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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

Visible Equiptment on Roofs and Exterior Walls

Over the past 5 years the ECIA has noted an increase in the number of Eldorado homes that are installing the newer heating and air conditioning units that involve running exterior ducting from the roof, as well as down the exterior walls. These units, and their associated ducting, are usually tan or white and are often very visible to neighbors.

Under the 2017 Revised Eldorado Guidelines, Section, all rooftop equipment, and conduits on exterior walls, are required to be painted to match the stucco color of the home. This requirement is detailed as follows:  "

"Unless it can be demonstrated that it will interfere with their operation, rooftop and ground based heating, ventilation and cooling units (exclusive of solar systems) and their associated ductwork, as well as other visible equipment and associated covers, should be earth toned in color, similar to the approved stucco colors of Eldorado."

We ask that all residents who have, or plan to install any such exterior ducting or conduits on exterior walls, to consider their neighbors and in the spirit of keeping Eldorado a beautiful place to live, to please paint these ducts to match the color of their home’s stucco, assuming that this will not interfere with the operation of the equipment. If you have any questions, please contact us at the ECIA.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Mark Young, ECIA Architecture and Complaince Coordinator

myoung@hoamco.com Tel: 466-4248


Water wise and drought tolerant plant material for planting and soft-scaping and screening.

Apache Plume

Height:  3 to 5 feet                 Spread:  2 to 6 feet

Soil type:  Well draining soil, no clay

Exposure:  Full sun

Water Very drought tolerant

Look:  Soft, airy, lacy, not dense

General:  Growth controlled by water, do not over water

Gray Rabbitbush, Chamisa

Height:  2 to 6 feet                 Spread:  2 to 4 feet

Soil type:  Well draining, alkaline

Exposure:  Sunny

Look:  A dense look

General:  Fast growing

Fourwing Saltbush, Chamiso

Height:  1 to 6 feet                 Spread:  4 to 8 feet

Soil type:  Tolerates saline, alkaline soils, very dry soil

Exposure:  Full sun

Look:  A dense look, round or mounded shapes

General:  Fast growing

Curl-Leaf Mountain Mahogany

Height:  4 to 15 feet               Spread:  4 to 8 feet

Soil:  Gravelly, rocky, well draining

Exposure:  Full sun to some shade

Look:  Not dense but full growth

General:  Slow to moderate growth

Non-Native  Butterfly Bush

Height:  3 to 12 feet               Spread:  5 to 12 feet

Soil type:  Well draining soil

Exposure:  Full sun, some shade

Look:  A dense look, round or mounded shapes

General:  Fast growing

Non-Native  Russian Sage

Height:  3 to 5 feet                 Spread:  3 to 4 feet

Soil type:  Average soil, good drainage

Exposure:  Full sun

Look:  A dense look, round or mounded shapes

General:  Fast growing

Large Screening Material

Desert Olive, New Mexico Privet

Height:  Low to 15 feet                   Spread:  8 to 10 feet

Soil type:  Found wild in sand, loam, clay and lava

Exposure:  Open sun

Look:  A dense look, deciduous in winter, multiple trunks

General:  Fast growing at start and with water

Oneseed Juniper

Height:  8 to 15 feet               Spread:  9 to 12 feet

Soil type:  Tolerates dry very dry soil well draining

Exposure:  Full sun

Look:  A dense look

General:  Not a fast grower, needs water to establish

Pinyon Pine or Piñon Pine

Height:  15 to 20 feet             Spread:  15 to 20 feet

Soil type:  Dry to very dry soil, well draining

Exposure:  Full sun

Look:  A dense look, well shaped when mature

General:  Not a fast grower, needs water to establish

Plant Material Not Recommended

          This material has shown up on many community lists as do not plant material. Some of the reasons listed are, non-native, water intensive, and very invasive in local habitats.

                   Russian Olive

                   Salt Cedar or Tamarisk

                   Chinese Elm

Siberian Elm


Reference Material

Xeriscape Plant Material,  by Denver Water

Native Gardening in Northern New Mexico,  by Native Plant Society of New Mexico

Southwestern Landscaping with Native Plants,  by Judith Phillips

New Mexico Gardener’s Guide,  by Judith Phillips

March 2, 2015

Santa Fe County is initiating a process in the US 285 South Highway Corridor Plan Area to update our community plan, and develop appropriate zoning and regulations. Planning meetings are scheduled as follows:

Tuesdays 4-6 PM at the Eldorado Senior Center, 16 Avenida Torreon

March 3, 17, 31; April 14; May 5, 19