The Architectural Review Committee (ARC) has provided this FAQ page to answer many common questions we receive. This will save you time and help relieve some phone congestion at the office. If you do not see an answer to your question here, by all means contact us.
Q: When should I get a Permit Certificate for work that I do on my home?
A: It is necessary to be permitted to do work to the exterior of your home including but not limited to, repainting, re-roofing, residing, replacing windows, doors, cobblestone apron, edging, fence installation or replacement, tree removal, pool and landscape, retaining walls, shed, decks, additions, modifications etc. If you have any doubt, please feel free to call Ann Macdonald and she will assist you.
Q: We are doing some simple landscaping on the front part of our property: Do I need the A.R.C.’s approval?
A: The simple answer is YES. If you look in the bylaws, you will see that any improvements to your property must have the approval of the ARC.
Q: What is the Architectural Review Committee (ARC)?
A: The ARC, sometimes referred to as the Committee, is a part of the Peninsula Council and is in place to ensure consistency of aesthetics across all of New Seabury.
Q: What gives the ARC the power?
A: The Committee is well defined in the Village Declarations, which are attached to and filed with your deed in the Registry of Deeds. It is further defined in the various Master Declarations if your property is subject to them. Most planned communities have such organizations, which are set up to protect and improve home values. The ARC has been a part of the Peninsula Council since 2003, when the developer assigned the responsibilities to us so that it now is the homeowners association monitoring it’s homeowners.
Q: If I have questions about the ARC, what should I do?
A: The ARC has office hours Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 at 12 Mall Way in the lower level of the New Seabury Real Estate office building. The ARC Manager, Ann Macdonald, is there to help the homeowners, builders and architects with their questions during those hours. If necessary, Ann Macdonald can schedule a site visit, meeting in the office, etc.
Q: Just who is the Architectural Review Committee?
A: The ARC is a team of three individuals. Ann Macdonald is the Manager. Ann Macdonald talks with homeowners each and every day and is there to help all homeowners with the permitting process. Steve Cook, is the Building Designer and he has lived in the New Seabury area for many years. Tim McMaster has been a member of the ARC for many years and brings his experience for continuity.
Q: Does the ARC have jurisdiction over all new building in New Seabury?
A: The ARC responsibilities that were assigned to the Peninsula Council excluded any responsibilities over building done by the current developer, New Seabury Properties. The developer does inform the ARC of their plans and the ARC comments and makes suggestions so there will be consistency across the community.