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.

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.
You should complete an Application for Exterior Alteration. The application can be picked up at the front desk at Slayton House, or click on the link at right to download it. Completed applications should be delivered, mailed, faxed, or emailed to the Covenant Advisor at Slayton House. If your property is part of a Homeowners’ Association, it is necessary for the HOA to approve or acknowledge your application. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will be returned.

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. 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 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.
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. 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.

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 of the majority of the Architectural Committee will be final and binding.
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 residents’ own risk. Some unapproved alterations have been removed at the homeowners’ expense.
Removal of trees with a diameter of six inches or more as measured two feet above the ground requires approval from Columbia Association Open Space Management. Click here for the Wilde Lake Tree Removal Request. Contact Jeri Baker, CA Open Space, at 410/381-0194 (ext. 2510) or jeri.baker@columbiaassociation.org.
Architectural Committee approval is required if you plan to conduct a business from your home. Please refer to the In-Home Businesses section of the Wilde Lake Architectural Guidelines and Maintenance Standards for application requirements. The Application for In-Home Profession or Industry may be obtained at Slayton House, or click the link on this page to download.
The Wilde Lake Village Covenant Advisor can be reached by phone at 410-730-3987 (ext. 18) or by e-mail at covenants@wildelake.org. If you wish to meet with the Covenant Advisor in person, please call ahead to ensure his availability.
If you suspect a Covenant violation, you may contact the Covenant Advisor by phone, by mail, by e-mail, 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’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.