Lakewood at Darby Architectural Review Committee
Lakewood at Darby is designed to be a unique community of homes based on thoughtful
land planning and sound architectural design. As years pass and as additions and
improvements are made, it will be very important to keep the entire community in mind
and not merely the individual improvement. In order to insure property values that
uphold the architectural integrity of the community, the Architectural Review Committee
Lakewood at Darby was developed by MI Homes, Inc. MI Homes has established the
Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Lakewood at Darby that each
resident receives at closing.
The Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Lakewood at Darby
require that all improvements to each lot and home, including but not limited to
landscaping, building additions, fences, walls, decks, patios and revisions in colors on
exterior materials, shall be approved by the Architectural Review Committee or ARC.
This review is to occur prior to the installation of any such improvements. This
document also permits that the ARC will be comprised of 3 members of the Lakewood at
Darby community who are selected by the Lakewood at Darby Homeowners’
Association. This committee provides a more efficient response time and also allows for
more homeowner representation in the process. The ARC will review all applications for
compliance with the Guidelines and grant or deny approval. Homeowners may appeal
for further review by the elected Board members, if necessary. Final decisions regarding
appeals and the Design Guidelines will be made by the 3 members of the Lakewood at
Darby Homeowners’ Association who were elected by the residents of Lakewood.
The proposed improvements to your home should be tastefully and professionally
designed to add character and increase the value of your property, and those around you.
The ARC requests that you contact your neighbors as a courtesy before making any
major changes to your property.
The following is a summary of the Lakewood at Darby Design Guidelines. It is required
that all additions utilize the exact same architectural design and materials as the
original home, such as:
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Foundation, if applicable
THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
The ARC has the authority to approve, modify, or disapprove any and all proposed
exterior physical improvements to your home and/or property. This would include but is
not limited to the following improvements:
I. Architectural and Structural Improvements and Additions
ALTERATIONS TO THE PHYSICAL STRUCTURE OF YOUR HOME
ALTERATIONS TO THE COLOR OF YOUR HOME
The above improvements must be approved by the ARC as well as the Lakewood at
Darby Homeowners' Association.
All approved construction projects must be completed within a reasonable time
Submittal Process for Architectural and Structural Improvements or Additions
It will be necessary to submit the following:
1. 2 copies of Site plan to scale showing the entire lot with all easements and
setbacks, existing built structures and clearly defined new structures in roof plan.
Also include driveways and patios.
2. 2 copies of Floor Plans to scale showing new structure and pertinent information
with relationship to existing built structures.
3. 2 copies of Elevations to scale showing all sides with relationship to existing built
structures. All materials to be clearly noted.
4. Actual Site and House Photos from several angles.
After all necessary information has been submitted, final comments and/or approval
should be available in approximately 4 weeks.
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II. Non-Structural Improvements
All side yard and rear yard fencing is required to be in compliance with the
Declarations of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions of the community.
Chain link is just one example of an unacceptable fence style.
Acceptable materials are wood, vinyl, stone and brick.
Fence must be natural color, black or white.
Fence is not to exceed 42” in height.
Fencing is to be installed within your property line. The homeowner is
responsible for maintaining their property on both the inside and the outside of
Fences are not permitted to run across a driveway.
No front yard fencing will be permitted.
Please be advised that if a fence is installed without the approval of the
Lakewood at Darby Homeowners’ Association, it may result in fines as well
as the removal of your fence at the owner’s expense.
Decks are to be an extension of the homes architecture with attention to detail
in railings and steps.
All deck materials must be painted to match the color of the home or stained
Landscaping is strongly encouraged to give the deck a finished look.
Patios must be approved for their material construction as well as their location.
TRELLIS & ARBORS
Trellis and Arbors must be approved for materials, paint colors and location.
FISH PONDS, FOUNTAINS AND FIRE PITS
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Fish ponds and permanent fountains and fire pits must be approved for materials,
paint colors and location.
Gazebos must be approved for materials, paint color, location and design. They
must be open and not used for storage.
Hot tubs must be approved for location. The ARC requires that hot tubs be
placed in an appropriate location with the least visual impact on neighboring
It is required that all hot tubs be appropriately screened.
Auxiliary buildings including, but not limited to, storage sheds and greenhouses
are not permitted.
Awnings must be approved for style, color, material and location.
One (1) Real Estate sign permitted per property.
Political Signage is permitted on private property 2 weeks prior to an election
day and must be removed within 24 hours after the election.
No other signage is permitted without Lakewood at Darby Homeowners’
Association approval, including but not limited to contractor and construction
Satellite Dishes must be approved for their location, size and appropriate
screening. Dishes should be securely affixed to the primary structure, deck, or a
support in close proximity to the primary structure or deck.
Landscaping must be approved for location and materials. This includes any
Landscaping that affects the grade of the lot, planting beds, retaining walls, etc.
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This is not meant to include typical additions to your landscaping such as annuals
Approval for the planting of trees is necessary only when you are planting in your
front or side yard and in lots of 3 or more at a time.
Walls must be approved for height, location and material.
PLAYGROUNDS, SWING SETS and RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT
Swing sets are to be wooden.
Playground equipment, i.e. basketball hoops, sandboxes, slides, swings, etc.,
should be appropriately placed and must not disturb drainage/utility
easements, no build zones or preservation areas.
Consideration is also given to the amount of space available for this equipment
so as not to overcrowd yard space. In addition, consideration should be given not
to place playgrounds, swing sets or recreational equipment approximately 10 feet
from the neighboring property.
Above ground pools will not be permitted.
Wading pools will be permitted with the following conditions:
1. They must be temporary in nature.
2. No pumps or filters are allowed.
3. Pool height is not to exceed 18 inches.
Wading pools must be stored inside nightly.
All approved construction projects must be completed within a reasonable time
Submittal Process for Non-Structural Improvements
It will be necessary to submit two (2) copies of the following:
1. House Site Plan to scale showing existing structures and proposed
improvements with property lines and easements.
2. Detailed Plans and Elevation of proposed improvement(s)
3. Actual Site and House Photos from several angles
4. List of materials being used including paint colors, if applicable
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Before submitting the above information, the Lakewood at Darby Homeowners’
Association requests that you carefully consider any potential impacts that your
improvements will have on your neighbors and modify them accordingly.
The above must be submitted to: Rickert Property
Management, Inc., 1695 Old Henderson Road, Columbus OH
43220, Attention Wayne Rickert.
Upon approval, an official notice will be sent to you for your records. If your plan is not
approved, you will be notified in writing as to why it was not approved and what
conditions, if any, must be met to obtain approval.
The Lakewood at Darby Homeowners’ Association reserves the right to make periodic
inspections during construction to assure compliance with these guidelines.
Please be advised the Lakewood at Darby Homeowners’ Association
provides an approval on aesthetics only! This is not a structural
approval. All building and zoning permits are the responsibility of the
The Lakewood at Darby Homeowners’ Association reserves the right to modify any
approval if all conditions were not made available to the committee at the time of
Guidelines may be updated or modified at any time by the ARC with the approval of the
Lakewood at Darby Homeowners’ Association. Any change or update will also require
approval by the board.
These guidelines have been established for the betterment of your community. If you
would like to suggest a change or addition to these guidelines, please contact a member
of the committee or one of your community trustees.
Notification of Approval/Contingency/Denial
The committee meets twice per month during the months of May, June, July, August
and September. They meet once per month during the rest of the year.
Once the committee has reviewed your plans you will receive one of three
notifications from the Lakewood at Darby Homeowners’ Association in writing:
1. Approval Notification - This notice informs you that your plan has been
approved as submitted, no changes needed.
2. Contingency Notification – This notice will inform you of any changes that need
to be made to your plan in order to obtain approval.
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3. Notification of Denial - This notice will inform you that your plan has been
denied and provide the explanation for denial.
If you do not agree with the contingencies for approval or denial of your plans, you
may appeal this decision. Your appeal must be in writing and addressed to the
members of the board for the Lakewood at Darby Homeowners’ Association. This
can be sent to the attention of Wayne Rickert.
Rickert Property Management, Inc.
1695 Old Henderson Road
Columbus OH 43220
Enforcement of the ARC Guidelines
Please always keep in mind that these guidelines are in place to protect your property
values. These are guidelines you as a homeowner in the community agreed to abide by
when you purchased your home.
If the ARC and/or Lakewood at Darby Homeowners’ Association finds any homeowner
in violation of these guidelines, the following may occur:
1. A notice will be sent informing the homeowner that they are in violation.
2. The ARC and/or Lakewood at Darby Homeowners’ Association may request a
copy of the homeowners’ Lakewood at Darby Homeowners’ Association
approval letter as proof that the homeowner did indeed receive approval.
3. The Lakewood at Darby Homeowners’ Association may approve the
improvement under the category of non-conforming or they may request that
changes be made or structures removed, at the owner’s expense.
4. Fines may be imposed on the homeowner if sufficient notice is given and the
homeowner chooses not to cooperate. These fines will be assessed to the HOA
dues and are able to be liened against property.
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