Since Brandermill is a family oriented community, the BCA Maintenance Department maintains an array of parks, Play structures, pavilions, bike paths and playing fields. The association also permits members to install certain types of Play equipment on their own property. The Brandermill Residential Design Standards include a section regulating the construction and installation of Play equipment. The purpose of the regulations is to control the proliferation and aesthetics of such equipment.
TYPES OF EQUIPMENT
The following items are defined as Play equipment and are subject to the Architectural Guidelines.
- Jungle Gyms
- Basketball Goals
- Skateboard Ramps
- Climbing Structures
- Above Ground Swimming Pools
1. Play equipment must be located in rear yards only.
2. Play equipment must be finished in muted colors or in natural materials.
3. Play equipment must be located away from property lines adjacent to the openings of other houses and away from a neighbor’s direct view wherever possible.
4. Home built Play equipment must be orderly and neat in appearance and finish.
5. Play equipment which is in disrepair or has been outgrown by children must be removed from the property.
6. Play equipment may not be located on BCA open space or state rights of way.
Forts, treehouses, playhouses, doghouses or other enclosed Play buildings with an interior height of six feet or less, floor to ceiling, and with a total floor area of less than 36 square feet, are considered Play structures. Buildings that exceed either of these limits are considered accessory buildings and therefore, are regulated under Article VII of the Residential Design Standards. Such structures must match the architecture and color scheme of the house on that property and must be approved in writing by the ARB.
The Architectural Review Board (ARB) does not require prior approval of Play structures and equipment. However, the structures are often highly visible and depending on the design, may defeat the purpose of aesthetic and environmental goals set by the association. Play structures or equipment reported as a nuisance by a resident will be investigated by the BCA staff and may be referred to the ARB for review. Depending on circumstances, the ARB may require relocation, screening or removal of the equipment.
In an effort to prevent unkempt appearances of individual properties, it is association policy to discourage members from leaving toys and Play items scattered about the yard. This practice constitutes a violation of the General Covenants concerning unsightliness; hence, toys must be stored out of sight when not in use.
Failure to comply with association requests to alter or remove an element of Play equipment is a violation of the Brandermill Residential Design Standards. The association employs a fining procedure for such violations. This procedure and the collection of fines are enforceable in the county court system.
The BCA receives many complaints about noise problems relating to Play structures and equipment. Residents are advised to exercise care and common courtesy when using Play equipment that generates noise, such as basketball backboards. The BCA has no authority to address noise problems. However, loud noise in residential areas is a violation of the Chesterfield County Code.
PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS
The BCA board and staff encourage members to utilize the community parks and playgrounds. Suggestions for improving these amenities are welcome and should be directed to the BCA or the community manager.