This guide is for property owners in the Lowry Community Master Association (LCMA). It serves two purposes. It provides design guidelines for property owners who are planning changes to the exterior of buildings and/or grounds. It also explains the rules and regulations governing the Lowry community.
The LCMA Design Guidelines, Rules and Regulations apply to all LCMA members. The LCMA Board of Directors has a subcommittee called the Buildings and Grounds Committee (The Committee) that meets monthly and considers Design Review Requests. The Committee has the right to approve or disapprove any Design Review Request. The LCMA contracts with a professional management company which provides a Community Manager who is the primary point of contact for Design Review Requests.
A Design Review Request is a formal request by a property owner (Applicant) to make a change to the exterior of their building or grounds.
Generally, all improvements to the exterior of the home or landscaping require the submission of a Design Review Request Form, unless specifically excluded herein.
If a Lowry property owner is painting the exterior of their building or making a change to the exterior of the building and/or grounds, including planting new or replacing existing trees, they must submit a Design Review Request and supporting documentation which must be approved by The Committee PRIOR to any work starting on the proposed change to the property.
The Design Review Request Form is available on the Lowry website by CLICKING HERE. Completed Design Review Request Form should be submitted to the Community Manager via the email or physical address on the Design Review Request Form and accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation such as descriptions, paint samples, surveys, site plans, drainage plans, manufacturer’s information, elevation drawings, construction plans, specifications and samples of materials and colors and other information showing the nature, kind, shape, height, width, color, materials and location of the proposed improvement.
Requests submitted without sufficient information will not be considered and will be deemed denied until such time as the Applicant submits all of the appropriate documentation.
The Committee meets once per month to review and approve Design Review Request Forms. It is best if the Design Review Request Form is submitted at least two weeks prior to the meeting so that the committee has time to review it. Last-minute requests will be accepted, but may not be able to be accommodated until the following month’s regularly-scheduled committee meeting.
Approved Design Review Requests are valid for one year from the date of approval.
If The Committee disapproves a Design Review Request, the Applicant may appear in person at a meeting of The Committee to appeal the decision. If the Design Review Request is still denied, the Applicant may appeal to the LCMA Board of Directors in writing and in person.
In addition to obtaining The Committee’s approval for specified property improvements, owners may also be required to obtain certain permits (such as a building permit) from the City and County of Denver. Approval by the Committee does not mean or warrant that the proposed improvement will comply with the building and zoning code of the City and County of Denver.
Subassociation & City and County of Denver Approvals
If a property is located within an area that has its own Homeowners’ Association (sometimes referred to as a Subassociation), property owners need to obtain the approval of their Subassociation FIRST for proposed improvements and THEN submit a Design Review Request to the LCMA.
Note that The Committee’s approval of a Design Review Request only confirms its adherence to the Design Guidelines, Rules and Regulations and does not imply that the proposed changes are structurally sound or in compliance with City or County code. The property owner is ultimately responsible for completion of the project and final results, including compliance with city and county permits and codes. The proposed changes must be completed within one year of approval.
Failure to Submit
If a property owner fails to submit a Design Review Request Form and get approval from The Committee prior to starting work, the LCMA may take action which can include requiring the property owner to stop work or return the property to its original condition.
For questions about this document or any part of the Design Review Request process, please contact the LCMA. Contact information can be found on our website by clicking here.
Residents and owners that are in violation of any of the Design Guidelines, Rules and Regulations set forth herein will be notified of violations by the Community Manager and are expected to remedy these violations in accordance with the provisions set forth in the Lowry Community Master Association’s Covenant Enforcement Policy. Failure to remedy violations may result in fines and/or legal action.
Any deviation from these Design Guidelines, Rules and Regulations requires an approved Variance from the LCMA.
A Variance will be considered on these grounds:
- Strict application of the Design Guidelines, Rules and Regulations would be impossible, unduly harsh or unnecessary in light of either:
- Physical conditions such as topography, natural obstructions or aesthetic or environmental considerations that are present on the property; or
- The presence of an extreme or unjustified economic hardship to the Applicant; or
- The Applicant’s proposal, although not meeting the requirements of the Design Guidelines, Rules and Regulations can be proven to directly and substantially advance the stated intent of the Design Guidelines, Rules and Regulations.
- The Variance would not unreasonably burden other property within the Lowry Community.
- The Variance is the minimum possible to alleviate the physical condition or relieve the hardship.
- The Variance is not in response to a violation by the Applicant of any covenant, design guideline, rule or regulation of the LCMA.
To make a variance request, you must do the following:
- No less than 15 days prior to the Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting, send and/or deliver a letter to all adjacent and affected property owners. The letter must include a notice of the time, date, and location of the Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting where the Variance will be considered, a description of the requested Variance and the street address of the property requesting the Variance.
- No less than two weeks prior to the Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting, submit a Design Review Request Form with accompanying Variance Form to the Buildings and Grounds Committee, along with any supporting documentation, photographs, design plans, etc. The Variance Form may be found on the same webpage as the Design Review Request Form.
- Variance Applicants must attend their hearing at the Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting where they must provide evidence that adjacent and affected property owners were notified in the timeframe described above (i.e., USPS Return Receipts, property owner signatures).
The Buildings and Grounds Committee will review the Variance request and approve or disapprove the request. If a Variance request is denied, the Applicant may appeal directly to the LCMA Board of Directors. LCMA Board will then review the appeal and vote to approve or disapprove and the LCMA Board decision is final. Applicants may revise their Variance request based on feedback from the LCMA and resubmit a new Variance request.