Major landscaping projects affecting areas of the property visible from the street must be reviewed and approved by the ARC prior to start of the project. This includes the construction of sidewalks, driveways, fences and retaining walls.
Please call 925.415.0847 or send email to: to arrange for delivery of your ARC Review Request form and landscaping plans to the ARC Chairperson.
Any plans submitted must show all pertinent information for full understanding of the intent of the project. Any photos or illustrations that will explain the project will also be helpful. A written explanation must be provided on the ARC Review Request form.
Please carefully review the Fences & Walls, Landscaping, Lawns, and Drought Tolerant Landscaping sections of the Architectural Rules (Rule 4) before planning your project.
After you submit your request and plans, please allow up to 30 days for the review and approval process. Large scale projects may also be subject to review and approval by the board of directors. Your neighbors may be contacted to determine impact of shared scenic views, compatibility with adjacent structures and other concerns.
Drought Tolerant Landscaping
The BHHOA acknowledges the trend to remove or reduce an area of lawn and replace it with low-water, drought tolerant landscape designs. We encourage this practice, especially when the state imposes drought restrictions that make large areas of lawn impractical.
It is important to note that climate, shade/sun, grading, and aspect all affect landscape design requirements. This is particularly true when incorporating drought tolerant elements. A professional design plan is the best option for ensuring a successful, long lasting landscape.
- Large areas of ground cover such as bark must incorporate plants and shrubs. Simply replacing your lawn with ground cover is not appropriate and will not be approved.
- Added hardscape elements such as retaining walls must be appropriately scaled for the property.
Here are some examples of homes with acceptable drought tolerant landscaping.