Expediting Your ARB Process

Are you planning any improvements to your home? Do you know what it takes to get the job done? Do you know if you need ARB approval for the project?

I have many neighbors asking me, “Nick do I need approval for this or approval for that”? To find out what projects need the ARB approval you can go to the Deercreek Owner’s Association website at www.deercreekcc.comOn the right hand side of the home page, click on the ARB link which will take you to the ARB home page where you will find a link on the right hand side of the page that says “Application Form/Fees”. Clicking on that link takes you to the form you will need to complete in order to secure approval for improvements/changes.

Some items are pre-approved (see the “Pre-Approved Designs” link on the ARB home page) but do require a $25 pre-approved submittals fee.

The ARB would like to assist you and ensure the application process goes smoothly. In addition to ensuring compliance with DCCOA association covenants and restrictions, the ARB also wants to ensure that you are getting the best possible results from your project as contractors can sometimes sell you jobs but do not understand the Deercreek HOA’s requirements. Delays in a project may occur if a homeowner doesn’t provide the ARB the necessary information/form to evaluate and approve a project—which is the last thing the ARB wants to happen!

So how do you make sure that your project goes smoothly through the application process? The best way is to make sure that the checklist attachments are complete. These are listed at the bottom of the application.

What things can delay your application? I am glad that you asked! The following list of items have contributed to delayed approval most recently:

  • Poor photographs of the area that is in need of improving.
  • Not including the dimensioned, to-scale drawings.
  • Not including floor plans, elevation, and sectioned drawings for additions.
  • For projects requiring roof additions, not providing drawings that clearly show how the addition will attach to the existing home.
  • Landscape plans without quantity, gallon size, and species of shrubs/trees (if applicable).
  • For tree removal-not including a gallon size and species of the replacement tree.
  • Not including a proper survey of the property.
  • Not including the checks required with the application.
  • Not including good samples or pictures of materials such as paint, pavers, etc. to be applied to the project.

The list can go on but you get the point. The ARB would rather have all of the pertinent information for projects so that you can proceed promptly. And it also helps the ARB since we won't have to spend additional time addressing your project. Besides, my wife waits on me for dinner and you don’t want to keep Millie waiting☺