Read these guidelines thoroughly, and have your architect do the same. You should read the LECVHOA Protective Covenants ("Covenants") (available at www.littleelkcreekvillage.org) for further specifications regarding Architectural Control (see especially Items # 18-29). These Guidelines are a supplement to implement the requirements outlined in the Covenants.
It is recommended that you seek the assistance of a licensed surveyor before you continue planning. You should also have a general idea of the Pitkin County Planning, Zoning, and Building code requirements. Some requirements of Little Elk Creek may be more exacting than the similar Pitkin County rules or regulations.
The term "you," when used in these Guidelines, means the homeowner applicant for architectural review. The term "Structure" as used herein is defined in Item #20 of the Covenants. The Architectural Control Authority is herein referred to as the ACA.
The ACA Submission/Approval process can sometimes be time-consuming, and the ACA’s letter of approval must be obtained before application for a building permit is made to Pitkin County. The ACA meets as part of the monthly LECVHOA meetings, the dates of which are listed on the LECVHOA website (although changes may occur due to unusual circumstances). Documents must be submitted at least one week prior to any meeting to be placed on the agenda. The process will very likely require more than one submission to the ACA, and applicants should plan accordingly. The required elements of ACA review include the submissions outlined below.
Before any construction, excavation, or any other site disturbance, you must adhere to the "Submission to the ACA" requirements as outlined below, in addition to any requirements of the Pitkin County Building Department. Upon satisfactory review of your final plans and receipt of the applicable Completion Deposit, the ACA will issue a written letter of approval. No material changes to the built project can be made after issuance of the letter of approval without resubmitting the entire plan to the ACA. This includes changes required by Pitkin County or any other governmental authority. If the letter of approval contains any ACA exceptions or conditions, the applicant must acknowledge these exceptions and conditions by signature and return the approval letter to the Association Manager for the records of the ACA.
Generally, the applicant will engage in at least two review meetings and a neighbor review process, as follows:
Manager’s regularly scheduled LECVHOA site visits. No charge will be made for Association Manager reviews during the Association Manager’s regularly scheduled site visits. The applicant must arrange for an on-site review with the Association Manager and the applicant’s contractor before foundation concrete is poured. Should any issues arise from such site reviews, the Association Manager may request further documentation or a further site review with the applicant and the general contractor. Any special reviews shall be scheduled at a mutually convenient time; if such time is outside the Association Manager’s regular site visits, the Association Manager’s standard hourly rate for LECVHOA non-standard work hours will be applied for the Association Manager’s travel (from Glenwood Springs) and site review activities and included in the subsequent monthly Association dues and charges statement for the applicant.
The ACA may allow variances (See Item # 29 of the Covenants). Any variance allowed shall be evidenced in writing/email duly executed by the ACA.
After construction is completed, the applicant must request in writing for the Completion Deposit to be returned. The Association Manager, or any other person appointed by the ACA to apply special expertise, will inspect the improvements and certify to the ACA that the improvements are in compliance with the plans submitted. If all conditions have been met regarding the approved construction, and after application of any forfeiture obligations described in this Policy, the Completion Deposit may then be returned. If no request for return of the Completion Deposit is received within one year after the Certificate of Occupancy is issued by Pitkin County, the Completion Deposit may be forfeited.
The posted speed limit in the subdivision is 15 MPH. The applicant is responsible for notifying contractors, their employees and construction delivery drivers and other tradesmen of the speed limit. The applicant is responsible for the prevention of scattering of construction material and trash by the wind, and for keeping a clean, neat construction site. The applicant may be required to obtain an alternate construction materials manager if a contractor fails to meet these requirements; failure to meet this requirement may result in LECVHOA engagement of a materials manager and forfeiture of the Completion Deposit.
Dogs are not to be allowed to run at large, pursuant to the Animal Control Ordinances of Pitkin County.
The hours of construction allowed under the Pitkin County Code are 7am to 7pm Monday through Saturday. To be considerate of your neighbors, the applicant’s construction plan should contain provisions to notify contractors to refrain from using loud equipment, or to use equipment with backup or other alarm or warning sounds, prior to 8 am and after 5:30 pm.
For all project proposals brought to the Architectural Control Authority on or after the Effective Date of these updated Architectural Guidelines, the following Completion Deposit Guidelines are effective:
These Completion Deposit guidelines are subject to adjustment for individual projects. In each case, the ACA has the authority to set the specific Completion Deposit Requirement based upon all of the facts and circumstances.
Further, the ACA retains the authority to require a reduced Completion Deposit to encourage energy efficiency projects such as improved insulation, window replacements, and alternative energy resources.