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Architectural Review Committee 2020 Members & Contact Information

Architectural Review Request Form

If you do not have or know of a handyman or contractor for your home project, please be aware that several of our local hardware, paint, or home improvement stores maintain lists of people who are qualified and willing to work.  You can also join Nextdoor Clemson Downs at www.nextdoor.com and ask your neighbors throughout Clemson for their recommendations.

If urgent repairs are needed, please contact Susan Robinette at 654-3086 or any member of the ARC (see cdpoa.com under About CDPOA for a list of committee members) to receive approval prior to the CDPOA Board meeting.


Revised January 2021

Article V of the Restrictive Covenants for Clemson Downs Property Owners Association (CDPOA-2007) establishes the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). The ARC is charged with regulating external design appearance for new construction, as well as improvements to and maintenance of existing structures, as described in these Architectural Guidelines.
Article V, Section 3 of the Restrictive Covenants specifies that before any new construction or external modifications to existing structures is started, the owner is to submit written details of any proposed project to the ARC for recommendation and written approval of the POA Board
as described in these Guidelines.
Article IV, A, Section 2 of the ByLaws of CDPOA establishes the procedure for the approval process. The Board of Directors is authorized to approve or reject recommendations of the ARC. Applications are submitted to the ARC for review prior to making a recommendation to the CDPOA Board.
Applications are site-specific. Similar modifications to structures at other addresses cannot be used as a precedent for a recommendation. Guidelines are reviewed at least every two years to reflect current needs. Applications received before the Thursday before the second Tuesday of the month will be reviewed by the ARC at their regularly scheduled meeting. The ARC will
present its decision in response to all written formal applications to the CDPOA Board of Directors for final action at their regularly scheduled meeting on the second Tuesday of each month. Homeowner applicants should not purchase materials, engage contractors, or initiate work before a positive Board determination is made. Applicant participation in the decision-making process must be with the ARC.
These Architectural Guidelines are not intended to constrain the ARC in exercising its responsibility to fulfill the intent of the Restrictive Covenants and the ByLaws. If there is any question about the need to obtain approval, a completed application should be submitted to the ARC in a timely manner. Applications in response to emergencies can be submitted at any time for prompt resolution. Questions regarding the completion of the Application can be answered by the chair of the ARC or any Committee member. This process ensures the continuity of architectural standards that give strong support to maintaining property values and facilitating property transfers. The cooperation of all homeowners is appreciated.

• Hip or gable roofs are permitted (but not in the same elevation).
• 6 vertical by 12 horizontal pitch preferred. 5 x 12 permitted.
• Overhangs of 24” required. This measurement is from the outside face of the wall to the outside edge of the roof.
• Gable or rake overhangs to be 12” minimum.
• Shingles are to be in dark tones of brown or gray, according to the siding color.
• Townhouse shingles should be the same color within the same building.
• All roof-mounted appliances or yard mounted equipment must be located so as to be as unobtrusive as possible, consistent with operational requirements.
• Requests for solar panel installation will be considered on a case-by-case basis but will not be permitted in any case on the street side of the roof or in the yard nor will leased panels be allowed.

• Exterior walls to be clad with rough sawn boards of wood or Hardie Board type material with 8” exposure with overlap.
• Soffits to be either vented Hardie Board type or 3/8” rough sawn plywood with 2” or 3” continuous vent painted the same color as the house Trim. Fascia to be either Hardie Board type or 1”x 8” one piece, painted the same color as the siding.
• Exterior walls shall be at least 60% brick in each elevation (excluding windows and doors)
• Exterior brick veneer for modifications to be compatible with existing style and color.
• Selection of materials for new construction shall conform to existing overall POA colors.

• Windows to be traditional double-hung (preferred) or casements.
• Painted wood, fiberglass, and metal-clad windows are permitted in darker shades of tan, brown, or gray.
• Vinyl windows are permitted in bronze for use with brown siding, tan for use with tan siding, and white for use with gray siding. Window frames and trim are to be the same color as the siding.
• Garages to have flush or raised panel finish (rough sawn or other surface textures), Fiberglass, or metal overhead doors. ARC must approve the inclusion of windows in garage doors.
• Residents are reminded of the following: “Garage doors are to be kept closed at all times except when in actual use by the individual property owner. However, leaving the garage door open a maximum of fifteen (15”) inches for cooling or other purposes is permissible.” (Restrictive Covenants, Article VIII, Section 11)

• If installed, gutters shall be seamless aluminum preferably with 3”x 4” downspouts and match exterior trim color.

• Exterior wood walls (siding) and Trim are to be painted in one of the approved colors for both new construction as well as for modifications. Requests for painting in similar colors by other paint manufacturers are to be submitted by wood board sample, manufacturer’s name, color number, and LRV (if available; if not available, ARC will provide it) to ARC via Application for a recommendation, and must then be approved by
the POA Board.

Pre-Approved Colors are as follows:
Manufacturer & Manufacturer’s Number – LRV
Van Buren Brown – BenjaminMoore, H-C70 – 6.1
Stone Brown – Benjamin Moore, 2112-30 – 8.2
Kendal Charcoal – BenjaminMoore, HC-166 – 11.8
Beigewood – BenjaminMoore, 1007 – 24.2
Blue Spruce – Benjamin Moore 1637 – 27.7
Wildwood Crest – BenjaminMoore, 1538 – 24.5
Deep Silver – Benjamin Moore, 2124-30 – 27.8
Cocoanut Husk – Sherwin-Williams, 6082 – 11
Cobble Brown – Sherwin-Williams, 6074 – 14
Special Gray – Sherwin-Williams, 6277 – 22
Cityscape – Sherwin Williams, 7067 – 22
Poised Taupe – Sherwin-Williams, 6063 – 22
Software – Sherwin-Williams, 7074 – 23
Dovetail Gray – Sherwin-Williams, 7018 – 26

• Repainting of the Mailbox Post is to be done at the same time as the house.
• Roof trim, Soffits, Window and Door Surrounds, Gutters and Downspouts, Garage Doors and Mailbox Posts to be painted the same color as the Siding/Trim.
• Wood, Metal Clad, and Vinyl Windows are to be in the same color or the same color family (i.e.brown, tan, or gray) as the Trim.
• Front Doors to be a solid color of owner’s choice LRV range 6-70). All other doors are to be the same color as Trim.
• Shutters, if desired, are to be submitted to ARC with an application form and color sample in dark shades of brown, gray, blue, or blackish green. Shutters already hung are grandfathered until the need for repainting arises.
• Townhouses in the same group to have siding painted in the same color family of approved colors as the neighboring units (i.e. – brown, tan, or gray).

• Driveways and walkways to be concrete for all new houses.
• Replacement of or additions to existing driveways or parking areas to be concrete.
• Concrete staining of driveways, patios, and sidewalks (concrete color ONLY) to be submitted with color samples as a maintenance item.
• An asphalt driveway may NOT be “patched.”  If the base is sound, the driveway may be entirely surfaced with at least 2” of asphalt. However, if part of the base material must be replaced, the entire driveway must be replaced with concrete.  For either situation, an Application to ARC is required.  ARC may also request a Contractor’s Signed Statement as to the work proposed.


  • Patios, decks, retaining walls, parking pads, walkways, or other external revisions are included in the scope of these guidelines.
  • Placement of temporary waste removal containers or portable toilets used for construction MUST have ARC recommendation and POA Board approval. Placement of and time limit for the dumpster must be specified on the Application.
  • As it is against the law to put anything other than USPS items in Mailboxes, all residents are encouraged to have a message box attached to their Mailboxes for delivery of community Flyers and Information.

• Frieze larger than 2” wide
• Glass Brick
• Large bay windows in front or side elevations
• Picture windows in front or side elevations
• Non-brick masonry products
• Shed roofs
• Hip roof and gable roof elements in the same elevations
• Columns supporting an overhanging roof in front or side elevations
• Storage space with exterior door(s) on front or side elevations
• Storage units not attached to the main structure.
• Freestanding buildings other than the main structure
• Unfinished metal on roof surfaces
• Decals or ornamentation other than numerical address on mailboxes or mailbox posts
• Fences, such as chain link, etc., are not permitted. However, the ARC might approve privacy walls (such as brick) in front yards as well as privacy walls and screens in the rear if appropriate (REF: Restrictive Covenants ARTICLE V, Section 3)
• Under no circumstances are solar panels permitted on the front of the roof or in the yard. Requests for mounting solar panels elsewhere must be recommended by the ARC and approved by the CDPOA Board.
• Vinyl soffits

• There is a specific Design Criteria for the three townhouses with developer-located front heat pump installations. These units have rough sawn cedar horizontal screens or Hardie type materials and are grandfathered as to their present designs. These unit screens are to be
maintained as designed. If changed, they must be replaced with brick walls, or the heat pump to be moved to the rear of the structure and existing screening removed.

• Changes to ARC approved plans for all new construction, additions to existing structures or modifications subsequent to ARC approval are to be resubmitted to the ARC for approval.

• Applications are to be made in the name of the homeowner. If a legal representative of the owner is the contact point, the Application is still made in the owner’s name
• If the application is made in anticipation of sale, any broker or sales agent involved should receive copies of these Guidelines.
• Completed applications should be submitted to a member of the ARC by the Thursday before the second Tuesday of the month. This will permit action by the CDPOA Board at their next monthly meeting.
• Emergency applications will be considered on an as-needed basis.
• Work on approved applications can only begin with CDPOA Board action.
• Applications not recommended by ARC can be appealed to the CDPOA Board via written request within 60 days of ARC rejection.
• Reasons for applications held for Further Review will be documented and reviewed with the homeowner by the ARC. Purchasing of materials, engaging contractors, or any initiation of work should be withheld until acceptance by the CDPOA Board is complete.
• The Chair of the ARC will maintain a log of all written applications, with disposition results and references to submitted samples.
• Where applicable, the City of Clemson codes are to be followed. Application to the CDPOA does not relieve the owner’s responsibility for code conformance. Application for a building permit with the City of Clemson will clarify when code provisions are applicable.
• Samples to be included with the application as appropriate:
-Brick selection from distributor’s sample board
-Paint chip for house and trim color, including manufacturer’s color code and, if available, the Light Reflective Value (LRV), and painted sample board.
-Window and door frame manufacturer’s identification, or paint chip
-Roof shingles including manufacturer’s reference
-Concrete finishes if a modification to the standard poured mix is proposed
-Concrete Stain color chip, and manufacturer’s name and number
• The Application form is the approved format for submitted Applications and is incorporated into these Guidelines. It is available on the CDPOA website for filling out and downloading to be submitted to any ARC member.

In the event a property owner violates the Guidelines, Covenants, and/or ByLaws and refuses to comply with remedies as stated by the ARC and CDPOA Board of Directors, the Board may submit the matter to arbitration and/or take legal action.

If emergency repairs are needed, please contact any member of the ARC (see CDPOA.com under heading “About CDPOA “for a current list of members. Then consult your POA Phone Directory for their phone numbers) to receive Recommendation and POA Approval prior to regularly scheduled meetings.

Architectural Review Committee (Revised January 2021)