Asheville's Premier Conservation Neighborhood
Drovers Road Preserve
Design Review Committee
Construction Guidelines in Drovers Road Preserve
Submit a complete set of plans and a plan review fee of $750
Complete set of working plans submitted and approved by the Design Review Board and will be comprised of the following:
Prior to construction:
Homeowner, architect (designer) and Design Review Committee member (and contractor if one has been selected) should meet when the property owner has made a decision to build in DRP and prior to engaging the architect/designer in detailed drawings. We would like to discuss general design guidelines, setbacks, house placement, landscape concepts, etc. so everyone starts out on the same page. It should help the property owner avoid unnecessary expenses related to design if preliminary questions are dealt with in the beginning and the designer is aware of our philosophy and expectations. Clearly we want the property owner to get what they want.
Once the plans have been reviewed, and a building permit has been issued by Buncombe County a Road Impact Fee of $1000 will be due prior to any construction.
Clearly mark the shoulders to minimize parking on the grass
A “mud mat’ must be constructed as part of the entry to the lot, presumably the proposed driveway.
Silt fencing must be constructed prior to construction and maintained throughout the construction phase.
Periodic meetings with the owner (if available), contractor and Design Review should take place when necessary.
These meetings should serve to make sure the lines of communication are open and we take care of small issues before they become big issues. The contractor, architect, owner and Design Review reps will share email addresses and cell phone numbers to ensure we can communicate.
Maintenance of construction site:
A dumpster and a Port a Jon need to be present on the construction site as soon as is practical. They must be on the construction property and not on the roadway or on Conservation land. Every effort needs to be made to keep the construction site clean and neat which includes but is not limited to picking up all empty cans, bottles and paper trash so as not to blow onto adjacent lots, in the conservation area and into the creeks.
Radios need to be kept at a reasonable volume
Although it’s difficult to exactly monitor the volume of radios, etc on the jobsite, please encourage employees and subs to maintain a reasonable volume.
Once the building perimeter has been established and marked, a 20 foot owner discretionary zone is established, beyond which any tree removal requires the specific approval or the 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. Trees approved by the DRC for removal must be clearly marked before they are removed. 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 owners discretionary zone is meant to be the area around the home where the homeowner has full discretion to plant pretty much what they desire in the way of ornamental, flowers, etc. Care needs to be taken that invasive species, in particular non-native invasive species are avoided however. 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 with just the mailbox, road number and name if one desires and even a security sign, would be sufficient. We discourage a “loud” entrance as it doesn’t blend well with our philosophy of native/natural.
The contractor is responsible for making sure the sub-contractors follow through with the intention of this agreement. The ultimate responsibility for making sure these guidelines are followed however lies with the property owner. If there are any issues that ultimately need to be addressed by the DRC, the cost + 50% will be passed on to the property owner. These items may be as follows but are not limited to: inadequate silt fencing, refuse control, unreasonable mud and refuse on the roads and shoulders, etc. Every effort, of course will be made to resolve any issues before this becomes necessary.
Owner and Date
Contractor and Date
Design Review Committee Member and Date