Improvement Guidelines

Section 9.07 of the Harbison Declaration of Covenants states:
  • (a)  No external addition or alteration to any Structure on, or addition of any Structure to, or improvement of any Lot designated for residential use on which there is a Completed Unit shall be made unless:

(i)  a complete set of plans and specifications in the form prescribed by the Development Guidelines shall have been submitted to the RDRC; and
(ii)  such plans and specifications have been approved by the RDRC.

  • (b)  No approval shall be given by an RDRC in violation or contravention of this Declaration, the Development Guidelines or any rule or regulation of the DDRC or the Association.
Therefore, property owners are required to submit a completed RDRC Project Request Form (pdf download) for approval before proceeding with any of the following:
  • Erecting a fence
  • Installing a pool
  • Building a storage shed, play house, dog pen or tree house
  • Installing solar energy systems
  • Installing outdoor lighting
  • Cutting down a tree that is four (4) inches or more in diameter (measured from a point two feet above ground level)
  • Adding on a room, deck or garage
  • Changing the exterior color of a house
  • Altering the exterior of a house in any way
Request forms are available at the Harbison Recreation Center registration desk during regular Center hours or by pdf download.

House painting
Along with a completed RDRC request form, you must submit color swatches showing the color(s) you
are painting your house and trim, if the trim will be a different color.  If the house color is being changed,  please include what the current color is.
Pools
Residents wishing to install a pool shall submit a complete set of plans and specifications to the Harbison Residential Design Review Committee, including a plat copy with the intended location of the pool and the fence.  Both in-ground and above ground pools may be built however, different fencing is
required for the two types.  The pool must be enclosed with fencing that prevents the entry of unauthorized persons.  In addition, fencing for an above-ground pool must screen the pool from view from surrounding properties and streets at ground level.
Storage sheds, playhouses, dog pens and tree houses:
A resident wishing to add a storage shed, a playhouse, dog pen or tree house to his/her property must submit a complete set of plans, specifications and descriptions to the Harbison Residential Design Review Committee.  This shall include a plat copy with the intended location of the addition.  The walls and roof of storage sheds and playhouses must conform to, or be compatible with, the main dwelling with respect to construction materials and color or stain.

Solar Energy Systems
An owner wishing to add a solar energy system to his/her property must submit a complete set of plans, specifications and descriptions to the Harbison Residential Design Review Committee.

Specific Guidelines for the installation of solar energy systems are available at the Harbison Community/Recreation Center registration desk during regular Center hours or by clicking here.

Lighting
  1. A resident wishing to install a light in the backyard must obtain approval from the Harbison Community Association Residential Design Review Committee (RDRC).
  2. The request for approval must indicate the position of the light on a plan of the property.  Light poles cannot be higher than 10 feet, with the light itself no higher than nine feet.
  3. The light beam must be confined to the resident’s property and must not shine into neighboring houses.
  4. Light fixtures should match Harbison’s or the resident’s own front fixture.
  5. The light cannot be mounted on a telephone type pole.  Only on a standard SCE&G pole.
Fences

Chain Link Fences are not permitted on single-family housing lots in Harbison.

Residents wishing to erect a fence on any single-family lot must obtain approval from the Harbison Community Association’s Residential Design Review Committee (RDRC).  The request for approval will need to indicate location of the fence on a plan of the property, and must give drawings and/or descriptions adequate to show the design, color and height.  Additionally, the request must indicate whether the intention of building a fence and the type of fence has been discussed with the neighbors on each side, so as to avoid problems at a future stage when a neighbor may wish to install a fence.  The following types of fences may be permitted, depending upon the particular situation:

Transparent Fences, such as split rail, picket or plant material hedge, may be installed up to a maximum height of four feet and up to the property line on all sides, except along greenways, where in certain applications/locations it may be set at the property line instead of setting it back the width of the utility easement.  When a property is on a corner or double corner, only transparent fencing of high quality will be permitted along the rear and/or side property line.

Solid Fencing, includes stockade fencing, board and batten, shadow box, brick, louver panel, etc.  Along the street sides or along greenways, and solid fencing , regardless of type (see below), where in certain applications/locations it may be set at the property line instead of setting it back the width of the utility easement, unless screened by existing public hedgerows, then it shall be placed inside the hedgerows with sufficient clearance to permit access for maintenance.  Solid fences shall be a maximum height of six feet.  All lumber shall be pressure treated and or painted wood.  Minimum dimensions for lumber in this type of fencing shall be:

Pickets/boards              1”                   nominal thickness
Rails                               2” X 4”            3 rails for 6′ height
Posts                              4” X 4’            18″ to 24″ in the ground

Additionally, all posts shall be no further than 8 feet apart on center and shall be set in concrete.

  • Type A – When of the same architecture of the house, solid fencing may be built in the front yard up to a maximum of 18 feet from the front of the house.  It may be built along the side yard property line and the rear property line, except on corner lots and along greenways as noted above.
  • Type B Solid fences blending with the main material of the house, but not of the same architecture as the house must be kept behind the front line of the house and may run along the rear and side property lines, except on corner lots and along greenways as noted above.
  • Type C Solid fences of a different material as the house and a different architecture, but visually in harmony with the house must be kept behind the rear line of the house and may run along the rear and side property lines, except on corner lots and along greenways as noted above.

Chain Link Fences are not permitted on single-family housing lots in Harbison.

Split Rail Fences, wire backed with 2″x4″ welded mesh placed on the inside, will be allowed. It may be 2-rail or 3-rail type.  It shall not exceed four feet in height, and the mesh shall not project above the top rail.  Two-rail fence is recommended for three feet height and 3-rail for four feet height.  Wire backed split rail fencing shall follow the location rules for solid fencing of Type C.  Where the fence faces a street or greenway, a covering planting shall be started as early as the planting season permits.

The finished side of all fencing must face the neighbor or the public area.  Fences shall be constructed in a neat and workman-like manner.  Staining or painting for all fences to match the house trim color is recommended wherever applicable.  Types of fencing not mentioned above may be considered on an individual basis.  All fencing will be subject to approval by the RDRC on a case-by-case basis.  Fencing for animals must comply with the fencing guidelines.
Clarification of fencing guidelines as related to dog runs: Dog runs generally must follow the guidelines for fences.  If a property owner requests permission to install a commercial, pre-packaged chain link kennel style dog run, the request must include plans as to how the chain link will be totally screened from view by materials or heavy landscaping.
illustrated fence types for improvements

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