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Kayenta Architectural Control Committee

 

The Kayenta ACC meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month, 2:00 p.m. in the Kayenta Community Room. A hard copy of the agenda is posted in the Kayenta Homes & Properties office the Thursday before the meeting.

THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD FOR THE ACC

As many of you know Dee Osborn is leaving the ACC at the end of 2014. Her 20 years of dedicated service to the community of Kayenta is a testament to this really great lady. We all are so very grateful to her and her Board in helping to keep the Kayenta way of life intact. I will be her new replacement as of January 1, 2015. My name is Wendy Bradley. I have been shadowing Dee now for almost a year trying to learn all that she seems to know so effortlessly. Dee has knowledge of the history of Kayenta that I will never have, but as I have told her time and time again “I know where you live.” She has graciously told me she will help me in any way she can, short of getting all the phone calls. Officially I start as of January 1, 2015. After December 31st I told Dee to tell anyone who calls her with questions or concerns to direct them to me. Dee has certainly earned this “retirement” from the ACC. Thank you again, Dee.

buildingOne of the things I observed during this past year is confusion on the part of the Kayenta residents and some contractors as to what the difference is between the ACC (Architectural Control Committee) versus the HOA (Home Owners Association) and what each does for Kayenta. I would like to help clarify this for everyone. The ACC is a committee of volunteers that oversees the aesthetics of the new homes being built. We make sure the contractor follows the ACC rules and regulations of construction. When the ACC receives a set of new plans for a home we go over them with a fine tooth comb. We use a checklist to make sure they include all the details needed to grant approval of the plans. Once the final approval is done and the plans are signed, construction may begin. During the construction the ACC assigns an Observation Team. That team is made up of one member of the HOA and one member of the ACC. We do this for a reason. The ACC member makes sure the contractor is adhering to the ACC rules and regulations of construction and the HOA member makes sure the contractor is adhering to the CCR’s (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions) of that subdivision. The Observation Team does a minimum of 4 on site visits during construction.

Completion of excavation – rough grade.

Framing

Gray coat or stucco application

Final inspection after the CO is obtained

In addition there may be ad hoc meetings. The owners may wish to make a change mid stream or the contractor comes up against issues such as drainage once the house begins and requests the addition of walls or more drains. This will require the ACC members to meet on site with the contractor to discuss and observe what is needed. Often the approval can be given on site if there is a quorum of ACC members present. The ACC is NOT just about new homes. ANY changes done to the exterior of the home including exterior construction, alteration, removal, relocation, repainting, re roofing, additions, modification, external decoration or redecoration, landscaping or re-landscaping MUST BE APPROVED BY THE ACC BEFORE ANY CHANGES CAN BE MADE OR STARTED.

The forms for changes to an existing home can be found on the ACC website. They must be filled out in their entirety and either placed in the ACC folder down at the sales office or mailed to the ACC at their address P.O. Box 96, Santa Clara, Utah 84765.

Now that you know what the ACC does allow me to tell you and what the HOA is responsible for with regard to new homes and existing homes. The HOA’s are responsible for enforcing the CC&R’s on both new and existing homes. On new homes this means they are responsible for all work violations. These include but are not limited to: before and after hours construction violations, working on Sundays, working the 3 holidays as stated in your CC&R’s, not having construction signs up, parking in “no parking” zones and restrictions on loud music. Please refer to your Construction Plans for these restrictions. The HOA’s are also responsible for levying fines for repeat offenders, if they deem it necessary. For existing homes any complaint about a neighbor doing any of the activities mentioned in the ACC section of this article should be addressed to the governing HOA. As an example if your neighbor paints their house purple it is a non-compliance issue with the HOA and not the ACC. The HOA needs to inform the person that they are in non-compliance with the CC&R’s and follow the procedures therein. If the neighbor realizes the error of their ways and says they will repaint their purple house back to one of the approved colors he/she needs to fill out an ACC form for repainting and submit it for approval. In this way the HOA and ACC work together. Neither the ACC nor the HOA is responsible for ensuring that the contractors or their subs are adhering to work safety regulations and city, state or federal regulations in construction practices.

I hope this has helped clear up any questions you may have, as to who is responsible for what, in reference to new construction, modifications to existing homes and any non-compliance issue in Kayenta.

Thank you for your time and attention.