Architecture Report – December 2017

ARCHITECTURAL NOTICES: December 2017

Approved extension of Holcomb project – 10643 Culpepper Ct NW – to June of 2018
Approved Hartung Solar Panels – 10555 Valmay Ave NW

I just want to remind everyone to make a point of reading the architecture review policies. If you are planning a project, please reach out to me and I will guide you through the process. If you see a notice either in an email blast or in the bulletin and you have questions, email me and I will address your questions or concerns. Our review policy is in place for everyone’s benefit.

Thank you,
Barbara Sinn
sinnbj@Hotmail.com

Do I need to submit plans for Solar Panels?

Yes. Washington State law (RCW 64.38.055) substantially limits the rights of homeowners associations (HOA) such as The Blue Ridge Club, Inc. to prohibit installation of solar energy panels, but does allow an HOA to require that the solar panel meet certain standards and to impose reasonable restrictions on the materials, colors, placement and manner of installation to reduce the impact of solar panels. Blue Ridge adopted a solar panel policy in 2013 that lays out the scope of our review. Homeowners must follow the architectural review procedures and obtain approval prior to installing solar panels. While Blue Ridge is limited in its authority to prohibit solar panels, we can and do require reasonable modification to the placement of solar panels and associated equipment to address the substantive factors used in architectural review.

The Blue Ridge Club Inc Board adopts the following guidance:

1. Homeowners must follow the architectural review procedures and obtain approval from the Blue Ridge Club Inc. prior to installing solar panels.

2. Solar Panels must meet the applicable health, safety, and performance standards and requirements imposed by state and local permitting authorities (See RCW 64.38.055(1).

3.Blue Ridge may prohibit the visibility of any part of a roof-mounted solar panel above the roof line.
Blue Ridge may require:

4. That a solar panel on the slope of a roof facing a street conform to the slope of the roof;
That the top edge of a solar panel is parallel to the roof ridge
That a solar panel frame, support brackets, or any visible piping or wiring be of a color that coordinates with the roofing material or house colors
That a ground mounted solar panel be shielded if shielding does not prohibit economic installation of the panel or degrade operational performance by more than 10%
That low reflectivity solar panels be used

5. Blue Ridge may require reasonable modification to the placement and manner of a solar panel to address the substantive factors used in the architectural review.

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