ACC approves ‘modern’ home design on Fineza Way – Hot Springs Village Voice

After new Villagers appealed, the Hot Springs Village Property Property Owners’ Association Architectural Control Committee approved a permit for a Fineza Way home.

A couple who moved here from Bella Vista, Cyndi and Terry Emerson, appeared with their builder, Josh Castleberry. 

“He had great customer reviews and our family recommended him,” Cyndi Emerson said. A daughter already lives in HSV.

She said they chose their design, which she described as modern, because it would provide abundant natural light and access for disabilities.

Chosen from prepared plans and modified by a draftsman for their needs, it has a tall front section, with a roof sloping rearward; asphalt shingles, vertical vinyl siding and windows high on the front, to admit natural light. She said the photo in the Aug. 4 presentation was the stock design, not the modified design.

“Natural lighting has been shown to curb depression, which is really important for elderly people,” she said.

The couple expressed frustration, saying they had checked POA protective covenants and rules, and thought the design was in compliance, including the size for the subdivision, at 1,177-square-feet. She said she had driven all over the Village before the lot purchase, looking for a flat lot wide enough for  the design.

She presented a board with photos of other houses in the subdivision. “All are different; most have asphalt shingles and vinyl siding,” she said.

She expressed frustration that they had spent so much buying a lot, modifying the plans and for other prepararation when the couple had not known the plan would not be approved.

ACC chair Jan Rowe said she’s not against a contemporary design, adding that one draw to the Village is that it has an eclectic variety of home designs, including log homes, domes and modern designs. 

Rowe said landscaping always plays a role in a home’s appearance. “It should blend with the neighborhood but that’s why I’m asking about the landscaping, because it certainly helps,” she said, adding that the updated photo helped the committee understand the proposal.

“Thank you for coming in; it explained a lot,” Rowe said.

In later discussion during old business, the committee approved the Emersons’ plans, with Ron Poshard dissenting.

The committee’s staff member and board liaison expressed concerns. But neither one has a vote.

POA compliance director Charlie Brown said the HSV Declaration requires harmony of exterior design with existing structures in the neighborhood. While other homes did have asphalt shingles and vinyl siding, Brown said he did not think any others had the same roof design.

Board director Tucker Omohundro said his first thought when he saw the plans before the Aug. 4 meeting was, “I wouldn’t want this house next to me. But with more information I am less against it. I would always try to make my decision based on whether I lived next door to the house.”

In other business, Brown presented “very preliminary” plans for East Village Centre, a planned commercial development. The site is part of the Village, but outside the East Gate. It will not provide access to HSV.

Renaissance Homes will move its headquarters from Maumelle to East Village. While it has no recorded plats yet, it could have up to nine lots. Members viewed computerized artist renderings. The project is waiting for state of Arkansas documents for plumbing and utilities. Renaissance will build suit buyers, and all designs will  have ACC exterior oversight.

Plans will be presented to the POA Board of Directors once it reaches the permitting stage.

Brown presented statistics through the end of July:

• compliance cases opened: 645

• small permits issued: 2,361 

• new home permits 76

• new homes under construction: 97

Rowe said plans are for a requirement for address signs on all lakefront homes to be enforced next year, although the Lakes Committee and administration are re-examining the requirement for it to be mandatory. 

Signs will have a brown wood appearance and reflective white lettering with the address, lot and block.

Rowe and Omohundro both would like to see it voluntary. Rowe said it is intended to boost safety, so that a boater with an emergency could provide an address to emergency services. But that could be accomplished from a nearby sign.

Tucker said the sign could provide a conduit for theft, with a potential thief being able to return later from the street, after learning the address.

Also, Rowe feels the ACC should have been represented on the new Ad-hoc Rules Review Committee. 

Omohundro said the ACC and board were excluded from membership – to avoid any conflict of interest – because both will be making decisions on rules. But Rowe said the Lakes and Common Property, Forest and Wildlife committee have their own rules and make decisions on those rules, and both have representatives on the new committee.

Rowe said each ad-hoc member has only one vote, just as on the Ad-hoc Cooper Land Evaluation Committee. She serves as vice chair on that committee. 

“We wouldn’t be making the new rules or regulations. They can discount what we say or they can take it into consideration,” Rowe said. 

Approved permits: 

• 6 San Pablo Lane, deck

• 25 Jabali Way, deck extension

• 9 Guindola Way, dock

• 35 Zarpa Way, dock

• 22 Charro Way, enclose deck

• 15 Gusta Lane, dock

• 9 Ferrol place, landscaping and riprap permits

• 48 Alteza Drive, landscaping

• 11 Ostento Way, landscaping

• 54 Arjona Way, dock

• 2 Coronado Drive, deck covering (kit pergola)

• 11 Leno Lane, extend deck

• 8 Halcon Place, deck

• 8 Escondite Lane, seawall

Not approved as submitted:

• 21 Durango Way, outbuilding on golf course

New home permits:

• 4 Pasmoso Way, Renaissance Homes

• 14 Nubarron Lane, J.D. Harrison Construction

• 29 Gusta Lane, Renaissance Homes

• 30, 32 Manso Way, Chris Holleman Home

David Anderson of the HSV Townhouse Association attended, among other guests. Anderson said he wanted to learn more about the ACC and asked if the THA could do anything for the committee.

Omohundro urged the THA to require townhouse owners to provide the home’s as-built plat with proof that a proposed addition would fall within the owner’s land. Tucker has expressed plat concerns at prior ACC meetings, and says the burden of proof should be on the owner seeking the permit.

 


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