Architectural Change

Any change you make to the exterior of your home may require that you file an architectural change request with the Board. Article V, Section 1 of Declaration of Covenants for Fishing Creek Farm requires the review of specific information as part of the approval of an Architectural Control Committee Application.  It states that “No building, fence, wall or other structure shall be commenced, erected or maintained within the Properties, nor shall any exterior addition to or change or alteration therein be made until the plans and specifications showing the nature, kind, shape, height, materials, color and location of the same shall have been submitted to and approved in writing as to harmony of external design and location in relation to surrounding structures and topography by the Declarant or its assigns.”

The Tidewater Property Management system makes filing an application easy to do.  Once you have filed it, and it has been reviewed by the Board and our Architectural Control Committee (ACC), you will be notified if the change has been accepted or denied, or if additional documents are needed.

The instructions below regarding the types of documentation to be submitted for each different kind of improvement is designed to allow the Board, with the input of the Architectural Control Committee, do its work in an orderly and prompt fashion, to verify that the improvement complies with the Covenants, and to allow the homeowner to improve his or her property in accordance therewith.

Important Note: If you do not find your project type from the list below, fill out the form at the bottom of this page. The Architectural Committee will get back to you with the list of document requirements your particular application will need.

The application and support documents need to be submitted and approved before your contractor begins work.

To make this easier to do, we have listed below the typical documents you will need for various architectural changes.  If you do not see your project type, contact the Board for clarification by writing to our ACC at architecture@fishingcreekfarm.org. If this is your first time through this process, take a moment to familiarize yourself with it by watching this introductory video:

STEP 1: Determine the required documents you need to submit with your application:

The first step in making your application is to determine what support documents you will need to submit such as site plans, vendor contracts, photographs, etc. along with your application.

Choose from the list below to see what documents are required. If you do not see your application, click here:

Projects that do not need an AC application

  1. Roof replacement (like-kind color and material)
  2. Garage door replacement (like-kind style and material)
  3. Window replacement (like-kind style and material)
  4. Exterior home painting (same house color)
  5. Walkway replacement (like-kind replacement)
  6. Driveway repairs (seal coating or in-kind replacement)
  7. Minor landscaping changes (dead bushes, plants, sod, etc.)
  8. Dead tree removal in non-critical area.

New Construction and additions

  1. New house
  2. Garage addition
  3. Porch new or enclosed
  4. New deck or addition
  5. Trellis / pergola
  6. Swimming Pool
  7. Gazebo

Note: If changes in the plans or specification for the new construction or addition (including changes in the nature, kind, shape, height, materials, color and location of the new construction or addition) are planned after an application has been approved, re-submit a new application detailing the proposed changes.

How to track your application

  1. Log onto the Tidewater Platform by clicking on the Tidewater Portal menu item located to the left.
  2. Click on Association Business then Architectural Control

Important Note: If you do not find your project type from the above project type list, fill out the form below. The Architectural Committee will get back to you with the list of document requirements your particular application will need.