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Architectual Review Committee

 

The Architectural Review Committee is responsible for approving update and modification requests for new and existing structure(s) and presentation, and landscaping. This includes updates like painting colors, fences, storage buildings, and trees/shrubs. The ARC is also responsible for sending violation letters on behalf of the Board of Directors and to notify the President when Board action is required regarding the levy of fines. To report a violation of the covenants, please click here.

I. INTRODUCTION
A. Purpose of Design Guidelines
B. Governmental Permits
C. Preparer
D. Applicability of Design Review
E. Review Structure


1. Declarant
2. Architectural Review Committee

I. INTRODUCTION cont...

F. Review Fees


I. New home
2. Major alteration or addition
3. Minor architectural modification or addition
4. Changes to or resubmission of approved or unapproved plans

 

II. DESIGN REVIEW PROCEDURES
A. Review of New Construction
B. Review of Modifications
C. Plans to be Reviewed


1. Floor Plan
2. Elevations
3. Roof Plan
4. Exterior Finishes
5. Landscaping Plan
6. Other


D. Review Criteria; Recommendations; Variances

II. DESIGN REVIEW PROCEDURES cont..

 

E. Review Period
F. Appeal
G. Cobb County Approval
H. Implementation of Approved Plans


1. Time to Commence
2. Time to Complete


I. Changes After Approval
J. Enforcement

III. DESIGN STANDARDS
A. Accessory Buildings
B. Additions and Expansions
C. Air Conditioning Equipment
D. Antennae and Communication Dishes
E. Architectural Standards
F. Awnings and Overhangs
G. Birdbaths, Birdhouses, and Bird-feeders
H. Clotheslines, Woodpiles, Etc.
I. Compost
J. Decks and Balconies
K. Pet Runs and Houses
L. Exterior Lighting
M. Flagpoles
N. Garage
0. Gazebos and Greenhouses
P. Homes - Minimum Dwelling Sizes

Q. Hot Tubs and Saunas

 III. DESIGN STANDARDS cont...


R. Latticework
S. Paint
T. Patios
U. Playhouses
V. Pools
W. Recreational Equipment
X. Roofing
Y. Roof Accessories and Equipment
Z. Setbacks and Yards
AA. Siding
BB. Signs
CC. Statues
DD. Temporary structures
EE. Trash Containers
FF. Utilities

IV. LANDSCAPING AND SITE STANDARDS FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES


A. Initial Landscaping
B. Drainage
C. Fences


1. Materials; Types
2. Reviewer's Authority
3. Maintenance


D. Grading
E. Paving, Driveways
F. Retaining Walls

V. CONSTRUCTION GUIDELINES
A. Inspections
B. Construction Damages
C. Conduct
D. Site Cleanliness

I. INTRODUCTION

 

A. Purpose of Design Guidelines


The Design Guidelines for Nob Ridge ("Design Guidelines") provide an overall framework and comprehensive set of standards and procedures for the development of the community known as Nob Ridge ("Nob Ridge") in an orderly and cohesive manner. These standards have been developed to assist in the planning, constructing, landscaping, and modifying of Units within Nob Ridge. The standards set forth criteria for design, style, materials, colors, and location of site improvements, landscaping, signage, and lighting. In addition, the Design Guidelines establish a process for review of proposed construction and modifications to Units to ensure that all sites within Nob Ridge are developed with the consistency and quality that attracted you to this development.


B. Governmental Permits
To the extent that Cobb 'County ordinances or any local government ordinance, building code, or regulation requires a more restrictive standard than the standards set forth in these Design. Guidelines, the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for Nob Ridge (the "Declaration") or the local government standards shall prevail. To the extent that any local government standard is less restrictive, the Declaration and the Design Guidelines (in that order) shall prevail.


C. Preparer
These initial Design Guidelines have been prepared by The Williamscraft Group, Inc. (the "Declarant") and adopted by the Declarant pursuant to the Declaration. The Design Guidelines may be changed and amended to serve the needs of the Community pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Declaration and in Article VI of these Design Guidelines.


D. Applicability of Design Review


Unless otherwise specifically stated in Article IX of the Declaration or these Design Guidelines, all plans and materials for new construction or exterior modifications of improvements on a Unit must be approved before any construction activity begins. Unless otherwise specifically- stated in these Design Guidelines, no structure may be erected upon any Unit, and no improvements (including staking, clearing, excavation, grading, and other site work; exterior alteration of existing improvements; painting or modifying fences; and planting or removal of landscaping materials) shall take place -without receiving the prior written approval of the appropriate reviewer as described in Section I(E). Where these Design Guidelines specifically allow an Owner (capitalized terms in these Design Guidelines are defined in the Declaration) to proceed without advance approval, such allowance shall only be effective so long as the Owner complies with the requirements of the stated guideline.


Owners and builders are responsible for ensuring compliance with all standards and procedures set forth in these Design Guidelines. Owners and builders are also governed by the requirements and restrictions set forth in the Declaration and any applicable Supplemental Declaration. In particular, Unit Owners should review and become familiar with the Use Restrictions applicable to Nob Ridge set forth in Article X and Exhibit "C" of the Declaration, both of which address restricted and prohibited activities and conditions within Nob Ridge.


E. Review Structure


Architectural control and design review for Nob Ridge are handled by either (i) the Declarant or its designee, or (ii) the Architectural Review Committee. The term "reviewer," as, used in these Design Guidelines, shall refer to the appropriate reviewing entity.


1.    Declarant.


The Declarant has exclusive jurisdiction over all matters relating to architecture and landscaping, as set forth in Article IX of the Declaration, so long as Declarant owns any portion of Nob Ridge and so long as Declarant has not terminated such rights by written instrument executed by Declarant and Recorded in the public records (the period during which the Declarant exercises architectural control will hereinafter be referred to as the "Declarant Review Period"). During the Declarant Review Period, the Declarant shall review plans and specifications for and shall have jurisdiction over all construction and landscaping on any Unit, shall be the conclusive interpreter of these Design Guidelines, shall monitor the effectiveness of these Design Guidelines, and may, but shall not be obligated to, promulgate additional design standards and review procedures as it deems appropriate.


2.    Architectural Review Committee.


The Architectural Review Committee (the "ARC") has jurisdiction over those responsibilities delegated to it by the
Declarant, if any, during the Declarant Review Period. Following the Declarant Review Period, the ARC has jurisdiction over all architectural and landscaping matters as set forth in Article IX of the Declaration. Following the Declarant Review Period, the ARC shall review plans and specifications for all construction, modifications, and landscaping on any Unit, shall be the conclusive interpreter of these Design Guidelines, shall monitor the effectiveness of these Design Guidelines, and may promulgate additional design standards and review procedures consistent with these Design Guidelines. Members of the ARC will be appointed by the Board.


F. Review Fees


When an Owner (hereafter referred to as "Applicant") submits plans to the reviewer for approval, the submission shall include a "Review Fee." The Review Fee shall be made payable to the Nob Ridge Homeowners Association, Inc. ("Association") as follows:


1.    New home
The original improvement of a Unit from a site containing no residential dwellings into a site with residential dwelling.

Review fee - N/A.


2.    Major alteration or addition
a structural or site modification significant enough to warrant the issuance of a building permit by a governmental authority.

Review fee - $100.00.


3.    Minor architectural modification or addition
any architectural changes which require architectural review and approval as set forth in the Declaration or these Design Guidelines but which do not require a governmental building permit. For example, changing the exterior color scheme of the residence or installing landscaping which deviates from the typical landscaping plan would qualify as such a modification or addition.


Review fee - No charge.


4. Changes to or resubmission of approved or unapproved plans.

Review fee - No charge.
 

II. DESIGN REVIEW PROCEDURES

 

A. Review of New Construction


Plans for new construction upon any Unit must be reviewed and approved by the reviewer, requiring the submission of an Application for Review and payment of the Review Fee. Each Applicant shall submit a conceptual or preliminary site layout and some or all of the plans listed in Section II(C). Also, samples of exterior finishes and color schemes, if available, as well as information concerning irrigation systems, drainage, lighting, landscaping, and other features shall be provided. Applicants may request an initial meeting with a representative of the reviewer to address any questions about Nob Ridge and the Design Guidelines.


The Application for Review may be waived, in the discretion of the reviewer, for builders who have been approved for participation in the Nob Ridge "Builder Program".

Approved builders of multiple Units within Nob Ridge also may submit multiple plans and specifications for similar site plans, floor plans, and layouts on similarly situated Units for pre-approval for an entire tract, in lieu of seeking approval as to each Unit owned; provided the reviewer may require a review of pre-approved plans for their use on specific Units. To be pre-approved, the plans and specifications shall show the nature, kind, shape, color (if available at that time), size, materials, and location of all proposed structures and improvements. Any changes made to pre-approved plans and specifications during the construction of improvements shall require approval of the reviewer.


B.    Review of Modifications


The review of modifications to existing structures or improvements shall require the submission of an Application for Review to the reviewer along with the required Review Fee. Depending on the scope of the modification, the reviewer may require the submission of some or all of the plans and specifications listed below in Section II(C). In other situations, the reviewer may require a less detailed description of the proposed modification. The review and approval of modifications shall take place within the same time periods as required for new construction, as described in Section II(E).


C.    Plans to be Reviewed


A reviewer may require two sets of any of the following plans for new construction or a modification, in addition to the submission of an Application for Review and the payment of a Review Fee:


1.    Floor Plan.
Showing decks, patios, stoops, retaining walls related to the residential dwelling, trash enclosures, HVAC equipment and utilities (and the screening for same), interior spacing
of rooms, and connections to driveways and walkways. Minimum scale of 1/4" = PO".


2.    Elevations.
Front, rear, and side exterior elevations showing building materials and finishes, and indicating the maximum height of the residential dwelling.


3.    Roof Plan.
Showing slopes, pitches, and gables, unless reflected in the other plans.


4.    Exterior Finishes.
Showing the exterior color scheme (including samples and color chips if requested), lighting scheme, and other details affecting the exterior appearance of the proposed improvements.


5.    Landscaping Plan.
Showing location of trees, protection of existing vegetation, use of plants, and other landscaping details. A typical landscape plan is shown below. The requirements for a landscape plan submittal are set forth in Section IV(A).

6. Other.
Such other information, data, and drawings as may be reasonably requested, including, without limitation, irrigation systems, drainage, lighting, satellite dish placement, landscaping, and other features.


D. Review Criteria; Recommendations; Variances


While the Design Guidelines are intended to provide a framework for construction and modifications, the Design Guidelines are not all-inclusive. In its review process, the reviewer may consider the quality of workmanship and design, harmony of external design with existing structures and location in relation to surrounding structures, topography, and finish grade elevation, among other things. Reviewer decisions may be based on purely aesthetic considerations. However, no reviewer shall grant approval for proposed construction that is inconsistent with the Design Guidelines, unless such reviewer grants a variance.


The Declarant, prior to the expiration or termination of the Declarant Review Period, and the ARC, after the expiration or termination of the Declarant Review Period, shall have the authority from time to time to adopt and revise lists of recommended landscape materials. The Declarant or ARC, whichever is authorized, may, in its sole discretion, provide that the lists of recommended materials constitute "approved materials" and that the installation of such materials requires no reviewer approval. Alternatively, the authorized entity which establishes the list(s) may provide that the purpose of the list(s) is merely to provide guidance and that installation of recommended materials does not relieve the Applicant from complying with the obligations set forth in these Design Guidelines to obtain approval prior to installation.


Variances may be granted in some circumstances (including, but not limited to, topography, natural obstructions, hardship, or environmental considerations) when deviations may be required. The reviewer shall have the power to grant a variance from strict compliance in such circumstances, so long as the variance does not result in a material violation of the Declaration. No variance shall be effective unless in writing, signed by the committee chairperson with the approval of a majority of the committee members.


E. Review Period


Each Application for Review and plan submittal shall be approved or disapproved within 30 days of the Applicant submitting all of the materials required by the reviewer. Within 30 days of receipt of a complete review request, the reviewer shall respond to the Applicant. One set of plans shall be returned to the Applicant, accompanied by
the reviewer's decision. The other set of plans shall be retained for the reviewer's records. The reviewer's decision shall be rendered in one of the following forms:


1.    "Approved"
The entire application as submitted is approved.


2.    "Approved As Noted"
The application is not approved as submitted, but the reviewer's suggestions for curing objectionable features or segments are noted. The Applicant must correct the plan's objectionable features or segments, and may be required to resubmit the application and receive approval prior to commencing the construction or alteration.


3.    "Disapproved"
The entire application as submitted is rejected in total. The reviewer may provide comments but is not required to do so.


If the reviewer fails to respond within 30 days, the Applicant shall give the reviewer written notice of his/her failure to respond. Unless the reviewer responds within an additional 10 days of receipt of such notice, approval shall be deemed granted. However, no construction or modification that is inconsistent with the Declaration or the Design Guidelines shall be deemed approved, unless the reviewer has granted a variance.


F. Appeal


Any Applicant shall have the right to appeal a decision of the reviewer by resubmitting the information, documents, and fees set forth above; however, such appeal shall be considered only if the Applicant has modified the proposed construction or modification or has new information which would, in the reviewer's opinion, warrant a reconsideration. If the Applicant fails to appeal a decision of the reviewer, the reviewer's decision is final. In the case of a disapproval and resubmittal, the reviewer shall have 10 days from the date of each resubmittal to approve or disapprove any resubmittal. The filing of an appeal does not extend any maximum time period for the completion of any new construction or modification.


G. Cobb County Approval


The review and approval of plans and specifications shall not be a substitute for compliance with the permitting and approval requirements of Cobb County or other governmental authorities. It is the responsibility of the Applicant to obtain all necessary permits and approvals.


H. Implementation of Approved Plans 


All work must conform to approved plans. If the reviewer determines that work completed or in progress on any Unit is not in compliance with these Design Guidelines or any approval issued by the reviewer, the reviewer shall, directly or through the Board, notify the Owner and/or builder in writing of such noncompliance specifying in reasonable detail the particulars of noncompliance, and shall require the Owner and/or builder to remedy the same. If the Owner and/or builder fails to remedy such noncompliance or fails to commence and continue diligently toward achieving compliance within the time period stated in the notice, then such noncompliance shall be deemed to be in violation of the Declaration and these Design Guidelines.


1.    Time to Commence.


If construction does not commence on a project for which plans have been approved within 120 days of such approval, such approval shall be deemed withdrawn, and it shall be necessary for the Applicant to resubmit the plans to the appropriate committee for reconsideration.


2.    Time to Complete.


The reviewer shall include in any approval a maximum time period for the completion of any new construction or modification. If no maximum time period is specified in the approval, construction shall be completed within one year of its commencement. The Applicant may request an extension of such maximum time period not less than three days prior to the expiration of the maximum time period, which the reviewer may approve or disapprove, in his/her sole discretion.
If construction is not completed on a project within the period set forth in the approval, within the one-year default period (if applicable), or within any extension approved by the reviewer, the approval shall be deemed withdrawn, and the incomplete construction shall be deemed to be in violation of the Declaration and these Design Guidelines.


I. Changes After Approval


All proposed changes to plans, including changes that affect the exterior of any building, colors, windows, grading, paving, utilities, landscaping, or signage, made after the approval of plans must be submitted to and approved in writing by the reviewer prior to implementation, Close cooperation and coordination between the Applicant and the reviewer will ensure that changes are approved in a timely manner.


If Cobb County or any other authority having jurisdiction over such changes requires that changes be made to final construction plans previously approved by the reviewer, the Applicant must notify the reviewer of such changes and receive approval from the reviewer prior to implementing such changes.


J. Enforcement


In the event of any violation of these Design Guidelines, the Declarant or the Board may take any action set forth in the By-Laws or the Declaration, including the levy of a Specific Assessment pursuant to the Declaration. The Declarant or the Board may remove or remedy the violation and/or seek injunctive relief requiring the removal or the remedying of the violation. In addition, the Declarant or the Board shall be entitled to recover the costs incurred in enforcing compliance and/or impose a fine against the Unit upon which such violation exists.
 

III. DESIGN STANDARDS

 

The following specific site criteria shall apply to all proposed or existing construction within Nob Ridge unless a variance is granted by a reviewer.


A. Accessory Buildings


Owners shall secure reviewer approval prior to construction of any accessory building, including sheds or permanently installed playhouses. A detached garage is not considered an accessory building, and its construction shall require reviewer approval on a case-by-case basis. Accessory buildings shall meet the following criteria:


1. An accessory building must be of the same color, material, and architectural style as the main residence or of a color, material, and style that is generally recognized as being complementary to that of the main residence. An accessory building's roofing materials shall match those of the main residence.


2. Any utilities servicing accessory buildings shall be installed underground.


3. Accessory buildings generally shall be located in the rear yard but may not be located within an easement area, shall not unreasonably obstruct any adjacent neighbor's views and shall be screened by a fence or vegetation.


4. No contractor or builder shall erect on any Unit any temporary building for use in connection with construction on such Unit; provided, the ARC may in its sole discretion waive this requirement for temporary construction trailers.


B. Additions and Expansions


Reviewer approval is required for any addition to or expansion of a residence. Materials shall match the existing residence.


C. Air Conditioning Equipment


Unless otherwise permitted by the ARC, no window air-conditioning unit shall be installed which is visible from the street.

D.    Antennae and Communication Dishes


No exterior television antennae, radio antennae, satellite dish, satellite receiver, or solar equipment of any sort shall be placed, allowed, or maintained upon any portion of a structure or Unit without prior written approval of the reviewer. Satellite dishes shall be restricted in size to one meter or less in diameter, shall be located behind the rear portion of the dwelling in the rear yard of the Unit, and shall be screened from view of the street and sidewalk unless the applicant demonstrates that such placement unreasonably interferes with reception.


E.    Architectural Standards 


The exteriors of all buildings must be designed to be compatible with the natural site features of the Unit and be in harmony with their surroundings. The land forms, natural contours, local climate, vegetation, and views should dictate the building location, building form, and architectural style. The reviewer may disapprove plans if in its judgment the massing, architectural style, roof line, exterior materials, colors, or other features of the building do not meet these standards.


F.    Awnings and Overhangs


The installation of awnings or overhangs requires reviewer approval. The awning or overhang color must be the same as or generally recognized as complementary to the exterior of the residence.


G.    Birdbaths, Birdhouses, and Bird-feeders


Reviewer approval is not required for the rear yard installation of any birdbath that has height of three feet or less, including any pedestal. Placement of such items in any front or side yard requires reviewer approval. No reviewer approval is required for one rear yard installation of a birdhouse or birdfeeder, such birdhouse or birdfeeder shall measure no more than one foot by two feet. Additional feeders or installation in front or side yard requires reviewer approval.


H.    Clotheslines, Woodpiles, Etc.


All clotheslines, equipment, and woodpiles shall be kept and maintained in the rear yard only and be screened by adequate planting and/or fencing so as to conceal them from view of neighboring residences and the streets. No above-ground tanks for the storage of fuel, water, or any other substance shall be located on any Unit.


I. Compost


One compost pile measuring not more than three feet in diameter and three feet in height may be permitted on the rear yard if such is adequately screened by planting and/or fencing so as to conceal it from view of neighboring residences and the street. Owners shall be responsible for ensuring that compost piles are maintained in a manner which does not emit odors or attract rodents or insects, which may result in appropriate sanctions if allowed to occur.


J. Decks and Balconies


Owners shall secure reviewer's approval before installing decks or balconies. Decks and balconies must be constructed of wood or other material similar to that of the residence and, if painted, must be painted a color similar to or generally recognized as complementary to the residence. Decks and balconies must be installed as an integral part of the residence or patio area. Any such decks or balconies must be located so as not to obstruct or diminish the view of or create an unreasonable level of noise for adjacent property owners. Construction shall not occur over easements and must comply with the applicable Cobb County requirements.


K.    Pet Runs and Houses


No structure for the care, housing, or confinement of any animal shall be constructed, placed, or altered on any Unit unless plans and specifications for such structure have been approved by the reviewer. No stable, poultry house, rabbit hut, or other similar yard structure, with the exception of a doghouse, shall be constructed or allowed to remain on any Unit. The installation, construction, or maintenance of other pet houses or pet runs shall be made only with the reviewer's approval.


L.    Exterior Lighting


Except for seasonal Christmas decorative lighting, all exterior lights must be approved by the ARC. Christmas lights shall be permitted not earlier than Thanksgiving and must be removed no later than January 15th. Christmas displays which, in the opinion of the reviewer, create traffic congestion or become an annoyance to adjacent property owners shall not be allowed. The reviewer may take into consideration the visibility and style of the fixture and its location on the home. Exterior lights shall be conservative in design and as small in size as practical.


Lights shall be directed toward the house or ground and limited in wattage to 2,000 lumens. Low voltage (12 volt) lighting is preferred.


M.    Flagpoles 


Flagpoles are not allowed. Decorative or seasonal flags must be mounted on the main residential dwelling and shall not exceed the roof line of the main residential dwelling.


N.    Garage


Garages which are constructed independent from the home require reviewer approval. Such garages shall be compatible with and complementary to the main residence in architectural style, material, color, and location. Review shall be made on a case¬by-case basis. Carports shall be prohibited. Garage doors shall not be removed and shall remain closed except during periods of ingress and egress.


O.    Gazebos and Greenhouses 


Reviewer approval is required prior to the construction of any gazebo or greenhouse. Any gazebo or greenhouse must be an integral part of the landscape plan and must not obstruct any adjacent property owner's view.


P.    Homes - Minimum Dwelling Sizes


The minimum square footage of heated space within the frame line of any residential dwelling ("finished area") permitted on each Unit shall be 1,600 square feet.


Q.    Hot Tubs and Saunas


Reviewer approval is required for the installation of any hot tub, jacuzzi, sauna, or spa. Any hot tub, jacuzzi, or spa shall be an integral part of the deck or patio area and/or the rear yard landscaping. A hot tub, jacuzzi, or spa shall be located in the rear or side yard, shall be installed in such a way that it is not immediately visible to adjacent property owners, and shall not create an unreasonable level of noise for adjacent property owners. Owners may be required to install safety features such as locks or covers for these items when such are not in use.


R.    Latticework


Latticework or a garden trellis which is a part of the landscaping or exterior of a structure must be approved.


S.    Paint


Owners may repaint in accordance with the originally approved color scheme of any dwelling or improvement. Reviewer approval is required for all changes in exterior painting. Review criteria may include, but shall not be limited to, the sheen of paint, the home's architecture, any existing stone or brick accents, roof color, and neighboring properties' colors. Primary colors for all exterior building surfaces must complement the architectural theme of the house.


T.    Patios


Reviewer approval is required for the construction of patio covers, open patios, and enclosed patios. Patio covers shall be constructed of wood or material generally recognized as complementary to the residence and be similar or generally recognized as complementary to the exterior color of the residence. Open patios must be an integral part of the landscape plan and must be located so as not to create an unreasonable level of noise for adjacent property owners. The patio color must be similar to or generally recognized as a color complementary to the design and color of the residence. Enclosed patios shall be constructed of materials that are similar to or generally accepted as complementary to those of the residence.


U.    Playhouses 


A playhouse shall be considered an accessory building if it measures more than 24 square feet, is more than 6 feet high from peak to ground or is constructed on a concrete slab or footing.


V.    Pools


Reviewer approval is required for the construction or installation of pools. Pools shall be an integral part of the deck or patio area and/or the rear yard landscaping. A pool shall be located in the rear or side yard, shall be installed in such a way that it is not immediately visible to adjacent property owners, and shall not create an unreasonable level of noise for adjacent property owners. Pools shall be fenced for safety purposes, and Owners may be required to install safety features such as locks or covers for these items when they are not in use. No above-ground pools are permitted.


W.    Recreational Equipment


Installation of all basketball goals requires reviewer approval. Basketball goals may only be placed or installed in the rear of a Unit so that it is not visible from the street and shall not be placed on the front of the structure or garage at any time. Freestanding pole-mounted backboards are prohibited in the front yard, whether permanent or sleeve-set. Pole-mounted basketball goals must be mounted on black poles and have backboards either clear or white, providing same are not visible from the street unless waived by the reviewer. The review of rear yard pole-mounted backboards shall be based upon, but not limited to, the following considerations: proximity of goal to property lines and proximity of goal to neighbors' living areas, landscaping, and vehicles.


Approval is required for the installation of play and sports equipment taller than seven feet. All play equipment must be constructed of wood, be environmentally and aesthetically compatible, and be approved by the reviewer. Ten-foot portable basketball goals may be permitted, provided such goals are stored out of view when not in use. Owners shall exercise consideration toward neighbors; any such equipment shall be set back a reasonable distance from adjacent property lines so as to avoid disturbance of neighbors and shall not obstruct neighbors' views of open spaces. Treehouses are prohibited.


X.    Roofing


Roof pitches and overhangs may vary as dictated by architectural design. Reviewer approval is required for a roof-material change.


Y.    Roof Accessories and Equipment


Reviewer approval is required for all rooftop equipment and accessories, unless specifically excepted in this Section. All
rooftop equipment must match roofing colors or be of a color that complements the house and must be placed as inconspicuously as possible. Exposed flashing, gutters, and downspouts must be painted to match the fascia and siding of the structure. No exposed attachment straps will be allowed.


Any installed solar energy equipment shall have the appearance of a skylight, shall have a finished trim material or curb, and shall not be visible from the street. Landscaping or other buffering may be required for solar panels.
Reviewer approval is not required for skylights having measurements of three feet by five feet or less. Skylights should be placed in locations so as not to detract from the building elevations.


Z.    Setbacks and Yards 


Set back requirements from property lines are established by the Declarant and Cobb County ordinance and are subject to public utility easements, drainage easements, right-of-way, and landscape easements depicted on the recorded plats.


AA. Siding


Owners shall seek reviewer approval before installing or replacing siding which differs from the original material,


BB. Signs


No sign whatsoever shall, without the reviewer's prior written approval of plans and specifications therefore, be installed, altered, or maintained on any Unit or on any portion of a structure visible from the exterior thereof, except: (1) one temporary sign per Unit that advertises the property for sale, which has a maximum face area of four square feet, and which is conservative in color and style; (2) such permits as may be required by legal proceedings; or (3) such permits as may be required by a governmental entity.


"For Rent" or "For Lease" signs are prohibited.


In no event during approved construction of any structure shall more than one job identification sign be approved by the reviewer,


CC. Statues


Reviewer approval is not required for the rear-yard installation of any statue, which, including any pedestal, stands no more than five feet tall. All other statues or yard orientation is subject to reviewer approval.
DD. Temporary structures
Temporary structures, other than those used during the initial construction of a residence, including, without limitation, shacks, are prohibited. Reviewer approval is required for tents other than camping tents that are used for occasional overnight sleeping by children and are left standing for 72 hours or longer.


EE. Trash Containers 


No reviewer approval is required for the installation of trash enclosures built in accordance with Figure 3 below. Trash and trash containers shall be enclosed or screened from view of adjacent property.
Trash containers shall be kept in a manner which is not visible from the street or adjacent residence at all times other than during trash collection.


FF.    Utilities


Pipes, wires, poles, utility meters, and other utility facilities shall be kept and maintained, to the extent reasonably possible, underground or within an enclosed structure. Any utilities or utility equipment not installed below ground or within an enclosed structure require reviewer approval. Utilities include water, sewer, power, telephone, cable television, and miscellaneous conduits.
 

IV. LANDSCAPING AND SITE STANDARDS FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES

 

Landscaping is an essential element of design at Nob Ridge. Preservation of existing vegetation in addition to the introduction of plants native to the Cobb County area must be considered in establishing the landscape design.


A. Initial Landscaping


Unless landscaping is provided with the purchase of the Unit, within 90 days of recordation of the deed of a Unit to an Applicant, or within any extended period as may be provided in writing by the reviewer, the Applicant shall develop a landscaping plan and install and maintain landscaping on such Unit (subject to such extensions granted by the reviewer due to weather conditions).


The plan should include the following:


1.    Format to be 24" x 36" sheet size.


2.    Site plan with property boundary, footprints of permanent structures, and locations and identifications of every hardwood tree with a diameter of eight inches or more at a height of three feet above grade,


3.    Project location and Owner's name.


4.    North arrow, drawing scale, sheet number, and date.


5.    Planting plan showing locations of proposed and existing plants. Plants should be drawn at mature size.

6.    Irrigation plan, if irrigation will be installed.


7.    Construction details for all structural elements; i.e., retaining walls over 2'-6", pools, decks, etc.


8.    Submit 2 copies of the package.

B. Drainage


Drainage of the Unit must conform to all Cobb County requirements. All drainage and grading must be indicated on the plans approved by the reviewer. There shall be no interference with the established drainage pattern over any property except as approved in writing by the reviewer. The established drainage pattern is defined as the drainage pattern as engineered and constructed by the Declarant or approved builder prior to (or in some cases, immediately following) conveyance of title from a builder to the individual homeowner. Owners may make minor drainage modifications to their Units provided that they do not alter the established drainage pattern.


Landscape plans shall conform to the established drainage pattern, shall cause water to drain away from the foundation of the house, and shall prevent water from flowing under or pooling near or against the house foundation. Water should flow fully over walkways, sidewalks, or driveways into the street. The reviewer may require a report from a drainage engineer as part of approving a landscaping or improvement plan. Sump pump drainage should be vented a reasonable distance from the property line to allow for absorption.

C. Fences


No fence or wall of any kind shall be erected, maintained, or altered on any Unit without the reviewer's prior written approval of plans and specifications for such fences and walls. Absent a specific written waiver from the reviewer, all wood fences must be installed so that the finish side of the fence faces outward from the Owner's Unit and the support structure side of the fence faces inward toward the Owner's Unit,


1.    Materials; Types.


Unless otherwise approved, all fences shall be shadow box style six-foot privacy fencing. The materials shall be dog-eared or scalloped, unpainted cedar, or pressure treated wood.


2.    Reviewer's Authority.


The Declarant, prior to the expiration or termination of the Declarant Review Period, and the ARC, after the expiration or termination of the Declarant Review Period, shall have the authority from time to time to create, revise, or eliminate a list of pre-approved fence types and/or fence materials.


3.    Maintenance,


Any fences or walls, whether constructed by the Owner or a builder, shall be well repaired and maintained consistent with the Community-Wide Standard. In the event a fence or wall is damaged or destroyed, the Owner shall repair or recondition the same at the Owner's expense.


D.    Grading


Owners shall not grade their property so as to interfere with the established drainage pattern over any property except as approved in writing by the reviewer. Owners should work with the natural contours and must minimize the impact of grading with respect to major alterations of existing grades.


Owners may create berms, slopes, and swales for the purpose of defining space and screening undesirable views, noise, and high winds. Grassed slopes or berms are suggested not to exceed three feet of horizontal distance to one foot of rise or vertical height (3 to 1 slope) in order to permit greater ease of mowing and general maintenance.


E.    Paving; Driveways 


Each Owner shall secure the reviewer's approval prior to paving with any paving material, including concrete, asphalt, brick, flagstone, stepping stones, and pre-cast patterned or exposed aggregate concrete pavers, and for any purpose, including walks, driveways, or patio areas. Owners shall secure reviewer approval before expanding any driveway.


F.    Retaining Walls


All retaining walls require the reviewer's prior approval. Such walls shall be properly anchored to withstand overturning forces. Stone walls shall be made thicker at the bottom than at the top to achieve stability. All retaining walls shall incorporate weep holes into the wall design to permit water trapped behind them to be released. Timbers for walls or other landscape use should be treated to resist decay. Walls shall not be located so as to alter the existing drainage patterns.

V. CONSTRUCTION GUIDELINES

 

A. Inspections


The Applicant shall schedule and coordinate a review of all construction activities with the reviewer to verify compliance with the approved plans and specifications. The reviewer may, also perform additional periodic informal inspections to ensure that work is being performed in conformance with approved plans, these Design Guidelines, and the Community-Wide Standard. All inspections are observations only and will not relieve the obligation to obtain inspection approvals from Cobb County and other organizations having jurisdiction.
Job sites not in compliance with the Declaration, these Design Guidelines, or approved plans will be issued a Notice of Violation and a punchlist of items needed to bring the construction and/or job site into compliance. Further construction is prohibited until such punchlist items have been corrected,


B.    Construction Damages


Any damage to vegetation or Common Area facilities caused by the Applicant, its contractors, sub-contractors, agents, or employees must be corrected immediately to the satisfaction of the reviewer, the Declarant, and the owner of the damaged property. If the damage is not corrected, the Declarant or the Association may repair such damage and assess the costs of repair to the Applicant.


C.    Conduct


The Applicant must ensure that all contractors and sub-contractors control the conduct of their employees while working in Nob Ridge. Loud music, profanity, and other behavior which is unbecoming of a quality operation will not be tolerated. Employees violating this policy may be asked to leave the premises and may be denied access at the construction entrance.


D.    Site Cleanliness


All sites must be maintained in a clean and orderly manner at all times. The storage of materials should be in an inconspicuous location within the site and stored neatly and orderly. All construction debris shall be cleared at the end of each working day.

VI. CHANGES AND AMENDMENTS TO THE DESIGN GUIDELINES

 

These Design Guidelines may be amended as follows:


A. So long as the Declarant owns any portion of Nob Ridge or has the authority to expand Nob Ridge pursuant to Section 7.1 of the Declaration, the Declarant may, in its sole discretion, amend these Design Guidelines, notwithstanding any delegation of reviewing authority to the ARC.


B.    When the Declarant no longer owns any portion of Nob Ridge or no longer has the authority to expand Nob Ridge pursuant to Section 7.1 of the Declaration or has delegated its right to amend these Design Guidelines, these Design Guidelines may be amended only upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the ARC and the consent of the Board.


C.    Such amendment shall be published and/or promptly posted in a prominent place within Nob Ridge.


D.    All amendments shall become effective upon adoption by the Declarant, so long as the Declarant has the authority to amend these Design Guidelines or, if the Declarant no longer has such authority, upon adoption by the ARC. Such amendments shall not be retroactive so as to apply to previous work or approved work in progress.


E.    In no way shall any amendment to these Design Guidelines change, alter, or modify any provision of the Declaration or any Supplemental Declaration.
 

VII. DEFINITIONS

 

Capitalized terms that are not defined in these Design Guidelines shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Declaration.