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Front Yard Requirements
Front yards within the neighborhoods at Estrella Mountain Ranch are subject to the guidelines listed below. In addition, the visible side yard of all corner lots must be supplemented with shrubs and accent plants to establish height variations in these areas.
Front yards (and visible side yards of all corner lots) within single family home neighborhoods at Estrella are subject to the following requirements:
1.Front yard modifications on all residential lots must have their landscaping completed within ninety (90) days from start of construction.
2.All landscaping must be maintained in a neat and attractive condition. Minimum maintenance requirements include: watering, mowing, edging, pruning, removal and replacement of dead or dying plants, removal of weeds, tree sprouts, noxious grasses and plant debris and removal of trash. Gravel depth must be maintained in order to ensure full coverage of all unpaved (dirt) landscape areas and irrigation lines. Replacement of dead tree(s) or plant material with a species not listed on the originally approved plant list (see Appendix “B”) requires the prior written approval of the DRC.
3.Any modifications to approved front yard landscape installations shall comply with this section of this document.
4.The visible side yards of all corner lots must be supplemented with shrubs and accent plants to establish landscape height variation in these areas.
5.Irrigation systems are to be below ground and be fully automated systems in compliance with all applicable plumbing codes for local, state, county and federal agencies. All irrigation systems and landscaping must be designed and “timed” to minimize spray onto streets, driveways, walks and other non-landscaped areas.
6.Front Yard Trees required (minimum)
Specific quantity requirements for front yard trees have been established to create a consistent and desirable streetscape image within single family neighborhoods.
Lot Width* Large Tree Qty Small Tree Qty
Less than 50′ 2
50′ to 100′ 1 1
Greater than 100′ 1 2
Lot Width: Measured at sidewalk between property lines including driveway and side yard.
Large Tree: greater than 15’ in width at maturity Small Tree: less than 15’ in width at maturity
*Exception: Irregularly shaped lots with narrow frontage such as cul-de-sac lots, or flag lots shall provide the same number of trees required on “typical” lots within the same neighborhood. A Saguaro Cactus or an Ocotillo can be substituted as a second tree with the minimum height of four (4) feet.
All trees must be planted a minimum of five (5) feet from driveways, fences, walls, property lines and homes. In addition, trees must be planted a minimum of eight (8) feet away from all sidewalks or from the back of curb if there is no sidewalk present. Trees must be planted and maintained so that at maturity the tree canopy does not extend beyond property lines and does not encroach onto Owner’s roof.
No tree, canopy, shrub, or planting of any kind shall overhang or encroach upon any public right-of-way, bicycle path, or any other pedestrian way from ground level to a height of eight (8) feet.
7. Other Plants Required (minimum)
To ensure similar density and coverage of plant material for all lots, the requirements for shrubs, ground covers and accent plants are based on the actual area in square feet of the front yard excluding any sidewalks, driveways, patios or other hardscape elements. Front yards (and visible side yards of all corner lots) are subject to the following minimum requirements:
Lot Width Shrubs Ground Cover Accent
50’ or less 8 12 5
50’ – 100’ 10 15 8
100’ or more 12 18 10
Palm trees may only be used within the Town Lakes Oasis Landscape Character Zone as identified in the Approved Plant List . However, since one of the primary objectives of these guidelines is to create a shade- lined streetscape within the neighborhoods, palm trees may not be used to satisfy the required minimum number of front yard trees.
9. Turf currently may be used only in residential front yards of homes in the Town Lakes Oasis Landscape Character Zone subject to the following criteria:
Turf area may not exceed forty percent (40%) of the total front yard landscape area. Turf may not be located in dedicated street right-of-way areas.
Turf areas must be a minimum of ten (10) feet in width.
Turf areas must be set back a minimum of five (5) feet from the back of street improvements.
Turf areas are required to be defined by a concrete, grouted stone or other masonry border (minimum width of four inches). Steel, wood, scalloped concrete and plastic borders are not permitted.
Turf areas must be irrigated with an automatic underground irrigation system. Turf may not be used on a visible side yard of a corner lot.
Turf grass may not be used within residential front yards (or visible side yards on corner lots) of homes located in the Desert Vista Landscape Character Zone.
Artificial Turf samples must be submitted for approval prior to installation.
10. Any type of artificial flower, plant or tree is not permitted.
11. Citrus Trees are not permitted in front yards.
12. River rock, volcanic cinders, wood bark or wood chips are not permitted.
Rear Yard Requirements
Rear yards within single family home neighborhoods at Estrella Mountain Ranch are subject to the following requirements:
These guidelines pertain to the landscaping of rear yards enclosed by a view fence or solid wall. An Owner with a view fence shall have ninety (90) days from the date of close of escrow to prepare, submit and receive rear yard landscape plan approval from the DRC. With no pool, approved landscape improvements must be completed within (90) days of approval. With a pool approved pool and landscape improvements must be completed within (6) months of approval.
An Owner with a solid wall enclosed rear yard shall have six (6) months from the date of close of escrow to prepare, submit, and receive rear yard landscape plan approval from the DRC; and twelve (12) months to have completed landscaping improvements per the approved rear yard landscape plan.
The DRC has established the following minimum requirements for the landscaping in rear yards to be installed:
1. Landscaping shall collectively consist of trees, shrubs, groundcover and hardscape.
2. The location of planned pools and/or spas shall be noted on the proposed landscape plan. Rear yard areas planned for pools, built-in grill, built-in fireplace, pond or other similar amenity shall provide minimum 2-inches of granite cover if the amenity is not to be part of the initial rear yard landscaping. Any item not to be installed in the requested proposed plan shall be noted as “future” on the plan.
3. Hardscape, or non-permeable paving or surfacing, shall not exceed thirty percent (30%) of the rear yard landscaped area without the prior written approval of the DRC.
4. All areas not consisting of pools, spas or hardscape must be covered by either turf and/or 2-inches of decomposed granite. Rear yard with or without turf must contain no less than one 15-gallon tree, and six 5-gallon shrubs.
5. Installation of an automatic underground irrigation system to properly water all plants, shrubs, turf or groundcover is required. This shall be part of the rear yard landscape plan proposal.
6. Installation of trees shall be no closer than seven (7) feet from property walls, house or patio foundation measured from the center of the tree trunk.
7. Alternative submittals may be approved by the DRC.
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