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What is the Architectural Standards Committee?
The Architectural Standards Committee (ASC)is formed and organized to review and administer architectural design and property use issues. The committee also has the responsibility of establishing policy that pertains to architectural standards and property use matters. They are also required to uphold the covenants set forth within the Radisson Declaration of Protective Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (Radisson Declaration).
The ASC has specific architectural design jurisdiction over existing homes after occupancy. The developer retains architectural control over new construction until occupancy. Accordingly, the ASC has no control or input over the property’s initial construction.
Who makes up the ASC?
The ASC consists of six volunteers of the Radisson community and a licensed architect. Each member of the ASC is appointed by the Radisson Board of Directors. Members of the ASC use the basic principles of architectural and environmental design, not their personal likes and dislikes, when reviewing architectural design applications. As fellow homeowners, they serve on your behalf to maintain, preserve, and enhance the architectural standards and quality of the community as a whole.
The ASC acts independently from the Radisson Board of Directors. The Committee adopts or promulgates rules, regulations, and policy statements and will, as required, make findings, determinations, rulings and orders.
What are the goals of the committee?
Uphold property values.
Maintain the aesthetic appeal, high standards, and environmental excellence of each neighborhood and property.
Preserve the community’s overall architectural design, quality, and integrity.
Provide homeowners clear guidance concerning the architectural standards and property use restrictions of the community.
Describe procedures for homeowners to follow when submitting applications for architectural design modifications.
What needs to be reviewed and approved by the ASC before I can start work on the exterior of my home?
Basically, any exterior addition, modification or alteration to a home or lot (excluding minor landscaping and installing a new layer of asphalt to an existing driveway) in Radisson requires approval from the ASC prior to beginning work. Please review the Architectural Standards Guide for single and attachedhomes to see what the design standards are for your project. If you are unsure if you need to submit an application for your project please call the Architectural Standards Administrator at the RCA office, 315-635-7171.
Why must I submit an application for a minor alteration, to cut a tree down on my property, or if I am replacing an item with the same thing?
Submittals, as described below, are required to allow the ASC to comprehend the exact nature and extent of the proposed work. Design review is intended to regulate size, location, appearance, and materials of proposed improvements. To accomplish this, the ASC requires submittals that may exceed the level of information required by the Town for building permits. Submittal requirements may also exceed the level of information that a builder or manufacturer normally provides to the applicant. Be sure to ask for additional information so they can provide it to you for your application.
Approval to remove a tree is required to protect and preserve Radisson’s natural wooded areas and maturing landscape, in recognition of their environmental and aesthetic value to the community. An application must be approved before any tree is to be removed that is more than 4 inches in diameter (12.5 inches in circumference), measured 24 inches above the ground. Please review the Architectural Standards Guide for single and attached homes to see further information regarding tree removal.
We do require an application for replacing items of like kind. Why? This helps us to verify that your replacement meets the current ASC standards. If you are replacing an item with an exact replacement, the Architectural Standards Administrator can often pre-approve your application to allow you to start your project sooner.
I need to submit an application for a project. What is the process?
Read the Architectural Standards Guide for your project. The guide will tell you all of the requirements for your project as well as what is needed for the ASC to make a decision on your application.
Start planning ahead of time before you submit your application. Meet with a contractor and have all of your information together- drawings, materials, product brochure information, etc.
Fill out your application and make sure you have completed the checklist on the application. Incomplete applications do not get approved and may delay your project.
Submit your application 3-4 weeks before you plan on starting your project. Drop off your application at the RCA Office.
The ASC will review your application at the next scheduled meeting. The schedule for meeting dates is available online at www.radissoncommunity.org, at the RCA office, or call the office at 315-635-7171. The committee meets once a month from November through April and twice a month from May through October.
Once your application is reviewed it will be approved, denied, or pended for further clarification/information.
My application was denied, now what?
Don’t get discouraged. You may appeal the denial and you can come speak to the ASC to explain your project. There is usually a misunderstanding in the written application when it is reviewed, which results in a denial. We make suggestions to homeowners to help them modify their application/design so that it would be an approved project in the Radisson Community.
What happens if I decide to start a project without approval?
You will be violating the Radisson Declaration if you start a project that requires prior approval by the ASC. The Architectural Standards Administrator does routine inspections throughout the community and if you have done something without prior ASC approval you will be sent a violation notice. This notice includes an immediate $100.00 fine. You will then have 10 days to remedy the violation. If the violation is not remedied within the 10 days you will be fined an additional $150.00 and it will be turned over to the Radisson Board of Directors for legal action. Legal action will include a fine of $10 a day up to $3,000 and you may be responsible for additional legal and administrative fees.
It is much easier to submit an application for your project. We really don’t like sending out violation notices and fines to homeowners. We much rather help homeowners and make Radisson a premiere place to live in Central New York.
I received a violation notice, what do I do now?
First, read the violation notice. Each violation notice gives a description of the violation, how many days you have to resolve the violation, and how to remedy the violation. Should you have any questions on why you received a notice or need further assistance on how to resolve the violation, call the Architectural Standards Administrator. Please do not ignore the violation notice; it will not go away on its own and we will be required to further proceed with the violation process. If you do not agree with the violation, you have an option to appeal it to the ASC.
The majority of violation notices are for exterior property maintenance. For example, your house needs to be painted, your lawn needs to be mowed, your garbage cans need to be stored indoors, etc.
How do I know what the rules and covenants are so I won’t get a violation notice?
The ASC has put together a booklet called the Radisson Use & Maintenance Covenants. This booklet is a resource for homeowners to understand what the covenants of the community are. The booklet has sections of the Radisson Declaration (pertaining to the ASC and covenants) as well as Use & Maintenance Standards that are developed by the ASC. Section 3.0 in the booklet will provide you with the most information regarding the covenants developed by the ASC.
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