down and click on the links to the left to see Architectural
Guidelines and Application forms. Please
fill out form and submit to the ACC before starting ANY new
construction. This includes boat houses, decking, driveways,
new septic, repainting, reroofing, and much more (see guidelines
for more detail).
Allow a minimum of two weeks for approval.
on FCWD Permits
of all three El Dorado Subdivisions
information on rules regarding construction on FCWD property, Click
follow the six tips below and you should have very little difficulty
with your application. Read the Architectural
and you will be an expert. Read the ACC
Statement of Policy and Rules
and you might become the next ACC Chairman.
1. Submit an application
and get the required approval before starting your project. Before
applying paint or any other exterior treatment to any structure, make
sure you have approval for that specific structure.
exterior construction (new, replacement, or add-on) must be approved
including, but not limited to, houses, garages, sheds, decks, fences,
gates, boat houses, retaining walls, roofs and exterior painting.
3. Typical documentation
includes a completed ACC application form (available on this website),
fully dimensioned drawings (elevation views, floor plan, and site
plan), paint samples, roof samples, stone samples and FCWD permits
4. The Covenants
have specific guidelines in some areas, but much of what the ACC must
consider is subjective. Occasionally some discussion and compromise
are necessary to gain approval. (Think of it as a chance to get better
acquainted with twelve of your neighbors).
5. If possible,
please provide your application and drawings in a computer file format.
Many times the ACC can review a project with a "virtual"
meeting which can significantly reduce the approval time. Otherwise
submit your application to the ACC Chairman my mail (address below)
or in person.
6. Keep in mind
that it is the homeowner (not the contractor) who has ultimate responsibility
for obtaining approval from the ACC before starting any construction.
The contractor typically has little or no understanding of our covenants
and their restrictions.
an effort to minimize some of the problems we've seen in the past
with contractors coming in on new projects, the POA has begun asking
property owners to be proactive and "educate" their contractors from
the start. Two of the biggest problems we see are that 1) they often
drive much too fast, and 2) they tend to leave a lot of litter along
the roadway. We hope that by making contractors and their crews aware
of these issues, as well as the others listed below, we will be able
to keep El Dorado clean and possibly prevent an accident.
Our speed limit is 15 mph. Our roads have many blind curves, golf
carts, bicycles and pedestrians...none of which are very compatible
with fast cars or big trucks.
The weight limit is 20 tons. Excessive weight can severely damage
our roads and cost us thousands of dollars to repair. (A concrete
delivery may require more trips than planned).
Once construction begins, there must be a portable restroom on site.
No contractor advertising signs are allowed.
No dumping of trash or littering along roads or any other areas.
Do not use a neighbor's driveway for parking or any other purpose
- Adjunct Members
will serve on the ACC for one year.
- Two properties
from each of our three subdivisions are randomly selected each year
for representation on the ACC. If a property has multiple owners (for
example, a husband and wife), the owners still get just one vote in
the ACC application approval process.
- The Adjunct
Members may, but will not be expected to, attend any ACC meetings.
If they do attend, they may participate as a regular member.
- If an ACC application
can be satisfactorily reviewed without a formal meeting, the Adjunct
Members may, but are not required to, vote by e-mail on its approval.
- The Adjunct
Members will be on the group e-mail list for the ACC and receive all
1. As metal roofing
becomes more cost competitive with composition shingles, more people
are considering this alternative. While metal roofing has certain
advantages, it comes with some unique issues which the ACC must address.
The ACC has approved its use in some cases and disapproved it in others
depending on various factors. Some of these factors include color,
reflectivity, gloss, location relative to the sun and neighbor's view,
and roof pitch. If you select a metal roof for your project, expect
some discussion with the ACC.
2. One of the
main goals of the ACC is to assure that improvements to a lot do not
excessively interfere with a neighbor's view of the lake. Set back
of new homes and location and design of boat houses are good examples
of areas where the ACC is performing an important function.
3. Anything other
than very open fencing, such as split-rail, is discouraged. One of
the key aesthetic qualities of our lakeside community is the open
"woodsy" feeling. Let's leave the fences to the city folk.
4. When measured
from the road, some of our lots are 40-50 ft. above the lake shore.
Most solve this problem with stairs or switchback paths (often wide
enough for a golf cart). Some have expressed interest in electric,
elevated tram systems that run on rails. The ACC considered one such
application and concluded that approval would be inconsistent with
the restrictions in our Covenants, especially Article 4.05 which states
that the POA should "promote architectural styling that is compatible
with the country, wooded setting of the El Dorado Bay Subdivisions".
There was also concern that the elevated rail system had the same
effect as a fence and would have had a negative impact on neighbor's
views of the lake (see Article 4.04).
Thoughts on Architectural Control
Simms, ACC Chairman)
original developer of El Dorado Bay, Mr. John Travis, had some very
specific ideas about the architectural styling of the homes to be built
in our development. To assure implementation and control of these
architectural standards, he created a set of covenants
(revised in 2012) that, among other things, restricts how we may use
our property. These covenants, which are registered with Franklin County,
act as deed restrictions and direct the POA to form an Architectural
Control Committee (ACC). The purpose of the ACC is to evaluate plans
for all proposed exterior improvements and determine compliance with
these restrictions before construction begins.
recent years the original Covenants were amended and approved by the
POA members to remove some of the specific architectural restrictions
that were no longer appropriate. Most of the current provisions are
very specific, such as "No enclosed boat houses will be allowed."
The Covenants still subjectively stipulate, however, that special emphasis
shall be made to ensure that said styling "shall be compatible
with the country, wooded setting of the El Dorado Subdivisions". While
most applications submitted to the ACC fit well within these guidelines,
occasionally there are issues that must be resolved. When this occurs,
the ACC and the property owner must work together to find a mutually
to ensure that El Dorado maintains the high standards dictated by our
Covenants, our development has rules that restrict what we can do with
our property. Of course, it's easy to support these restrictions when
they keep someone from putting a double-wide trailer next to your house.
The hard part comes when we have to get approval to improve our very
own property. The pros and cons are often discussed, but the fact remains
that the covenants attached to our property require that we accept architectural
control. Many of our property owners chose El Dorado because of its
restrictions and most agree that some control is beneficial.
ACC consists of six full-time members, the POA president and six "adjunct"
members that are randomly selected each year. The full-time members
are typically full-time to half-time residents. If necessary, the full-time
members need to be available to support on-site meetings or inspections,
while the adjunct members may participate to whatever level they desire.
Most of the ACC business is conducted by e-mail. If you have any questions
with regard to architectural control within El Dorado, please contact
Mike Simms at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Control Committee Members
Bay 32/33 Lindsey
Bay 41 Glaeske
Bay 22 Cameron
Bay 26 Roy
Sub 12 Jendal
Bch 12 Cross
Bch 14 Pretorius
Bay 12 Stevens
Bay 30 Hoffer
Sub 30 Goldschmidt
Bch 27 Grayson
Bch 39 Fulton
Bay 16 Potts
Bay 27 Cordry
Bch 21 Ross
Bch 23 Smith
Bay 21 Brown
Bay 23 Walker
Sub 06 DeDoes
Sub 26 Wilson
Bch 25 Burke
Bch 26 Landers
Bay 2 Croft
Bay 4 Houx
Sub 10 Diem
Sub 14 Gehrki
Bch 2 Abbott
Bch 3 Tatum
Bay 03 Maclay
Bay 25 Jungemann
Bch 08 Latta
Bch 47 Loureiro
Sub 25 A/B
interesting commentary on some of the pros and cons of architectural