PROJECT APPROVAL PROCESS

GETTING YOUR PROJECT APPROVED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

The Park Estates CC&Rs require that homeowners obtain the approval of the Architectural Review Board (ARB) before beginning any improvement project on the exterior of their homes, including replacing/repainting “like for like”.

Typical projects that require Architectural Review Board (ARB) approval:

  • Additions and/or exterior remodeling of either residence, garage or adding a pool
  • Installing new windows
  • Repainting or changing exterior color of your house and/or trim
  • Re-roofing
  • Installing new fences or walls, or modifying an existing fence or wall, including just changing the color
  • Installing solar panels
  • Removing a tree over 12 feet in height

Getting approval is very simple if you follow these steps:

  1. Contact Building Commissioner John Garrett at (562) 715-5694 or your tract representative. Describe the changes you intend to make. The Building Commissioner or your tract representative can provide guidance on whether or not your project requires ARB approval. If there is a pressing need to expedite your project and you cannot wait until the next regularly scheduled meeting, contact the Building Commissioner to determine whether an expedited meeting is necessary.
  2. Contact the PEHA Office. Call the PEHA office at (562) 498-3383 or email your name, address, and project description to: info@parkestateshoa.com to be placed on the agenda. You will be informed of the date of the next ARB meeting. In most cases, this is the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM in the Park Estates HOA Office located at 1777 Bellflower Blvd, Suite 100, Long Beach, CA 90815. The ARB does not meet unless there are matters for it to review, so it is important to let the Office Manager know at least three days in advance if you will be attending.
  3. Attend the Architectural Review Board Meeting.
    1. Remodels and additions: Bring three copies of your architectural plans to the meeting. These plans shall include the following:
      1. A cover sheet showing the location of the property
      2. A table showing the existing square footage of the house and lot, the proposed square footage of finished project, the existing and proposed percent lot coverage and the maximum lot coverage allowed by your CC&Rs
      3. A site plan showing the property lines and setback lines from all sides of the property
      4. Elevations of all sides of the affected buildings
      5. A full color architect’s rendering of the project
      6. Color selections for the house and trim (bring samples of colors to meeting)
  1. Installing new and/or replacement windows: Bring pictures of your existing windows and manufacturer’s literature showing the proposed type of window(s) to be installed. Note that vinyl trim around windows is not acceptable in Park Estates. All window trim shall be paintable.
  2. For simple painting and re-roofing projects, bring samples of the proposed paint and/or roofing materials to indicate the type and color being selected. Roofing material samples MUST be the same type and color you intend to use.

Any specific questions on what needs to be brought to the meeting can be answered by the Building Commissioner.

Duration:

Approved plans are valid for the duration of the project. However, much like City Building Codes, the PEHA Operating Rules and other requirements are updated from time to time. As a result, if a homeowner delays construction for over 12 months after approval of said plans, those plans are no longer valid and shall be resubmitted for ARB approval prior to beginning the project.

Tree Removal:

ARB approval is required to remove a tree over 12 feet in height. In most cases, removal of a tree requires planting an approved replacement tree somewhere else on the property. Tree Commissioner Dave Thompson is an excellent resource for questions on tree-related issues and is available to consult on tree selection, location, and care.  If ARB approval is required, Dave can help your project get added to the next ARB meeting agenda. Contact Tree Commissioner Dave Thompson at (562) 597-5448 to expedite the process.

ARB Fee Schedule:

There is no cost for reviewing your project with the ARB prior to beginning the project.  However, failure to review your project with the ARB prior to beginning the project or modifying previously approved plans without ARB review and approval may result in a substantial fine. Additionally, the cost for replacing any noncompliant construction will be borne by the homeowner.  Please refer to the PEHA SCHEDULE OF MONETARY PENALTIES.

Be smart … go see the ARB before you begin the project and keep the Building Commissioner updated on any changes.

02/18

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