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Ground Mounted HVAC Units

Homes Association of Cedar Hills

Board Policy


Ground Mounted HVAC Unit


Goals:

  1. Association policy shall be consistent with the Federal law and Washington County Development Code and Development standards but may be more restrictive.
  2. Locations shall be approved that limit visual impacts of the equipment or oil tank from the streets (primary goal) and from adjacent homes (secondary goal).
  3. Locations shall be approved that maintain required yards (setbacks), easements and Association easements (5 feet at all side and rear property lines) open for landscaping, free from obstructions.
  4. Locations shall be approved that limit noise impacts or noise producing equipment on neighboring properties by locating such equipment away from neighbor’s bedrooms and outdoor living space(s).

Policy:

  1. Setbacks:  Ground mounted heating, ventilation, air conditioning or heating oil tanks shall not be located within a required yard nor Association easement.
  2. Front yards and street side yards:  Located behind the setback line as established by Exhibit C of the Restrictions, or behind the front or street side corners of the house or garage/carport, whichever is more restrictive.
     
    Side yard: Not less than 5 feet from the side property line.
    Rear yard: 15 feet from the rear property line.
  3. Placement behind fencing or screening: Ground mounted heating, ventilation, air conditioning or heating oil tank shall only be located in portions of the yard that can be fenced under current Board policy and the Restrictions.
  4. Screening Required:  If the yard is fenced, any ground mounted heating, ventilation, air conditioning and heating oil tank shall be located behind a sight obscuring fence.  If the yard is not fenced, a sight obscuring fence or screen, not less than the height of the ground mounted heating, ventilation, air conditioning or heating oil tank, shall be installed to screen the equipment from street view.
  5. Side Yards:   Where the side yard is not wide enough to locate the equipment or tank while maintaining at least a 5 foot setback to the property line, the equipment or tank shall be located behind the home.  Not all properties may have a location that meets the requirements of this policy.
  6. Association Permit Required:  A building permit issued by the Association is required prior to the installation of any ground mounted heating, ventilation, air conditioning equipment or heating oil tank.  The permit shall be submitted indicating the location of the house and property lines (with written setback dimensions), and fencing, patios, walkways, etc. and indicating the width, length and height of the proposed equipment or tank.
  7. Jurisdictional Permit Required:  For equipment or tanks requiring a jurisdictional permit, the applicant shall provide the Association with a copy of the approved permit(s) for their file prior to commencement of work.
Date: 12/13/05
Adopted by Board of Directors
Homes Association of Cedar Hills,                                                     Nabil Kanso, President


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