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Revised 25 June 2018

Table of Contents
  1. Architectural Review Process
    1. Architectural Review Committee
    2. Scope of Review
    3. Procedure for ARC Review
    4. Fees
    5. City Approval
    6. Variances
    7. Appeals
    8. Notice of Completion
    1. Licensed Contractor
    2. Original Building Plans
    3. Floors/Ceilings and Walls
    4. Screen Doors
    5. Unused Crawl Space
    6. Kitchen Vents
    7. Balconies and Patios
    8. Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Alarms
    9. Recessed Lights
    10. Windows
    11. Air Conditioning Units
    12. Preapproved Exterior Paint Colors
    13. Work Hours
    14. In-Wall Electric Space Heaters
    15. Video Cameras/Doorbell/Iintercom
    16. Replacement of Front Door
    17. Attaching Outside Shade

Architectural Guidelines

These Architectural Guidelines are in compliance with the Association’s CC&Rs (including but not limited to Article IV and Article VIII, Section 8.05) and governing law.

    1. Architectural Review Process

      1. Architectural Approval Required. Pursuant to Section 4.02 of the CC&Rs, no construction alteration, addition, modification decoration, redecoration or reconstruction of any Improvement shall be commenced or maintained until plans and specifications therefor showing the nature, kind, shape, height, width, elevation, color, materials and location of same have been approved in writing by the Association’s Architectural Review Committee (“ARC”).

        Examples of proposed Improvements requiring prior ARC approval include, but are not limited to, the following:

        • All exterior additions, changes and alterations to a Residence

        • Installation of patio or balcony covers or flooring

        • Installation of air conditioning units, water softeners or other equipment/machines on the exterior of the buildings or that protrude through the walls or roof of the buildings

        • Interior but exposed window coverings

        • Interior unit additions, changes or alterations that may impact the structural integrity of the building, the soundproofing of the units, or the firewall protection between the units, including but not limited to the installation or alteration of new recessed lighting, electric wiring, cabling, drains, pipes and shutoff valves

        No perimeter or interior wall of a unit may be moved or such wall, ceiling or floor be pierced or punctured in any manner without first obtaining written ARC approval.

        Depending on the nature of the proposed improvement, the ARC has the discretion to require an engineer’s analysis of the proposed improvements, at the owner’s expense.

      1. Architectural Review Committee – The Harbor Vista ARC shall be comprised of at least three (3) members appointed by the Board, all of whom shall be members of the Association. The ARC shall review all proposed works of improvements to ensure compliance with Article IV of the Harbor Vista CC&Rs and any other applicable architectural guidelines or rules, as may be amended from time to time.

      2. Scope of Review – The ARC’s review and approval or disapproval of proposed plans shall be based solely on aesthetic considerations and the overall benefit or detriment to the community. The ARC’s review and approval or disapproval of proposed plans shall not be made from the standpoint of structural safety or conformance with building or other codes or requirements.

      3. Procedure for ARC Review – To begin the review process, Owners are required to submit a completed Architectural Application form (see Attachment 1 hereto) along with the applicable review fee and refundable security deposit (if any), one set of plans and specifications showing all details of the proposed improvement, and a completed Neighbor Awareness form (see Attachment 2). Once a complete submittal package is received (as determined by the ARC), the ARC shall transmit its decision to the owner within forty-five (45) days after receipt thereof. (CC&Rs Section 4.02)

      4. Fees – All architectural submittals shall be accompanied by the applicable review fee and refundable security deposit. The current review fee is $0.00 for all submittals and the refundable security deposit is $0.00, both of which are subject to change in the discretion of the Board.

      5. City Approval - Certain improvements may require approval by the City of Huntington Beach, which the owner is responsible to obtain, if applicable, after approval by the ARC.

      6. Variances – The ARC may grant reasonable variances to the architectural provisions of the CC&Rs or Rules, and these Guidelines, as allowed in Section 4.08 of the CC&Rs.

      7. Appeals: A decision of the ARC may be appealed to the Harbor Vista Board of Directors by submitting a written request to the Board within thirty (30) days following the final decision of the ARC. The Board is required to render its decision on the appeal within forty-five (45) days after receipt of the request for appeal.

      8. Notice of Completion – Within ten (10) days of completion of a work of improvement that requires prior ARC approval, a completed Notice of Completion form (see Attachment 3) shall be submitted to the ARC. The ARC may inspect the work of improvement, once completed, to ensure compliance with the approved plans.


      1. Licensed Contractor. For your own protection, only licensed and insured contractors should perform works of improvement to your unit.

      2. Original Building Plans - Harbour Vista was built in early 1980. The original builder plans for Phase I are available from the Association and the City of Huntington Beach has a copy of plans for Phase II. Phase I plans may be used by your architect in order to prepare remodeling drawings. Contact the Association to obtain a copy.

      3. Floors/Ceilings and Walls - Walls between units have insulation and double walls to provide soundproofing and a firewall barrier between units. Between floors, there is a 10-inch insulated empty space for soundproofing. The upper floors use lightweight concrete over 5/8 inch plywood to act as a firewall barrier. Ten inches below this plywood is the lower unit’s drywall ceiling. If you install new flooring (wood or tile) on a second or third floor unit, it is recommended that you install cork soundproof sheeting or other similar material before installation of the flooring. Improving the soundproofing in your condominium will make your condominium quieter inside and make your neighbor happier. In addition, if you are a downstairs neighbor, you can install sound deadening material in your ceiling to create a "resilient channel” in your ceiling.

        There is built-in floor deflection for earthquakes for second and third floor units. Installing granite floor tiles is not recommended. However, tile and wood flooring is acceptable over sound proofing material.

      4. Screen Doors - Front screen doors may be installed without prior approval of the ARC as long as they are black, bronze or white in color.

      5. Unused Crawl Space - The top floor of three bedroom units with vaulted ceilings have a large unused space, which is accessed through a ceiling crawl space inside these units. These spaces were not designed to be used and are not suitable as a storage or utility space unless they are structurally modified, which will require prior ARC approval.

      6. Kitchen Vents - Kitchen vents were installed in the two and three bedroom units when the complex was built. However, kitchen vents were not installed in the one bedroom units. Installing a kitchen vent requires prior approval of the ARC as it requires the piercing of the outside building wall affecting soundproofing and firewall.

      7. Balconies and Patios - Many owners have added latticework to their balconies and patios for privacy and/or pet control. While this is permitted, prior ARC approval is required. Any such lattice must be uniform, 1/8” thick, painted on both sides, not extend above the patio fence, and match the color of the balcony railings.

        For safety reasons, items may not be placed on 2nd or 3rd floor balcony railings.

      8. Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Alarms - Owners are responsible for installing and maintaining smoke and carbon dioxide alarms in the bedrooms and hallways of their units.

      9. Recessed Lights – The installation of recessed lights requires prior ARC approval.

      10. Windows - The existing windows at Harbour Vista are a black/bronze anodized aluminum. Owners may upgrade windows with white energy efficient double pane clear glass only. Any other colors are not acceptable. ARC approval is required for all window replacements. Owners may only replace existing windows, not add, or remove windows. All windows and sliding glass doors must have screens, which shall be maintained in good condition and repair.

      11. Air Conditioning Units - Only a pre-approved mini A/C split air conditioning unit that meets Association requirements for noise, power limitations, and aesthetics, may be installed anywhere outside of a unit, with prior ARC approval.

      12. Preapproved Exterior Paint Colors – The following paints have been preapproved and may be used without prior ARC approval:

        76-(1) Winter Wheat (light)
            81-(2) Sepia (medium)
            138-(3) Stage (dark)

        Vista Paint
        17445 beach Blvd.
        Huntington BEach, CA 92647
        Near the intersection of Beach Blvd. and Slater Ave,

      13. Work Hours – Work may only be performed Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

      14. In-Wall Electric Space Heaters - Approval from the Architectural Committee is required for any installation of in-wall electric space heaters. City permits must be obtained and inspection. These in-wall space heaters must only be installed facing interior walls which are not classified as “party walls" (e.g. walls share between units). Using exterior walls which face outside is acceptable.

      15. Video Cameras/Doorbell/Iintercom - Approval from the Architectural Committee is required for any installation of security video cameras attached to the an exterior wall or located in the unit and pointing to the outside through a window. Approval from the Architectural Committee is required for any installation of a Video/doorbell/intercom system.

      16. Replacement of Front Door - Approval from the Architectural Committee is required for replacement of the front door. The panel door must resemble the same type of material, finish and color as the original installed doors (e.g. dark walnut).

        1. The door must be installed in the same location and be the same size as the original door it replaces.

        2. The material of the panel door may be wood, fiberglass or metal as long as the finish reassembles the original door.

        3. The panel door must consist of at least a single panel and not more than six. Z-style barn and shaker doors are not allowed.

        4. Installation of half moon radius transom designed window at the top of the panel door are allowed with approval of the Architectural Committee.

      17. Balcony Shade Options: - Either (a or b) installation must have an Architectural application that details the material, dimension, color and where and how attachment will be completed.

        1. Lower Units (units that have a balcony cover) may install a roll- up shade that is attached to the beam of the balcony underside. The color maybe a brown or beige - only solid colors no patterns, The use of these shades is limited to daylight hours and must be retracted at dusk. (please see photo)

        2. Upper Units (units that have no balcony cover) may install a retractable shade in a Natural Linen color (no patterns) or a vinyl lattice cover in beige as long as the installation does not need posts that penetrate the balcony floor. If support is needed it can be obtained by using the balcony railing or side supports into the stucco. And should not block storage door. Any installation into the railing or the stucco must be installed for easy removal for repairs and sealed to prevent water damage. (please see photo).

        3. In cases of of either a or b - upon removal of said shading material all support points must be repaired and brought up to current wood and/or stucco standard.


      Attachment 1: Architectural Application (2 pages)

      Attachment 2: Neighbor Awareness Form (1 page)

      Attachment 3: Notice of Completion Form (1 page)
Harbour Vista HOA Architectural Guidelines

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