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Architectural Guidelines

Mission Statement:
The Architecture Committee shall monitor activities related to the architectural conditions/rules/restrictions originating in the Village at Towne Center Bylaws and Declaration (CC&R: Conditions, Covenants and Restrictions), and advise the Board of Directors regarding members’ (owners’) compliance.

Duties of Committee:

  1. Educate HOA members (owners) regarding the architectural requirements and restrictions established by the declaration (CC&Rs).
  2. Report to and advise the HOA Board of Directors and the Management Company regarding architectural applications, violations, questions, concerns.
  3. Review and monitor all applications from initiation to final approval.

PURSUANT TO THE DECLARATION (CC&Rs): Homeowners/MEMBERS are required to notify the Board of Directors whenever any interior or exterior remodel/modification/improvement/alteration/removal is proposed. 

Notification may be email or letter but must be in writing and shall include a summary of the scope of the proposed remodel/modification/improvement/alteration/removal.

VIOLATIONS: (ARTICLE 8.6) The Board of Directors in behalf of the Association may take judicial action against any Owner to enforce compliance with such Rules and Regulations or other obligations of such Owner arising hereunder, or to obtain damages for noncompliance herewith … In the event of such judicial action, the Association shall be entitled to recover its costs, including reasonable attorney’s fees, from the offending Owner.


InteriorBearing walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs (except the interior surfaces therein), foundations, ceiling equipment, tanks, pumps, pipes, vents, ducts, shafts, flues, chutes, conduits, wires, and other utility installations, except outlets.Exterior: front entries, exterior stairs, balconies, decks, shutters, awnings, window boxes, doorsteps, stoops, balconies or rear patios and rear porches, and all exterior doors and windows located outside the Unit’s boundaries.


Interior:  Lath, furring, wallboard, plasterboard, plaster, paneling tiles, wallpaper, paint finished flooring and other wall, ceiling, or floor coverings on interior surfaces. Owners shall have the exclusive right to paint, repaint, tile, wax, paper, carpet or otherwise decorate the interior surfaces of the walls, ceiling, floors, and doors forming the boundaries of his unit.

Each owner shall also have the right to construct partition walls, fixtures, and improvements within the boundaries of his Unit, provided that such modifications shall not interfere with facilities necessary for the support, use or enjoyment of any other part of the community, shall not impair the structural soundness or integrity of the building and not encroach on the Common Elements or any part thereof.

IF the proposed architectural action does require HOA approval, THEN the proposed action shall require the applicant to complete the Architectural Approval Form and send to the management company. The applicant shall then be subject to the architectural approval process:

  1. Beginning with conditional approval (to include notifying the committee of work schedule)
  2. Continuing with review and monitoring (notifying the committee of work schedule);
  3. Ending with final approval after project is complete.

The committee shall be provided reasonable access to the Unit in question in order to monitor the process and give final approval. Final approval shall be documented on the Architectural Approval Form and mailed/emailed to the management company upon completion.

Click HERE for the Architectural Request Form
(On-Line Version).

Definition of what areas are and are not subject to the architectural approval process (taken from ARTICLE 1:37, 3:3, 3.4, 4: 5, ARTICLE 8.6)



  1. ARTICLE 4: 2: B.C.D.E.H: APPEARANCE: Appearance of the Village at Towne Center buildings "shall not deviate from their external appearance as originally installed by the Declarant [Builder].
  2. ARTICLE 4.3: REPORTING RESPONSIBILITY OF OWNERS: Each owner shall promptly report in writing to the Board any and all visually discernible items or other conditions, with respect to his unit, appurtenant patio, building, stairway, landing and areas adjacent to his Unit, which reasonably appear to require repair. Delay or failure to fulfill such reporting duty may result in further damage to improvements, resulting in costly repair or replacement.
  3. ARTICLE 6. 2: NO NOXIOUS OR OFFENSIVE ACTIVITY: No noxious, destructive, or offensive activity shall be carried on or placed in or upon any unit or in the common elements or limited common elements, or any part thereof, which shall interfere with the legal rights of other owners, nor shall anything be done therein which is or may become an annoyance or nuisance to any other owner... No activities shall be conducted, nor improvements constructed, in or upon any part of the project which is or may become unsafe or hazardous to any person or property.
  4. ARTICLE 6.8: NO ALTERATIONS: “No owner shall, without the prior written consent of the Board of Directors in each specific instance make or cause to be made any alteration, addition, removal or improvement in or to the common elements, limited common elements or a unit or any part thereof, or do any act that would impair the structural soundness or integrity of the buildings … “
  5. ARTICLE 6.10: NO OVERLOADING.No owner shall bring anything into his unit or permit anything to be done in his unit that will cause damage to the building. No owner shall overload the floor of his unit. No owner shall permit the use of or operation of any equipment, machinery, or other apparatus that will in any manner injure, vibrate, or shake the building or portions thereof.
  7. nothing shall be done … that would result in cancellation of the insurance on the project or any part thereof nor shall anything be done or kept in the unit or in the common elements or any part thereof that would increase the rate of insurance ….”
  8. ARTICLE 6:21: OUTSIDE FURNITURE AND FIXTURES: enclosures, shades, screens or other items affecting the exterior appearance of any patio or balcony shall not be permitted without express written consent of the board… and shall be subject at all times to the rules and regulations.
  9. ARTICLE 6.26: HARD SURFACE LIMITATIONS: Tile and other [non-vinyl] hard flooring surfaces are permitted only in kitchens, baths and entryways on second floor units. The limitation shall not apply to second floor units above garage units.
  10. ARTICLE 8:10: REQUEST FOR APPROVAL: Any action by an owner requiring written or other approval of the Board of Directors shall be submitted to the Board of Directors in the form of a written request. The Board shall have 30 days from receipt to respond. No Owner shall proceed to act upon such request without a written response from the Board of Directors. IN the event the Board fails to respond with 30 days, the request shall be deemed denied.

RESOLUTIONS relevant to this Committee regarding Art. 6.26 Hard Surface Flooring: 
See diagram for additional approved areas for hard surface (tile, wood, etc) flooring.

FLOORING RESOLUTION 1/29/20: WHEREAS, The Village at Towne Center Homeowners Association needs to protect the Association and its membership, the Board adopted the following Resolution to clarify section 6.26 in the CC&R’s in regard to vinyl [LPV] flooring at the Board of Directors Meeting dated Jan 29, 2020.6.26 Hard Surface Limitations. Tile and other non-vinyl hard flooring surfaces are permitted only in kitchens, baths and entryways on second floor units. This limitation shall not apply to second floor units above garage units.Be it resolved that the Unit Owner or Unit’s agent shall request vinyl [LPV] flooring installation via an Architecture Request form. The vinyl [LPV] flooring must include a footstep-noise resilient underlay with an IIC (impact insulation class) of at least 60. 

Click HERE for the Architectural Request Form (On-Line Version).