Thursday, September 25, 2008
There's an ongoing issue which hangs over us all like an umbrella. It's somewhat invisible - we only see the results but not usually the process. I am writing about the Design Guidelines and their application, or lack thereof:
S O Design Guidelines, Page 3, Preface
Each lot owner must demonstrate how development of their property respects the vistas and amenities of neighboring properties and of the project as a whole.
Page 4-4, 4.3 Building Height
To minimize the visual impact of all buildings and to ensure that they are subordinate to and blend with the surrounding Hill Country landscape.
To ensure that the view potential from each lot is preserved.
Page 4-6, 4.5 Building Massing
To ensure buildings whose overall scale, image and appearance are compatible with that of the natural landscape, and to protect the mutual and reciprocal privacy of neighboring residences.
Page 4- 10
The color of external materials must be subdued to compliment the colors of and blend with the natural landscape. Locally found, muted Hill Country tones are recommended, although occasional accent colors, used judiciously and with restraint, may be permitted.
Walls - Natural and earth tones. Large areas of monochromatic surfaces shall be minimized. Wall surfaces shall utilize texture and / or multi layered applications
The was a reflectivity value limit which we learned has been dropped.
The home under construction shown was approved, though to my reading of the guidelines, it misses in scale, color, blending, and monochromatic issues. What do YOU think? I suggest you make your feelings known - or your piece of Spanish Oaks could have the same issues as they become more lax.
Pam Chandler DID respond about the color issue and said they are working with the builder to tone it down. Her answer ignored the other issues.