Architectural Control Process

Architectural Control Process

The role of the homeowners association Architectural Control Process is to ensure that the community's property values are preserved, ensure consistency and preserve the aesthetics throughout the neighborhood.

Without a set of standards for exterior improvements a neighborhood can quickly decline, and you could find the value of your home declining as well.

The Architectural Control Process ensures that your neighbor does not detract from your property value; for example, by building an unsightly and misplaced out building or painting their house in bright purple with pink shutters that would be visible from space.

Violations of the architectural standards creates litigation issues that are costly and creates animosity in the community. Having a set of exterior standards and an application process for new construction or changes, alterations/modifications to buildings, fences, walls or other structures can avoid these ugly distractions.


Country Village Architectural Control - General Information/Requirements:

(See Protective Restrictions, Covenants, Limitations and Easements of Country Village and Country Village Community Association, Inc. Bylaws - Architectural Control Process Addendum B for full details)

  • Written approval by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) is required prior to the start of construction, installation, exterior addition to, alteration/modifications or changes to any building, fence, wall or other structure of any kind.
  • A completed Exterior Architectural Modification Application (EAMA), along with a copy of the lot survey/plat plan showing the detailed location of the proposed project or modification, is required to be submitted to the ACC for evaluation a minimum of 30 days prior to start of the project.
    • EAMA: Must contain detailed information about the proposed project including a description, plan, design, diagram, color, materials, size, dimensions (length, width, height), etc.
    • Survey/plat plan: Must include a detailed scale diagram and exact dimensions (lengths/widths) of the location of the proposed project or modification. 
  • The Applicant is required to notify the ACC upon project completion.
  • The approved project must be completed within 6 months after obtaining written approval, or the approval becomes void (unless an extension is obtained and approved in writing by the ACC beforehand).
  • Approval is contingent upon improvements being constructed in accordance with the EAMA, plans, and specifications submitted to and approved in writing, and all work being completed to professional standards.
  • All improvements, projects, alterations/modifications, etc. are required to comply with current zoning and building codes, easements, ordinances, regulations, and laws of the Town of Waterloo, Dekalb County, and the state of Indiana.
Helpful Resources:

Dekalb County's GIS Survey System/Beacon: This website can help to give a general idea of where property boundaries are set. Also drainage/utility easements are shown as hashed lined areas delineating the locations where Indiana and Waterloo laws prevent structures from being built.

Town of Waterloo Zoning Ordinances-Fences
    (abridged online version, see complete Waterloo Zoning Ordinances for full details)