ranch Estates and Ranch Acres. These guidelines shall be administered and enforced through the Ranch Colony Property Owners Association (RCPOA) board of directors and an Architectural Review Board (ARB), as provided in the Ranch Colony Articles of Incorporation, Deed of Dedication, and By-Laws. This document replaces and supercedes all previously issued RCPOA Architectural Guidelines.

Certain requirements regarding the location, design and appearance of residential structures, out buildings and other non-residential structures, earthwork, and landscaping within Ranch Estates and Ranch Acres are contained legally recorded covenants applicable to those properties.

It should be noted that the Ranch Estates covenants differ in some respects from those for Ranch Acres. Property owners are cautioned to ensure that they are using the document applicable to their particular parcel(s) when reviewing the covenant requirements.

The guidelines provided below are in addition to the covenant requirements. In the event of any dispute of interpretation between the two documents, the provisions of the covenants shall prevail.

Procedures:
1: Application for ARB Approval:

Prior to the commencement of any clearing, excavation, construction, modifications, or other work, three* sets of plans must be submitted to the ARB for review and approval. The plans may be mailed to: Chairman, Arch. Review Bd., Ranch Colony Property Owners Association, P.O. Box 422, Jupiter, FL 33469-0442, or they may be given to any incumbent member of the board of directors of the ARB for transmittal to the Chairman of the ARB. For residential structures and all types of outbuildings, the minimum required plans are:

A: A plot plan, showing the location of the structure on the property, with dimensions to each property boundary line (e.g. setbacks)

B: Architectural/structural plans, to include a floor plan(s), and an elevation for each side of the structure(s.) These drawing, or accompanying specifications, must specify the material and color of all exterior surfaces, including the roof.

C: Landscaping plans, showing the location and type of all landscaping material to be placed on the property as part of the proposed construction.

For fences, walls, and gates, the minimum required plans are:

A: A dimensional plot plan showing the exact location on the property of the structure, and indicating the height of the fence or wall along its entire length.

B: Specifications for the type of fence posts to be used, the method of anchoring the posts, the type of fence wire, the exterior finish of walls, and the color of paint or stain (if any) to be used on the exterior of fence(s,) wall(s,) or gate(s.)

* One set of plans will be returned to the applicant upon ARB approval. The second set will be retained in the ARB files. The third set will be forwarded to the RCPOA management company for permanent file.

2. Request for Deviation or Waiver

Any request for deviation from, or waiver of, the applicable covenants or the guidelines presented below must be submitted in writing to the ARB as part of the initial submission of plans. Such request will be considered by the ARB as part of the overall review of the application by the ARB.

3. Approval:

The ARB will render a decision within 30 calendar days following the receipt of an application for review. The decision (e.g. approval or disapproval, including any conditions,) will be entered on all three sets of the submitted drawings and/or specifications, one set of which will be returned to the applicant. Any approval subject to conditions will be considered an interim approval only.

In the event that a properly submitted application for review receives no response from the ARB within 30 calendar days from receipt by the ARB chairman, that application shall be deemed to be unconditionally approved. If the ARB determines that more than 30 days are required for initial consideration of the application, or to allow time for the satisfaction of conditions attached to an interim approval, a written notification to that effect; including the reason(s) for the delay shall be provided to the applicant.

Once all conditions attached to an interim approval are deemed satisfied by the ARB, a written final approval will be issued to the applicant.

Should the RCPOA board of directors be required to seek legal action in the enforcement of applicable covenants, or the guidelines presented below, the offending property owner(s) on behalf of themself, their family members, guests, or lessee, shall be responsible to the RCPOA for all costs incurred in the successful enforcement action, including reasonable attorney’s fees.

4. Dispute Resolution:

A: Any decision rendered by the ARB may be contested by the applicant within 15 days following notification of the decision. The applicant must request a review of the decision by the ARB and must appear personally at the hearing.

B: If a contested decision is not resolved through a review by the ARB, the applicant may, within 30 days of the ARB review, submit a written request for a hearing of his/her grievance by the RCPOA board of directors. The resulting decision of the board shall be final.

II. Architectural Guidelines:

  1. All proposed new construction on, improvements to, and used of the properties known as Ranch Estates and Ranch Acres must conform to all applicable federal, state and county requirements. It is the responsibility of the property owner to be aware of, and to abide by these requirements.
  2. No fill material excavated from Ranch Colony POA properties may be removed from the property being excavated.
  3. All excavation and/or placement of fill shall be accomplished along with construction of ARB approved residential structures, unless a specific written exemption has been obtained from the Architectural Review Board.
  4. The total area of any lake or pond constructed on a property shall not be less than 5%, nor more than 25% of the original total land area of the property.
  5. The height of fill material temporarily stored on a property for more than 60 days shall be no more than five feet above the natural grade level of the storage area.
  6. The only site preparation or excavation permitted prior to the issuance of a Martin County building permit, shall be for the elevation of a building floor slab, driveway, or to establish approved drainage.
  7. Any approved excavation which has not been completed within one year of the original approval date, shall be resubmitted to the ARB for review.
  8. On properties of ten acres or less in size, the elevation of the house floor slab shall not be more than three feet above the level required by the Martin County Health Department for proper wastewater and sewage flow.
  9. Prior to the onset of any excavation or construction activity, the property owner must assure that a suitable construction entrance is provided to the property in accordance with the approved site plan. Such construction entrance must not interfere with normal drainage of the area. All driveway entrance culverts installed on a property must be a minimum of 30 inches diameter, and must meet Martin County requirements. Culverts must be installed and maintained to provide free drainage flow.
  10. The repair of damage to existing roads at the point of connection of driveways and/or construction entrances shall be the responsibility of the property owner. All repairs must be approved in advance by the ARB, and shall result in a road condition equal to that of the adjacent, undamaged area of the road.
  11. Removal from a property of more than 25% of the existing trees or natural vegetation shall require prior approval of the ARB.
  12. The use of carports attached to residential structures is prohibited.
  13. Covered open shelters for vehicles or agricultural machinery are permitted only on lots, which are 10 or more acres in size, and must be screened from the view of adjacent roads and residential buildings. The method of screening must be approved by the ARB.
  14. No buildings with metal exteriors (other than the roof) are permitted on properties of ten acres or less in size.
  15. When a residential structure is to the located on a property so as to be clearly visible from an adjacent street, it should be oriented so that garage doors do not face the street.
  16. When the location of a satellite dish antenna is clearly visible from the adjacent streets or dwellings, the antenna must be screened from view with appropriate landscaping or and ARB approved structure.
  17. The exterior surfaces of residential buildings, other than brick, should be painted or stained in an earth tone or light-hued color. The choice of exterior colors is subject to ARB approval.
  18. The type and color of roofing material is subject to ARB approval. Roofing material shall be concrete tile, clay tile cedar shake, or other architecturally approved roofing material.
  19. The use of chain-link material is prohibited for the portion(s) of boundary fences which front on a road.
  20. The use of low maintenance and native landscaping material is encouraged.
  21. Boats, tractors, trailers, commercial vehicles, RV’s, and farm implements which are parked or stored on a property shall be hidden from the view of adjacent roads or residential buildings on adjacent properties. The method of screening must be approved in advance by the ARB.