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ARB Guideline Update

Dear Dewees Island Community,

On behalf of the ARB & POA Board, I am sharing the March 2021 updated copy of the Architectural & Environmental Design Guidelines.  The new version can be found here.

The following major items have been edited.  Throughout the document page numbers, spacing and outdated references/resources have been removed and/or edited but not indicated below.

New Construction & Major Remodel:

  1. The AIA Owner/Architect agreement has been removed. Form 10 has been split into contractor (a) and architect (b) documents. 
  2. Use of Design Professionals pg. 10 – wording change: removes the requirement of “MUST engage the services of a registered SC architect” to “encourage the services of a registered SC architect”.
  3. Federal Regulations pg. 11 – with the new FEMA flood zone changes the ARB wanted to preserve the Dewees Island building standards currently in place knowing the flood zone could return to a VE in the future. The ARB is also allowing a fishing pole/bicycle storage area on the ground floor to help keep them out of the direct elements.  This area must have breakaway walls.
  4. State Regulations pg. 12 – spells out the Beachfront Management Act for home/lot owners that has been in place since the 1980s. OCRM now requires that all beachfront homes must submit OCRM form prior to construction.
  5. Swimming Pools and Spas pg. 19 – provided details for pool construction since FEMA zone has changed.
  6. Building Height Limitations pg. 21 – consideration of making the 3rd floor less than 50% of 2nd to reduce massing of structure and the appearance of dominate home structures in the community.
  7. Roofing pg. 22 – permitting alternative roofing materials for consideration if they meet environmental and hurricane requirements.
  8. Screening pg. 24 – requiring ground level screening with horizontal or vertical wood slats if home is visible from neighbors or community areas and there is not enough vegetation in place to properly screen the area.
  9. Temporary signage pg. 34 – further defining architect or contractor signage dimensions for construction sites.
  10. Form 10 pgs. 48 to 49 – splitting into form for contractor and form for architect
  11. Form 11 pgs. 50 to 53 – splitting checklist for new and remodeling construction
  12. Solar pg. 61 – updating information
  13. FEMA pg. 61 – address as flood zone changes and details out construction requirements to be consistence with historical flood zone building standards on Dewees Island.
  14. Electricity pg. 63 – Dominion now allows contractors to dig their own trenches for electrical supply; something SCE&G did not do. Spells out that contractors need to get ARB approval prior to trenching.
  15. Owner’s Cash Deposit pg. 65 – spells out deposits for various types of work.

Minor Remodel:

  1. Roofing pg. 22 – permitting alternative roofing materials for consideration if they meet environmental and hurricane requirements.
  2. Screening pg. 24 – requiring ground level screening with horizontal or vertical wood slats if home is visible from neighbors or community areas and there is not enough vegetation in place to properly screen the area.
  3. Solar pg. 61 – updating information
  4. Owner’s Cash Deposit pg. 65 – spells out deposits for various types of work.

All owners:

  1. The Vegetative Management Guidelines have been removed from the ARB Guidelines and will be housed within the Ecosystem Management Plan (under progress) along with the Wildlife, Impoundment and Beach Management Plans.
  2. Lighting/Electrical pg. 24 – further defining lighting standards that are consistent in coastal communities with nesting sea turtles as well as wildlife friendly lighting year-round.
  3. Vegetative Management & Lawns pg. 75 – vegetation management in areas outside approved disturbance areas on lots & home sites.
  4. Tree Policy pg. 76 – updated fine structure for unapproved tree and shrub removal.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Lori, 
ARB Coordinator