Covenant FAQs

Wilde Lake’s Covenants are a legally binding contract between Wilde Lake property owners and the Wilde Lake Community Association. The purpose of the Covenants is to ensure property maintenance and design standards, goals that are beneficial to all Wilde Lake residents.  Owners agree to maintain their properties on a regular basis and to seek Architectural Committee approval for any changes to the exteriors of their properties.

  • What are the Wilde Lake Architectural Guidelines and Maintenance Standards?

    The guidelines, supported by the Covenants, are written by the Architectural Committee to assist residents in preparing an Application for Exterior Alteration. The guidelines list the types of exterior alterations that are most likely to be approved. Copies are available at the Slayton House, or click on the link at right to view.

  • When are application deadlines and committee meetings?

    Application deadlines coincide with Resident Architectural Committee (RAC) meeting dates.  Generally, applications by the RAC meeting date will be considered at the following meeting.  RAC members are community volunteers and this two-week deadline allows them sufficient time to review applications and visit properties prior to meetings.  The RAC typically meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM at Slayton House.  Meetings are open to the public.  Check the Resident Architectural Committee (RAC) page for the agenda for the next application deadline and meeting date.  The agenda is also posted at Slayton House, in the Wilde Lake e-newsletter, and published in the Columbia Flier.

  • What is the Architectural Committee approval process? How long does it take?

    For most applications, the time from submission to approval is 2-3 weeks.  All applications are reviewed by the Resident Architectural Committee (RAC), which acts as an advisory panel to the Wilde Lake Architectural Committee.  At a biweekly RAC meeting, a recommendation is made on each application to approve as submitted, approve as modified, disapprove, or table.  The recommendation is sent to the chairperson of the Wilde Lake Architectural Committee, a body of the Village Board, who makes the final determination.

    Application deadlines coincide with Resident Architectural Committee (RAC) meeting dates.  Generally, applications by the RAC meeting date will be considered at the following meeting.  RAC members are community volunteers and this two-week deadline allows them sufficient time to review applications and visit properties prior to meetings.  The RAC typically meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM at Slayton House.  Meetings are open to the public.  Check the Resident Architectural Committee (RAC) page for the agenda for the next application deadline and meeting date.  The agenda is also posted at Slayton House, in the Wilde Lake e-newsletter, and published in the Columbia Flier.

    It is recommended, although not mandatory, that applicants attend the RAC meeting at which their application will be reviewed.  Your attendance helps prevent delays if the committee has questions about your application.  Also, by attending the meeting, you will know what the RAC recommends to the Wilde Lake Architectural Committee chairperson.  The chairperson is required to make a final determination within five business days of the RAC recommendation.  The Covenant Advisor will mail (or email) you a letter stating the decision along with a copy of the application for your records.

  • Can I appeal if my application is disapproved?

    Any applicant may, within ten (10) days of receipt of notice of an adverse decision (disapproval or approval with modification), file with the Covenant Advisor a written request to have the matter reviewed by the entire Wilde Lake Architectural Committee.  A hearing will be set during a regularly scheduled Wilde Lake Village Board meeting.  The decision for the majority of the Architectural Committee will be final and binding.

  • What happens if I proceed with my project before getting Architectural Committee approval?

    The Covenants require that applications be submitted to and approved by the Architectural Committee prior to beginning any work.  Projects, started before obtaining approval are in violation of the Covenants and done at the residents’ own risk.  Some unapproved alterations have been removed at the homeowners’ expense.

  • Who should I contact if I have questions about the Covenants, guidelines, and application process?

    The Wilde Lake Village Covenant Advisor can be reached by phone at 410/730-3987 (ext. 16) or by email at covenants@wildelake.org. If you wish to meet with the Covenants Advisor in person, please call ahead to ensure availability.

     

  • How are the Covenants enforced?

    If you suspect a Covenant violation, you may contact the Covenant Advisor by phone, by mail, by email, or in person.  See the “Contact” page for information.  All Covenant inquiries are treated anonymously.

    The Covenant Advisor will inspect the property you have reported.  If violations exist, the Covenant Advisor will contact the homeowner by mail, at least twice.  It is preferable when the hometown voluntarily and promptly corrects the Covenants violations.  When this is not the case, the Covenant Advisor may request the Wilde Lake Village Board and Columbia Association to pursue a lawsuit against the homeowner.