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Architectural Review Board (ARB)

13Are you planning an exterior home improvement, painting the exterior of your home, expanding your driveway, wanting to plant or change the appearance of the exterior of your home or landscaping in any way?


We remind all home owners that Architectural Review Board (ARB) approval is required for ALL exterior changes, additions or removals.


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Only the registered title owner/s may submit an ARB application to the ARB. Applications sumbitted by 3rd parties such as managers, or any other person, will not be accepted by the ARB. 


The Architectural Review Board is in place to ensure that all exterior changes to property are in keeping with the overall style of the community and to ensure the community remains aesthetically pleasing.


The Architectural Review Board requires 30 days to review and reply to an application. PLEASE do not wait until the last moment to apply. Complete an Architectural Review application form (see below) and submit it along with the required paperwork to the committee for approval. If you would like to discuss your plans prior to submission, need guidance or have any questions, please contact the ARB or the HOA.

Please note that ARB forms must be submitted by the HOME OWNER not a MANAGEMENT COMPANY.

Any form received that is not from the Home Owner will be denied.


The ARB contact is:

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Please email your completed ARB application to the email address above. Please allow 30 days to obtain approval for your request.


Click here to download the ARB application form


Please follow this process. Failure to do so may require you to remove the change and the change will be considered a violation.

An email with the completed application form must be sent to the ARB. An inspection will take place after the change is made to ensure the change meets the ARB requirment. You are responsible, as the home owner, to ensure you send the ARB application. Please do not make the ARB ask you for the required information after the fact.


Pool Privacy Screening - Must conform to the following requirements:

       Material            - Acrylic Panel or Privacy Screening (also known as Florida screen or Florida glass)

       Color                - Charcoal or Light Grey or White

       Positioning       - To replace the bottom mesh panels of the pool screen only

                                - Must be no higher than one screen panel (approx 3 feet) (no higher will be permitted)

Any variation to the above will not be approved by the ARB.


Gutters/Eavestrough/Fascia/Soffets - Must conform to the following requirements:

        Colour        - White

        Form          - 6 inch square section for gutters/eavestrough

Positioning -Downspouts must not be placed to impede the lawn mowing equipment.

They must come down into and exisiting bush or flower bed.

Any variation to the above will not be approved by the ARB.
Exterior painting - Must conform to the following requirements:
The outside of the villa, garage door, front door, front porch, lanai, window/door trim and pool deck MUST be painted in the same color as the original paint. Each item of the property indicated above is considered a separate ARB application.
  • All home exteriors must be painted at least once every 12 years.
  • The exterior of the home includes at a minimum the walls and the trim on the walls, including the walls of the front porch and the walls of the pool lanai and pool deck. It also includes the pool deck, pool lanai, front porch, garbage enclosure and front door.
  • It does not include the garage door.
  • If any part of the property is found to be in need of painting by the Board of Directors or the ARB during the 12 year period, the owner will be required to paint the exterior sooner.
  • Exterior walls and trim, front porch floor, pool deck/lanai floor, front door, garbage enclosure and garage door ALL require a separate ARB application.
The ARB has a list of original/approved paint colors. Please see the link below.
  • Front door must be the original color (Regent Green, not black, see the list of approved colors), white or the same color as the exterior of the home, no exceptions.
  • All trim must be pure white, no exceptions. Not off white!
  • Front porch/patio/entrance floor must be the original color (grey, see the list of approved colors), or the same color as the exterior of the home, no exceptions.
  • Pool deck and lanai must be the original color (monterey white or navajo white) or off white, no exceptions, no colors.
  • Garage door must be pure white, no exceptions. Not off white!
  • No windows in the garage door are permitted, no exceptions.
  • Garbage enclosure can be white or the same color as the exterior of the home, no exceptions.
  • Please note that there is NO color code for the pure white/base white paint. It should be flat or semi-gloss and should contain NO tint. It should be paint straight from the can. The color will vary slighty by manufacturer but it should be WHITE, not off-white, not "contractor" white (which has a hint of grey in it).
Any variation to your original house paint color will have to be approved by the ARB. You must submit an ARB application and it must indicate that you wish to change the color of your home exterior.

Benjamin Moore Paints can be found at the following locations:


Driveway extension - Must conform to the following requirements:

Homes with double garages - Driveways may be extended to the end of both sides of the garage only.

Homes with single garages - Driveways may be extended from one end of the garage (the end going down the side of the property) to a point in line with the side of the front door porch nearest the garage. Click here to see illustration.

  • The same interlock paver brick style, size and color as the original existing driveway and sidewalks are to be used and these are to be interlocked into the existing driveway and are not to be butted up against the existing driveway. The same driveway pattern, sidewalk pattern and driveway apron pattern must be used.
  • This will entail moving the existing driveway edging pattern, walkway pattern and driveway apron pattern over to the new edge. Simply inserting interlock pavers or butting interlock pavers up against the existing driveway, walkway or driveway apron are not permitted and will not be approved.
  • The driveway CANNOT extend past the edge of the garage on the non-front entrance side.
  • The driveway CANNOT extend past the wall edge on the front entrance side, see illustration above.
  • The owner is responsible for widening the driveway apron when widening the driveway. This is the area between the street and the sidewalk that forms part of the driveway.
  • The new interlock pavers must be cemented along the side so as to hold them in place and stop them from moving sideways.
  • The entire driveway, walkway and driveway apron pavers must be filled with sand when completed.
  • The driveway cannot be more than 16 feet wide after the extension is complete (Starting from the edge of the garage on the non-door side of the house, not from the existing driveway edge.). It may be less than 16 feet wide, depending on the model of the home, but it cannot be more than 16 fee wide, see the illustration above for other restrictions.
  • Any irrigation pipes and irrigation/sprinklers heads whether on the owner's property, Polk County property or on the common property (between the road and the sidewalk) are to be moved and re-instated at the home owners expense.
  • These measures will allow for two cars to be parked side by side in homes with a single garage, which will help alleviate the on road parking issue.
  • The bush near the edge of the garage/driveway must be moved over or replaced with the same type of bush. It cannot be removed completely.
  • The bush by the edge of the garage/pathway to the front door cannot be removed.
  • The maintenance, repair, replacement of driveway, driveway apron and sidewalk running through the driveway, is the responsibility of the homeowner, not the Association.
Any variation to the above will not be approved by the ARB.

Exterior bordering - Must conform to the following requirements:

A border around the perimeter of the house and pool screen with river rock may be installed.

  • The border is to be no more than 4 inches deep and 12 inches wide from the exterior wall or pool screen edge.
  • Under the river rock/lava rock or white rock is to be weed blocked.
  • The edging must be interlock pavers.
  • The pavers must be the same color as the pavers used on the sidewalks and driveway.
  • No plastic pavers or edging are to be used, no wood edging.
  • No partial installations of pavers.
  • Pavers must complete a full section around the entire pool screen or the entire 3 sides of the home/pool area.
Any variation to the above will not be approved by the ARB.

Garbage bin enclosure - Must conform to the following requirements:

An enclosure may be erected to store garbage bins and must meet the following specifications:

  • The base of the enclosure is to be a concrete pad large enough to accommodate 2 bins.
  • The enclosure must be approximately 68" in length x 43" wide, no larger, no smaller.
  • The enclosure must have a 2x4 or 4x4 post on each corner of the inside front of the enclosure to attach the doors. The doors will fall off if they are not securely attached to posts.
  • The enclosure base is to be surrounded by fencing painted white or the same color as the home.
  • The permitted fencing is availabele at Home Depot and  Lowes. See illustration for the style permitted.
  • The enclosure must have 2 doors, with hinges and it must have a latch that will keep the 2 doors closed.
  • The enclosure is to be high enough to completely hide the bins but no more than 9 inches higher than the bins.
  • The enclosure must be erected so as to hide the bins from view from the street or neighbouring lots.
  • The enclosure must not have a top.
  • The enclosure is to be located on the side of the home closest to the garage door, no exceptions. This is usually the side of the home where the AC and/or pool equipment is located, but no always.

Click here to download a picture of the approved bin enclosure

Any variation to the above will not be approved by the ARB.


Plants and Trees
  • The only type of plants that may be planted around the pool screen enclosure, are the Viburnum (the same plant as the hedging along the back of the homes on Robin Road/Old Lake Wilson Road) or the Podocarpus, no exceptions.
  • The base/stem of the initial bush, when planted, must be no more than 14 inches from the base of the pool screen enclosure and not less than 12 inches from the base of the pool screen enclosure. This is important because if the bush (when fully grown) is too close to the pool screen it becomes too difficult to trim. Also, if the bush base/stem is more than 14 inches from the pool screen base (when fully grown) then the bush will impede the mowing process and could be considered a fence and not a privacy bush/hedge.
  • The bush/privacy hedge cannot grow more than 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide.
  • The bush/hedge will be trimmed accordingly by the landscapers.
  • Plants in pots are not permitted unless they are inside a pool enclosure, along a walkway or within an existing flower bed.
  • Potted plants are not permitted around the exterior of the pool enclosure.
  • Hedge type plants at the front of a property are to be no more than 4-6 feet tall, as regulated by the landscapers.
  • Restrictions apply to the types of plants and trees that can be planted on any property.
  • The ARB/HOA reserves the right to remove or insist that you remove any plant or tree that is not approved.
  • The ARB/HOA reserves the right to have any plant or tree that is deemed "too tall or too wide" trimmed or pruned to a height or width that is inkeeping with the neighborhood.
  • Major changes, additions or removals of plants or trees at the front of the home are not permitted.
  • The following plants may be planted to replace dead/diseased plants at the front of the home: Golden Mound, Indian Hawthorne, Evergreen, Schefflera Veriegated, Loropetalum Ruby.
  • The planting of vegatables or other types of plants, that are not approved, are not permitted.
  • Any changes, additions or removals of plants or trees must be prior approved by the ARB.
  • Any replanting must replace an existing plant or tree in the same location and must be ARB approved.
  • New flower beds or changes in the design of the existing flower beds or landscaping at the front of the home in any way is not permitted unless ARB approved.
  • The HOA reserves the right to make changes, additions or removals of plants at the front of the home at any time due to plant death or disease.
  • Oak trees are a very invasive species of tree. It is therefore recommended by the ARB/HOA that all owners remove, at their own expense, the oak trees present on their property. Damage to irrigation systems, pool screens, driveways and sidewalks are the responsibility of the homeowner.
  • If you remove a tree from your property you may not be permitted to replace the tree unless it is in an existing flower bed.
  • Any tree removed from a back lawn is not permitted to be replaced.
  • If you wish to plant a palm tree on your front lawn, please put in an ARB application prior to planting.
  • Any new palm trees planted, by the owner, are the owner's property, not the HOA's.
  • The HOA landscaping company will only trim palm trees that are 16 feet or less tall.
  • If you plant a palm tree that is more than 16 feet tall, you will be responsible for paying to have the tree trimmed on a regular basis.
Fences -  No fence, enclosure, cage, structure, etc. is permitted in LWP with the exception of the fencing that runs along the back of the homes on Robin Road/Old Lake Wilson Road.
Solar Collecting Devices -  The following rules apply:
  • An ARB application shall be submitted and approved by the ARB in accordance with the governing documents before installation of any solar collecting device such as solar panels.
  • An ARB application shall indicate, among the other items specified in the Association’s governing documents, the size, shape, construction, side of roof the solar collecting device(s) will be installed and orientation of the of the solar collecting devices.
  • Solar collectors shall be installed on the south side of the roof; however, if the roof does not permit for installation on the south side (due to the roof being too small or not oriented to the south) then the solar collectors shall be placed on the side of the roof best permitting the solar collectors to be installed with an orientation to the south or within 45° east or west of due south.
  • Solar collectors shall only be installed on one side of the roof.
  • Solar collectors shall not be installed on the lawn, in the garden, on the pool screen enclosure, on the sides of the house, on the windows, on the garage door, front door, front entry way, garbage enclosure, pool deck or anywhere else on the property but the roof.
  • Solar collector wires, cabling, pipes and conduits shall be hidden from view as much as possible to keep the aesthetic appearance of the community in tack as much as possible.
  • It is Association’s intention that the rules, regulations and policies relating to solar collectors be interpreted pursuant to and in connection with the provisions of Section 163.04, Florida Statutes; therefore, the Association, Board of Directors and ARB reserve the right to permit the installation of solar collectors to the extent such installation is mandated by Section 163.04, Florida Statutes, even if the installation deviates from these rules, regulations and policies without waiving or prejudicing its right to uphold and enforce such rules, regulations and policies in the future.
Any work undertaken without prior ARB approval may require removal or change.  All costs of removal or changes will be borne by the owner as per the covenants.

If any changes have been made without ARB approval, then a retrospective request can be made.  There is no guarantee that this retrospective request will be granted.