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  1. Construction of any structure above natural grade requires review and approval by the ECIA.  This includes:  New Homes, Additions, Large and Small Accessory Buildings, Enclosed Fences and Walls, Portals, Ramadas, Screening Fences and Walls, Cisterns, Solar Energy Assemblies and Stucco Color, Wind Energy Assemblies, Re-Stucco of Home as well as any exterior building changes or renovations.  All changes must receive architectural approval.
  2. Property owners and contractors should review the current ECIA Covenants and Guidelines for Eldorado and submit a project plan with all required information and drawings to the ECIA office and/or the Covenant Compliance Representative (CCR) for review.
  3. Include the name, address and telephone number of the contractor and owner on all plans.  If you are not the property owner, written permission from the property owner to perform the work must be attached to the application (see application submission cover sheet).
  4. All documentation shall include 2 sets of plans and shall be clear and legible and shall not exceed a size of 11” x 17”.  If available, the ECIA also requests pdf or jpg digital files of new plans with the UBL designation clearly noted on each page.   Plans of 11” x 17” in size should be submitted in paper and not e-mailed. Call the ECIA for further details.
  5. Deadline for submission is Wednesday 12:00 Noon (Wednesday before the meeting) (Meetings are 2nd & 4th Tuesday of month , subject to cancellation or change).
  6. Completed applications should include all required information required on the form and specifically should include the following:
  • Accurate Site Plan ( Plat Survey or Site Improvement Surveys are  acceptable for this purpose) not to exceed a size of 11” x 17” and include the following:
  1. Property line setback distances to existing and proposed structure(s).
  2. Location of adjacent streets (all adjoining road frontage(s) setbacks are 50 feet).
  3. Location of driveway, septic and well (if applicable).
  4. Location and type of trash container to be on site until project is completed.
  • Building (structure) Plans with Elevation Views (facades) not to exceed a size of 11” x 17”.
  1. Depict the structure in sufficient detail and scale to understand the proposed project.
  2. Depict all pertinent existing structures and relationship to the proposed structure(s).
  3. Depict the style, material, colors and all dimensions (width, length, height, square footage).
  4. Depict the view of the East, West, North and South facades(s) (as applicable).
  5. Depict all roof styles including the required pitch, roofing material and color.
  6. Include all Portals and Ramadas (style, height, length and square footage).
  7. Include all Enclosed Walls and Fences (height and length dimensions and enclosed square footage.
  8. Include all Screening Walls and Fences (height and length).
  • Exterior lighting (all) must be included on the plans.
  1. Fixture Style shall be fully shielded downward (bulb not visible on or off).
  2.  Bulbs not to exceed 75 watts. Landscape lighting low wattage and fully shielded downward.
    1. Security lighting must be fully shielded and switched by motion or photo sensor and turn off by timer in 2 minutes or less.
  • Solar Panel  Installations:
  1. Residents shall review and comply with the ECIA Solar Installation Review Procedures that are located on the website at this web link:  www.eldoradosf.org/images/document/Solar Procedures Revised 4-8-14.pdf, as well as at the ECIA offices.
  2. The application fee for new home plans is $1000.00, of which $950.00 will be refunded to resident upon a successful final inspection by the ECIA.  The applications fee for additions, which require a slab, is $25.00, non-refundable and must be paid by check. Checks must be made payable to the “ECIA”.
  3. All site development and building construction within Eldorado must comply with the laws, regulations, and permitting procedures of Santa Fe County and the State of New Mexico.  ECIA approvals do not constitute compliance with said requirements, but is a prerequisite to site development.  Please note that projects in AvilaThe Islands, and Ladera have additional protective and restrictive covenants.

Review and Approval Process

  1. The Covenant Compliance Representative (CCR) will facilitate and assist the submission process and will clarify and review the submitted plan to assure it is clear, concise, legible and accurate.
  2. The Architectural Committee will review, approve, disapprove or request more information.  Note:  Some projects may require a site visit by the ECIA.
  3. The ECIA CCR notifies the resident of the AC decision.
  4. If the project is “Approved”, property owner has 60 days to begin project and 6 months to complete the project.
  5. If the project is “Disapproved”, the property owner should review, revise and re-submit a corrected plan or appeal the AC decision by submitting a request to the ECIA Board to be reviewed by Board at their next Board meeting.

Some projects, such as re-stucco work and window replacement projects, may be approved by the ECIA staff, provided the resident is using complaint stucco colors and there are no architectural issues that require committee review. 

 

Appendix:  Height Chart

An exception to the (dwelling) eighteen foot restriction language will be considered in the event a basement is initially proposed in the design of the structure provided the building profile, as intended, does not exceed eighteen feet above the grade level as specified in the Covenants.  (Section 5g)

 

Elevation/Height Chart for Structures

 

Antenna/Dish (Roof)

 

12 feet above

 

Roof Line

 

Dish 1 meter in diameter

 

Antenna/Dish (Ground)

 

6 feet above

 

Natural Grade

 

Screen Ground Installations

 

Cistern (Water Catchment)

 

6 feet above

 

Natural Grade

Top of Cistern Screening required

 

Driveway Liner (Solid)

 

2 feet above

 

Natural Grade

 

Solid (Stone or Wood)

 

Driveway Liner (Open)

 

4 feet above

 

Natural Grade

 

Open (Split Rail)

 

Driveway Monument(s)

 

4 feet above

 

Natural Grade

10 feet long; 10 feet from property line

 

Fence (Enclosed)

 

6 feet above

 

Natural Grade

Top of Fence; enclose up to 4000 Sq. Ft

 

Fence (Screen)

 

6 feet above

 

Natural Grade

Top of Fence; two 50 ft. sections max

 

Gate

 

8 feet above

 

Natural Grade

Top of gate structure (adjacent)

 

Garden Enclosure

 

3 feet above

 

Natural Grade

 

Enclose “garden area” only

 

Large Accessory

 

0 inches above

 

Roof Line

Not to exceed height of house

 

Propane Tank (Screen)

 

6 feet above

 

Natural Grade

 

Enclose/Screen 100%

 

Residence

 

18 feet above

 

Natural Grade

Additional Screening required

 

Small Accessory

 

8 feet above

 

Natural Grade

Additional Screening required

 

Wall (Enclosed)

 

6 feet above

 

Natural Grade

Top of wall; enclose up to 4000 sq. ft.

 

Wall (Screen)

 

6 feet above

 

Natural Grade

Top of wall; two 50 ft. sections max