Summary of South Mountain Guidelines

If you have any questions about code enforcement, please contact David Bernal, the Draper City Code Enforcement Officer, at 801-576-6567.

Revised 6-11-2007

General Principals
The guidelines for South Mountain apply to any person or entity which intends to construct, reconstruct, or modify any permanent or temporary improvement within the master plan area. South Mountain Homeowners Association (SMHOA) members agree to abide by these guidelines as a condition of their membership. Compliance with the guidelines will serve to protect property values and personal investment by ensuring quality and consistency of design, predictability, continuity, and a sense of order and the creation of community.
In order to assure guidelines are adhered to, a design review process will be administered by the SMHOA board of directors. Any development, construction, reconstruction, refinishing or modification of any part of the exterior of any building or other improvements such as fencing, decks, or sun control devices should first obtain approval from the SMHOA Board before proceeding. The SMHOA Board has the authority to deviate from the requirements contained in these guidelines in the extenuating circumstance that would create an unreasonable hardship or burden for the owner, applicant, tenant or resident.

A minimum of 65% of the front yard is required to be covered with plant materials. These may include vegetative ground covers, shrubs, trees, and turf. Foundation planting to cover exposed foundation and transition the home to the landscape is required as part of the required coverage with plant materials. Driveways, front porches and entry walks shall be no greater than 35% of the front yard coverage.
Hedges should be used in place of screen walls and fences where possible. Any mulches or aggregates used in the front yards should be earth tone in color.
Each lot should have at least 5 trees, including two shade trees and two ornamental trees. At least one shade tree and one ornamental tree shall be in the front yard.
Individual homeowners shall install front yard landscape within a 6 month period after occupancy. Consideration will be made by the SMHOA board to seasonal planting.

Screen Walls and Fences
The "openness" of a fence will be required. Solid fence may provide unwanted shade and loss of ventilation and views.

Wall materials may include brick, stone, and stucco. Timber walls are not permitted. Fence materials may include wrought iron, vinyl, finished lumber, post and board, post and rail, white picket as well as vertical board and batter. Split rail and chain link fences are not permitted. A vinyl chain link fence may be accepted if covered with approved plant material.

All screen walls and fences shall be finished on the top with a cap or rails and posts. All screen walls and fences shall step rather than slope to accommodate grade changes.
Screen walls and fences are not permitted in front yards, except as permitted elsewhere in these guidelines. Picket fences, hedges and gates shall not exceed 4 feet in height. Property line fences and walls where permitted by the SMHOA Board shall not exceed 6 feet in height. All fencing shall be designed such that both sides reflect the same design and finish detailing.

Patios and Decks
Patios and decks should generally be located in backyards. Porches are encouraged in front yards.
When using the area under the deck for informal storage, the impact on neighbors shall be considered. Storage shall be maintained in a neat, uncluttered appearance. Special screening or landscaping may be required.
Patio materials shall have natural weathering qualities such as brick, wood, and stone. Decks shall generally match the trim or dominant color of the building. Certain woods such as redwood and cedar may be left to weather naturally. Supporting columns should be constructed of materials compatible with the exterior of the house and scaled to appropriate size.

Sun Control Devices
Sun control devices shall be compatible with the architectural character of the building in terms of style, color, and materials. Awnings shall be of simple design without decorative embellishments. Solid colors should be used rather than stripes or patterns.
The location of any awning or trellis shall not adversely affect views, light, winter sun, or natural ventilation of adjacent properties. Pipe frames for canvas awnings shall be painted to match the trim of the dominant color of the building. If awnings are removed for winter storage, pipe frames must also be removed.

Site Furnishings
Permanent barbeque grills shall be placed in the rear of the house and not to be located within 10 feet of the side or rear property line. Clotheslines must be taken down when not in use.
Trash cans shall be out of sight. This can be accomplished by storing them in garages or basements or by appropriate exterior screening, fencing, or landscaping.
Accessory buildings are discouraged but will be considered by the SMHOA board with the following guidelines:
-height limitation- 1 story or 12 feet
-maximum size-300 sq. feet floor plan
-roof pitch to match home
-exterior material and color to match home
-located a minimum of 5 feet from side or rear yard property line

City, County, and State Laws
All homeowners are expected to comply with all laws and ordinances in regard to building codes, traffic, parking, signs, and any other activity covered by law. Violations will be referred to the appropriate authorities for enforcement.