PURPOSE OF POLICY
The purpose of this Policy is to define the function and scope of the CRCC Building & Aesthetics Regulations Committee. The primary purpose of the committee is to improve and maintain the natural appearance of Cascade River Park, adhering to the original vision The Committee seeks to aid the independent owners in reinforcing our sense of community through regulation enforcement.
This is a revision of existing policy 1412. The committee name is hereby revised from the Building Regulations Committee to the Modifications Committee.
CRCC was formed to create an “edge of wilderness cabin-and-recreational” opportunity for its members. Cascade River Park was platted with small, affordable lots which bring owners into close proximity with their neighbors. Therefore, each member’s treatment of their property can significantly impact the value of surrounding neighbors’ properties and the enjoyment of their lots.
The purpose of the Modifications Committee is to improve and maintain the character of the Park. The goal of the committee is to protect the appearance and property values of Cascade River Park. The CRCC Board of Directors, in the capacity of “Committee of the Whole,” serves as the Modifications Committee, with a Board member serving as Chair.
- The committee shall enforce CRCC restrictions and policies governing all the following:
- Set-back requirements and noted pre-existing arrangements
- Easements for utilities, green space and road access
- Governing of the CRCC occupancy policy 1412.1
- Approval of construction plans: This includes, but is not limited to, the design and placement of fences, sheds, trailers, RVs and/or shipping containers intended as sheds and/or recreational sheds, yurts, tiny homes and habitable structures.
- Lot owners planning to install or significantly revise placement of vehicles, campers, or equipment shall be required to submit plans to the committee not less than 30 days prior to those changes.
- The committee shall review general aesthetics:
- Lot maintenance: including but not limited to, garbage, overgrowth as such to cause fire hazard, number of dilapidated and/or non-working vehicles including RVs, wildlife hazard, dilapidated and/or broken buildings, clear cutting, encroachment of park or private property lines.
- Use of tarps and other covers or traditionally temporary veils. Blue, yellow, orange, red and any other brightly colored tarps are discouraged for their visibility. The number of suspended tarps on a lot will be limited to two. Unsightly open storage is prohibited, and will be monitored, potentially incurring a notice of action.
- Small structures such as tree houses, children’s playhouses, garden storage sheds and the like, should have compatible aesthetics to the extent that they are visible by neighbors. Temporarily placed portable toilets shall be suitably veiled from street or neighborhood view.
- Significant lot clearing or cutting of conifers shall be reviewed through the committee. (See 6)
- Recreational Vehicles (RV’s) and campers on lots:
- This policy does not regulate pre-existing RV’s as of 8-18-18.
- Note: While existing instances of more than one RV on a lot are thereby tolerated, in such cases should an RV be removed or dismantled such RV may not be replaced. Change in ownership requires previously allowed exceptions to end.
- Only one permanent RV shall be allowed on a lot.
- A second, a visiting RV is allowed for no more than 30 days. Longer stays may incur a notice of Action.
- Development of lots:
- The committee will enforce CRCC policies regarding lot clearing and cutting of trees, as per the original park concepts. Rampant cutting of oversized trees will incur a notice of action. (CRCC policies 4410 and 4410.5)
- Grading & Drainage: The impact on the environment will be considered including grading and drainage diversion.
- After 8-18-18 any new temporary structures such as tents and framed tarp enclosures should no longer be used for greater than 30 days.
- Note: While existing instances of temporary structures are hereby tolerated for more than 30 days, should any such temporary structure be removed or dismantled it may not be replaced. Temporary structures shall not remain unchanged, unused or not maintained for any undefined length of time. The owner may receive a recommendation to remediate, remove or reassert the need for such a structure, or may be subject to incurring a notice of action. Change in ownership requires previously allowed exceptions to end.
- Exception: Yurts, while considered “temporary structures” by Skagit County, are considered by CRCC as construction, like a new building or shed. (See section 1)
- Any temporary tent or framed-tarp structure that has been altered with insulation, end walls, etc. will be considered a permanent structure and subject to approval. (see section 1)
- Upkeep, Sanitation and Safety
- The committee shall review adequacy of the sanitation and safety of lot development should any structures for habitation be built – including the provision for a proper and permitted water supply, septic or other systems for effluent management, and not exclusive to structures but including RVs, campers, yurts, and permanent tents.
INTERFACE WITH COUNTY AND STATE
CRCC does not in and of itself enforce County codes. Members are advised to comply with Skagit County codes for their plans & construction. Compliance with Park policy does not imply conformance with Skagit County codes and ordinances. CRCC cooperates with the county and state on the following proactively enforced codes:
- Construction of permanent, habitable residences
- Issuance of water purveyor permits
- Health and/or safety violations.
NOTES & REFERENCES
CRCC Policy 1412, was originally dated 3/15/1987 and titled the Building Regulation Committee. The original committee is hereby superseded by the Building & Aesthetics Regulation Committee. It is now superseded by the Modification Committee
CRCC Articles of Incorporation, Article II, Sections 10 & 11 establish authority for this policy.
March 15, 1987
August 18, 2018