Middleton Hills is a mixed use neighborhood. The Master Plan integrates a commercial neighborhood center with designated civic sites, residential areas and a generous amount of clearly defined public space. All are linked by a streetscape and foot paths that encourage pedestrian travel and tie the community to the natural beauty of the landscape. To integrate all the various uses into one harmonious neighborhood, the Middleton Hills Neighborhood Code was drafted. The Middleton Hills Neighborhood Code, along with the Declaration of Covenants, sets forth design criteria and provisions to ensure that the character and quality of Middleton Hills will be preserved.
- MIDDLETON HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD CODE.
To communicate the Middleton Hills Neighborhood philosophy and to encourage individuals and their architects to design their own buildings within its unifying framework, the designers created the Middleton Hills Neighborhood Code (Code). This Code consists of the Middleton Hills Regulating Plan, the Urban Regulations, the Architectural Regulations, the Landscape Regulations, and the Design Review Process. Similar to a zoning code, it establishes building types, public spaces and uses for certain areas. As a design code, however, it supplements the zoning code by graphically illustrating the various uses by type of buildable lot. The Urban Regulations are a pictorial guide establishing 'build-to' lines, building sizes and design guidelines for the lot types.
- ARCHITECTUAL REVIEW.
All construction within Middleton Hills must be approved by the Middleton Hills Architectural Review Committee established, at present, by the developer and in time by the Middleton Hills Neighborhood Association (Association). The review board weighs conformance with the Code against originality in design, considering harmony with surrounding structures and topography and aesthetic considerations when rendering a decision.
- NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION (MHNA).
Every lot is part of the neighborhood and each owner and citizen is a member of the Neighborhood Association. The Association assures that the intent of the Code will be carried out and that the neighborhood will be maintained and improved over time. The Association oversees and enforces the Code as well as the Middleton Hills Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions. It also manages the alleys and other association property.
- BUILDING TIME LIMIT.
To encourage neighborhood development and to discourage speculation, construction of homes must be substantially complete to include landscaping within 15 months from the time that a lot is purchased. Substantial completion is achieved when a certificate of occupancy is obtained.
All owners pay an annual assessment to the MHNA to maintain neighborhood properties, such as the alleys and certain open spaces. Assessments are required and will be secured by the lot and the owner's personal obligation.
- USE RESTRICTIONS.
The Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions establishes certain covenants and use restrictions, created to protect and maintain the integrity of the neighborhood and the ownership and/or occupancy rights of the members and citizens.