Amesbury Homeowners Association

Architectural Control Committee (ACC)

The Architectural Control Committee (ACC) is appointed by the Board of Directors, the ACC consists of three to five members and meets as necessary to review submissions for house and yard changes. 

Current Committee Members

The board thought it best not to list individuals' details on the web site.  The initial contact would be through your printed phone list or the alias below:

Director - 

Members - Lots  20, 51, 65 and 76

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Submission Guidelines

The ACC has adopted an email submission policy which has reduced the need to meet often and reduced most submission turn around times to 24-48 hours.  All submissions can be made to ACC members or any of the board members, all of whom will forward the submission to the director responsible for the ACC. All responses will be given by and coordinated by the director responsible for the ACC or the Board of Directors.

To bring up additional/separate issues, please attend a board meeting.  If you'd like to get an issue on the meeting agenda, please email the contact alias above.  

Many questions have been asked as to what should be included in a submission to the ACC.  To help answer these questions, examples have been pulled from the records of the Amesbury Homeowners ACC.  These submissions cover different types of submissions and give an idea of what is needed for the ACC to make a decision to help the committee maintain the property values of Amesbury homes (the level of detail submitted for the play court far exceeds what is needed, but greatly helped the ACC quickly visualize the proposal, see the value add to the property value and helped provide quick approval).

The Submission Process

To help submissions go through on the first submission a review was performed of the reasons that submissions were denied on the first  submission or delayed until additional information was provided. The list of the most common reasons can be found below. You can also direct questions to the director responsible for the ACC.

Most Common ACC Submission Rejection Reasons

In order to help create ACC submissions which provide the needed information to the ACC and reduce the amount of time for evaluation and the need to request additional information a review was performed of all submissions made since the subdivision was created to determine why submissions were not approved on the first submission. Below are the items which were most noted as reasons for delaying the approval of a submission. Also, examples of submissions which were accepted on the first pass are posted below to provide guidance of what a submission might contain.

Sample Fence Submission
Sample House Addition Submission
Sample Sport Court Submission
Sample Shed Submission
Sample House Painting Submission

Pre-Approved Roofing Materials

Of interest, one of the reasons of highest frequency for delay was failing to supply records that adjacent neighbors had been notified of the submission. The covenants specify that a record showing adjacent neighbors have been notified of the plans must be supplied with the submission. Supplying this does not mean that an objection from a neighbor will stop the project; it only provides the neighbors the opportunity to provide input. The ACC will make the final decision on the submission.

Some projects such as sheds will require screening (for example shrubs) to obscure viewing the structure from the street. The rule of thumb is screening should cover two thirds of the object after two years.

To help the ACC visualize how the project will look a layout to scale showing where the changes will be located within the lot is requested. This should include items which will affect decisions made by the ACC including landscaping or other items which will provide screening. Consider setback requirements when laying out projects. Please note that county setbacks must be worked with the county.

Descriptions of structures and fences were provided but many times did not include the height of structures. For example the height of a fence is limited to no more than six feet.

When providing colors for painting a house include trim and colors of items such as shutters. If painting a house the same color, no approval is needed.Provide a schedule for the project. For small projects this is probably not important but for projects that will be visible to the neighborhood and disrupt the neighborhood, the ACC will want to know how long the project will take; and if there are phases, what can be expected in each phase. 

Be prepared to provide samples if requested, including paint samples where appropriate. The ACC may want to review the quality of the materials to be used. 

As a note, it is advised that projects be approved before they are started. If the ACC in reflecting the communities desires decides to disapprove the project it would be the homeowners obligation to remove it at their cost.

Contact Information

Tip: You can provide a brief description of your form. Also, you may want to let your customers know what happens after they submit the form. For example, upon form submission, they would be added to your contact list.

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