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What is Architectural Control?
 
Architectural control in Highland Pointe is specified by the covenants to which all homeowners are bound, regardless of whether or not the homeowner is an association member. If you plan to make any changes to your property that are visible to one or more neighbors, even if you are not an association member, you are still bound by your covenants to have those changes approved by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC). Consult the Highland Pointe covenants to see if your changes are allowed. 
 
Architectural Control Committee
The Architectural Control Committee (ACC) is the Highland Pointe Board of Directors, headed up by the ACC Director. If you are changing your property, you must submit a complete Architectural Change Request along with paperwork detailing the modifications to be made to the ACC. While the lists displayed below are by no means complete, they should give you a better idea of what constitutes a change to your property.
 
What Constitutes a Property Change?
 
The following constitute changes to your property.
  • Building an addition onto your home.
  • Adding a retaining wall or terracing.
  • Expanding your driveway.
  • Replacing your deck with one of a different design.
  • Changing the color of your deck.
  • Changing the color of your home (including painting brick homes).
  • Adding a fence of any kind.
  • Changing the landscaping, especially removing trees or adding hard-scapes.
  • Installing a satellite dish.
  • Adding a pool.
The following do not constitute a change to your property:
  • Remodeling the inside of your home.
  • Replacing a retaining wall or terracing with one of identical design.
  • Repairing your driveway.
  • Replacing your deck with one of an identical design.
  • Repainting your home, using the same color.
  • Repairing a fence.
Rule of thumb: If you are not making substantial changes to your home (same color, landscaping, etc.), you do not need approval.
 
How to Request ACC Approval?
 
The process for requesting ACC approval of a change is formally outlined in your covenants. Here's the short version.
  1. Download and complete the Architectural Change Request form.
  2. Provide a sketch/drawing of the proposed changes. You may submit copies of drawings provided by an architect/builder, or you may draw a rendering yourself. The only requirement is that it clearly communicates the extent of the changes to the ACC.
  3. Please continue to notify your neighbors that you will be beginning work as a courtesy and so they can make any necessary adjustments due to work trucks or additional personnel around their home.
  4. Submit the above paperwork to Alli Finlay at acc@highlandpointe.org . She will obtain the approval from the HP Board and someone will let you know if it was approved.  The covenants allow up to 45 days for this process.  Under normal circumstances, it usually takes less than 2 weeks.  If you have not heard back from us after 45 days, you have the right to continue with your project.