Architectural Review

Architectural Review Committee Chairman:  Vacant.  Questions regarding ARC guidelines and submissions should be directed to [email protected]

ARC Monthly Reports

ARC Project Submission Form

Architectural Guidelines

1.  Improvements to residential homes and grounds.

    A.  General.  

          (1)  Plans and Specifications:  No paved area, fence, wall, shrubbery, building, or any other structure or thing shall be placed or maintained upon any lot, nor shall any exterior addition, change, including change in exterior colors, or other alteration be made to existing improvements thereon until detailed plans and specifications of the same, prepared by a duly licensed architect, engineer, landscape architect, or other similarly qualified professional, are submitted to and approved in writing by the Association as to the harmony of the external design, compliance with the terms of the governing documents, and location in relation to surrounding structure and topography.  
 
         (2)  All plans for improvements or additions, and new construction shall be submitted to the Community Association Manager for approval by the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). 
 
         (3)  Approval:  In accordance the the governing documents, the Association has the right to approve or to refuse approval of any plans, which in its opinion, are not suitable, desirable, or compliant with the Association's covenants and/or related guidelines. 
 
        (4)  Approval Process for New Construction:  Applications for new construction must include two (2) complete sets of plans, furnished by the contractor.  One set will be retained in the files and one returned to the applicant.  Plans should include all elevations and materials to be used.  A refundable deposit of $1,500.00 is required at the time of submission and will be refunded when the owner has received a Certificate of Occupancy.  A non-refundable fee of $350.00 is required to cover the cost for plan review by the Association Architect.  
 
    B.  Fences, Hedges and Walls.

         (1)  General information.  The location, composition and height of any fence, hedge or wall shall be subject to the approval of the ARC which may grant or withhold such approval based upon the below criteria.

         (2)  Fences.

               • All fences must be approved by the ARC and properly permitted by the City of Green Cove Springs before installation.
 
               • Per City code, all fences are required to be installed with the "good" or "finished side" of the fence facing away from the residence installing the fence so the neighbors are looking at the good or finished side.
 
              • Two copies of the site plan showing the location of the fence must be included with the submission.  The manufacturer, style, and color of the fence must be indicated on the submittal form. Wooden shadow box fence applications must include the dimensions of the components. Pictures of the fence materials are helpful and avoid misunderstandings.
 
              • All solid walls shall be constructed with brick, stucco, or natural stone on all exposed surfaces. Walls must be capped with brick, stone or precast concrete.
 
              • No hedge or wall is permitted along any part of a lot line along the Golf Course. 
 
              • No fence, hedge or wall shall be installed higher than six feet from the normal surface of the ground.
 
              • Only one style fence will be permitted on a single lot.
 
              • Back to back fences are not permitted.  If a fence is in place, another fence may be connected to it, but no fence may be installed to run parallel to it.
 
              • Chain link fences are prohibited.
 
              • All fences must be maintained in good condition at all times.
 
              • If a fence cannot be maintained to community standards (as determined by the Rules Enforcement Committee), it shall be removed.  
 
              • If a fence is to be replaced, a new application must be submitted to the ARC for approval. The replacement fence must be one of the below styles before it will be considered for approval.

       (3)  Styles of fences authorized for installation in Magnolia Point:

             (a) Black Aluminum: 
 
                  • Open style 4 foot or 4½ foot maximum height
 
                  • Top of fence must be a horizontal rail with no spikes above the rail.. 
 
                  • Open style black aluminum fence is allowed on any lot in the community or if a pool is involved.

                  • Open style black aluminum is the only style fence allowed on the golf course, lakes or ponds.

             (b) All Wood Shadowbox Design:
 
                  • 6 foot maximum height.
 
                  • All wood shadowbox fencing will have a natural finish and will be constructed with vertical slats measuring a minimum of 5/8-inch-thick x 5½ inches wide x maximum 72 inches tall. The horizontal members shall be a minimum of 3½ inches x 1½ inches. The post shall be a minimum of 3½ inches x 3½ inches x 96 inches in length. All wood fence components must be fastened with galvanized nails (not staples). 
 
                  • Upon installation, the fence must be stained with a natural wood color and sealed.
 
                  • Allowed where the rear view is designated a preserve or another home.

             (c) Vinyl Shadowbox Design:
 
                  • 6 foot maximum height.
 
                  • Color choice of tan, beige or khaki.
 
                  • Allowed where the rear view is designated a preserve or another home.

       (4)  Location of Fences.

             (a) Hedges, fences or walls may not be built or maintained except within the rear interior side lot lines and no closer to the front of the lot than the rear line of the main residence or, when the residence is situated on a corner lot, no closer to a side street than the line of the main residence abutting such side street.  

             (b) Fences will begin from the rear corners of the home, and extend to the left or right to the property line.  Then extend along the side property line to the rear property line, and across the rear property line, thereby, enclosing the entire backyard.  

             (c) Lots that back up to a pond and whose rear property line is at the water line or is in the pond shall place the fence along the top crown or top slope of land instead of at the rear property line. 

             (d) Odd shaped lots will follow or approximate the property lines enclosing the entire backyard.   

2.  Basketball Goals (Portable and Permanent).

     A. Residents may erect one portable basketball goal in a driveway provided that it does not create an unreasonable annoyance or unsafe condition and is maintained in good condition at all times; that is, it is free of a torn net, damaged backboard, bent rim, etc.  Portable goals must be stored next to the house when not in use.

     B.  Permanent backboards must be approved by the Association. The application forms must include a copy of the site plan showing the location of the backboard. Permanent basketball poles must be black or dark brown, and the backboard must be clear or white. 

3.  Play Sets. 

     A.  Two copies of a site plan that shows the location of the play set and how the homeowner plans to landscape it so as to screen it from view must be submitted to the ARC.  

     B.  Play sets must be wooden in construction, preferably with dark colored (blue/green) accessories and located in the rear yard or side yard and screened with landscaping from neighboring homes and views across lakes. Also, a picture or brochure must be included with the submission that shows the design, size and colors.

4.  Pools. 

     A.  All pools require approval by the ARC prior to construction. Two complete sets of plans, furnished by the contractor, must be submitted. One set will be retained in the files and one returned to the owner.

     B.  Pool equipment must be screened from view with landscaping.  If the pool is not screened, then the yard must be fenced in compliance with ARC guidelines on fencing as outlined above. 

5.  Screen Enclosures.
 
     A.  All screen enclosures require approval by the ARC prior to construction. Two complete sets of plans, furnished by the contractor, must be submitted. One set will be retained in the files and one returned to the owner.

     B.  The plans must show the elevations and the materials to be used. Black or bronze framing is required, with a charcoal screen.

6.  Antennas. 
 
     A.  Other than satellite dish and antenna receivers, no exterior radio or television aerial or antenna or any other exterior electronic or electric device of any kind shall be installed unless the Association has approved the location, size and design thereof and the necessity therefore. 
 
     B.  For satellite dish and antenna receivers, an application must be submitted to the ARC with a site plan showing where the dish or antenna will be located and how it will be landscaped to buffer it from neighbors and the street, if not located on the roof.

The authority to implement the above guidelines is outlined in the Declaration of Covenants sections 1.1, 2.2, and 3.7.

Revised 01 June 2019 / whn2