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Asheville's Premier Conservation Neighborhood

Edits, corrections, and additions to the original Drovers Road Preserve Design Guidelines Dated January 16, 2004

As of August 30, 2018
  • Select HardiboardTM concrete board siding and soffit material are now approved exterior materials.
  • Select synthetic decking such as Trex TMor other product of similar quality is now an approved building material.
  • Backyard lawns will now be considered on a case by case basis taking into account the desire of the lot owner, location, size and topography of the lot, as well as the community’s commitment to maintain as much of the current environment as reasonably possible.
  • Cedar shake is no longer acceptable roofing material due to fire management considerations. Standing Seam Metal and Copper are now acceptable roofing materials.
  • In addition to Arts and Crafts and Shingle Style homes, Farmhouse Style homes are now acceptable on meadow lots.
  • Use of architects specified in the original guidelines is no longer required.
  • Driveways can now be either Chip and Seal or Asphalt.
  • Landscape plantings and materials are no longer required to be “native” but must be “natural”. 
  • Once the building perimeter has been established and marked, a 20-foot owner discretionary zone is established, beyond which any tree removal with a trunk diameter in excess of 3”requires the specific approval of the Design Review Committee (DRC). Any trees posing a safety hazard or threat to the structure, in the reasonable opinion of the lot owner, may be removed after the DRC is notified and approval is given. Trees approved by the DRC for removal must be clearly marked before removal. The unique characteristics of each lot do not allow for uniform guidelines on trees, and necessitate a subjective approach taking into account the desires of the lot owner as well as the desire to maintain as much of the current environment as reasonably possible.
  • The 20-foot owner discretionary zone is meant to be the area around the home where the homeowner has discretion to plant what they desire in the way of ornamentals, shrubs, flowers, etc. Natural species are required, and care must be taken that invasive species, in particular non-native invasive species, are avoided. Outside of this 20-foot zone, care should be taken to select varieties that blend well with the surrounding forest. In our desire to maintain a more rural/natural feel, a muted or understated entrance will be limited to a mailbox, road number, name sign and security sign. A “loud” entrance will be discouraged, as it is inconsistent with our philosophy of a native/natural community.


 

These revisions are current as of August 30, 2018, and are subject to additional change by the Design Review Committee at any time. here.