Architectural Review Board Guideline Summary

This summary represents a portion of the association declaration and by-laws. Please contact the ARB review board for more inclusive and detailed statements of the guidelines or for further clarification.

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  1. All plans and specifications for changes and improvements must be submitted in writing and approved by the ARB review board prior to the start of any work.
  2. Homeowners must obtain any governmental permits necessary for any additions or alterations.  This includes zoning, wetlands, and building permits.
  3. Swings, gym sets, and “like equipment” are permitted only in the rear of the homesite lot. This will ensure safety as well as an esthetically appealing community. Homesite lots that have logistically challenging rear lots will be able to locate the swingsets on side yards with written ARB approval. Landscape screening may need to be installed at the discretion of the ARB and all costs will be paid for by the homesite lot owner.
  4. Trampolines, swimming pools (above ground or in-ground) and outbuildings are not allowed in Great Oak Farm.
  5. Fences may not exceed four (4) feet in height, including posts, and may not extend beyond the front façade of the residence.  Only “see-through” picket or lattice fences will be approved; vinyl fences will be considered.
  6. All fences bordering a road require prior written approval by the Architectural Review Board.
  7. Outdoor clotheslines are not permitted.
  8. No trees may be removed from “common” or “conservation” areas without prior written approval of the landscape and Architectural Review Board.
  9. Signs indicating commercial use (including “For Sale” signs) are not permitted.
  10. There are penalties attached to the violations of these restrictions and guidelines.  Fines will be levied.


Remember that Great Oak Farm is serviced by underground utilities, wires, pipes, etc.  It is required that you or your contractor contact “Call Before You Dig” before any activity is undertaken. Any damage to this infrastructure as well as to roads or common areas caused by you or your contractors is your responsibility and must be repaired immediately.