Landscaping

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Landscaping shall be in accordance with the Governing Documents. The goal is to preserve the natural foothills environment by minimizing disruption through thoughtful, sensitive and context-considerate design and installation. As a general rule, the ARC will exercise more stringent controls on areas visible from roads, Open Space and Lots. Tree removal shall be in accordance with Section 2.2.3. The use of landscaping requiring substantial irrigation is strongly discouraged. All landscaping shall be sited with respect for adjacent Dwellings and the views therefrom, taking into account the potential impact due to the mature growth of planned vegetation. 

Protection of Views All landscaping shall be sited with respect for adjacent Dwellings and the views therefrom, taking into account the potential impact due to the mature growth of planned vegetation. 

Trees, Shrubs and Ground Covers : Information regarding acceptable plant material is published in the Native Plants of Genesee booklet (which can be referenced at the Vista during normal office hours) and the Colorado State Forest Service Fire Wise Plant List. When reviewing landscape Submittals and when requiring the installation of landscaping, the ARC will take into consideration the principles underlying the Fire Mitigation and defensible space guidelines available for our region. 

Turf Grass Seed and Sod The use of irrigated and mowed sodded turf grass may be approved in limited areas only. If such sodded turf grass is proposed, it must be part of a landscape design and located where it is less visible from roadways, adjoining Lots or Open Space. Any permanent irrigation system must be buried and avoid encroachment into utility or road rights-of-way or Open Space.

Water Features When permitted, water features such as ponds, streams, waterfalls and fountains shall be integrated into the natural landscape and shall have limited water usage. Formal fountains must be enclosed within an interior courtyard. Noise shall be minimized so as not to intrude on the neighbors’ peaceful enjoyment. Pumps and mechanical equipment shall be submersible or completely enclosed in a structure approved by the ARC.

Yard Ornaments Yard ornaments which can be seen from other Lots, roads or trails on Open Space including, but not limited to geometric designs, bird baths, sculptures, carved animals or animal sculptures, artificial plants or flowers and other statuary, must be submitted for review and are subject to approval depending upon their size, character, color, location and screening and overall integration

Exterior Wall Art Exterior wall art, pictures or hangings which can be seen from other Lots, roads or trails on Open Space will not be approved.