Architectural Review Committee
Deed restrictions serve to maintain the Crighton Ridge property values by spelling out basic standards to be followed by all residents to reduce public hazards, to maintain the uniform plan of the community, and to preserve the uniformity of the plan for future residents of the community.
If you do not receive a copy of the deed restrictions at closing, you can request one from the Communications Committee or download it from here.
What Should I Do If I Receive a Deed Restriction Violation Letter?
If you receive a deed restriction violation, don’t panic! The first letter is merely to bring your attention to the possibility of a violation. There are no legal fees or negative repercussions associated with a first letter. The wording of the letter is a legal formality that allows the association to pursue legal action, if necessary, at a later date.
First, determine whether or not the violation actually existed on your property at the time of the inspection. If the violation does not exist, contact Investment Management Company (IMC) at 936-756-0032 and/or by email to correct the mistake. Ensure that IMC has your correct address in the event the issue involved a neighbor and the address was incorrectly noted.
If the violation did exist but has since been corrected (ex: mulch in the driveway that hadn’t been completely spread at the time it was noted but has since), you may ignore the letter. The violation no longer exists. As a courtesy, you could email the management company to let them know.
If the violation is in the process of being corrected or is scheduled for correction, again you may ignore the letter. By the next inspection, the violation should no longer exist. If the violation will not be corrected by the next inspection, you should advise IMC. There may be extenuating circumstances that need to be taken into consideration that will require additional time to address the correction.
If you choose to ignore a deed restriction violation letter and do not correct a violation that may be deemed potentially hazardous or time sensitive, you may continue to receive letters. If there is no response to these letters and if you do not correct the violation, the HOA has the legal right to seek compliance through the Civil Court system. All costs related to legal enforcement are to be paid by the property owner.
Architectural Review Committee
ARC approval is required for any changes or additions, including but not limited to:
- A swimming pool
Addition to or modification of fencing
Painting the exterior of the home (even if the same color)
Addition of permanent landscape features or removal of trees
Addition of a gazebo, fountain or large play equipment
Addition of a garage, garden house, outdoor kitchen or other structure
The Architectural Review Committee (ARC) was established by the September 1998 bylaws to exercise exclusive jurisdiction over modifications, additions, or alterations made on or to existing Living Units or other improvements on lots. The committee sees its mission as “working to achieve residents’ goals while maintaining the deed restrictions.”
Each homeowner who plans to make a change to the exterior of their home or, in some cases, elsewhere on the property, must obtain ARC approval prior to beginning work on the modification. Completion of the work without prior approval could lead to a requirement to remove the modification and restore the property to its original condition.
The goal of the ARC is to serve both you and the community by determining that your finished improvement will not violate the deed restrictions and will enhance the value of your property.
The homeowner must complete an application form and submit it to the ARC for approval. The committee will have 30 days to review the application and render a decision. The 30-day period begins on the date that a complete application has been received, including all required documentation – not on the date the original application is signed by the owner.
Approval is not required to remodel, paint, or otherwise alter the interior of a home.
The guidelines followed by the ARC in making its decisions are outlined in the deed restrictions or DCCR’s.
You may download a copy of the application requirements and form below. An informal list of things you can do to speed your application is also included below.
As a result of new laws passed by the 87th Texas State Legislative Session, the following policies and guidelines are now applicable to Crighton Ridge: