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Home Maintenance Projects requiring ECIA Architectural Committee Plan Approval

One of the more problematic covenant violation issues that we face as the Home Owners Association of Eldorado at Santa Fe, is the fact that many residents often begin home repair projects without thinking that the project would require the approval of the ECIA.

The most common of these infractions is residents doing re-stucco work on their home, without notifying the ECIA of their intentions, or coming in to get ECIA approval. The possible result of not getting ECIA approval, and using a non complaint stucco color, could be that the resident would be required to go back and re-stucco their home, with a complaint stucco color, and at a significant cost to the homeowner.

In general, we at the ECIA would like to remind all residents, that any permanent exterior modifications or improvements, that are outside of the house, will require the approval of the ECIA Architectural Committee. This includes additions such as garages, sheds, walls, fences, cisterns, solar arrays and any project that is permanent in nature.  


In addition, many home improvement projects that are on the exterior of the buildings on a lot may seem incidental but may well require architectural approval. Just a partial list of the many types of projects that require ECIA approval include:

  • Replacing any exterior doors or windows
  • Adding a silicone or other white coating to roofs
  • Adding awnings or shade devices
  • Adding driveway monuments
  • Changing or modifying existing fencing on the lot
  • Adding above ground raised gardens or garden enclosures
  • Repairing an existing fence but changing the height, size or method/style of construction.

While these projects may be small in comparison to a home addition, the fact that they are permanent structures means that they will likely require this committee’s approval.

Please note that for most restucco projects, as well as many other clear cut projects, the ECIA is often able to approve of such requests administratively and this process is fast and does not require ECIA Architectural Committee approval.

If you are homeowner, and have a project in mind, we ask that you call the Covenant Compliance Representative, Mark Young at the ECIA at 466-4248 to see if your project will require Architectural Committee review. He will gladly work with you to ensure that you have the required forms filled out properly, so as to streamline the review and approval process. Residents may pick up the needed forms at the ECIA offices or they can download the required Architectural Committee Submission Form from the Eldorado Website at eldoradosf.org. As well, residents can review the most current Eldorado Covenants and Guidelines for Protective Covenants and Building Restrictions on the website, if they have any questions.

If you have any questions at all, pleas feel free to contact, Mark Young at the ECIA at 466-4248 or e-mail him at myoung@hoamco.com