Information from/about Your BPHOA Architectural Control Committee

“No building, fence, wall or other structure shall be commenced, erected or maintained upon Bush Prairie Homeowner’s Association properties, nor shall any exterior addition, change or alteration thereto be made until the plans and specifications showing the nature, kind, shape, height, materials and location of the same shall have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC).

The ACC shall have the authority to establish such standards of architecture, design and construction as it deems reasonable. The standards will be published and a copy kept with the ACC and the Board of Directors. Each such standard so published shall be considered by the Board of Directors at its next regular or special meeting. Upon approval by a majority of the Board, the standard shall become binding.”

Whew! A long paragraph of legalese to inform all of us Bush Prairie homeowners that, in essence, before we install any “structure” (which includes such things as hedges and sheds) we need to receive the ACC’s approval. If we intend to follow the residential covenants we all agreed to in  purchasing our lots/homes, that is. As an association made of property owners we have repeatedly decided that it is important for us to abide by these covenants. Why? Because they are designed to protect and enhance the value of the most important single investment most of us will ever make: our home. Not to mention the aesthetics of having pleasant surroundings for our families to live in.

So, if you plan to put up a fence or hedge on/around your home or property you need to send your plans to your friendly ACC for review and approval. If you intend to put up a storage shed or other structure, first send us the plans, if you want to change the color of your home or roof (which involves talking to your neighbors to get their “thumbs-up”) send us your color choice. If you plan an addition to your house or plan to add a permanent exterior fixture to your home (such as an awning over a deck or a new deck for that matter), first…well you get the idea.

It is an easy process and should take less than a week once we’ve received a completed application. By doing this you will be able to identify any issues early in your planning process. If your request is not approved as presented, in most cases it can be with only minor modifications (or you may appeal a rejected plan directly to the HOA Board).

It is in everyone’s best interest that we all abide by our covenants and the rules by which the ACC operates. To simplify this process you will find the  ACC application form here. Please use it to apply for approval of any sort of change/addition/improvement to your number one investment by submitting to Architectural Control Committee.

For advice on how to complete this form, or to see if your project requires approval feel free to email us at:  ACC@bushprairie.com

ANNEX “A” to By-Laws of Bush Prairie Homeowner’s Association
Architectural Control Committee Standards
a. Building size:
Divisions 5, 6, and 7 – Minimum size shall be 2000 square feet not including the garage. In case of two story building, first floor must contain 1000 square feet. Division 8 – Minimum size shall be 1500 square feet, not including the garage. In case of a two-story building, first floor must contain a minimum of 800 square feet.
b. Garages:
Divisions 5, 6, and 7 – Garages must have a minimum of 780 square feet unless additional storage is provided, then the Architectural Control Committee may, at their discretion, reduce the garage size in conjunction with the additional storage.
Division 8 – Garages must have a minimum of 500 square feet unless additional storage is provided, then the Architectural Control Committee may, at their discretion, reduce the garage size in conjunction with the additional storage.
c. Roofs:
Divisions 5, 6, and 7 – Roofs shall have as a minimum architectural grade composition with a minimum life of 30 years. Cedar shakes and/or tile are acceptable.
d. Siding:
Divisions 5, 6, and 7 – All houses must be of double wall construction. T1-11 and press board are not acceptable as siding.
Division 8 – T1-11 and press board will not be accepted as siding on the front of the structure.

e. Outside Painting:

Outside colors must be submitted to the Architectural Control Committee for approval. Colors must harmonize with adjoining houses.

f. Driveways:
All driveways shall be completely paved to the paved street
g. Additions:
Additions shall follow the existing architecture of the home. For example: roof pitch, type of roofing, type of siding, paint colors, etc.

h. Patio structures, sun shades, and gazebos:

Site built patio structures, sun shades, and gazebos shall follow or complement the existing architecture of the home. For example: roof pitch, type of roofing, paint colors, etc. Prefabricated patio structures, sun shades, and gazebos shall be designed and constructed to level of quality and workmanship consistent with other structures on the lot.

i. Storage buildings:
Storage buildings shall follow the existing architecture of the home. For example: roof pitch, type of roofing, type of siding, paint colors, etc.
j. Fencing and walls:
Fencing and walls may not extend further than the front of the home or the sides(s) that face the street. Fencing materials. Acceptable fencing materials are wood and vinyl. Vinyl coated chain link are also acceptable in all divisions except 6 and 7.

k. Equipment:
Antennas, satellites, solar devices, mechanical equipment, etc. shall be installed to minimize visibility from the street.
l. Landscaping:
The entire lot must be landscaped within 12 months after a building permit is issued. Where there is a sidewalk, the area between the sidewalk and the street will be lawn and maintained by the owner. The minimum acceptable landscaping between the house and the street is grass. The entire lot will be stabilized to prevent the overtaking of weeds and the blowing of dirt into neighbors’ yards. Rock landscaping, meeting these requirements, is permitted.
m. Detached Accessory Dwelling units (ADUs):
In accordance with Article VI, Section 4 of the BPHA Covenants, detached ADUs are prohibited on all properties in Bush Prairie.
The above Bush Prairie ACC Standards are not exclusive. Additional restrictions can be found in the Covenants and in the Bylaws. The ACC shall be responsible for citing these restrictions where they apply when an application is denied.