Home & Garden Improvement...

As you begin the planning process for your upcoming project, we highly recommend that you walk your neighborhood to get some ideas of what may be able to be approved.  Another great resource is our Neighborhood Character Study (below), which is broken out by sub-division.  This study has many great ideas on what has been previously approved in a sub-division as well as what is architecturally appropriate for that subdivision.  Also available are the project checklists (below) that address the most popular types of architectural applications we review regularly, to help ensure your submittal package is as complete as possible.

 As always, we are here to help!  Please contact our Architectural Liaison with any additional questions you have regarding the submittal process.  When you’ve gathered all documents necessary to expedite the application process, submit your completed application to:

Annie Vaugier – ARCHITECTURAL LIAISON for SRCA
Email: avaugier@scottsdaleranch.org
Phone: 480-860-2022

SRCA’s Architectural Application

We can’t do anything without an application – and neither should you! All exterior modification projects must be approved prior to your projected start date! Applications that include all necessary documents require less follow-up, and may expedite your application!

Neighborhood Character Studies

Need to get an idea of what your entire neighborhood looks like? Our Architectural Committee members have already done it for you in many of SRCA’s sub-divisions! Often, approvals are determined by what is similar in your neighborhood – take a look without leaving your home!

Project Checklists

A full checklist of everything you will need to submit your application in full – the first time!

We’ve compiled a total of 20+ checklists for the most popular projects being completed on the Ranch!

All accent stone, including faux or genuine stone on the front and/or in the rear of the home, if lakeside, requires disclosure to neighboring properties as well as Architectural Committee review and approval prior to installation. Please allow sufficient time for review.

Any addition to the exterior of the home, including, but not limited to a guest house, room extensions, closet enlargements, and enclosures of covered patio space, require Architectural Committee review and approval prior to installation; please allow sufficient time for disclosure to neighboring properties.

Synthetic turf may be installed in the front and rear yards as a substitute for natural turf lawns. Turf installed in the rear yard, unless it is visible on the lakeside, does not require Architectural Committee review. Review may be allowed on a staff level, pending review of the specifics of the proposal.

Overhead screens, shade covers, awnings, patio roofs, and other similar structures require review and approval prior to installation and shall be constructed of materials and color to match or complement the main house or roof. Awnings should be a minimum of five (5) feet from the property line and the shape, color and material must be compatible with the design character of the residence. All structures of this type will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

All commercial banners require review and approval prior to installation. Signage must be constructed on cloth, canvas, vinyl, or plastic and must be affixed to the tenant’s portion of the building. All colors are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Dumpsters are often needed for a short duration during a home renovation project.  We do ask that you contact the SRCA Administrative office to notify us of the date which the dumpster will be dropped off and the proposed duration of time it will be onsite.  Just a reminder-dumpsters are not permitted in the street.  Preferred placement is in the driveway, and must not block the sidewalk.

TRASH CONTAINERS AND COLLECTION
(CC&Rs, Article IV, Section 2(k), Page 15)
“No garbage or trash shall be placed or kept on any Lot or Parcel, except in covered
containers of a type, size and style which are approved by the Architectural Committee.
In no event shall such containers be maintained so as to be Visible From Neighboring Property except to make the same available for collection and then only for the shortest time reasonably necessary to effect such collection. All rubbish, trash, or garbage shall be removed from the Lots and Parcels and shall not be allowed to accumulate thereon. No outdoor incinerators shall be kept or maintained on any Lot or Parcel. Trash dumpsters used during construction may be placed only on the Owner’s Lot or Parcel and shall not be permitted to block any sidewalk or street and shall not remain on the Owner’s Lot or Parcel for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days unless otherwise approved by the Architectural Committee. The Owner must obtain the prior approval of the Architectural Committee before placing any dumpster on a Lot or Parcel.”
1. The City of Scottsdale provides trash containers for waste and recyclables. Both trash containers must be concealed except for a reasonable length of time during collection times. Storing trash containers behind wing walls or shrubbery is not acceptable if either trash container remains Visible From Neighboring Property, streets or common areas.
2. The city also has a monthly brush pick-up. Brush should be set out by 5:00 a.m. Monday morning the week of the scheduled pick-up. Brush may not be set out more than 24 hours prior to the scheduled pick-up date. Brush should not block the sidewalk or be placed in the street. Brush pick-up includes all materials other than construction/remodeling debris, tires and hazardous materials.
3. A moving and temporary storage container may be stored on an Owner’s property for no more than 30 days by any one Owner in any given year. The only allowable location for the container is in the property Owner’s driveway. The container must be registered with the Association prior to delivery to the property.
4. Trash dumpsters used during construction shall be no less than 5’ in height and steel sided. No soft-sided dumpster containers or wooden crates are allowed. The Owner must obtain the prior approval of the Architectural Committee before placing any dumpster on a Lot or Parcel.

Regardless of height, installation of any courtyard walls requires an Architectural Committee review and then approval prior to installation.

All dock modifications require review and approval prior to installation. If the dock proposal conforms to the standard dock detail approved for SRCA, review may be allowed on a staff level, pending review of the specifics of the proposal. New docks require Architectural Committee review and approval prior to installation.

All entry doors, including front door, side doors, French doors, and sliding glass doors in the rear of the home require review and approval prior to installation. Any changes to material or size of opening will require Architectural Committee review and approval; please allow sufficient time for disclosure to neighboring properties.

Such items, when visible from neighboring properties, common areas, or items placed in public view, require review and approval prior to installation or construction. Committee review will include appropriateness to size, total number of items displayed and compatibility with the architectural style of the home. Review will be on a case-by-case basis.

All permanent flagpoles and their locations must be reviewed and approved by the Architectural Committee prior to installation. This type of installation requires neighbor disclosure; please allow additional time for review. Only one(1) flagpole is permitted per residence.

All new garage door installations require review and approval prior to installation. Many types of garage doors may be reviewed on a staff level if they meet the requirements for the specific subdivision. Please contact our Architectural Liaison for additional information regarding review timelines.

All gates that can be seen from neighboring properties, including, but not limited to side yard gates and decorative courtyard gates require review and approval prior to installation. The addition of a gate requires disclosure to neighboring properties and Architectural Committee review and approval prior to installation. Other applications for replacement may be allowed on a staff level.

All landscape modifications, including but not limited to new DG, additional plant material, new walkways and low-voltage landscape lighting require review and approval prior to installation. Many landscape submittals may be reviewed on a staff level. Any landscape request that changes the footprint of the existing hardscape or adds additional hardscape will require Architectural Committee review. Please allow sufficient time for review.

All exterior lighting on the front, rear or sides of the home, including spot lights, sconce lighting and low voltage landscape lighting require review and approval prior to installation. Some lighting modifications may be allowed on staff level. Please contact our Architectural Liaison for specifics. Any additional lighting on the home requires disclosure to neighboring properties and Architectural Committee review and approval, prior to installation. Please allow sufficient time for review.

The location and design of all mailboxes must be reviewed and approved prior to installation. There are many different types of mailboxes that may be approved, including wood posts and block and stucco options. Please contact our Architectural Liaison for specifics on restrictions by subdivision.

All paint applications must be submitted prior to repainting, even if the same color is desired. Contact our Architectural Liaison for confirmation that the current color of the home is a currently approved color. All paint selections must conform to the approved SRCA color palettes in place at the time of painting and all colors must be used from the same palette. Additional front door and wood trim colors will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

All play structures, including playhouses, swing sets, trampolines and basketball hoops require disclosure to neighboring properties prior to review and approval. Please allow sufficient time for review.

Scuppers, gutters and downspouts must be integral to the building design and require review and approval prior to installation. Scuppers, gutters and downspouts must match the abutting surface.

All roof replacements require review and approval prior to installation. Many full roof replacements can be done on staff level, if all requirements are met for the subdivision. Please contact our Architectural Liaison regarding any roof restrictions in your subdivision.

Security doors or screens being installed in the front, on the sides or in the rear of the home require review and approval prior to installation. Dependent upon the type of installation and design, review and approval may be allowed on a staff level.

Installation for any solar powered products, including, but not limited to PV solar panels and solar water heaters, requires Architectural Committee review and approval prior to installation. Please allow sufficient time for disclosure to neighboring properties.

Stucco finish modifications are allowed and may be reviewed and approved on a staff level, as long as the requested finish is approved for the subdivision and the entire home is to be modified. All other requests would require Architectural Committee review and approval prior to installation. Please allow additional time for review.

All walkway and driveway modifications require review and approval prior to installation. Concrete painting, staining and “faux” coatings including but not limited to vinyl or acrylic material will not be allowed on driveways. All requests for coatings on walkways will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Changes in material to the driveway and walkway that do not alter the footprint may be allowed on a staff level. Any change in footprint will require Architectural Committee review and approval. Please allow sufficient time for review.

All window replacements require review and approval prior to installation. No custom colors will be allowed. Allowable colors include white, almond, tan and bronze. Please check with our Architectural Liaison regarding any restrictions on window types and/or colors by subdivision.