Changing and Maintaining Your Property

Introduction

Questions about the care and keeping of homes in Hobble Creek? While this is not an exhaustive guide, we hope it is helpful to you whether you are planning on making changes to your home, or have questions about changes you see in the neighborhood. As always, the most comprehensive information is available in the CCR's which govern the neighborhood. You can access them here. These are publicly accessible documents, and we encourage all homeowners and potential homeowners to review them.

*Items with asterisks require ACC approval before changes are made. Please provide up to 60 days for the committee to review. Fill out the form here.

Basketball Equipment*

  • Basketball backboards shall not be permitted on the roof or walls of the dwelling.
  • Basketball standards, backboards, and rims may be installed adjacent to a driveway but are encouraged to be installed in less prominent areas such as rear or side yards.

Exterior Lighting*

  • An exterior light pole with a 60 watt bulb shall be installed within 10 feet of the front property line.
  • In lieu of the requirement for a light pole, two decorative exterior lights mounted on the front corners of the garage may be substituted.
  • In either case, the lights shall have a photosensitive switch that automatically activates the lights in the evenings.
  • Other approved lighting may include normal entrance lights on porches, garages, and other entries providing they do not exceed 100 watts each.
  • High watt fixtures intended for lighting back yard play areas may be permitted with approval of the ACC. Such fixtures must be mounted in an unobtrusive manner and shall not illuminate neighboring properties and shall not be operated at late hours that cause a nuissance to neighboring property owners.

Fences*

Fencing Restrictions

  • Fences and walls shall not extend closer to any street than twenty feet nor project beyond the setback of the principal building on the lot.
  • No fence higher than 6' shall be allowed without prior approval of the ACC
  • No fence or wall shall interfere with the use and enjoyment of any easement reserved in the Master Declaration or shown on the recorded Plat of the property.
  • Fences adjacent to common area landscaping along Hobble Creek Drive, Park Meadow Way, Eagle Road, and Chinden Boulevard shall be of fence type A, 4 ft or 6 ft high.
  • Fences adjacent to the Community Park and Path shall be Fence Type B consisting of either a 4 foot high solid cedar fence or a 6 foot high cedar fence solid to 4 feet and a vision opening as detailed from 4 feet to 6 feet high.
  • Fencing along Lot 2 Block 20, Lot 2, Block 21, where they front North Wellspring Way shall be Fence Type B, 6 feet high.
  • All fencing shall be finished and maintained by the owner. The color shall be Beige Gray.
  • All fences shall be 4 feet high or 6 feet high, unless otherwise approved by the ACC.
  • Wherever possible, adjoining lots shall use common corner posts.
  • Front fence setbacks shall be 2 feet behind the principle setback of the house on each side of the lot.
  • Transitions in fence height from 4 to 6 feet shall be accomplished by stepping, not angling, the fence top.
  • Where a 4 foot fence abuts the community park, greenbelt, or common area landscaping, fences perpendicular to and tying into the 4 foot high fence shall remain at 4 feet high for a minimum of 8 feet before stepping up to 6 feet high.
  • The rough sawn, outside face shall face all street frontages, community park, greenbelt, or common area landscape area.

Wood Fencing

Style: Wood fencing should match one of the approved fence styles A or B. This is a 4ft or 6 ft height fence with a horizontal 1 x 6 at the top and at a height of 4 ft.

Color: The approved body color for fences in Hobble Creek was Columbia Woodtech Pigmented Wood Finish (Series 08-600). The standard color is supposed to be Beige Gray.

Vinyl Fencing

There are no standards written for vinyl fencing in the ACC guidelines, however many homeowners have adopted vinyl fencing throughout the neighborhood.

Style: Vinyl fencing should match one of the approved fence styles A or B. This is a 4 ft or 6 ft height fence with a horizontal 1 x 6 at the top and at a height of 4 ft.

Color: In accordance with the style of existing fences in Hobble Creek, vinyl fences should be Beige Gray.

Wrought Iron Fencing

Wrought iron fencing shall be fence type C unless otherwise approved in writing by ACC. Wrought iron shall be black and wood members shall be Beige Gray.

Masonry Fencing / Walls

There are no adopted ACC standards for masonry fencing. The owner shall submit plans and specifications for any proposed masonry fencing to the ACC for approval. Walls constructed of brick, stone, stucco, or other materials matching the approved exterior finish of the house and not exceeding 3 feet in height may be allowed in front yards with written ACC approval of location, design, and materials.

No Fencing

In some cases, homeowners may opt to not install fencing on their property. Please note that screening requirements for sheds and other visible items will still apply, and homeowners may be asked to provide acceptable screening from street view such as landscaping.

Home - Additions and Remodeling*

  • Two story homes are prohibited on corner lots. 1 1/2 story homes may be located on corner lots provided that the single story portion of the home is located adjacent to the corner or side street and is approved by the ACC.
  • Unless otherwise approved by the ACC as compatible with a particular design or style, the minimum pitch for roofs shall be 6/12. Broken roof lines are encouraged and required. Mixing of different roof pitches on the same elevation is discouraged.
  • Roof vents and other ventilation pipes shall be located on the rear elevation except where impractical, and shall otherwise be installed in an inconspicuous location and manner.
  • Exterior elevations shall be evaluated on the overall character, depth, and balance of the design. The use of boxed out windows, dormer windows, covered entries, and other significant jobs in exterior walls are encouraged. Large expanses of flat, unbroken surface are discouraged.
  • Brick, stone, or stucco where used shall wrap the corners a minimum of two feet.
  • Where siding is used, batten board or trim shall be located as inconspicuously and as symmetrically as possible.
  • Per the CC & R's, garages are primarily for the storage of vehicles. No remodeling projects that prevent a garage from being used as vehicle storage will be allowed or approved.
  • The lot owner shall be responsible for maintaining the jobsite in an orderly manner. Construction equipment and material shall be contained within the lot boundaries and shall not be placed on streets and sidewalks.
  • All vehicles will be parked within the lot boundaries or on public streets adjacent to the lot and shall not block traffic or otherwise interfere with existing homeowners.
  • Jobsite trash or debris that may be scattered by the wind shall be properly contained in dumpsters or by other means.
  • Construction sites shall be free of debris prior to each weekend.
  • Lot owners and builders who fail to maintain the lot in an orderly manner or who allow construction debris to clutter surrounding properties may be subject to appropriate action from the HOA.
  • Streets shall remain free from dirt, gravel, or other excavation material and shall be maintained by the owner or builder in a clean and orderly manner.

Home - Exterior Finishes & Paint*

Approval is required for any exterior changes

  • All exterior materials and colors shall be selected and used which are approved by the ACC and which are compatible with other buildings on the lot and on neighborhing lots to the end that all such buildings will present a unified and coordinated appearance.
  • All exterior finishes and/or colors shall be approved by the ACC and shall be in accordance with the ACC Rules/ACC Standards

Brick, Stone, & Stucco

  • All homes are required to incorporate brick, stone, or stucco in the exterior finish
  • Brick, stone, and stucco colors shall be compatible with the exterior paint colors selected and approved by the ACC
  • Darker brick shades are encouraged.
  • White or gray brick is not permitted.

Siding

  • Hardboard siding by Masonite, Louisiana Pacific, Georgia Pacific or equal of the following types are permitted:
  • 4" reveal cottage lap
  • 6" reveal cottage lap
  • 8" full lap
  • Vertical siding as approved by the ACC
  • Other types of siding are subject to approval by ACC.
  • Steel, aluminum, and vinyl siding are prohibited.

Exterior Paint Colors

  • Rain gutters and downspouts shall be painted to match the color of the surface to which they are attached.
  • Painted trim on corners and battens shall be the same color as the main body color unless otherwise approved in writing by the ACC
  • White trim is preferred on homes with blue/gray tones for the main body color.
  • Lighter trim colors are encouraged.
  • Dark, contrasting trim colors around windows and doors are not approved except that dark tones may be used on the main entry door if approved in writing by the ACC.
  • Fascia trim: White fascia is preferred on homes with blue/gray tones for the main body color.


Home, Lawn and Landscaping - General Upkeep

  • Each Owner of a Lot shall maintain all Improvements located thereon in good and sufficient repair and shall keep the imrpovements thereon painted or stained, lawns cut, shrubbery trimmed, windows glazed, rubbish and debris removed, weeds cut and otherwise maintain the same in a neat and asthetically pleasing condition.
  • Each owner of a lot shall maintain the landscaping planted and installed by the owner in the five foot landscape strip located between the street curb and the sidewalk adjacent to the owners lot. Said landscaping is to be maintained in a condition comparable to the condition of the landscaping on the owners lot.
  • All damage to any improvements shall be repaired as promptly as is reasonably possible.
  • A building which is vacant for any reason shall be kept locked and the windows glazed in order to prevent entrance by vandals. Vacant Buildings and unimproved lots are not exempt from the provisions of the master declaration
  • All structures, facilities, objects, and conditions determined by the ACC to be offensive shall be enclosed within an approved structure or appropriately screened from public view.
  • All trash, debris, garbage and refuse shall be kept at all times in a covered container and all such containers shall be kept on a lot within an enclosed structure or screened from public view.
  • No articles, goods, machinery, materials or similar items shall be stored, kept or maintained on a lot in the required set-back area along a public or private right of way or otherwise kept in the open public view.
  • Any event or condition on a lot which in the sole discretion of the ACC creates an unsightly or blighting influence shall be corrected, removed or obstructed from public view, as the case may be, by the owner of the lot, notwithstanding the fact that such event or condition may not be specifically described or prohibited in this master declaration.
  • The use of berms and clustered planting groups such as garden beds with trees, shrubs, and flowers will be encouraged.
  • Exterior mounted utility meters, heat pumps, air conditioners, and other such equipment shall be properly screened from view of the surrounding homes and street by landscaping or fencing.
  • Lanscaping of front, rear, and side yards is required to meet the following minimum standards:
    • An automatic underground sprinkler system shall be installed throughout.
    • Except at garden bed locations, sod shall be laid throughout. Hydroseed may be substituted for sod in rear yards only.
    • Trees and Shrubs shall be planted in the front yard according to the following minimum standard:
      • Two trees. Decidulous trees shall be 3" caliper or greater and evergreen trees shall be 8' high or greater.
      • Twelve 2 gallon shrubs or larger.
  • The side yard facing the street on corner lots shall be treated the same as the front yard and will require a minimum of 1 tree and nine shrubs according to the minimum sizes listed above.

Lawn and Landscaping - Changing / Removing Trees and Landscaping*

  • The owner shall prepare a landscape plan and shall submit the same to the ACC as provided in Article XI.
  • The use of berms and sculptures planting areas is encouraged.
  • Lanscaping of front, rear, and side yards is required to meet the following minimum standards:
    • An automatic underground sprinkler system shall be installed throughout.
    • Except at garden bed locations, sod shall be laid throughout. Hydroseed may be substituted for sod in rear yards only.
    • Trees and Shrubs shall be planted in the front yard according to the following minimum standard:
      • Two trees. Decidulous trees shall be 3" caliper or greater and evergreen trees shall be 8' high or greater.
      • Twelve 2 gallon shrubs or larger.
  • The side yard facing the street on corner lots shall be treated the same as the front yard and will require a minimum of 1 tree and nine shrubs according to the minimum sizes listed above.

Mailboxes*

  • Mailbox clusters, with mailbox and newspaper receptacles are provided. No exceptions or substitutions are permitted unless approved in writing by the ACC.
  • After installation, the builder or owner shall protect and maintain the mailbox cluster.
  • Replacement necessitated by damage from whatever source shall be at the expense of the owner.
  • Replacement mailboxes shall be in a similar style and construction as the provided mailbox.
  • No free-standing mailbox shall be constructed or installed on any lot without the prior written approval of the ACC.

Roofs - Shingles*

The original shingle for our neighborhood was the Pabco Premier-25 shingle in weathered wood. This is an architectural style shingle. A list of recently approved coordinating shingles is available here. All roof replacements must be approved by the ACC prior to the start of roofing. Please provide at least 30 days notice.

Roofs - Solar Panels / Exterior Energy Devices*

No energy production devices including, but not limited to, generators of any kind and solar energy devices, shall be constructed or maintained on any lot without the prior written approval of the ACC, except for heat pumps or similar appliances shown on the plans approved by the ACC.

Sheds / Detached Storage /ADU's*

  • Detached storage facilities, such as storage sheds, shall be of the same construction, finish, and color as proposed and approved for the house.
  • Any structure shall be placed on a concrete pad in a location approved by the ACC and shall not be permitted to crowd a neighborhoing property.
  • Metal storage sheds or other dissimillar structures are prohibited.
  • No trailer or other vehicle, tent, shack, garage, accessory building or out building shall be used as a temporary or permanaent residence.

Signs

  • No commercial billboard or advertising shall be displayed to the public view on or from any lot.
  • Owners may advertise a dwelling unit and lot for rent or for sale by displaying a single neat, reasonably sized vacancy sign or "for sale" sign thereon.
  • Lighted, moving and flashing signs for any purpose are prohibited

Vehicles (Cars, RV's, Boats, Trailers, etc) - Parking and Storage

  • All vehicles, trailers, tools, and equipment shall be stored out of view in enclosed structures.
  • Small trailers and equipment may be stored in areas entirely screened from view in all directions, provided that the location and construction of such improvements are approved by the ACC.
  • Any vehicle, trailer, boat, camper, RV, or any other equipment which projects above approved screening shall not be permitted for storage on the premises.
  • The ACC encourages storage of such vehicles, trailers, boats, campers, and RVs in offsite storage facilities.
  • Garages are to be used primarily for the storage of vehicles.
  • Driveway site coverage shall be minimized to provide additional area for landscaping.
  • Gravel pads for parking of vehicles, trailer, etc are not acceptable.
  • No trailer or other vehicle, tent, shack, garage, accessory building or out building shall be used as a temporary or permanent residence.
  • Trailers, mobile homes, trucks larger than standard pickups, boats, tractors, campers, garden or maintenance equipment and vehicles other than automobiles when not in actual use, shall be kept at all times in an enclosed structure or screened from public view and at no time shall any of said vehicles or equipment be parked or stored on a public or private right-of-way within the property.
  • No operative vehicle shall be parked or stored for a period in excess of 72 consecutive hours on any portion of a lot between the front of a building and the abutting public right of way. No inoperative vehicle shall be parked or stored at any time on a lot unless wholly within an enclosed structure.
  • A minimum of two off-street parking spaces for automobiles shall be provided on each lot.
  • The primary purpose of the garage required on each lot is for the parking and storage of automobiles and other vehicles.
  • No other use of a garage which prohibits or limits the use of a garage for the parking or storage of the number of automobiles for which it is designed shall be permitted.
  • The owner shall provide sufficient garage space or other enclosed parking approved by the ACC for all automobiles used by the occupants of a lot, which automobiles shall be kept within the garage, and the parking thereof in the driveway on the lot or in a public right-of-way within the Subdivision, other than for temporary purposes, is prohibited.
  • Garage doors shall be closed except when open for a temporary purpose.