Architectural Review Committee

Our guest speaker January 2016, was Candice Dennis from The Villages Community Standards Department which is made up of two divisions: Architectural Review and Deed Compliance. Any request for exterior modification needs approval. The Architectural Application Form must be accompanied with:

  1. proof of ownership such as current tax bill, deed or property record card.
  2. a site plan which indicates easements and setback areas. An overlay on the site plan is permitted.

To get help with the requests, residents can come to the office at 984 Old Mill Run in Lake Sumter Landing or call 352-751-3912.

A committee of 10 members has been appointed by the District Board of Supervisors, and it approves or denies requests depending on the various policies from Districts 1-9 and VCCDD for Lady Lake/Lake County portions of The Villages. .

Rules adopted from Deed Restrictions and Architectural Review Manuals by districts 1 - 9

If you don't know your district number, look here.

District 10 is still under control of the developer. All Districts, including District 10, use the same form and submission process.  District 10 applications are reviewed by a representative of the Developer instead of the Architectural Review Committee.  If desired, you may show up and meet with the Developer's representative at your appointed time.You should have received a copy of their policies when you bought your home. You can review your deed restrictions at Deed Restrictions listed by county and unit number. Your unit number is on your Villages ID card.

If a landscaper says you don’t need a request, they are incorrect; get approval anyway. Some examples of when a request is needed:

ARC Committee Meeting

The committee reviews approximately 100 requests a week, and meets weekly in Lake Sumter Landing at 8:00 on Wednesday mornings. Any Villager, including those who have requests, can come to the meetings (and requesters can make any explanations when necessary). If a Villager submits a request by noon on a Thursday, the request will go before the committee on the next Wednesday.

It is in your best interest to attend and present all relevant information to the ARC

Role of Community Watch

The other division in Community Standards is Deed Compliance--Public Safety, including Community Watch, does NOT look for deed violations. If a violation is reported, this is the department that investigates and determines the steps necessary to create compiance.

Helpful Documents from The Villages

Home Property Application Form

Flowchart of the ARC Application Process

Sample Site Plans

Florida Statute 373.185

Florida Law 373.185 supersedes any laws made by home owner associations prohibiting the property owner from implementing Florida-friendly landscaping on his or her land. (Effective 7/1/09.) Florida-friendly refers to drought tolerant plants. (Sod can be replaced with these plants and different types of mulch can be used as accent.)

Florida Statute 373.185 states: "A deed restriction or covenant may not prohibit or be enforced to prohibit any property owner from implementing Florida-friendly landscaping on his or her land. (Effective 7/1/09)"

From our district documents - The Villages External Deed Restriction Standards: “Florida-Friendly Landscaping is permitted as a substitute for sod”

Florida Law 373.185

Florida-friendly Landscaping

University of Florida Explanation of Florida Statute 373.185

 

 

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Published on  18.05.2016