Architectural Design Guidelines & Request

Our management company processes and tracks all ARC Requests submitted through their website.  Any changes to the exterior of your home or property require PRIOR WRITTEN APPROVAL from the Board.  Request can take up to 30 days to be approved after ALL materials have been submitted and acknowledged that all material needed has been received.  

To submit a request, an owner has to:
  • Go to 
  • Select HOMEOWNER
  • Select Homeowner Login
  • [Login with username and password -separate from HOA website]
  • Select ARC Requests
  • Scroll down and select Add ACC Request 
Our Architectural Review Committee addresses architectural requests as they are submitted.   

Architectural Design Standards for the Hawkeswater Homeowners Association Architectural Guidelines -Effective January 1, 2024
The  Covenants,  Conditions  and  Restrictions  (CC&Rs)  governing  the  Hawkeswater 
Homeowners Association provide that all properties shall be properly maintained, and 
that design of building construction and property improvements of any kind require the 
prior approval of the Architectural Committee. The CC&Rs grant authority to adopt rules 
and procedures to accomplish its objectives. Therefore, the Board of Directors and 
Architectural Committee hereby adopt the Architectural Policies and Procedures set forth 

The  Architectural  Policies  and  Procedures  are  established  for  the  protection  and enjoyment of all Association members and are strictly enforced.

These Architectural Policies and Procedures supersede and cancel any similar policies and/or guidelines adopted prior. The Policies and Procedures may be amended or repealed by the Board of Directors as they deem appropriate.
The Board of Directors
Hawkeswater Homeowners Association, Inc.



All properties within the Hawkeswater Homeowners Association, are subject to the 
recorded CC&Rs, as well as the restrictions of Brunswick County, North Carolina as 
applicable. These restrictions provide that design of building construction or property 
improvements  of  any  kind  require  the  approval  of  the  Architectural  Committee, 
hereinafter  referred  to  as  the  Committee.  This  is  in  accordance  with  Article  V, 
 Architecture and Landscaping , of the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and 
Restrictions for Hawkeswater.

Hawkeswater is a unique community which incorporates both standard single-family 
homes & townhomes. By following these Design Standards and obtaining approvals for 
Proposed Improvements from the Committee, Owners will be protecting their financial 
investment and will help to promote Proposed Improvements that are compatible with 
the other Homes and property within the Community.  A spirit of cooperation with the 
Committee and neighbors will go far in creating an optimum environment which will 
benefit the Owners.

The Committee was established to enhance the environmental quality and economic value  of  all  properties  within  the  Hawkeswater  Homeowners  Association.    The Committee strives to work in cooperation with the property owners to make our community a desirable place to live, work and play. The CC&Rs gives the Committee the power to apply architectural policies.

The Committee does not seek to restrict taste or individual preferences. Their primary function is to review all plans to ensure that the design submitted is harmonious with other structures in the area. The Committee strives to be completely fair, objective, impartial and understanding of individual goals.

The Committee recognizes that occasionally its policies and the objectives of any individual owner may appear to conflict. The policy has been designed so that the Hawkeswater   community   will   benefit   by   relating   each   project,   its   structures, improvements and amenities to the community.

Decisions made by the Committee are not based on opinion or taste. The following criteria, which represent the general standards of the CC&Rs in more specific terms, are used to determine what designs are acceptable.
Hawkeswater Architectural Design Guidelines

Any proposed exterior improvements must be submitted to the Committee for review and consideration using an Architectural Review Request form (see required ARC application form in the Appendix).  No Owner shall make any addition, alteration, or improvement to or on any Lot without the prior written consent of the Committee.


Proposed Exterior Improvements include, but are not limited to the following: porch 
additions and enclosures, outbuildings, utility screens, play sets, swimming pools, walls, 
hedges, yard art, statuary, propane tanks, planting or removal of landscaping, staking, 
clearing,  excavation,  grading  and  other  site  work,  exterior  alterations  of  existing 
improvements,  roofing,  exterior  painting  and/or  staining,  planting  or  removal  of 
landscaping and trees (collectively, herein referred to as the  Improvements )  shall take 
place on such Owner s Lot or Home unless and until the Committee has given its prior 
written approval for such activity.


The CC&Rs details the initial set of restrictions in the community.  Applications to construct or place any of these in Hawkeswater are automatically deemed to be denied without further requirement for communication of such.

These Rules and Regulations may at any time, from time to time, be added to, deleted 
from, repealed, amended, modified, re-enacted, or otherwise changed by the Hawkeswater 
Board of Directors in its discretion.  Owner should always consult the most current 
version of the Association s Rules and Regulations prior to submitting any Architectural 
Review Request.   Owners may contact the Management Company for the latest version 
of this document.

The Design Standards and procedures are supplementary to all the terms and provisions of the Declaration and shall remain in full force and effect. In the event of any actual or apparent conflict between these procedures and the Declaration, the Declaration shall prevail.    Nothing in these Design Standards shall supersede or alter the provisions or requirements of the Declaration.    All applications shall be reviewed to ensure that the project is in conformance with the CC&Rs.
Hawkeswater Architectural Design Guidelines

The Committee will meet as required to review plans submitted for approval. The 
Committee may require clarification, submission of additional information or material, 
and the request will be deemed denied until all required information and materials have 
been submitted.    An incomplete application will be returned to the applicant.


Any Owner submitting plans for Committee approval shall be responsible for the verification and accuracy of all dimensions, grade, elevations, and the location of key natural terrain features for the Site.

The Committee shall interpret these Design Standards. The Committee reserves the right to waive or vary any of the procedures of Design Standards at its discretion, for good cause shown. Any waiver or variance granted shall be considered unique and will not set any precedent for future decisions.

Design Compatibility.
The   proposed   improvement   shall   be   compatible   with   the   architectural 
characteristics of the applicant s house, adjoining houses, and the neighborhood 
setting.    Compatibility  is  defined  as  similarity (but  without  repetition)  in 
architectural  style,  quality  of  workmanship,  use  of  materials,  color,  and 
construction details.

Location and Impact on Neighbors.
It is suggested that Owners advise neighbors prior to submitting forms for Proposed Improvements. A proposed home or alteration shall relate favorably to the landscape, existing structures, and the neighborhood. The primary concerns are privacy, access, view, sunlight, ventilation, and drainage. The Committee may request adjacent neighbor input.

The proposed home or alterations shall relate in scale to adjacent structures and its surroundings.

Exterior Colors.
New colors affecting the exterior of a property shall be considered by the Committee on a case-by-case basis.
In the case of additions or outbuildings, continuity is established by use of the same or compatible materials as were used in the original house. The options may be limited somewhat by the design and materials of the original house.


Per the CC&Rs, the Committee shall make a determination on each application within 
thirty (30) days after receipt of a completed Architectural Request Form and submission 
of all required information, unless the time is extended by mutual agreement.   The 
Committee shall use good faith efforts to make a decision on each application within thirty
(30) days.

If the Committee fails to respond with a response to the owner within thirty (30) days after their receipt of a completed application and all required information, the request shall be deemed to be APPROVED.

All decisions of the Committee will be in writing.  Oral representation of any decision will not be valid and will not represent the decision of the Committee.  Property owners will be notified by the Management Company if their plan/project was approved or denied. The Committee may (i) approve the application, with or without conditions; (ii) approve a portion of the application and disapprove other portions; (iii) request additional information; or (iv) disapprove the application.

In the case of disapproval, the Committee may, but shall not be obligated to, specify the 
reasons for any objections and/or offer suggestions for curing any objections.  The burden 
of developing the design solution and modifications will lie with the Owner and the design 

Approval with or without Conditions.
If the application is approved by the Committee, the Owner and Contractor will receive notification of the approval from the Committee.   If the plans are approved with conditions, the Owner and Contractor will receive notification as to the conditions of approval.  If approval with conditions is granted, and construction then begins, the commencement of construction shall be deemed approval by the Owner/Contractor of the conditions imposed.

Partial Approval.
If the application is partially approved, the Committee will note which items are approved and which items are disapproved.  Disapproved items on the application must be corrected and resubmitted.  Complete approval with or without conditions must be received from the Committee before any construction may commence.
Request for Additional Information.
A request for additional information by the Committee shall be deemed a determination that the information submitted was inadequate.  Requested information must be received before the review process will continue.

Disapproval of Application.
Denied approval of submitted plans and specifications may be based upon any ground by the Declarant, including purely aesthetic judgment, which in the sole and uncontrolled discretion of the Declarant shall be sufficient.  The right of approval reserved to the Declarant herein may be assigned to the Committee, in the sole discretion of the Declarant.  If in the judgment of the Committee, the plans submitted do not conform to the intent and requirements of Hawkeswater s Design Standards, the plans will not be approved.

In the case of disapproval, the Committee may, but shall not be obligated to, specify the reasons for any objections and/or offer suggestions for curing any objections.  The burden of developing the design solution will lie with the Owner and the design professional.

When any kind of construction or changes that are governed by this document are done 
without prior Committee approval, a violation shall be issued, all work shall stop and a 
Stop  Work  Notice  may  be  issued.  The  owner  may  be  fined,  lose  Hawkeswater 
membership  privileges  and  have  legal  action  taken  against  them.  Unapproved 
construction shall be removed and/or altered as required by the Committee after notice 
and a hearing.



The Committee may grant variances from the Hawkeswater Design Standards when topography,   natural   obstructions,   hardship,   or   aesthetic   and   environmental considerations require additional evaluation.  Property owners may request a variance but shall provide the Committee with the reason for their request.

Such variances may only be granted, however, when unique circumstances dictate. There shall be reasonable assurance in a variance request that the overall intent of the Hawkeswater  Design  Standards  will  be  accomplished  by  the  Owner's  design  as proposed.  Owner may request a variance by submitting a written application to the Committee along with the required plans.

Following the variance review, the  applicant shall be notified in writing of  the Committee s decision by the Management Company.

Any deviation or changes to approved plans shall be subject to Committee approval prior to implementation. A second Architectural Review Request form, with a complete description of the changes or deviations, shall be filed with the Management Company.

Should the Committee deny any submission; any re-submission shall follow the same procedures as the rejected submittal. Any proposed exterior additions or changes that was not part of the original Architectural Review Request shall be submitted for Committee review and approval.


The Owner has the option to make an appeal to the Board of Directors regarding a denial 
of or condition placed on a proposed improvement to property, by giving written notice 
of appeal to the Association. The Board shall hear the appeal using the following 

?  If a hearing is requested by the Owner, the Management Company shall send a
written notice of the hearing to all parties involved at least fourteen (14) days prior to the hearing date.
?  The appeal by the Owner may be in person or writing.
? The Owner may present its position to the Board either in person or in writing prior to the hearing.
?  The Board shall decide whether the decision of the Committee be affirmed, overturned, or modified and the findings sent to the unit owner within five (5) business days of the hearing.


The Owner shall advise all his representatives, including but not limited to, his architect, engineer,  contractor, subcontractors,  and  their  employees  of  the  standards  and procedures  outlined  in  the  CC&Rs  and  these Design  Standards,  and  all  such representatives shall abide by said documents.


Neither the Committee or their respective successors or assigns shall be liable in 
damages to anyone submitting plans to them for approval, or to any Owner by reason of 
mistake in judgment, negligence or nonfeasance arising out of or in connection with the 
approval or disapproval or failure to approve any plans and specifications.  Every owner 
or other person who submits plans to the Committee for approval agrees, by said 
submission, that he will not bring action or suit against the Committee to recover 
damages or otherwise.

Approval by the Committee shall not be deemed to constitute compliance with the requirements of any local building codes and development regulations, and it shall be the responsibility of the Owner to comply therewith.
Hawkeswater Architectural Design Guidelines

Any approval by the Committee shall not relieve the owner from obtaining the prior consent and approval, when necessary, of the appropriate department or commission of the County. Additionally, any governmental approvals shall not be binding upon the Association as to whether any project shall be approved by the Committee.

Use of any property in the Community and any Existing Improvements must comply with applicable building codes and other governmental requirements and regulations. Approval and permits from  the County should be obtained where required.

Approval by the Committee will not constitute assurance that Existing Improvements or Proposed Improvements comply with applicable governmental requirements and regulations, or that a permit or approvals are not also required from applicable governmental bodies. For information about these requirements, Owners should contact the County Building Department.


Approval of plans by the Committee shall not be deemed to constitute compliance with 
the requirements of any local building, zoning, subdivision, sign, safety, health, public 
works or fire codes and regulations, nor shall approval waive any requirements on the 
part of the Owner to comply with  setbacks,  height restrictions, or requirements unless 
such waiver or variance is specifically requested at the time of submittal and granted by 
the Committee and local jurisdictions, where applicable. The covenants, conditions and 
restrictions as established by the Declarant shall remain in force as the legal restrictions 
governing all construction.


In planning and implementing Proposed Improvements, Owners are responsible for locating all water, sewer, gas, electric, telephone, cable television, irrigation lines, and other utility lines and easements. Owners should not make any Proposed Improvements over such easements without the consent of the utility involved, and Owners will be responsible for any damage to utility lines.  Underground utility lines and easements can be located by visiting the North Carolina Utility Notification site.


The Committee may review all work in progress and/or at completion of work to the extent required to ensure that the improvement(s) complies with all approved plans and/or  construction  procedures. In  addition,  the  owner's  submission  of  an Architectural  Review  Request  gives  permission  of  a  member/members  of  the Committee, Board of Directors and/or Management Company to walk the owners property to view/inspect the proposed project through completion and final approval.  The owner is responsible for advising the Committee when the work is completed by submitting a photo of the work.


Projects are subject to specific time periods for completion. Unfinished projects may be visually objectionable and pose actual hazards and may also be subject to disciplinary action and/or fines. Extension(s) may be granted by the Committee for justifiable reasons.  After approval by the Committee, a proposed improvement should be accomplished as promptly as possible, in accordance with the approved plans, drawings and descriptions.  All work must started within two (2) months and be completed, in any event, within twelve (12) months after approval by the Committee.


Workmanship is another standard which is applied to all exterior alterations. The quality of work should be equal to or better than that of the surrounding area. Poor workmanship can be visually objectionable to others. Poor workmanship can also create safety hazards. The Association assumes no responsibility for the safety of new 


Construction Regulations are hereby established to preserve and maintain the quiet enjoyment  of  the  Community, to  maintain aesthetics  and  ensure  safety  for  the Community and to provide reasonable access and controls for construction/contractor activity to reasonably minimize inconveniences associated with construction for all Owners and their guests.   Owners are fully responsible for the actions of their contractors and any subcontractors, agents or employees thereof.

Contractor - Exterior Work - Hours/Days

All exterior work is limited to the following:

Monday through Friday Saturday and Sunday

Observed Holidays

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
[Exterior Contractor Work is prohibited on New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.]

Equipment and materials not in daily use shall not be stored on the site.  No materials or equipment shall be left in the streets without proper safety precautions and marking with caution tape, cones and/or barricades.  Construction and crew vehicles must obey all  common  courtesy  traffic  and  safety  rules,  including  not  blocking  driveways, mailboxes, fire hydrants or impeding traffic on streets or sidewalks. Care must be taken to ensure the streets and sidewalks are kept clean and debris free, streets and sidewalks must be swept upon completion of work.
Contractor Conduct
Offensive behavior or language and loud activity or music will not be tolerated.  Animals, alcohol, drugs and firearms are not permitted.  Violators will be required to leave and may be trespassed from the property entirely. Damage done by Contractors Damage to any of the Common Elements or neighboring residences will be the responsibility of the Owner, who will be required to pay for any necessary repairs or replacements.

Violations of these Construction Regulations may result, after Notice and Hearing, in a fine being levied upon the Owner employing the Contractor involved.


Any owner or resident of the community who does not fully comply with this document 
will be subject to any fine structure and/or legal action which the association may deem 


All complaints should be submitted to the Association, in writing, and must be dated and signed by an Owner. The Association will take all reasonable action to preserve the anonymity of complaining Owners.


As the community grows and develops, each owner of Hawkeswater has acquired his/her lot subject with the possibility that the view from such lot may be altered at any time by neighboring properties.


The Association shall have primary responsibility for the enforcement of the architectural requirements of the Declaration and these Design Standards.  The Association will investigate written complaints of Owner for violations of the architectural requirements of the Declaration or these Design Standards if such complaints are dated and signed by the Owner. The Association shall use all reasonable means to maintain the anonymity of complaining Owners.

The Association shall be allowed access to the property of the Owner filing the complaint for purposes of verification of the complaint. If a violation is found, the Association shall notify the Owner whose property is in violation, in writing, requesting that appropriate action be taken to achieve compliance.  If such Owner does not bring his property into compliance with the Declaration and Design Standards within the time specified by the notice, the Association will request that the violation be referred to the Board for enforcement  action,  which  may  include  the  Board  fining  the  Owner  for  such noncompliance.


These Design Standards may at any time, from time to time, be added to, deleted from, repealed, amended, modified, reenacted, or otherwise changed by the Committee in its discretion, with the advice of the Board.
Hawkeswater Architectural Design Guidelines
Minimum setbacks and public and private easements (if applicable) are defined for each home site.  No structural improvements shall be permitted within the minimum building setbacks or easements as designated by planning and zoning departments. The purpose and intent is to ensure that development within the individual Lots occur in a sensitive manner.  No building, or any improvement thereof, shall be placed, erected, or maintained on any of said lots within any public easement.
A variance to the setback guidelines or private easements may be considered and or 
required by the Committee, at its sole discretion, pending evaluation of the Home and 
site plan.  The Committee, in its sole discretion may approve or deny the location of any 
setback or private easement regarding aesthetic considerations, size, shape and location 
of the Unit.  The location of all proposed improvements of the Home shall also conform 
to all County Zoning and Code requirements and all other applicable Building Codes 
which may be subject to error, omissions, variance, or change without notice.

EXAMPLE ONLY / Does not reflect any Hawkeswater lot:
Sample Lot showing Property Setbacks and a Public Easement on the property.
Hawkeswater Architectural Design Guidelines
When preparing to landscape rear and side-yards or amending existing landscaping, an Owner must submit a complete landscape plan and schedule per the Design Process as described herein. Installation and maintenance of plant material and other landscape related improvements are an Owner's responsibility.

No owner shall interfere with or redirect the natural course or intended flow of any drainage and runoff, nor construct any improvement, place any landscaping, or allow the existence of any condition which will alter the drainage pattern as intended, except to the extent such alteration is approved in writing by the Committee, and any other public authorities having jurisdiction.

Special attention shall be given to proper site surface drainage so that surface waters shall not adversely affect neighboring properties or interfere with natural drainage flows. Surface drainage direction and velocity shall be controlled and slowed by proper placement of landscape elements, ditches, culverts, diverters and other drainage 
devices.   Drainage cannot be changed substantially without Committee approval.
The following alphabetical list covers a wide variety of specific types of proposed improvements which Owners typically consider installing.    Pertinent information is given as to specifications for each improvement.  In some cases, where specifically stated, a type of proposed improvement is prohibited.    Please note, however, this listing 
is not all encompassing for the community.   Any proposed improvements which are not listed in this document will still require Committee review and approval.  Unless otherwise specifically stated, drawings or plans for a proposed improvement shall be submitted to the Committee, and the written approval of the Committee must be Hawkeswater Architectural Design Guidelines obtained before the proposed improvement is made.  Drawings or plans shall include dimensions, setbacks, types of materials to be used, both elevation and plan views of all proposed expansions or additions. Applications for paint change must be accompanied by small samples or chips of the colors to be approved, along with a written description or visual of the color schemes of adjacent Homes.   The provisions and improvement items contained in these ARC Guidelines may be added, removed, or adapted by the Board of Directors as necessary, resulting in a distributed, amended version of the Guidelines for the membership.

Committee approval is required. Additions or expansions to the home will require submission of detailed plans and specifications, including description of materials to be used, and plan and elevation drawings showing dimensions, setbacks, roof slopes, etc. Additions and expansions must be of the same architectural style and color as that of the home. All work is subject to obtaining required permits from  County.  Additions must be of materials, colors, and styles that match as the existing home. Detailed plan and elevation drawings are required for all additions. Paint samples, photos, or brochures of all new building materials must be submitted with the Architectural Review Request Form.  Start and end dates must be specified on the form.  The Association reserves the right to revoke Committee approval and have any incomplete improvements removed at the homeowner s expense. Addition exterior must match the home s materials and be sufficiently reworked to tie into the home in order to blend the new addition with the existing structure. Roofing must be of a consistent color and type and slope which complement the existing roof 
line.    Flat roofs on any addition is not allowed. If replacement or repair is required, the roof must be restored to the original design specification.  Replacement / maintenance of home exterior does not require Committee approval provided it is restored to the original design specification and color scheme.   No garage may be modified into a living space (i.e. living room) or in such a manner that prevents the number of automobiles which could have reasonably been parked in the garage as originally constructed.
ARC Committee approval is required.  Air conditioning units/equipment may not be installed in the front the home. Window air conditioning equipment is not permitted.
Air conditioners or heat pumps can be screened from the street right-of-way with Committee approved perennials or screening measures.  Colors and materials must be included with the application.   Care should be taken to ensure structures or plantings do not interfere with air flow or maintenance access.   The Committee may determine 
the type and adequacy of the screening material or device.   See screening examples below:

Air Conditioning units should be installed in such a way that any noise to adjacent homes is minimized.  Installation of air conditioning equipment, on the roof or in the exterior windows of the home will not be permitted.

Committee approval is required prior to installation of any proposed arbor or trellis. The inside height of a proposed arbor or trellis must not exceed nine feet (9 ).   Arbors must be complementary to the residence.   Professionally prepared plans for arbors and trellises are highly encouraged to expedite the approval process, otherwise a photograph or catalog picture must be provided.

Neither Astro-turf nor any other similar covering shall be used on the front porch, patio or any balcony or in the place of natural grass on the property unless approved in writing by the ARC Committee.

The  only  approved  specifications  for  awnings  are  as  follows.  Alternates  will  be considered at the discretion of the ARC Committee.  
Acceptable awning colors are those that compliment the home. 
Awnings are not permitted on the front or side portions of the house.
Awnings may be allowed on the rear portion of a home with Committee approval.
A picture/design of the awning and sample of the material must be submitted with the Architectural Review Request Form for approval.
No plastic awnings will be allowed.

Sample sails are displayed below. As a patio cover, ARC Committee approval is required.
  The sail canopy cannot exceed more than five (5) feet beyond the width of the patio.
  The sail can only be installed in the rear of the house.  The view of the sail from the street must be minimized.
  The support poles must be anchored solidly in the ground with concrete.
  Support poles shall match or compliment the home.
  Sail color shall compliment the home.

ARC Committee approval is required.  Permanent barbecue structures must meet all structure setback requirements and may be referred for professional review as necessary. Owner must obtain building permit if applicable and provide a copy of the permit to the Association office prior to beginning work.  Permanent grills must be placed in the rear yard of the house and as far as practical from the adjacent property lines and in accordance with County Fire Codes An application is required for permanent grills/outdoor kitchen and must include the following:
?   The dimensions of the permanent grill/outdoor kitchen and overall layout.
?   Owner to ensure the layout of the kitchen will not negatively impact drainage on Subject Lot or adjoining properties or Common Areas.
?   A site plan showing the location of permanent grill and kitchen.
?   A description of the materials and colors to be used.

Permanent basketball hoops are permitted but must not be installed within a setback or easement.
Portable basketball backboards are permitted. 
Portable unit should not be placed directly in any streets or roadways potentially obstructing traffic or parking patterns.

ARC Committee approval is not required.  Bird feeders may not be installed at a location where they could cause a nuisance to the adjoining neighbors.    Poles must be anchored solidly in the ground with concrete.  Birdhouses must be kept in good repair and placed in a grounds bed matching others in the rear yard.
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Not permitted.

ARC Committee approval is required. Decks must be constructed of wood or other 
material matching the material of the Home and, if painted, must match the color 
scheme of the home, unless otherwise approved by the Committee.  Decks must be 
installed as an integral part of the Home and patio area.  Construction of decks over 
easement areas is not permitted.  Dimensions and location must be submitted on 
drawings.  The committee will review lot size as a factor in approval of decks and to also 
confirm and ensure the maximum surface area on the lot is not exceeded.  Decks, patios, 
and terraces shall be considered an extension of the architecture of the residence and a 
transition of the architectural mass to the natural forms of the site.  Decks, patios and 
terraces shall be placed on side and rear elevations only.  The underside of decks must 
be enclosed with materials that are consistent with the house.

ARC Committee approval is required for the addition or replacement of storm or other 
type doors to a home. The material shall match or complement existing colors of the 
home. Security doors or security window bars require Committee approval. The 
approved existing colors will be white, black and the colors of the approved home colors.

ARC Committee approval is required for any modifications and coatings to the original driveway.  Any alteration must be aesthetically pleasing and in conformance with the overall look of the Community.   Stamped and/or textured driveways require Committee review.  Asphalt driveways are not permitted.   All driveways shall have a paved, hard surface of including at least one of the following:
  • Concrete (color textured and stamped concrete with color is permitted upon review).
  • Stone or masonry pavers.
Modifications, extensions or additions to the driveway of matching concrete material may not exceed the BUA. Asphalt extensions are not permitted.  Vehicular parking must be on the driveway or in the garage only.  Parking the vehicle on the actual front, rear, or side yard is not permitted.
ARC Committee approval is required for all outdoor lighting.   Owners should consider the impact will have on neighboring properties when considering exterior lighting.  In reviewing lighting requests, the Committee will consider the visibility, style, location and quality of the lighting fixtures. Exterior lighting for security and/or other uses must be directed towards the ground whereby the light cone stays within the property boundaries and the light source does not cast a glare onto adjacent properties.  High wattage or lumen(greater than 75 watts / 800 lumen) lighting, overly intrusive security lights and such lighting fixtures may be denied.  Exterior lighting should be limited in purpose to providing light on walkways and, whenever possible, they should be set to turn off when not in use.

Lighting of parking areas or walkways to houses may be necessary. Lights must be functional and enhance the overall appearance of a residence, but not disturbing to neighbors  or  motorists.  All  light  sensitive  motion  detectors  must  be  adjusted appropriately.  Lights shall be omitted from any Lot which are unreasonably bright or 
cause unreasonable glare. Landscape lighting will be approved on a case-by-case basis. When possible, provide the voltage and bulb wattage, along with all dimensions and a picture or drawing with your application.  Ground landscaping lights do require Committee approval. Lights shall be directed towards the house, tree or ground.  The 
Committee can deny approval if such installation results in complaints from neighbors. Replacement of exterior garage lights will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A picture, drawing, or sketch of the proposed light(s) must be provided to the Committee for approval prior to installation. Please also include the dimensions, the material, and 
the proposed color of the proposed fixture(s).

Motion Lighting
These will be approved on a case-by-case basis by the ARC Committee and shall not be pointed in the direction of any neighboring properties causing an unreasonable glare. Outdoor Edison / String and Icicle-Type Lighting ARC Committee approval is required.  These outdoor lights are generally used to light rear patios and screen porches for decorative effect.  These lights will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.  Bulbs should be clear and replaced when blown or broken.  These lights may be displayed year-round and are not considered holiday lights.
Outdoor Edison / String and Icicle-Type Lighting
ARC Committee approval is required. These outdoor lights are generally used to light rear patios and screen porches for decorative effect.  These lights will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis. Bulbs should be clear and replaced when blown or broken. These lights may be displayed year-round and are not considered holiday lights.
ARC Committee approval is required PRIOR to any fencing installation on the property.
The following are fencing specifications adopted for Hawkeswater HOA:

Fencing Style and Height Requirements:
o Four-foot (4 ) black aluminum fencing (or variation of style)
o Six-foot (6 ) PVC white vinyl fencing or Wood Shadowbox / Board on Board (specification/sample below):
Additional Fencing Guidelines to Follow:

o   The proposed fencing layout, along with gate(s), must be highlighted on the Plot  Plan or the House Survey of the property with the application.
o   A brochure or visual of the proposed fencing type to be installed per the Approved  Fencing Plan must be included showing/confirming fence style, height and color.
o   If your fencing is the first to be installed between two properties, please install it  on the property line. We encourage the applicant to communicate to any fellow  neighbors, so potentially they could work together and potentially share the costs  and future maintenance responsibilities for their respected side. It is not required,  but this prior arrangement makes the most sense, as your neighbors will be  impacted by your fencing installation decisions.
o   If fencing already exists on other adjoining properties, the applicant/owner should  proactively work with any adjoining property owners to utilize their existing fencing.  Any neighboring lot shall be allowed to tie into an existing fence.  The  aforementioned shared maintenance responsibilities/cost should be discussed with any surrounding property owners.  We always encourage owners to  proactively work together with each another regarding any areas of shared fencing.
o   Please note double fencing between neighbors will not be allowed.  The proposed  fencing must be extended to the property lot line to avoid any buffers and gaps between owner fencing with neighbors. Placement of the fencing inside of the property line would create a gap/buffer between two fences and should be avoided whenever possible at the property.
o   In summary, fencing must be placed on the property line:
  • If existing fencing does not exist from other adjoining properties, the ARC requires installing the fencing on the actual property line.  Sharing the fence with neighbor(s) is required to prevent any double fencing in the future.
  • Installing your fencing six to twelve inches (6"-12") inside the property line is not permitted, as this creates an unnecessary buffer between the two properties which we would like to avoid moving forward for our lots and creates double fencing.
o   At least one (1) gate must be installed on the side of the home.   Two (2) gates are preferred.
o   Proposed fencing cannot extend past the rear corners of the home towards the front/street of the home unless specific approval is provided in advance by the  ARC.
o   Proposed fencing must respect the public or private easements associated with the property.  No fencing shall be installed within any PUBLIC DRAINAGE or  UTILITY EASEMENTS or RIGHT OF WAYS, if it is located or applicable to the  owner's property as shown on recorded plats, Plot Plan, House Survey or within  the Declaration.
o   Fencing placed in any PRIVATE DRAINAGE EASEMENT, must be approved by  the ARC as part of the fencing ARC application.  The Owner understands the Private Drainage Easement may need to be accessed by a third party in the future  depending upon need by that entity (i.e. HOA, County, etc.) and placing the fencing  in this PRIVATE DRAINAGE EASEMENT area on your property could present  future costs relating to potential relocation or fence reconstruction at the Owner's  sole expense.
o   Owner is responsible for verifying any county and town requirements for fencing,  including obtaining any necessary permits, if applicable.  Owner will adhere and  comply with any HOA and County requirements as part of the installation.
o   Proposed fencing cannot negatively impact or impede the community drainage  plan. (Example: fence pickets cannot be buried into the ground, which would  restrict the natural drainage flow of surface water across the properties).
?   If fencing installation results in ponding or negatively water flow from any 
 of these areas, the owner will be responsible for making the necessary 
 corrections/alterations  to  restore  the  intended  drainage  flow  per  the 
 community/lot drainage plan at their own expense.
o   Owners must locate, have located, and arrange to have moved, any irrigation lines, 
 heads, irrigation wiring, utility services lines or other items that are in conflict with 
 the construction of fencing at their expense.
  • If it is necessary, underground utility lines and easements can be located by  visiting the North Carolina 811
o   Owner must maintain fencing in a good condition after installation, including any  future re-painting or power washing, if necessary, replacement of pickets, fence  sections, when necessary or when requested by Hawkeswater HOA.

ARC Committee approval is required.   Exterior fireplaces shall not exceed eight feet (8 ) in height and shall harmonize with the aesthetics of the Home. Installation of any fireplace or fire pit shall be five feet (5 ) from any structure.   Owner must obtain County building permit, if applicable, and provide a copy of the permit to the Management Company office prior to beginning work.

Owner is responsible for verifying any county and town requirements for fencing, including obtaining any necessary permits, if applicable.  Owner will adhere and comply with any HOA and County requirements as part of the installation. Installation of the fireplace/fire pit and surrounding hardscape cannot not negatively impact drainage of 
the Subject Lot, adjoining property, or properties, including HOA Common Areas.
Fireplace/Fire Pit must only be installed in the back yards. On pond facing units, they must be located so as to not block pond views from immediate residents. A
Hawkeswater Architectural Design Guidelines
Fireplace/Fire Pit cannot create an unreasonable level of disturbance to adjacent property owners. Care shall be taken to not burn during high wind events or during any County declared no burn events.

Committee approval is not required for flying the U.S. or North Carolina flag from 
brackets attached to the front of houses or flagpoles.   Allowable pre-approved flags may 
be no larger than 5' x 8' and consist of any of the following: United States flag or other 
official national flags, state flags, military service flags (Army Navy, Marine, Air Force, 
Coast Guard or National Guard), military unit designation flags, POW MIA flags, sports 
teams, First Responder, Holiday/Seasonal or religious denomination flags.  All flags 
must be kept in good repair.

The United States flag must be maintained and displayed in accordance with the United 
States Flag Code -   Lighting of the U.S. Flag must 
be submitted as part of the ARC flag pole request, if the U.S. Flag is to be displayed 
twenty four (24) hours a day to ensure proper illumination of the flag at all times.
ARC Committee approval is required for flagpole installation. 
There are two (2) allowable types of Permanent Flag Poles in the community:
Flag Pole(s) Located on the Home:
Up to two (2) flag poles less than six feet (6 ) in length are allowed with ARC approval.  The pole(s) may be attached to the front facade of the house at the garage door or entry door locations.
In-Ground Flag Pole:  
Up to one (1) single flag is allowed with ARC approval.
Flagpole cannot be less than 1  " or greater than three inches (3 ) in diameter and no more than twenty feet (20 ) in height above finish grade.  Vertical poles cannot be attached to the home.  In-ground flag poles must be constructed of aluminum, stainless steel, or any weather resistant non-corrosive metal.  No wood, fiberglass, PVC or similar flag poles are allowed, as they can stain, splinter and age.  Flagpole must be vertically anchored solidly in the ground with concrete (to ensure stability and safety). Flagpole must be placed in the front property of the home, placed in a mulch or grounds bed and incorporated into the landscaping design whenever possible.

ARC Committee approval is required of any fuel storage tanks.
All utility lines serving structures located on Lots shall be placed underground. Kerosene, gasoline, and other fuel storage tanks are prohibited.
ARC Committee approval is required.  
Garage screens will include the following:
  • All garage screens used in the frame must be black, charcoal or bronze.
  • Frame must be black, white or must match the trim or base color of the home.
Because of a community rule regarding Garbage/Trash Containers, including the storage of them, an ARC Committee approval is required for the storage area.   

Garbage and recycling cans must be stored out of view behind the home, in the garage, or in Committee approved garbage storage areas.
  • Enclosure/Shields must be L-Shaped five feet (5 ) tall using Board on Board style construction of pressure treated wood or vinyl utilizing 4 x 4  post with rail caps and post caps.
  • Enclosure/Shield may not extend out further than 42  from the side of the home or extend back more than six feet (6 ) depending on the items to be shielded from view.
  • Enclosures on the side of the home may not be located any closer to the front of the home than twenty feet (20 ).
  • Enclosure/Shields cannot be located within an easement or drainage area, including drainage areas indicated on the recorded map as a drainage area. May not be installed in a manner that would impede drainage of the lot on which it is placed or other lots in the area.
  • A vegetative screen of shrubs or bushes may be used as well with approval from the ARC Committee.
Non-contained garbage, trash, lumber, grass or shrub clippings, plant waste, compost, metal, bulk materials, scrap, or debris of any kind will not be allowed to be stored or to accumulate on any site.

All trash totes must have a cover that is resistant to animals and be kept within an enclosed structure. The trash tote may be placed at the curb at such times as may be necessary to permit garbage and trash pickup. Trash totes may not be placed at the curb prior to the evening before collection and must be returned to the enclosed structure or inside the garage the day of collection.
ARC Committee approval is required.   Gazebos are permitted in the rear yard and must 
be constructed of quality wood or metal.  They must be painted white or match the trim 
of the house.   Owner is responsible for obtaining and adhering to any County wind 
speed requirements, including obtaining any necessary building permits, if applicable. A gazebo's height shall not exceed twelve feet (12 ) and must be located within the required setback requirements.

ARC Committee approval is required for any standby or permanent whole house generators. These must be installed per the following guidelines:
  • Standby generators are to be installed on the side of the home within proximity of the Electric meter and/or Electric Panel.
  • Standby generators must be installed per all Federal, State, County, Local and Electric Utility guidelines and specifications with no deviations allowed.
  • Standby generators shall be screened from street right-of -way either by approved fencing or by plantings tall enough to conceal the unit.
  • Standby generators to be used specifically for emergency backup power except for a weekly test run of the system.
Portable backup generators (ie. utilized solely for Hurricane and Storm Events) do not require ARC Committee approval.
ARC Committee approval is required.  
Gutter downspouts shall direct water to required drainage facilities at the street.  No downspouts shall be piped directly to any pond Owner assumes responsibility for maintenance of gutters. Gutters must be a minimum of five-inch (5 ) width aluminum Colors to be white , black or match the color of the home.    Downspouts must be compatible with existing exterior color scheme and should be painted to match the body color of the home.  Outflows should be buried whenever possible and directed away from homes to an acceptable area for dispersion of water splash guards must be installed where buried outflow is not possible. These must be green to blend with turf.  Owners are not permitted to install guttering that will redirect outflow onto neighboring properties.

ARC Committee approval is required.  Hot tubs and Jacuzzis must be in the rear yard, screened by six-foot (6 ) privacy fencing that affords both homeowners  adequate privacy, and must be designed as an integral part of the deck or patio area.  Owner is responsible for obtaining and adhering to any County requirements for hot tubs, Jacuzzis and surrounding structures, including obtaining any necessary permits, if applicable.

ARC Committee approval is required to relocate the existing address numbers to a position different from that originally installed by the builder.  Committee reserves the right to disapprove any style selection not in keeping with the community standard. There shall be no more than two (2) sets of house address numbers on each residence, placed at the mailbox and on the residence.

ARC Committee approval is required for the installation of hurricane shutters or other style (i.e. Bahama style shutters) to the Hawkeswater home.   The proposed shutter colors must complement the existing home colors.
ARC Committee approval is required for Hurricane/Storm Protection Systems.  The ARC will consider the installation of alternative systems.  The owner will need to submit an ARC with the proposed type, style, and placement of the system desired.  Hurricane shutter and protection specifications, area providers and acceptable styles are displayed and listed below for the owner s reference:
Available Hurricane Protection System Providers (For reference, note this list is not exclusive):
  • UltraTek Worldwide Cleartek  Shutter System. 
  • Strap & Buckle, Grommet Screen, Roll Down Screen & Slide Screen.
  • Storm Catcher Wind Abatement Screen System. 
  • Storm Panels and/or Shutter Systems. o Aluminum  .50 lightweight  shutters,  Clear  Polycarbonate  Shutters,  Fabric
  • Plywood is permitted as an alternate temporary solution in hurricane storm events.
  • Hurricane/Storm Shutters systems must be temporary only and allow for the protective screening to be removed and stored after a storm event has passed.
  • Frames and hardware can be permanently attached to the exterior of the home.
  • Types of hurricane/storm protection systems that are allowed are fabric with anchor straps or studs and caps, channel frames with rigid or corrugated panel inserts, Velcro attached panels, rigid systems with anchor straps or studs and caps.
  • Any frames or hardware must match the existing building color scheme, window frame or trim colors and must visually blend in with the existing building so as to not be obvious from the street or adjoining homes.
Roll down systems with large overhead roll up boxes may be installed on porches or other areas where the system can be placed behind the header beam or trim and hidden from view.
Frames and mounting systems may not be wider than three inches (3") in width and may not extend more than three inches (3") beyond the surface it is mounted to.
Surfaced applied films and interior attachment systems are allowed if the system and
colors visually blend in with the existing building, so as to not be obvious from the street or adjoining homes.
Systems and/or plywood must be removed within twenty-one (21) days of the end of a named storm event or when authorities allow residents to return to their homes.
The Board of Directors may extend this period at their discretion to ensure the safety     and security of property.

ARC Committee approval is required for any changes, modifications, or additions in landscaping on the property that is visible from the street.   All improvements shall be complimentary to the home and shall also follow any landscaping requirements of the County.   The guidelines for installation of landscape and features below are written to encourage owners to consult with landscaping professionals to design harmonious modifications, choose complimentary materials and to ensure proper installation.   The ARC encourages owners to enjoy their property and plant as they see fit within these guidelines:
  • Landscaping for the entire lot, including easement areas, shall be maintained at all times by the owner. If the Association does not provide the individual lot ground care in the community, the owner will be fully responsible for maintaining all landscaping on the property.  This includes, but is not limited to:  mowing, trimming, weed control and fertilization and routinely edging the sidewalks and street curbing.
  • Landscaping shall be maintained so as not to create a safety hazard or visual nuisance in the community.
  • Gravel, rock, sod, plant materials and/or soil piles stored at the property during landscaping installation, shall be left no longer than a period of fifteen (15) days. Rock and/or soil piles are not permitted on the street.
  • Delivery and placement of landscape materials shall not damage any entry/median/Common Areas. Delivery trucks are not allowed to cross any of these areas (to avoid sprinkler and landscape damage).  If this regulation is violated and damage to the Common Elements results, the Owner will be held financially responsible for repairing the damage caused by the Owner or the Owner's agent, guests or tenants.
  • Landscape - Establishing Planting Beds.
  • Invasive species, plants that do not typically thrive in the climate and soil conditions on the property, those that risk uncontrolled reproduction beyond your planting area and those that otherwise jeopardize the existing ecosystem are not permitted.
  • Plants may be installed in planting beds without prior approval if the species are similar in nature to existing plants.
  • Use plant materials that produce unusual effects at different times of the year so that landscape will have interest during each season.
  • In large shrub beds, plant groups of shrubs and perennials. As a suggestion, plant a minimum of three (3) of the same shrubs together in a cluster and five (5) of the same perennial. This will create more of an impact on the landscape.
  • Landscape - Trees and Large Shrubs. Architectural Review Request forms must describe types and sizes (height, width, thickness and/or diameter) of proposed trees and shrubs.   Trees and shrubs shall be selected and placed in a manner which does not cause an unreasonable nuisance to adjacent properties.   Trees and shrubs must not be placed in areas that block sidewalks, restrict drainage, or impede line of sight for vehicular traffic.  Trees and shrubs that grow to a height that poses a threat to neighboring properties or have a root structure that interferes with utilities or could prove to be invasive to neighboring properties should be avoided.   If the placement of trees or shrubs results in complaints from neighbors, the Committee may require the homeowner to remedy the problems. Prior to planting, Owners should take care to consider the eventual mature size of the trees and shrubs and what impact they may have on nearby homes, other landscape features,  nearby sidewalks, pipes, other utilities, property lines, easements, etc. Owners may not plant trees and shrubs that are likely to cause increased maintenance responsibilities and/or increase the likelihood of damage to a neighboring property (i.e. Excessive leaf accumulation on rooftops and in gutters, increased risk of damage from falling limbs and increased risk of damage to driveways, foundation slabs or other areas of a home).
  • Trees, shrubs and other landscaping materials shall be contained within the property boundaries to ensure growth does not overhang or infringe on another person s property, public streets or walkways and common areas.
  • Trees, shrubs and other landscape materials shall not be placed or allowed to grow to  such a height or thickness as  to  substantially  interfere with  the view of neighboring properties.
  • Landscape - Tree Removal. All tree removals require Committee approval and all stumps and their exposed root systems shall be removed. Dead trees shall be removed. Additionally, living tree removal shall include the killing of its root system.  The removal of trees will be approved if the tree is dead, if there is danger to people or property, or if a detrimental condition exists. Detrimental conditions include the physical intrusion by roots and branches on houses in a way that causes damage, excessive shade, or block views or sight lines. Landscape - Landscaping Edging / Curbing / Tree Rings.
  • Proposed landscape borders cannot encroach onto any public or private easements (if such easement(s) exist on lot).
  • Borders are to be installed for ground bed(s) located exclusively on owner's property only. They are either earth tone colors (grey, muted red, brown or similar).
  • Borders will not be permitted on shared grounds beds that overlap property lines, unless both property owners mutually agree and submit for the same border type and borders are installed simultaneously to ensure consistency.
  • Owner to ensure addition of landscaping borders will not negatively impact drainage on Subject Lot, adjoining properties or Common Areas.   If border installation creates any negative drainage issues for adjoining lots to the property, owner will need to remove landscaping border from bed(s) or area(s) of concern immediately at their cost to correct/resolve drainage problem.
  • Proposed landscaping borders must be harmonious and complementary with existing landscaping and will not become the main focal point of the yard.
  • Color of concrete landscaping borders should be earth tone colors (grey, muted red, brown or similar). Edging, Curbing and Tree Rings cannot exceed more than ten inches (10") in height. Once installed, owner must maintain landscaping borders in good, clean condition. Repairs and replacement of curbs must be made promptly to ensure edging quality and consistency.
  • Landscape - Front and Side Yards.
    • Landscaping within the front yard must consist of a combination of turf lawn trees and shrub beds. Shrub beds must be coordinated between lots, contained suitable ground cover, such as mulch, pine straw or river rock, to provide visual continuity. Side yards which front onto streets or public open spaces must also be landscaped by the homeowner.
    • Landscape - Irrigation Systems. In-ground irrigation systems (underground pipes or tubing) do not require Committee approval providing the entire system is subterranean. All landscape plantings will be maintained by a fully automated underground watering system. Drainage shall not be directed onto sidewalks, curbs, walkways or driveways. Homeowners are advised backflow preventers are to be inspected annually.
  • Landscape - Maintenance. All landscaping must be maintained in a neat, attractive and healthy condition.   The Owner,  considering  weather  conditions  affecting  the  planting  of  replacement landscaping, must replace dead or dying landscape materials as soon as possible and/or within fifteen (15) days of written notification from the Committee.
  • Landscape - Installation of Rocks. Landscaping rocks must be displayed in conjunction with landscape theme and must notbe the focal point of the front yard. Size, type of stone, positioning and appropriateness will be criteria for approval of landscaping rocks.
ARC Committee approval is required for any lattices or trellis on the property. Latticework shall be supported or framed securely to prevent warping or sagging.  Wood latticework should generally be painted white, base color or trim of your home. Latticework may not be used to enclose a patio cover or gazebo. Latticework may not be used on the side of a patio cover that is parallel to the house where the patio cover is attached.

Mailboxes are installed by the Developer in accordance with the approved community design guidelines. In most developments, the County mandates the mailbox design and their placement.  The United States Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster also coordinates the setup and the specific owner mailbox assignments of the Mailbox Cluster Units.

All Owners of real property within the Community Area will be responsible for maintaining the established drainage pattern on such real property in accordance with the grading plan provided to the Owner at the time of closing.
Each owner of a site will be responsible for maintaining, repairing, and replacing, in a reasonably attractive manner, any fence located on the owner's site.

Front and rear yards should be maintained so as not to degrade the appearance of the neighborhood.  This includes mowing, weeding and mulching, trimming and pruning, and replacing dead or diseased shrubs and trees. Trees, shrubs, and bushes bordering sidewalks, walkways, property lines and common areas, need to be trimmed in such a 
fashion that they do not limit or impede access or infringe on a neighbor s property.

No property within the community must be permitted to fail into disrepair and all property, including any Improvements upon that property (i.e. landscaping, screens, fencing, etc.), must be kept and maintained in a clean, safe, and attractive condition.

No activity must be conducted on and no improvement must be constructed on any property that is or might be unsafe or hazardous to any person or property.

All unsightly conditions, structures, facilities, equipment, and objects, including lawn and garden equipment and other maintenance equipment when not in actual use, must be enclosed within a structure or garage.

ARC Committee approval is required for all exterior painting or repainting of the home and accessory improvements.  Committee approval is not required if color and color combinations are identical to the original color painted by builder.  Any color and/or color combination changes require Committee approval.

All exterior colors must be reviewed for approval by the Committee, including repainting of existing improvements.
All roof vent caps, louvers, plumbing stacks, chimney flashing, valley flashing, etc., are to be painted a color not in contrast with the color of the roofing. Whenever exterior painting  is to be done, all changes must be approved by the Committee prior to commencement of such painting. Changes include any paint or color scheme other than the original brand paint, color number and scheme. 
Garage doors are to be the same color as the siding or trim of the Home, unless otherwise requested and approved by the Committee.
Most homes have multiple tone paint schemes (e.g., siding color, trim color and accent color for shutters and doors).  Color selections should be submitted to the Committee in the form of manufacturer's paint chips. Please indicate which color chips are for trim, siding and accent color.
ARC Committee approval is required.  Patio and/or walkways must be installed as an integral part of the Home and property.  These improvements can be considered an extension of the architecture and the materials used must complement the residence. Concrete  and/or  the  use  of  Pavers  are  acceptable  materials  for  these  type  of improvements.   Color of concrete landscaping borders and pavers should be earth tone colors (grey, muted red, brown or similar).

Patios shall be placed on the side (if permitted and feasible for the lot) and/or rear elevations of the property only.  The location of the patio and/or pavers cannot be installed in any designated PUBLIC and PRIVATE easement area(s), setback(s) and utility easement(s).  The patio and/or paver dimensions, proposed location(s) and materials to be used must be included with the application.   The committee will review lot size as a factor in approval of patios and to also confirm and ensure the maximum surface area on the lot is not exceeded.   Owner to ensure addition of patio landscaping borders will not negatively impact drainage on Subject Lot, adjoining properties or Common Areas.   If border installation creates any negative drainage issues for adjoining lots to the property, owner will need to remove landscaping border from bed(s) or area(s) of concern immediately at their cost to correct/resolve drainage problem.  Once installed, owner must maintain patio and/or pavers in a clean and acceptable condition.

ARC Committee approval is required.  Homeowner to ensure improvement will meet all County requirements where applicable:
  • ARC  application  must  show  the  enclosure  design,  specific  location  of  the improvement in relation to the home, exterior views of the screen system (via a brochure if available), materials and colors to be used, and overall dimensions.
  • Owner is responsible for verifying any county and city/town requirements for the enclosure or the patio cover, including obtaining any necessary building permits, if applicable.  Owner will adhere and comply with all HOA and County requirements as part of the installation.
  • The location of the patio cover or enclosure cannot be installed in any designated PUBLIC and PRIVATE easement area(s), setback(s) and utility easement(s).
  • No flat roofs allowed, and roofing must match that of existing home in terms of design, architecture and materials used.  No metal roofs are allowed for these improvements.
  • If porch is to be enclosed, porch must contain materials that are consistent architecturally with the home, if applicable. o Color of the porch screens, if used, must be charcoal or black.
    • Color of enclosure should be the same color as the siding or trim color of the home.
    • Color of enclosure frame and overall design of enclosure should be the same color as the siding and/or trim color of the home.   No exposed wood is allowed, must be wrapped to match aesthetics of home.
    • Once installed, owner must maintain patio enclosure, windows and/or screens in a well-maintained, clean condition, to include all maintenance and upkeep of exterior appearance (i.e. pressure washing exterior siding when needed or requested by the HOA).
Play and recreation equipment must be located in the rear yard and located behind a 
six-foot (6 ) privacy fence, unless approved in writing by the ARC Committee.

Swing Sets
Swing sets may be metal or constructed of wood no taller than twelve feet (12 ) in height (from ground to tower roof height) and located behind a six-foot (6 ) privacy fence. Those structures with climbing towers may maintain an upper level tower. Wood sets may be left natural, stained, painted white or painted to match the exterior color of the house.

Trampolines are limited to the rear yard and generally should not be visible from any street or adjacent properties.  On corner lots, trampolines must be located on the side of the lot farthest from the side street.  Trampolines must be located behind six-foot (6 ) privacy fencing and must be located at least fifteen feet (15 ) from adjacent lots and may not exceed twelve feet (12 ) in height.

If safety netting is used it must be black or charcoal.  The color of the supporting poles
must match the home. Alternatively, the trampoline may be recessed into the ground, eliminating the need for a screen.
  • Trampolines must be anchored to the ground with appropriate hardware.
  • Trampolines must be kept rust free with no torn canvas or missing springs.
  • Trampolines must be stored in a garage or storage building during wind storms, tropical storms or hurricanes. 
Proof of Liability Insurance must be provided with request.  Trampolines, new and existing, must be maintained and repaired as needed.  Should the trampoline cause damage to any other property or structure, owner of said
trampoline will be responsible for the damage.

A  PODS  type container (or similar offered storage service container) is permissible 
for short periods.  The container must be placed in the driveway.  The unit may not be placed in the street (Common Area).

Parking any vehicles on streets or thoroughfares within the Community or parking of  mobile homes, recreational vehicles, golf carts, trailers, stored vehicles, or inoperable vehicles in places other than enclosed garages; however, construction, service, and delivery vehicles shall be exempt from this provision during daylight hours for such period of time as is reasonably necessary to provide service or to make a delivery to a Lot or the Common Area.

Recreational vehicles of all types, to include recreational vehicles (RVs), trailers of all types (either with or without wheels), campers, camper trailers, house trailer, horse trailer, motor home, all-terrain vehicles, or any similar vehicle shall not be stored on or at any lot unless completely enclosed within a garage so as to be not visible from the streets or other lots.   These types of vehicles may be brought to the residence for loading and unloading, but may not be parked/stored overnight.  No vehicle, trailer of any kind may be parked on front lawns and/or Common Areas.

Boats and other watercraft (i.e. jet skis), are permitted in the Community with the approval of the ARC, with said approval to be in the sole discretion of the ARC based on boat type, size, their proposed storage location of the boat, and other factors deemed relevant by the ARC.

Boats shall be permitted up to twenty-five feet (25 ) maximum in length. Boats on their 
trailers shall be permitted to be stored in the rear yard of the dwelling, providing it is 
behind ARC approved six-foot (6 ) fencing.    Storing of the boat and/or boat trailer in 
the driveway or on any streets or thoroughfares in the community is not permitted.

One (1) boat is permitted per Lot shall be permitted to be stored on the exterior of the Lot, and one (1) additional boat may be stored inside the garage or behind approved fencing screened from view from the street and adjoining Lots.

Boats and boat trailers must be maintained in good condition and cannot fall into disrepair while stored on the Lot. The Lot Owner shall remove the boat or boat trailer immediately from the Lot and make the required repairs, maintenance or cleaning necessary to bring the boat and boat trailer into acceptable condition.
Replacement and repair of roof elements in single family homes due to damage does not require approval unless materials and colors differ from the original construction or previously approved modification.   New roofing of the same shape, color scheme and material as the originally installed roof can be installed without Committee approval. Any color or roofing material changes require approval.  All roof penetrations such as attic and plumbing vents should be finished to blend with the roof color.   Eaves troughs are to be maintained in good condition.

Committee approval is not required for the addition of screen doors or security doors added to a home if the material and color matches or is similar to existing doors and windows on the home.

The installation of video cameras and other security/surveillance equipment (i.e.  Ring or  Nest  cameras) does not require ARC approval providing the following are met:
  • Security devices including cameras, alarms, and the installation of window and door components shall be selected, located and installed so as to be an integral part of the house and not distract from its overall architecture and appearance.
  • Sirens, speaker boxes, conduit and related exterior elements must be unobtrusive and inconspicuous.
  • To protect neighbors and Association  embers, home cameras and related security/surveillance equipment cannot be directed specifically at other homes in the community and/or Common Areas, in which invasion of privacy may occur.  If complaints are received or camera settings observed, the Owner will be expected to adjust camera direction accordingly, while achieving the intended surveillance result.

Shutters must be consistent with the architectural design and color scheme of the residence.   Exterior shutters must be the same materials and painted to match the color scheme of the exterior of the Home, unless otherwise approved by the Committee.   A change in shutter color or design will require Committee approval.  Removal of existing shutters without replacements must be submitted for ARC Committee review and approval.  Broken or missing shutters must be repaired or replaced within thirty (30) days.  See previous  Hurricane Shutters  section specific to Bahama-type Shutter installation guidelines.

Replacement and repair of siding elements in single family homes due to damage does not  require  ARC  approval  unless  materials  and  colors  differ  from  the  original construction or previously approved modification.   Aluminum or steel siding is not permitted. Approval is not required to re-side your home in the same materials and colors as the originally constructed or previously approved.  Any color or material changes require Hawkeswater Architectural Design Guidelines approval. Siding shall be kept in a well-maintained condition.   Exterior walls must be clean and free of mildew and algae.
Please reference Article Four, Section 4.3.3 -  Signs  (page 6) in the CC&Rs regarding the display of real estate and political signs.    The display regulations are listed below:
  • Political/Civic Signs.
    • Temporary political signs are allowed on private property subject to the current  County signage codes.  Political flags are not permitted (see below).   No rule shall regulate the content of political signs, but the type, quantity, size, length of time and manner of placement may be regulated by the Board providing:
    • The Board encourages any political signs be placed no earlier than thirty (30) days before an election, run off, primary or referendum. All political signs must be removed from the property within seven (7) days of such event as mentioned above.
    • Political signs shall have a maximum size of nine (9) square feet, with a maximum height of five feet (5 ) from the top to the ground level.
    • Political candidate/incumbent/political party specific flags and/or banners (those that are used in conjunction with a flag pole, regardless of their size) are not included as part of the  County signage code and cannot be displayed on an ARC approved flagpole on the property. Signs for political candidate/incumbents/parties can be displayed, however in accordance within the timeframe specified above per the county signage code.
  • Real Estate Signs.  Each owner may erect or post one For Sale, For Lease and For Rent sign at the property.
    • The size shall not exceed eighteen inches (18 ) by twenty-four inches (24 ).  
    • Height of sign shall not exceed six feet from the top to the ground level.
    • A sign of professional quality not exceeding fifteen inches (15 ) by eighteen inches (18 ) may be placed in a front window.
    • Wording on the sign shall coincide with activity, i.e., for sale, open house, contractor identification, etc.
    • Open house signs shall be allowed only when sales personnel are in attendance.
    • Temporary  flags,  banners,  balloons,  streamers,  propellers  or  other  similar apparatus placed and intended to attract the attention of the general public are allowed on the property only of the open house during the open house period and shall be removed at the end of each day.   Display of these items is not permitted unless permission is provided by the ARC or the Management Company in writing. All signs shall be removed at the close of escrow or occupancy.

ARC Committee review is required.  
ARC Committee approval is required of statues, fountains and water features of any kind. If statue is in the front yard, it must be located on porch steps or within a five-foot boundary from the front of the house.  No statues can be positioned as a main focal point of the yard.  All statues must be made of ceramic, concrete, metal or wood and cannot exceed three-feet (4 ) in height.   Committee approval IS REQUIRED for all other configurations of statues.

ARC Committee approval is required.   Only one (1) Storage Shed per Lot will be permitted on a non-water lot. Location of the shed is limited to the rear yard only and generally should not be visible from any street or adjacent properties.   Shed must be screened from view with a six-foot (6 ) privacy fence.

The shed materials and colors must match those of the exterior of the home, specifically its base and trim siding colors, shutters and related accessories.   Roof shingles must match those on the home (i.e. asphalt shingle type and color).  No metal tops or similar metal roof coverings are allowed.

Plastic/Rubbermaid/Metal/Aluminum siding type storage buildings are not permitted.  The overall size of the shed cannot exceed 144 square feet (12 x 12).

The shed roof cannot be any higher than ten feet (11 ) from the base of the shed to its highest point.  If there is a porch, awning, overhang or any other item attached to the building it must be included in the 144 sq. ft.  The building must be set back a minimum of five feet (5 ) from the side and rear lot lines.  On corner lots, sheds must be located on the side of the lot farthest from the side street.  Buildings must be installed with hurricane tie-downs and meet all town/county building requirements and permits from County, if applicable.  

In-Ground / Above Ground   fixed placement  Swimming Pools ARC Committee approval is required.  In-Ground Pools may be permitted in fenced yards. Request for in-ground swimming pools will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to, but not necessarily limited to, the size of the yard area, setback from impact on neighboring properties, size of pool enclosure, and pool materials.In-Ground Swimming Pool Installation Protocol for Hawkeswater Owners

All pools must meet the HOA, County and DHEC (Department of Health and Environmental Control) regulations and standards.  The owner will need to first check with County to secure any necessary permits prior to applying for ARC review.  In addition to the ARC application requirements contained within these Guidelines, the owner will be required to following these pool installation guidelines effective February 1, 2020:
    • The ARC application for the pool installation is filed with the Management Company Access to the rear yard through other owner s property or the Association's Common Area for the installation of any in-ground swimming pool will be the owner s responsibility to secure any agreement(s) and easements with other owner(s) or the Association as needed.
    • Proof of neighbor(s) acceptance (including approval from the Board of Directors for the Common Area access) must be included with the ARC application where  any access or easements is needed to be accessed for the project.    To ensure minimal disturbance, a refundable $2,000 damage deposit in the form of a check will be required from the owner at time of ARC application and prior to beginning the pool project to ensure damage to the Association Common Area is not damaged by any of the pool contractors.
    • The damage deposit check will be made payable to Hawkeswater COA and will  be held by the Management Company until all final work is reviewed and verified by the Management Company, ARC and/or Board of Directors.  All related permitting and approval from  County and DHEC (if applicable) must be provided in writing to the Management Company.
It is the responsibility of the owner to notify the Management Company of the STARTING INSTALLATION DATE, so an Association representative may evaluate the site before installation work has commenced.   Owner and contractors will ensure minimal disturbance and distress will be created     on neighbors during pool install to property and the Common Areas as a whole. Contractor will ensure that swimming pool installation and pool  backwash water    shall not drain into adjacent properties or Common Areas.

Damage caused to any Common Area, landscaping, sod, shrubs, plant material or irrigation during the owner's pool installation by the installer(s) or deliveries will be the financial responsibility of the owner to pay the Association for any said repairs or replacement(s).
Should damages occur during the pool installation, the damages will be noted and
reported immediately to the Owner and the ARC and Board of Directors by the Management Company.

During the project, if any damages done to Common Area exceed $2,000, the  owner will be notified by the Management Company and required to issue another $2,000 damage deposit check to the HOA before further installation can commence.  Failure to supply another deposit check will result in a $500 fine.

Conversely, it will be the responsibility of the owner to notify the Management Company of the COMPLETION INSTALLATION DATE, so an Association representative can evaluate the site to confirm all pool installation work is complete, no Common Area has been damaged from contractor(s) work and the damage deposit check(s) with any damage adjustments where noted, can be returned to the owner.

No inoperable vehicle of any kind and no passenger vehicles or other vehicles not currently licensed shall be parked or stored on any driveway.

No vehicle of any kind shall be repaired or rebuilt anywhere within a Lot other than within the garage, which screens the sight and sound of the activity.  This includes maintenance (other than washing and polishing vehicles), servicing, repair, dismantling, or repainting of any type vehicle, boat, trailer, machine, and similar types.

ARC Committee approval is required.  Vegetable garden must be located in either the rear yards and cannot exceed more than 200 square feet.
Garden must be screened from neighboring homes, common open space areas, and adjacent streets.

ARC  Committee  approval  is  required.    Windows  must  be  consistent  with  the architecture of the house. Proposed windows and/or doors must match the material, appearance and finish of the original windows and/or doors.  Replacement windows shall be substantially the same as those initially installed. Any proposed variance from the foregoing will be considered on a case-by--case basis. Bars and roll down security shutters are not permitted on the exterior of windows and/or doorways. All broken windows and screens must be repaired at the earliest convenience not later than fourteen (14) days of being damaged.

Wires and cables, including those installed to convey radio or television signals, shall be hidden, painted, buried or secured flush with the side of each house so as to minimize their visibility.

The Committee does not have the lawful authority to consent to any modification that violates the Declaration. Owners are cautioned to review all legal requirements carefully before submitting their applications. Any owner whose modification violates any provision of the Declaration, whether or not it is inadvertently approved by the Committee, shall be required to remove the unlawful modification.

Hawkeswater Homeowners Association, its Board of Directors, and Architectural 
Committee shall enforce the policies contained herein to the greatest reasonable and 
legal extent possible. Violations of these policies may be dealt with by one or more of the 

Fines and/or suspension of membership privileges may be imposed on property owners by means of the citation process. A complete listing of possible penalties and citation procedures are published separately.
Hawkeswater Architectural Design Guidelines
Proceedings at law may be instituted against property owners. It should be noted that the Hawkeswater Declaration provide that the prevailing party in any such litigation shall be entitled to attorney s fees from the other party.

These design standards were initially adopted by the Hawkeswater Architectural Review Committee on the 1st day of October, 2021.

As provided in the Declaration and as provided in this document, these Design 
Standards are subject to amendment by the Committee with the advice and approval of 
the Board.

The following words, when used in these Design Guidelines, shall have the meaning as specified:

1.  Accessory Building - A subordinate building or structure on the same lot or
building site, above or below grade, conforming to the same setbacks, color schemes and roof requirements (where applicable) as the main structure, the use of which is incidental to the main residence, and which is used exclusively by the occupants of the main residence.
2.  Approvals and Consents - Approval, consent, authorization or permission shall mean an approval, consent, authorization or permission in writing.
3.  Architectural Review Committee (or ARC) - The committee appointed by the Declarant or by the Association to review and approve or disapprove requests for architectural approval, as more fully provided in the Declaration. Hawkeswater Architectural Design Guidelines
4.  Association -  The Hawkeswater Homeowners Association, Inc., a homeowners' association.
5.  Board - The Board of Directors of the Hawkeswater Homeowners Association, Inc.
6.  Building Permit - The permit to build, construct, alter, repair or demolish a structure or structures. The building permit is issued by the Department of Building and Safety of  County.

7.  Common Elements - Any real estate owned or leased by the Association other than a Home.

8.  Community - Hawkeswater, the real estate described on Exhibit A attached to the Declaration, as supplemented and amended from time to time, with respect to which a person, by virtue of such person's ownership of a Lot, is obligated to pay for real estate taxes, insurance premiums, maintenance, or improvement of other real estate described in this Declaration.
9.  Declarant - Forestar Real Estate Group Inc. and any other person or group of persons acting in concert, to whom the Declarant, by recorded document, expressly assigns one or more of the Declarant's rights under the Declaration (which shall be the extent of the Declarant's rights to which such assignee succeeds).

10. Declaration - The Hawkeswater Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCRs) and any other recorded   instruments, however denominated, that create this Community, including any supplements and amendments to those instruments and also including, but not limited to, plats and maps.

11.  Design Standards - These Design Standards may be amended from time to time by the Committee with the advice and approval of the Hawkeswater Board.

12.  Easements - The areas of any lot or building site reserved by any Declaration of Protective Restrictions, reservation or conveyance to be used for roads, streets, bridle trails, parkways, park area, and for any public or quasi-public 
utility service or function beneath or above the surface of the ground.  An Hawkeswater Architectural Design Guidelines interest in land owned by another that entitles its holder to a specific limited use or enjoyment. Put simply, an easement grants access to property that is not owned by the easement holder.

13.  Existing Improvements - All existing exterior improvements, structures, and any appurtenances thereto or components thereof, of every type or kind, and all existing landscaping features, including,  but not limited to, buildings, 
outbuildings, swimming pools, tennis courts, patios, patio covers, awnings, solar collectors, painting or other finish materials on any visible structure, additions, walkways, sprinkler systems, garages, driveways, fences, screening walls, retaining  walls,  basketball  hoops, stairs, decks, hedges, windbreaks, plantings, trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables, sod, gravel, bark, exterior light fixtures, poles, signs, exterior tanks, and exterior air conditioning, cooling, heating and water softening equipment.

14.  Hardscape  -  Artificial  surfaces placed on a lot such as concrete, asphalt/concrete brick or stone, driveways, walks, steps, sports courts, decks (wood or concrete), pool decks or any other coverage not classified as a structure.

15.  Home - A residence that has been built, or is to be built, on property that is in the Community.

16.  Owner - The Declarant, a builder, or other person who owns a Lot (Homeowner), but does not include a person having an interest in a Lot solely as security for an obligation. The Declarant is the owner of each Lot provided for in the Declaration until that Lot is conveyed to another person who may or may not be a Declarant, the Homeowner.

17.  Parcel - Any separate lot, plot of land, or parcel of land, which is contained in the Community, and on which a Home is located or is planned to be constructed or located (or on which more than one Home may be located in the case of 
property which contains or is planned to contain condominiums, cooperatives or apartments).

18.  Property line - Any recorded boundary of a lot. Please review your lot survey for actual property/lot lines.

19.  Proposed Improvements -  Any Improvement which has not yet been constructed, installed or erected, and includes demolition or removal of any building or other structure, and includes any change of the exterior appearance of a building or other Existing Improvement.

20.  Setback - The distance by which a structure, parking area or other development feature must be separated from a lot line, other structure or development feature, or street centerline (see  County  Development Code). All setbacks within Hawkeswater are outlined and controlled by the Declaration.

21.  Survey - Documents showing the boundary lines of a parcel, all applicable easements and existing structures, which is certified by a licensed surveyor.
22.  Utility Lines or Utilities - All water, sewer, and under-drain pipelines which lie beneath the surface of the ground and all electric, telephone, gas and other wire lines, with poles and other necessary appurtenances which run above or below the surface of the ground.

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