Home Design Approval
Prior to receiving a city building permit or beginning construction, home designs with color selections and landscaping plans must be approved by the Design Review Committee which is chaired by a local design professional who is assisted by residents appointed by the Board. The process for submitting designs, colors, and plans for review and receiving approval from DRC is described in the Architectural Design Guidelines and in the Cascades At Soldier Hollow CC&Rs. Please download and review the Architectural Design Guidelines and Article VIII from the amended CC&Rs relating to Design Guidelines to understand the process including information regarding deposits and fees for the submission as well as restrictions and requirements in the construction of your home.
All submissions go to the chairman of the DRC, Mike Johnston of Summit Engineering Group, who makes sure all the materials have been submitted and the submission is complete. After he does a preliminary review he reviews his comments and recommendation with the entire DRC.
Please note that Mike Johnston is an engineer contracted by the HOA, so as a lot owner you are billed hourly for the time he spends reviewing your plans or working out kinks and problems with you(see CC&R’s, section 8.5(c)). The $1000 payment for the Design Review Process is actually a deposit, so any time Mike spends working with you on your plans beyond that deposit amount will be billed to you at $125/hour. It is therefore in your best interest to carefully review the Architectural Design Guidelines and to come prepared and organized to any meetings or calls you have with him during this process.
The DRC is committed to helping you through this process. However, to have your application considered, you will need to send a completed application that includes the below five items. Summit Engineering nor the DRC will begin their review of your home until your application is complete. Once the complete application is submitted, the DRC is committed to responding within 2-3 weeks. There may be questions or issues that come up as part of the review so be sure to include your phone and email information on the Submission Checklist For Phase I-Preliminary Design Review. Please submit the below items to Cascades DRC c/o Summit Engineering Group, Inc PO Box 176, 55 West Center Street, Heber City, UT 84032; cascadesDRC@gmail.com. Please note that prior to final approval, payment of the the $5,000 refundable construction deposit and if using a non-preferred builder, payment of the $5,000 non-refundable fee are required—see Approved Builder List document on the About the HOA page.
The Formal Design Review is a three phase process. However, prior to beginning the design review submission, all lot owners are invited to meet with a designated representative of the DRC to discuss ideas and concepts. The DRC representative will give feedback and ideas that will help in creating preliminary design. Doing this prior to engaging an architect or designer will save you time and money in the design and approval process and minimize the possible rejection of your design. To schedule a meeting with a representative of the DRC call Marilyn Clark at 801-403-8437.
The Formal Design Review Phases are:
A) Phase I- Preliminary Design Review. This phase assists the owner and their design team to understand the design requirements associated with building in The Cascades at Soldier Hollow. This includes a concept elevation drawing or sketch and a site plan with the home location for a basic review and DRC feedback. In the submission please note any exceptions from the above design guidelines, particularly in exterior materials or design elements. This will allow constructive feedback prior to incurring significant costs. Construction plans should not be submitted nor completed at this phase. Typically, the DRC meets monthly but you will receive feedback within two weeks from the DRC on your preliminary plan.
B) Phase II-Construction Plan Design Review. The DRC will not accept partial submissions. The submission deadline for this is the 1st Wednesday of every month. The DRC meets the fourth week of each month to consider all submissions.
C) Phase III-Exterior Materials Selection Board and Landscaping Plans. Upon successful completion of Phase II-Construction Plan Design Review, the applicant must submit a sample board with all exterior materials and a landscaping plan for approval prior to the installation of any exterior materials and landscaping. The DRC will not review partial submissions. Currently, the submission deadline for these is the 3rd Wednesday of every month.
Phase I Submission Items: please see the Architectural Design Guidelines for a complete descriptionPhase I-Submittal Requirements
A. Completed Checklistfor-Preliminary Review. This checklist is located above.
B. Site Plan @ 1” = 10’ or greater scale and must include the following
c.footprints accessory buildings
d.Topographical survey map of the lot with preliminary grading
C. Concept Elevations sketches or drawings with roof pitches and preliminary materials rendered
D. Written Summary of all requested exceptions from the Design Guidelines sections 1-9.
F. A check for the Review Deposit of $1000 made payable to Cascades at Soldier HOA (see section 8.4 of the CC&R’s and updated by a Board Resolution on 7/1/2016) to pay outside professionals working on your submission. You are responsible for the actual costs for your submission. If the applicant requires individual consultation or meetings outside the normal submission process, the applicant is responsible for the additional fees incurred.
See the Architectural Design Guidelines for information on Phase I and Phase II submissions
Home Design Philosophy
At The Cascades at Soldier Hollow, we have the opportunity to design homes and a community that bring about a traditional community and capture the grace, individuality and compatibility of an old world country elegance that blends Midway’s history with its future, much like the country communities of Europe.
To achieve this, we have adopted design guidelines that will assure a basic consistency to The Cascades at Soldier Hollow neighborhood, with timeless old world heritage and country charm. Slight mountain elements are allowed, provided they are minor and blended with the old world, European look. Although The Cascades at Soldier Hollow features a variety of settings, home types and lot sizes, our Architectural Design Guidelines will knit them together in a cohesive neighborhood characterized by:
* An appropriate fit of the house to the lot and to the adjacent homes and relationships to common open space.
* Timeless, traditional old world architecture such as steep gable roofs, towers, arches, portico entries, carriage houses and deeply set windows and doors * Materials of permanence and quality such as roofs of slate, walls of stone, brick and stucco, brick and stone paving, divided lite windows, heavy timber doors and detailing, wrought iron light fixtures, etc. * A lush landscape setting that will accent and blend The Cascades at Soldier Hollow homes into a unified neighborhood
At The Cascades at Soldier Hollow, our goal is to achieve a level of overall architectural unity that still allows variety and individual expression. It is also our intent to avoid incompatible architectural and landscape styles that will diminish the value of adjacent properties. The guidelines still leave latitude in the design of individual homes. Further, we will be happy to consider variations to these guidelines, if designs are demonstrated to be compatible with the overall Cascades at Soldier Hollow image.