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Owning A Home And Other Improvements In Wolf Ranch

Wolf Ranch is committed to exceptional development and building standards to create a quality community with long-term value for your home buying investment.

Wolf Ranch began with a thoughtfully conceived master plan that was designed to preserve and enhance the natural resources and topography of the area. More acreage than required by the City of Colorado Springs has been dedicated to open space, including miles of trails and a parks and recreation amenities plan. Streets and roadways have been carefully planned to include broad, tree-lined parkways.

Each home builder adheres to the exact standards contained in the Wolf Ranch Community Design Guidelines that outline specifications for all aspects of the home building process. The Guidelines describe specific considerations for preparing the building site, materials and architectural design requirements, landscaping guidelines, and overall standards for creating and maintaining the integrity of each Wolf Ranch neighborhood.

The developer has established a Community Charter that includes architectural, landscaping and aesthetic standards; maintenance, repair and replacement requirements; and overall use and conduct codes to protect the homeowner.

What Does All This Mean To You?

If you’re like most people, your home represents your family’s single largest investment. The Community Design Guidelines and Community Charter are key to maintaining and enhancing your home investment.

As you begin the exciting process of owning a home in Wolf Ranch, you probably have questions about everything from choosing exterior colors to installing security lighting. We have prepared this informational piece to provide answers to some of the questions we hear most frequently from home buyers. This information is intended to provide a general overview only. Please refer to the complete landscape and architectural guidelines for your neighborhood before modifying the exterior of your home.

Is There An Architectural Review Process?

Yes. The Wolf Ranch Review Committee approves all site plans and elevations for home construction, as well as front and backyard landscape plans. Your home builder will work with the committee to complete the review and approval process for your new home. If you wish to make modifications or additions at any time, the architectural reviewer must be contacted and the plans submitted for approval before beginning any work. 

How Does The Architectural Review Process Work?

Proposed landscape additions, site improvements, and building additions must be presented to the Wolf Ranch Review Committee in the form of an illustrated plan that includes diagrams, sections, elevations and construction details. Homeowners are encouraged to use the owner/home builder plot plan as a starting point. The reviewer will respond in writing indicating approval, approval with modifications, or denial. Resubmittals should follow the same procedure. A fee will be charged for the review of any plans.

What Are The Guidelines For Exterior Color Choices?

The repetitive color schemes that are prevalent in many communities are discouraged at Wolf Ranch. Colors of higher saturation and varying schemes are encouraged. Accent colors for trim and other special building features should be consistent with the overall design, but not monochromatic or lackluster. In some parts of Wolf Ranch, the goal of the architecture is to blend harmoniously with its surroundings, and color selection is key to achieving this goal. Naturally weathering materials such as cedar, redwood, copper and stone may be left in their natural state. If exterior stains are desired, they must be semi-transparent in subtle colors to accent or highlight the natural wood tones. The proposed color scheme for Wolf Ranch is part of the design review process.

How About Landscaping?

Landscaping costs are incorporated into the construction of every new Wolf Ranch home, either through the builder or as a deposit collected at closing. Owners may complete landscape on their own and access the deposit retained at closing upon the completion of the approval and inspection process. Homeowners are encouraged to retain the services of a professional landscape architect who can analyze your site requirements and assist with design, installation, and selection of plant materials. All plants must meet all current USDA standards and the American Standards for Nursery Stock. Your new home builder can provide details about submitting your landscape plan for approval and completion time requirements.

Homeowners must maintain their entire lot both seasonally and on a regular basis, including lawn cutting, tree and shrub pruning, removal of weeds and dead plant materials, and general removal of trash and lawn debris. Weather permitting, the landscaping must be installed within three months of occupancy.

All exterior improvements made subsequent to the originally approved plan must be submitted to the Reviewer for approval. Such improvements may include, but are not limited to: changing or adding to your landscape plan, playground equipment, sheds, greenhouses, decks and patios. Submittal fees apply and will be due upon submitting a plan.

What About Decks, Balconies, And Porches?

The design of these popular features should be carefully integrated into the home design and proportional to the building itself. On all elevated or walkout balconies, decks or porches, all materials exposed to view must be permanently painted or stained to complement the overall color scheme of the home. Deck posts must be a minimum of 12” in nominal width or diameter. Balconies, decks or porches that are supported more than four feet above the ground must incorporate a substantial base element of complementary building materials. The maximum height is 10 feet above ground. Stairs must be constructed as cantilevering or with additional columns and of similar materials to the deck and handrail. Railings should allow light and view to pass through.

What Types Of Fencing Can I Use?

Lot line fencing is generally discouraged in Wolf Ranch, and in some areas it is not permitted at all. Fencing requirements vary, depending on the Wolf Ranch neighborhood you choose. However, the following considerations apply throughout the community: No stockade cedar fences are allowed, except in Parkwood. Opaque or solid fences and front yard fences will be permitted in very limited areas. In those areas that lot line fencing is permittee, a three-rail concrete split-rail fence must be used. Mesh treatment is permitted on the interior of the fencing along the lot line, in addition to invisible electronic fencing. Plant material is encouraged, while vinyl fencing is generally not allowed. The architectural reviewer must approve any fencing or landscaping on your home site.

How About Other Additions Like Play Equipment, Extra Vehicle Storage Or Satellite Dishes?

Here’s a quick overview of typical add-ons.

  • Accessory structures (equipment storage buildings, greenhouses, playhouses, etc): Maximum size is 80 square feet while colors and materials must be compatible with the home. No metal or pre-fabricated buildings are permitted. One structure per lot, screened by vegetation on all sides. Placement must take easements and setbacks into consideration. 
  • Air conditioners: No window or wall units allowed.
  • Dog houses: Colors and materials must match the residence. Maximum size is 4’x4’. 
  • Commercial vehicles: Paragraph 2A of the Initial Community Rules and Regulations, attached to the Community Charter, addresses the question of commercial vehicles, mobile homes, recreational vehicles and boats, which must be parked in a garage at all times.
  • Exterior lighting: Outside lights are limited to address signs and those dedicated to security and safety. Flood lights, sodium vapor, mercury vapor or other harsh HID light sources are not allowed. Decorative holiday lighting is allowed between November 1 and January 15.
  • Mailboxes: All mailboxes are located in central, convenient locations.
  • Play and sports equipment: Must be located within the building envelope. Structures to cover recreational facilities are not permitted. Walls, fences or landscaping screens may be required. No approval is required for temporary play equipment provided it is stored out of view when not in use. No submittal is required for permanent play equipment provided the structure is less than eight feet high, has a footprint of less than 100 square feet and is located in the rear yard. Submittal must be made for larger structures. Trampolines are allowed, provided the impact of neighbor’s views and noise are considered. Basketball backboards/goals must be of a standard size, mounted on the house above the garage and be well maintained. Approval is required for freestanding goals. Permanent tennis courts are subject to review.
  • Pools and spas: Should be designed as an integral part of the associated deck or patio and in harmony with home architecture. Must be located in the rear or side yard and screened from public view. Safety must be a key consideration. Above-ground pools are not permitted.
  • Satellite dishes and antennae: Require approval with the exception of permitted devices installed in compliance with community guidelines. Generally, devices must measure one meter or less in diameter and must be installed in a location that is least visible from the street and other lots. 
  • Statues and sculptures: No approval is required for a reasonable number of compatible pieces if they are installed in the rear yard and not higher than three feet. 
  • Trash receptacles: Must be screened and/or enclosed from view and planned as part of the overall fencing/landscaping design.
  • Vehicle storage: RVs, campers, boats, and non-operational vehicles must be fully screened and may not be parked in a driveway or yard. A storage garage may be incorporated into the home design in compliance with garage standards.
  • Walks and drives: Should reflect the design of the surrounding area and constructed of native stone, brick, or wood mulch. Unacceptable materials include brick pavers, marble chips, and synthetic turf.

The Overlook and Parkwood: These neighborhoods operate under additional architectural guidelines. Consult the requirements for your neighborhood to verify what is permitted before implementing any plans that alter the original construction.  These two neighborhoods within Wolf Ranch provide additional services to their residents, and are managed by sub-Homeowners Associations and establish their budget assessments separate from the Wolf Ranch Owners Association.

May I Install An Accent Or Retaining Wall?

Installation is permitted where retaining walls are required or accent walls are desired to terrace a slope.

If the area is visible from the open space or community parkways, walls must be constructed of a minimum quality of interlocking masonry wall units of one of the following manufacturers: Keystone Block, Pavestone, or equivalent. Scalloped patterns are not recommended. Natural or cultured stone, rectilinear split face walls are encouraged, while cast concrete walls with a stucco or masonry face are acceptable. Landscape timber walls are not permitted. Colors must be a series of soft earth tones from an approved palette. No single wall shall exceed 42” in height. Where more grade needs to be accommodated, a series of walls with plantings between the walls is to be used.

For walls that are not visible, interlocking masonry wall units in neutral colors such as gray, tan, or brown are the minimum allowable. No high contrast colors/patterns or timber walls are allowed. Your home builder can provide additional details. 

Are There Any Building Materials That Are Not Allowed?

For aesthetic and/or functional reasons, the following materials may not be used on home exteriors: exposed concrete masonry units, pre-cast concrete, EIFS (exterior insulation finish system), plastic siding and soffit materials, or raw plywood.

Can We Create Outside Storage Areas?

The home design should incorporate adequate areas for trash containers, storage for such things as patio furniture, firewood and recreational equipment. Storage areas must be located within the building “envelope” and screened from view.

What Is The Wolf Ranch Owners Association Fee, And What Does It Cover?

The working capital assessment of $100 will be collected and paid to the Wolf Ranch Owners Association at closing. The base assessment is subject to annual revision. Current association dues are $26 per month, which includes common trash collection. Recycling service available for an additional fee.

The Townes at Wolf Ranch is a town home project with its own owner’s association and assessments for maintenance of the Townes community. The Townes owners are also members of the Wolf Ranch Owners Assocation.

Daybreak, Legends and Enclave are in service areas managed by the Wolf Ranch Owners Association. These owners pay service area assessments for the additional level of services and maintenance provided in these communities.

Many of the communities in Wolf Ranch, including Daybreak, Legends, Enclave, and Remington, pay a service area assessment for membership in the Wolf Ranch Recreation Center. 

The home design should incorporate adequate areas for trash containers, storage for such things as patio furniture, firewood, and recreational equipment. Storage areas must be located within the building “envelope” and screened from view.

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Owning A Home And Other Improvements In Wolf Ranch

Wolf Ranch is committed to exceptional development and building standards to create a quality community with long-term value for your home buying investment.

Wolf Ranch began with a thoughtfully conceived master plan that is designed to preserve and enhance the natural resources and topography of the area. More acreage than required by the City of Colorado Springs has been dedicated to open space, including miles of trails and a parks and recreation amenities plan. Streets and roadways have been carefully planned to include broad, tree-lined parkways.

Each home builder adheres to the exact standards contained in the Wolf Ranch Community Design Guidelines that outline specifications for all aspects of the home building process. The Guidelines describe specific considerations for preparing the building site, materials and architectural design requirements, landscaping guidelines, and overall standards for creating and maintaining the integrity of each Wolf Ranch neighborhood.

The developer has established a Community Charter that includes architectural, landscaping and aesthetic standards; maintenance, repair and replacement requirements; and overall use and conduct codes to protect the homeowner.

What Does All This Mean To You?

If you’re like most people, your home represents your family’s single largest investment. The Community Design Guidelines and Community Charter are key to maintaining and enhancing your home investment.

As you begin the exciting process of owning a home in Wolf Ranch, you probably have questions about everything from choosing exterior colors to installing security lighting. We have prepared this informational piece to provide answers to some of the questions we hear most frequently from home buyers. This information is intended to provide a general overview only. Please refer to the complete landscape and architectural guidelines for your neighborhood before modifying the exterior of your home.

Is There An Architectural Review Process?

Yes. The Wolf Ranch Review Committee approves all site plans and elevations for home construction, as well as front and backyard landscape plans. Your home builder will work with the committee to complete the review and approval process for your new home. If you wish to make modifications or additions at any time, the architectural reviewer must be contacted and the plans submitted for approval before beginning any work. 

How Does The Architectural Review Process Work?

Proposed landscape additions, site improvements, and building additions must be presented to the Wolf Ranch Review Committee in the form of an illustrated plan that includes diagrams, sections, elevations and construction details. Homeowners are encouraged to use the owner/home builder plot plan as a starting point. The reviewer will respond in writing indicating approval, approval with modifications, or denial. Resubmittals should follow the same procedure. A fee will be charged for the review of any plans.

What Are The Guidelines For Exterior Color Choices?

The repetitive color schemes that are prevalent in many communities are discouraged at Wolf Ranch. Colors of higher saturation and varying schemes are encouraged. Accent colors for trim and other special building features should be consistent with the overall design, but not monochromatic or lackluster. In some parts of Wolf Ranch, the goal of the architecture is to blend harmoniously with its surroundings, and color selection is key to achieving this goal. Naturally weathering materials such as cedar, redwood, copper and stone may be left in their natural state. If exterior stains are desired, they must be semi-transparent in subtle colors to accent or highlight the natural wood tones. The proposed color scheme for Wolf Ranch is part of the design review process.

How About Landscaping?

Landscaping costs are incorporated into the construction of every new Wolf Ranch home, either through the builder or as a deposit collected at closing. Owners may complete landscape on their own and access the deposit retained at closing upon the completion of the approval and inspection process. Homeowners are encouraged to retain the services of a professional landscape architect who can analyze your site requirements and assist with design, installation, and selection of plant materials. All plants must meet all current USDA standards and the American Standards for Nursery Stock. Your new home builder can provide details about submitting your landscape plan for approval and completion time requirements.

Homeowners must maintain their entire lot both seasonally and on a regular basis, including lawn cutting, tree and shrub pruning, removal of weeds and dead plant materials, and general removal of trash and lawn debris. Weather permitting, the landscaping must be installed within three months of occupancy.

All exterior improvements made subsequent to the originally approved plan must be submitted to the Reviewer for approval. Such improvements may include, but are not limited to: changing or adding to your landscape plan, playground equipment, sheds, greenhouses, decks and patios. Submittal fees apply and will be due upon submitting a plan.

What About Decks, Balconies, And Porches?

The design of these popular features should be carefully integrated into the home design and proportional to the building itself. On all elevated or walkout balconies, decks or porches, all materials exposed to view must be permanently painted or stained to complement the overall color scheme of the home. Deck posts must be a minimum of 12” in nominal width or diameter. Balconies, decks or porches that are supported more than four feet above the ground must incorporate a substantial base element of complementary building materials. The maximum height is 10 feet above ground. Stairs must be constructed as cantilevering or with additional columns and of similar materials to the deck and handrail. Railings should allow light and view to pass through.

What Types Of Fencing Can I Use?

Lot line fencing is generally discouraged in Wolf Ranch, and in some areas it is not permitted at all. Fencing requirements vary, depending on the Wolf Ranch neighborhood you choose. However, the following considerations apply throughout the community: No stockade cedar fences are allowed, except in Parkwood. Opaque or solid fences and front yard fences will be permitted in very limited areas. In those areas that lot line fencing is permittee, a three-rail concrete split-rail fence must be used. Mesh treatment is permitted on the interior of the fencing along the lot line, in addition to invisible electronic fencing. Plant material is encouraged, while vinyl fencing is generally not allowed. The architectural reviewer must approve any fencing or landscaping on your home site.

How About Other Additions Like Play Equipment, Extra Vehicle Storage Or Satellite Dishes?

Here’s a quick overview of typical add-ons.

  • Accessory structures (equipment storage buildings, greenhouses, playhouses, etc): Maximum size is 80 square feet while colors and materials must be compatible with the home. No metal or pre-fabricated buildings are permitted. One structure per lot, screened by vegetation on all sides. Placement must take easements and setbacks into consideration. 
  • Air conditioners: No window or wall units allowed.
  • Dog houses: Colors and materials must match the residence. Maximum size is 4’x4’. 
  • Commercial vehicles: Paragraph 2A of the Initial Community Rules and Regulations, attached to the Community Charter, addresses the question of commercial vehicles, mobile homes, recreational vehicles and boats, which must be parked in a garage at all times.
  • Exterior lighting: Outside lights are limited to address signs and those dedicated to security and safety. Flood lights, sodium vapor, mercury vapor or other harsh HID light sources are not allowed. Decorative holiday lighting is allowed between November 1 and January 15.
  • Mailboxes: All mailboxes are located in central, convenient locations.
  • Play and sports equipment: Must be located within the building envelope. Structures to cover recreational facilities are not permitted. Walls, fences or landscaping screens may be required. No approval is required for temporary play equipment provided it is stored out of view when not in use. No submittal is required for permanent play equipment provided the structure is less than eight feet high, has a footprint of less than 100 square feet and is located in the rear yard. Submittal must be made for larger structures. Trampolines are allowed, provided the impact of neighbor’s views and noise are considered. Basketball backboards/goals must be of a standard size, mounted on the house above the garage and be well maintained. Approval is required for freestanding goals. Permanent tennis courts are subject to review.
  • Pools and spas: Should be designed as an integral part of the associated deck or patio and in harmony with home architecture. Must be located in the rear or side yard and screened from public view. Safety must be a key consideration. Above-ground pools are not permitted.
  • Satellite dishes and antennae: Require approval with the exception of permitted devices installed in compliance with community guidelines. Generally, devices must measure one meter or less in diameter and must be installed in a location that is least visible from the street and other lots. 
  • Statues and sculptures: No approval is required for a reasonable number of compatible pieces if they are installed in the rear yard and not higher than three feet. 
  • Trash receptacles: Must be screened and/or enclosed from view and planned as part of the overall fencing/landscaping design.
  • Vehicle storage: RVs, campers, boats, and non-operational vehicles must be fully screened and may not be parked in a driveway or yard. A storage garage may be incorporated into the home design in compliance with garage standards.
  • Walks and drives: Should reflect the design of the surrounding area and constructed of native stone, brick, or wood mulch. Unacceptable materials include brick pavers, marble chips, and synthetic turf.

The Overlook and Parkwood: These neighborhoods operate under additional architectural guidelines. Consult the requirements for your neighborhood to verify what is permitted before implementing any plans that alter the original construction.  These two neighborhoods within Wolf Ranch provide additional services to their residents, and are managed by sub-Homeowners Associations and establish their budget assessments separate from the Wolf Ranch Owners Association.

May I Install An Accent Or Retaining Wall?

Installation is permitted where retaining walls are required or accent walls are desired to terrace a slope.

If the area is visible from the open space or community parkways, walls must be constructed of a minimum quality of interlocking masonry wall units of one of the following manufacturers: Keystone Block, Pavestone, or equivalent. Scalloped patterns are not recommended. Natural or cultured stone, rectilinear split face walls are encouraged, while cast concrete walls with a stucco or masonry face are acceptable. Landscape timber walls are not permitted. Colors must be a series of soft earth tones from an approved palette. No single wall shall exceed 42” in height. Where more grade needs to be accommodated, a series of walls with plantings between the walls is to be used.

For walls that are not visible, interlocking masonry wall units in neutral colors such as gray, tan, or brown are the minimum allowable. No high contrast colors/patterns or timber walls are allowed. Your home builder can provide additional details. 

Are There Any Building Materials That Are Not Allowed?

For aesthetic and/or functional reasons, the following materials may not be used on home exteriors: exposed concrete masonry units, pre-cast concrete, EIFS (exterior insulation finish system), plastic siding and soffit materials, or raw plywood.

Can We Create Outside Storage Areas?

The home design should incorporate adequate areas for trash containers, storage for such things as patio furniture, firewood and recreational equipment. Storage areas must be located within the building “envelope” and screened from view.

What Is The Wolf Ranch Owners Association Fee, And What Does It Cover?

The working capital assessment of $100 will be collected and paid to the Wolf Ranch Owners Association at closing. The base assessment is subject to annual revision. Current association dues are $26 per month, which includes common trash collection. Recycling service available for an additional fee.

The Townes at Wolf Ranch is a town home project with its own owner’s association and assessments for maintenance of the Townes community. The Townes owners are also members of the Wolf Ranch Owners Assocation.

Daybreak, Legends and Enclave are in service areas managed by the Wolf Ranch Owners Association. These owners pay service area assessments for the additional level of services and maintenance provided in these communities.

Many of the communities in Wolf Ranch, including Daybreak, Legends, Enclave, and Remington, pay a service area assessment for membership in the Wolf Ranch Recreation Center. 

The home design should incorporate adequate areas for trash containers, storage for such things as patio furniture, firewood, and recreational equipment. Storage areas must be located within the building “envelope” and screened from view.

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