Keatington Cedars #1 Homeowner’s Association
Changes and expansions to the current Standards are listed on the next five pages. The changes are not major, and are to be viewed as clarifications of established deed restrictions for the Keatington Cedars #1 Homeowner’s
Association. The need for in-depth clarification of the deed Restrictions is based on experiences the Architectural Control Committee and the Board of directors have had with what is already written in the Deed Restrictions. These Standards of Review have not been updated for eons and they need to relate to current issues that are arising within the subdivision.
ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL COMMITTEE
STANDARDS OF REVIEW
These Standards of Review are being made available to provide you with the criteria that will be used by the Architectural Control Committee where discretionary authority is granted in the Keatington Cedars Deed Restrictions.
Within the authority of the Board of Directors the following definitions and updating of the standards are within the directives of the By-laws. Refer to page 5, Section #1. “Within the limitations stated in these by-laws the Board of Directors shall be the managing body of this Association and shall be authorized to grant to committees and other agents as it deems advisable, the authority to conduct specific activities.”
DECLARATION OF RESTRICTIONS OF
KEATINGTON CEDARS SUBDIVISION NO. 1
The following would become part of the Architectural Standards of review and would not change the Declaration of Restrictions found between pages 32 and 39 of the Association’s governing documents. The changes are made only to clarify, bring up to date and add to the Standards already defined in the document.
Action of the Architectural Control Committee does not imply compliance with Orion Township Zoning Regulations. Said regulations should be checked prior to the start of construction.
(Referring to #6 of the Deed Restrictions)
Updated definition and parameters
No trees which exceed six (6) inches in diameter shall be removed or cut, nor shall surface soil be dug or removed from any lot for purposes other that building and landscaping on said lot without the prior consent of the Architectural Control Committee or its duly authorized representative.
SUBJECT TO APPROVAL
Diseased trees or those trees interfering with the site lines for safe vehicle use may be removed. Overgrown trees that are encroaching or are a threat to a structure may be removed. Prior notification of tree removal to the Architectural Control Committee or Board of Directors is requested.
(Referring to #9 of the Deed Restrictions)
Updated definition and parameters
Out buildings are defined as any “FREE STANDING, WALK-IN STRUCTURES PLACED IN AN OPEN AREA”
ONLY ONE storage container, designed for exterior use, may be allowed as long as it adheres to the following regulations.
q NO METAL TYPE CONTAINERS WILL BE APPROVED
q NO FREE STANDING, WALK-IN STRUCTURES OF ANY KIND WILL BE APPROVED
Containers that MAY be approved by the Architectural Control Committee
Consistent with building construction
Containers made of a weather resistant type of material
Must abut the current house structure
Must not be visible from the street to which the residence faces
Must be smaller than 52”W x 32”D x 77”H
Number 9 continued
ALL RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT – must be maintained in good condition and set in ten feet from the lot lines, placed in the back yard and not visible from the street the house faces. Must be constructed of weather resistant material.
SWIMMING POOLS – in accordance with Part 2, Section 11 of the Deed Restrictions, swimming pool designs must be submitted to the Architectural Control Committee for approval.
Swimming pools may be approved under the following standards of review.
q They must be constructed to be in compliance with existing state and township ordinances.
q Only swimming pools that are in-ground will be approved
q In-ground is defined as being level with the existing grade.
q Jacuzzis and hot tubs not more than eight feet in diameter are exempted from being in-ground provided they are built into a deck structure attached to the house.
DECKS, PATIOS AND GAZEBOS –In accordance with Part 2, Section and 16 of the Deed Restrictions, a deck, patio and/or gazebo plans must be submitted to the Architectural Control Committee for approval. Decks, patios and/or gazebos may be approved provided they are within the setbacks required for houses in this subdivision.
Decks, patios and/or gazebos made from redwood or pressure-treated wood are encourage. Other woods must be properly weather preserved. Weather resistant material may be used in place of wood.
MANUFACTURED CANOPIES -- Seasonal canopies, with or without bug screens, designed specifically to use for shade in backyards, to cover decks and/or patios are allowed from April 1 to October 31, as long as they are maintained in good condition.
DOG HOUSES – Doghouses should be situated at the back of the house and not visible from the street the house faces. Dog houses must be made of quality materials and weather preserved materials and maintained in good condition
(Referring to #12 of the Deed Restrictions)
Updated definition and parameters
COMMERCIAL VEHICLE is defined in the deed restrictions as follows
Section #12(a) No commercial vehicles, other than those present on business, may be parked in the Subdivision. Trailers (all types), campers and recreational vehicles will be permitted in the Subdivision for limited periods of time subject to the approval of the Architectural Control Committee.
Number 12 continued
There is a specific
RESIDENTS WHO HAVE ISSUES WITH ANY COMMERCIAL VEHICLE, TRAILER AND/OR EQUIPMENT THAT IS PARKED OR STOWED IN THE SUBDIVISION CAN CONTACT THE TOWNSHIP ORDINANCE OFFICER FOR INFORCEMENT.
Winter storage is defined as that period of time [when Daylight Savings Time is not in effect]
That is between November of a current year and March of the following year.
Summer storage is defined as that period of time [when Daylight Savings Time is in effect].
Starting the second Sunday of March thru the First Sunday of November.
Place of storage is to be sited on the property in such manner as not to be visible from the street fronting the residence. This rule of storage is in effect for WINTER storage only.
During summer storage the boat can be sited next to the garage or on the driveway as long as the boat is on a trailer specifically made for it’s transportation and maintained in good condition.
Type of storage - The boat must be on a trailer specifically designed to trailer a boat. This rule does not apply to boats that can be lifted by two people. Boats that are in disrepair may not be stored in the subdivision. Boats in disrepair are defined as follows.
q A boat not capable of being placed in the water without danger of sinking.
q A boat that has chipped and flaking paint.
q A boat whose bottom in fouled from sitting in water for a long period of time.
Although not required, it is desired that people who own boats keep them garaged. The Architectural Control Committee must approve winter storage of boats.
LOADING AND UNLOADING OF RECREATIONAL VEHICLES AND CAMPERS
The loading and unloading of RV’s shall be permitted in the subdivision 72 hours previous to leaving on vacation and 72 hours following return; special circumstances that may require more time may be approved by the Architectural Control Committee.
Campers, and all types of trailers, etc. must comply with the same restrictions.
Trailers designated solely for watercraft use may be parked on a driveway during the watercraft season, as designated in the Architectural Control Committee’s Standards.
RV’s, campers, trailers, etc. when not in use or being loaded and unloaded within the 72 hour period, must be stored in a garage or outside the subdivision’s boundaries.
(Referring to #16 of the Deed Restrictions)
Updated definitions and parameters
CHAIN LINK FENCING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED IN KEATINGTON CEDARS #1
FENCING USED TO
Fencing can be used for any of the following two purposes—decorative or for enclosing a dog run.
DECORATIVE – fencing must be wood and all fence posts must be placed at least 36 inches into the ground. Decorative fencing must be non-contiguous. It may be constructed from split rail or sawn lumber. This type of fencing may be any length. This is not to include the perimeter of a lot or length between houses. This type of fencing must have openings of at least one-foot between the bottom of one slat and the top of another slat.
DOG RUN – Dog run fencing must be three sided. The fourth side of the dog run must be the house. The narrow sides of the run must not extend more than five feet from the house. The length of the run must be no longer than the side of the house it abuts. The height of the dog run can be no higher than four feet. A dog run must be constructed from wood weather resistant material.
PRIVACY SCREEN –may not be higher than six feet. Privacy screens may protect no more than two sides of the area to be screened. The length of the screens can be no longer than the area to be screened. AREA is defined only as a patio, deck or an area that is immediately adjoining the side of the house. If attached to the side of house the screen must adhere to Township Regulations. The narrow side must not extend more than five feet from the house, must not be longer than the side of the house it abuts nor be roofed in. The screen may be constructed of wood or weather resistant material.
These Standards are not inclusive of all issues that may arise in the future within the subdivision. The Board of Directors and the Architectural Control Committee reserve the right to interpret new and/or different situations that may develop.
KEATINGTON CEDARS HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION
In compliance with the Architectural Control Committee’s updated Standards of Review, The Association Board of Directors requests that all households review the document closely. The Board will entertain comments and discussion at the fall Semi-annual meeting.
The fall meeting will be held in October and will be scheduled in cooperation with the Orion Township Library facility. More information will be forthcoming in September.
The Board encourages all residents to take inventory of their property in regard to the Architectural Standards. Compliance with the Standards require that placement of all things stored on one’s property may not be viewed from the street when standing directly in front of the residence.
Keatington Cedars Homeowner’s Association
Board of Directors