Specific requirements vary by project, but generally applications should include a site plan, description of materials, color samples and drawings (including dimensions) to assist the Architectural Committee in visualizing your exterior alteration. Please refer to the Architectural Guidelines (link is at right) for the type of project you are proposing. Simple repairs don’t usually need Architectural Committee approval. However, if repair projects will involve a change in color, materials, or style then you must apply for AC approval.The Covenant Advisor will be happy to answer any questions as you prepare your application.
Application deadlines coincide with Resident Architectural Committee (RAC) meeting dates. Applications submitted by one 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 Tuesdays 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.
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’s preferable when the homeowner voluntarily and promptly corrects the Covenant 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.