Your Home and Land
It is the intent of the Board of Directors, based on the conditions set forth in the Scenic Ridge Homeowners' Association By-Laws and Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions, and Easements to maintain a consistent architectural look to our community while affording unit owners the opportunity to personalize their property.
No exterior changes are permitted to your unit without the prior express permission of the Board. Common changes previously allowed have been aesthetic or safety oriented alterations to decks (primarily limited to railings and fence installations), shed installations, and patio extensions. Repairs to existing decks and patios that restore them to their original state do not require approval; improvements, significant changes, and expansion do require approval. For changes that do not require Board approval, it is recommended that you notify the Board of any changes in writing in any case.
No signs may be posted on your property, with the exception of a “For Sale” or “For Rent” sign no larger than 12” X 24” without the express permission of the Board.
Landscaping changes, such as the addition of shrubs and ornamental trees, are allowed and encouraged. If, however, the changes will substantially affect the appearance of the lot (e.g. the removal of existing shrubs or trees) or negatively impact a neighbor’s views, safety, or access, you will need to obtain the prior express permission of the Board. The Board determines this judgment. If there is any doubt, please contact the Board. The Board reserves the right to remove changes and charge the Lot owners for the expense in the event the Board determines this change has substantially affected the appearance of the lot or negatively impacted a neighbor’s safety, views, or access. For these changes, it is also recommended that you notify the Board of any changes or repairs in writing.
Only private Lots and Common Areas are mowed, given that there is reasonable access to the property. Any other landscaping maintenance (e.g. shrub pruning, tree topping, maintenance of inaccessible areas) on private Lots is the responsibility of the individual lot owners. The landscaper will prune and maintain shrubbery only in the Common Areas. The Lot owner must maintain areas that are not easily accessible.
All residents must ensure that the landscaping service provider has clear access to all Lot areas that require mowing. Fences, structures, lawn furniture, or other objects or obstructions that limit the free access of the lawn mowing equipment will result in lawn areas not receiving service and must be moved, or removed, by the unit owner.
Leaves will be blown and removed during the fall by a service provider retained by the Board.
The Board reserves the right to remove any obstructions and charge individual Lot owners for the associated fees, including legal and construction fees.
Leaves will be blown and removed during the fall season by a service provider retained by the Board.
Architecture and Landscaping Change Requests
In the event you would like to request a change to your architecture or landscaping on your lot, please follow these procedures:
- Write to: Scenic Ridge Homeowners' Association Board of Directors, One Amber Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520, or email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting and describing the proposed change in detail (include any documented plans, material specifics, and layout diagrams).
- Await written approval or email response from the Board within sixty days from the receipt of your request. If your request is rejected, you may resubmit your request with additional changes that address the Board’s concerns. All approved request work must start within 60 days of approval or the approval will be canceled and the request must be submitted again to the Board. All work must be completed within a three month period from the start of work.
- When you have received written approval for your change, perform the following:
For structural changes:
- Contact the Village Engineer's Office at the Village of Croton-on-Hudson at (914) 271-4783 to obtain a building permit, as well as the required procedures for the Village’s approval.
- Perform all work in compliance with the proposed plans and in conformity with all Board and Village stipulations and laws.
- The Village Engineer will inspect your change once complete and issue a Certificate of Occupancy.
- Inform the Board in writing when the work is complete. A Board member will perform a final inspection of the change to ensure conformity with the originally approved request and ask to see the new Certificate of Occupancy issued by the Village.
- If you are requesting the addition of a storage shed, the following shed has been approved for installation: “Storage King” from Post Woodworking in Texture-111 vertical siding. Sheds made from any other material besides cedar, including, but not limited to rubber, plastic, plain plywood, composition wood products, aluminum or steel are not acceptable. The Board determines acceptability.
- If your architectural work requires the staining of wood, the following stain must be used: Benjamin Moore, natural cedartone solid stain.. The trim stain (garage doors, window trim, doors) is Benjamin Moore Grandfather Clock Brown.
- There are two "approved" storm doors. One is full glass (Andersen 3000 Series 36 In. Storm Door in Terratone, Fullview, with Brass Hardware), the other half glass (EMCO 200 Series 36 In. Storm Door in Bronze, Triple-Track, with Black Hardware) with a retractable screen.
- The only approved garage door is the Clopay Value Plus Series, 2-layer construction Model #HD 183, brown with plain window for upper panel.
For landscaping and aesthetic changes:
- Perform your change in accordance with the proposed work request submitted to and approved by the Board.
- Inform the Board in writing once your work is complete. A Board member will perform a final inspection of the work to ensure conformity with the originally approved request.
- In the event the new architectural or landscaping work is not in compliance with the original request as issued to the Board, the Lot owner must perform reasonable corrective work requested by the Board, at the Lot owner's expense, to bring the work into compliance with the original request or return the area to its original state. If the Lot owner does not make the required changes, the Board reserves the right to hire a contractor to perform the changes. The Board will then charge the actual expenses and any associated fees, including legal fees, to the Lot owner as part of their annual assessment in compliance with Scenic Ridge Homeowners' Association By-Laws and Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions, and Easements.