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Recent Amendments to Westmont's Aesthetic Standards

In an effort to keep our readers abreast of the latest updates to Westmont's Aesthetic Standards, this page will feature all recently ratified amendments. We encourage you to check it periodically.


October 22, 2009 — Plans For Minor Modification To Established Landscape
Pursuant to the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for Westmont (herein called the “Westmont CCR’s”), the following amendment to the Westmont Aesthetic Standards (the "Standards") has been adopted by the Westmont Architectural Control Committee (herein called the “Committee”) and shall apply, once completed, to all improvements made and maintained in the Westmont addition, Colleyville, Texas. Variance from these standards may be proposed for approval to the Committee. Approval of a variance shall not establish precedent with respect to approval of other proposals for the same variance.

The Committee defines "Minor Modification to Installed Landscape" as an alteration to landscaping, which was correctly installed according to Committee approved plans and has been established for a period of three months or longer, that entails neither modification of the size or shape of planting bed(s) nor irrigation modifications other than adding or adjusting drip irrigation or bubblers for trees. An example of Minor Modification to Installed Landscape would be replacing plants in an existing planting bed with different species or cultivars than originally approved and/or adding trees to the lawn area of a lot.

All criteria for landscape plans shall apply to Minor Modification to Installed Landscape, except that the plans to depict and thoroughly describe the Minor Modification to Installed Landscape may be prepared by an Approved Landscape Installer rather than an Approved Landscape Architect.


September 28, 2009— Irrigation Installation and Repairs
Underground wire employed in irrigation installation and repairs is required to be 16 gauge, professional grade, single strand, direct burial wire.


September 18, 2009— Skylights, Solar collectors, Satellite Dishes, and Wind Generators.
No skylights, tubular daylighting devices, solar collecting frames/panels, satellite dishes, and electricity generating wind turbines shall be mounted to or installed on any roof, wall of a house, or elsewhere on a Lot without prior approval of the Committee.

Skylights, tubular daylighting devices, solar collecting frames/panels, satellite dishes, and electricity generating wind turbines may not be installed within street or other public view. Skylights, solar collecting frames, satellite dishes, and electricity generating wind turbines shall be kept thoroughly screened from public view and view of adjacent properties.

All proposed skylights, tubular daylighting devices, solar collecting frames, satellite dishes, and electricity generating wind turbines shall be thoroughly described in a submittal for Committee consideration, which shall include a fully dimensioned diagram or photographic representation of the device, proposed mounting height above ground, and location on the house or elsewhere on the Lot.

Wind generators to produce electricity are not permitted in Westmont.


June 1, 2009 - Care of Tree Root Zone
Trees should be mulched a minimum depth of two inches (2”) and no greater than four inches (4”). Mulch conserves moisture and retards weeds, but mulch depth greater than four inches (4”) is detrimental to the health of the tree.

Mulch is required to be kept at least a finger’s width from tree trunks to avoid moisture, rodent and insect damage.

Trees should be inspected by the planting contractor before installation to be sure the ‘flare’ is exposed. If the flare is not apparent, soil should be removed from the top of tree’s rootball to the extent necessary to expose flare before planting. If soil must be removed to a depth that causes extensive loss of roots, threatening viability of the tree, then the tree should be rejected and replaced with a tree of satisfactory quality.

The top of the rootball after exposing flare should be the planting grade.
No plant materials other than sod and ground cover are permitted to be planted beneath the drip line of trees, without Committee approval. The primary feeder roots of trees are in the top eighteen inches (18”) of the root zone; therefore, disturbing the root zone of trees is detrimental to their health.

No groundcover, perennial or annual color plantings around/under trees will be approved by the Committee unless trees are included in a planting bed, as defined above. That is, no “island” beds are permitted in Broughton. Groundcover (or perennials/annuals, if approved by the Committee) should be planted outside the tree’s root zone or rootball, if newly transplanted, and allowed to grow into the root zone.

To provide the best environment for survival of native trees, NO planting is permitted beneath native trees except as may be approved by the Committee.

a. Only mulch (as above), natural leaf mold or plants requiring little irrigation (such as native coralberry) should be used in areas of preserved native trees such as post oak and blackjack oak.
b. Any planting approved by the Committee under existing native trees should be installed at or near the edge of the drip zone of the tree (farthest extent of canopy) and allowed to grow into the drip zone.

If grass or ground cover is approved for planting under/adjacent to trees, trunk protection approved by the Committee (e.g. the NDS Trunk Protector) is required to be kept at all times around the trunk of the tree to protect bark from trimmer/mower damage.
   

March 2, 2009 - Drip Irrigation in New Planting Beds
Water conservation objectives of the Texas Council of Environmental Quality embodied in regulations effective January 1, 2009 are endorsed by the Committee.

Consistent with those objectives, the Committee requires installation of drip irrigation in all new planting beds, in the parkway between the public walk and the curb of a public street, and irrigation system upgrading, when a previously installed irrigation system is altered, in order that the altered irrigation system meets or exceeds the requirements of Section 344.62 Minimum Design and Installation Requirements.