Home Improvement Overview

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Covenant/Home Improvement Information

Covenant Compliance Reminder

Home owners are required to submit plans for approval to the Community Improvement Services Department (they will pass the requests to the Architectural Review Committee) for all exterior improvements prior to installation. For example, home owners must submit plans when painting, installing air-conditioning equipment, or putting in a deck. While some improvements do not require approval, there may be parameters that need to be followed. The HRCA strives to ensure choices are in harmony with the overall appearance of the community.

Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions and Why They Apply to Me

The HRCA is obligated by the Community Declaration and other governing documents to enforce the covenants of the community. If a home owner is not abiding by the covenants outlined in these documents, the Community Improvement Services Department will take the appropriate steps to bring that property into compliance.

Home Improvement Submittal Forms:

Making changes or updates to your property or home and need approval from the Architectural Review Committee? Choose a form which you fill out and submit online or a paper copy which you print, complete, and mail or bring to the Community Improvement Services office. There is a fee schedule associated for most home improvement submittals. The fee is $15, $40, or $100 depending on the type of submittal. There is no fee for a paint submittal.

Online Home Improvement Submittal Forms - fill out and submit online

Print a Paper Copy: Home Improvement Submittal Form - for mailing or submitting in person.


If you have questions about what improvements must be approved by the committee or parameters regarding changes in the appearance of your home, please refer to the Residential Improvement Guide (RIGs) or call the Community Improvement Services Department at 303-471-8821 or email prior to beginning any work.

Improvements to Property

Every month of the year, the Architectural Committee meets on the first and third Wednesday night to review improvement plans submitted by home owners. The Committee is made up of five volunteers who review and discuss blueprints, landscaping plans, paint sample choices and many other improvements envisioned by architects, home improvement contractors and home owners.

In the busy spring and summer seasons, the Committee reviews six to seven hundred submittals during a meeting. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. and can run as late as 11:00 p.m. to review all the plans. In the winter, things slow to a more manageable pace with approximately one hundred improvement plans submitted for Committee approval. Each approval or denial results in a letter to the home owner with the Committee’s decision.

The Committee also makes time for home owners requesting to speak directly to the Committee. There are five appointment times set aside at each meeting. Home owners who have received a denial or simply want to further explain details about their plans are allowed 15 minutes for this purpose.

Please remember that when planning any exterior improvement, the plan must be submitted to the Committee before commencing work. Because the HRCA has 30 days to respond to any request, please remember to build this time into your timetable to start work.

Carbon Monoxide Safety Act

On March 25, 2009, Governor Bill Ritter signed into law The Lofgren and Johnson Families Carbon Monoxide Safety Act. The Act requires home owners and owners of rental properties that are sold, transferred, remodeled/repaired, or leased to a new tenant on or after July 1, 2009, to install an operational carbon monoxide alarms within fifteen feet of an entrance to each bedroom (or any other room lawfully used for sleeping) in any dwelling unit that has a fuel-fired heater or appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage. Read article.

For more information on covenants call the Community Improvement Services Department 303-471-8821 or email.