All Guidelines

The following is a summary of some basic things to know in planning the most common projects. These guidelines are not to be construed to be the sum total of requirements for these projects and most all require plans to be submitted for approval by the Architectural Review Committee. The Architectural Committee, under the jurisdiction of the BOARD, reserves the right of final decision as granted to it under the terms of the Declaration of Covenants Section IX, to accept or reject any such plans as it duly sees fit.

All Projects
1) Plans are to be submitted at least 30 days prior to the desired installation date. It may take up to 60 days for an approval.
2) Plans are to include a topographical view of the location in relationship to the rest of the property detailing distances from the building and from the party lines.


For Solar Panels

1. The solar energy device must not:
a. Threaten public health or safety. 
b. Violate the law.

2. The solar energy device cannot be located: 
a. On property owned or maintained by the property owner’s HOA. 
b. On property owned in common by the members of the property owner’s HOA. 
c. In an area on the property owner’s property that is not on the roof of a structure 

3. If the device is located on a roof, it cannot: 
a. Have paneling extend above the roofline. 
b. Have paneling extend out over the edges of the roof. 
c. Be located in an area other than what the property owner’s HOA has designated 

4. If the device is located on a roof, it must: 
a. Follow the slope of the roof. 
b. Be parallel to the roofline. 
c. Have its frame, support bracket, wiring, panels be aesthetic with roof color.

5. The device must be installed with prior approval from the property owner’s HOA.

6. The property owner must supply the property owner’s HOA with written plans 60 days prior to start date. Must be completed with 90 days of ARC approval or must be resubmitted.

7. All Solar panel work must be completed by an authorized solar company.

The only approved renewable energy systems allowed in Heritage Valley is Solar Panels & Geothermal. Non approved systems would be wind mills, hydro and any solar systems that are not roof mounted.


  1) Plans must be submitted as required to the township and proper permits acquired. Proof of the same must be submitted to the Committee before construction can begin.

  2) Pools must be fenced in accordance with both the township and community regulations as provided for by the Declaration of Covenants. No chain link or snow fences will be accepted. Post and rail with exterior vinyl coated wire that is non-climbable is an example of an acceptable fencing. Fencing must secure the pool area.

  3) Pool areas may be lighted in accordance with the regulations of the Declaration and must be of the ground variety. No elevated lighting will be accepted. Where deemed necessary lighting must be shielded from causing a nuisance to adjoining neighbors.


4) Pumps and heating equipment must be covered and/or landscaped in such a manner as to prevent visibility from adjacent properties.


5) Landscaping must be designed to obscure line of sight from adjacent properties. Where contours of the property necessitate back filling or changing the natural lay of the land, proper attention must be given to drainage in order to assure that there is no run off onto adjacent properties. This must be detailed in the aforementioned “side view” of the plans.

Decks & Patios
  1) Decks and Patios are routinely permitted provided they are constructed with materials approved by the Committee.


2) Decks must include railings and handrails where steps are needed to exit to ground.

  1) Sheds are permitted according the requirements as spelled out Article section of the Declaration. Basically no larger than 12 ft. X 14 ft. and of a style, color and location approved by the Committee.

Propane or other tanks
  1) Propane tanks are permitted in the rear or side of the house at a location acceptable to the Committee.

  2) Small tanks i.e. 100 gallons or less (two maximum) must be landscaped so as to obscure the line of sight by other neighbors.

  3) Large tanks i.e. 250 gallons or more must be buried.

Antennas & Satellite Dishes
  1) Antennas can be mounted to the chimney of homes provided they are regular type antennas with a short mast. No large antennas requiring a mast with guide or stabilizing wires are permitted either on the roof or grounds around a property owner’s home.

  2) Small satellite dishes (18-24inches) of the type used for Direct TV can be used after approval of the Board is obtained in writing, as required by the Declaration, and placed in a location acceptable to the Committee, and landscaped in a manner as to provide the least visibility.

General Landscaping
  1) Normal landscaping involving the placing of flowers, bulbs, plants, bushes, trees, beds, flower trellises, etc., is permitted without prior approval.


2) Landscaping that requires major re-contouring of the property must be approved.

  3) Landscaping that incorporates any type of more exotic plants, for example, trees that bear fruit, need to be approved by the Committee.

  4) Landscaping that is done along property lines, in conjunction with adjacent neighbors, must be approved by the Committee so that both parties can be protected.

These guidelines are to be used a reference in planning. Final approval can only be made after the Committee reviews the plan. The Committee reserves the right to change or modify any of the above points of consideration at any time and without notice in order to facilitate its role in reviewing and approving submitted plans.