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Design Review Board

Standard, Requirements and Procedures

Volume II

Significant Minor & Minor Modifications


Exterior “Non-House” Items

Volume 2 of 2

September 2014




Procedural Summary 5

Minor Modifications 5

Exterior Non-House Items 5

Tree Removal 6

Fines 6



Planned Unit Development 8

Creation of Design Review Board 8

Purposes of Design Review Board 8

Design Review Board Jurisdiction 8

Objectives for Tidewater Plantation 9



Property Maintenance 10


Significant Minor Modifications (Fees) 11

Minor Modifications (Fees) 11

Standards for Significant Minor & Minor Modifications 12

Arbors/Pergolas 12

Awnings/Sunshades 12

Chimney, exterior fireplace 12

Clearing 13

Curb Cuts 13

Decks/Patios 13

Driveway and Walkway Coating and Edging 13

Landscape Edging and Retaining Walls 13

Exterior Light Fixtures 14

Fencing 14

Gutters 14

House Modifications 14

Hurricane Shutters (Permanent) & Shutter Mounts 14

Landscape Changes 14

Painting 14

Pet Areas 15

Pools, Outside Spas, Saunas 15

Porches, Enclosure of screened porch 15

Railings 15

Satellite Dishes 15

Services, Utility, and Storage Areas 15

Skylights 15

Solar Panels 15

Solar Tubes 16

Steps and Porches 16

Storm Doors 16

Trim 16

Windows and Window Mullions 16


Benches and Seats 18

Birdhouses/Feeders/Baths 18

Flags 18

Fountains 19

Hammocks 19

Planters 19

Recreational/Outdoor Equipment 19

Seasonal/Party Decorations 19

Signs 19

Statuary 19

Weathervanes 19

Wind Chimes 19

Windsocks 20

Wall Art and Wreaths 20


Review and Approval 21

Landscape Development Plans 22

Site Plan 22

Irrigation Plan 22

Landscape Plans 22

Minimum Plant Material Size Standards 22

Approved Plant Material List 23



The complete Standards, Requirements and Procedures of the Tidewater Plantation Community Association (TPCA) are covered in two documents.

This document is Volume II and deals only with the requirements for Significant Minor & Minor Modifications and Exterior “Non-House” Additions; typically those items done after a house is built. Volume I deals with the requirements for new construction and major modifications and additions requiring roofline changes. Please consult the appropriate document for the work you are considering.

Items contained herein, especially those with self-determining approvals are applicable to single-family houses only. While the DRB would use the same criteria for condominium areas, owners in condominiums must first seek approval from their condominium associations for any improvement outside of their condominium in a common or limited-common area. After that approval, DRB approval is also required. Condominium areas at Tidewater include:

Teal Lake Villas

Heron Lake Villa

Harbor Loft

Lighthouse Villas

Clubhouse Villas

Tidewater Ridge


All communication to the Design Review Board (DRB) should be submitted in writing through the Tidewater Plantation community Association Property Management Office, Attention: DRB.



Tidewater Plantation is a Planned Unit Development (PUD). Article 9 of the recorded Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCR’s) for Tidewater Plantation creates a Design Review Board (DRB) with the primary purpose of maintaining the natural beauty and environment of Tidewater, as well as to protect property values through the control of the design of new construction, alterations, renovations and remodeling. Further, the DRB is established to assure that all owners adhere to proper community wide standards on their properties (whether improved or unimproved).

This document is intended to outline the community-wide standards established by the DRB, as called for in the CCR’s for all areas of Tidewater. These include both standards for exterior property maintenance as well as for new construction or alterations, additions and renovations. It is also intended to serve as a significant guide for determining which activities require DRB approval. Specific procedures, requirements, fee schedules, and application for approval are included.

The property Manager, on behalf of the TPCA BOD, shall be responsible for monitoring and enforcement of DRB Standards on an ongoing, but not less than monthly, basis through community-wide inspections. The DRB will assist in the monitoring and enforcement by referring issues to the Property Manager identified through routine DRB activities in the community.

This document is intended to be dynamic, and may be modified and altered at any time. Modifications and alterations may be the DRB response to:

Changing requirements of government agencies and financial institutions;
Changing needs of resident and/or golf course;
The evolution of community planning and development through new research studies; technological innovations, and emerging ecological and sociological demands;
Plan alterations desirable for the health of Tidewater Plantation and the properties located therein.


While it is of utmost importance to read the entire document, the following will outline the items that require DRB approval and where to find specific approved criteria.


These modifications would include all additions or alterations that do not involve the addition of any new roofline but are intended to be of a permanent nature. All such modifications require DRB review and approval and, in some cases, a building permit from the City of North Myrtle Beach. A simplified application form is included in these documents for such requests. Detailed standards and fees for such modifications are found in Section IV.


In an effort to simplify the approval process, general standards for “pre-approval” of these items (i.e., birdhouses, hammocks, etc.) are included in Section V. While these standards are intended to be self-determining, they are somewhat subjective. Therefore, it would be prudent to receive DRB approval prior to making additions or modifications to avoid a possible added expense of having to remove or alter a non-house item. Notwithstanding these “pre-approval” guidelines, the DRB still maintains authority, in its sole discretion, as to whether or not any such items or changes are acceptable.


Any tree removal subsequent to the original lot clearing requires the approval of the DRB. Tree removal contractors are not allowed on the property to remove trees without showing a tree removal authorization letter. Any unauthorized removal of a tree or trees will result in fines in accordance with the Tree Removal Policy. A tree, or when requested, a shrub must be planted on the property for every tree removed unless the DRB determines that a specific property is sufficiently planted. A minimum size of 25-gallon hardwood or a 5-gallon shrub from the list in Volume II, Section VI, should be selected.


The following schedule of fines for violations of DRB Standards relating to new construction and/or house/lot modifications requiring DRB approval may be recommended to the TPCA Board of Directors. This schedule of fines is specific to and limited to projects under the sole jurisdiction of the DRB.

Unauthorized exterior changes to house or lot Up to $500/day

Commencing construction without DRB approval Up to $500/day

Lot clearing (prior to and during construction without DRB approval Minimum $2500 plus restoration

Removal of trees (post construction) without approval1 Up to $2500, plus replacement

Dumpster not in place at project start $50/day

Unauthorized dumping of debris and/or storage of construction material $100/day

Blocking Mailboxes $50/day

Dumping of concrete, concrete washing on areas other than the job site $500/incident

Exposed trash container (from City of NMB) $25/day

No port-o-let $50/day

Loud music or pets $50/incident

Parking violations by contractor vehicles

(including parking on non-paved areas, except on construction sites) $25 min. per vehicle/incident

Breaking storm drain covers Actual cost

Unauthorized site signs $100/day

Inadequate trash pick-up $50/day

Unapproved landscaping/activity on golf course easement

(i.e. pruning, trimming) $100/day

Fines are the ultimate responsibility of the property owner, as the builder and sub-contractors are working as agents of the owner. As such, these fines, when levied, become lienable assessments against the property. Thus, it is recommended that property owners consider adding the following provision to their construction contract.

(Contractor’s Name) , having read and understand all Tidewater DRB Work Rules, Standards, Requirements and Procedures will be responsible for all fines levied against the property owner. Property owner has the right to deduct fines from payment to contractors. Contractors who violate the DRB rules and regulations can be banned from Tidewater Plantation.

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Tidewater Plantation is a private residential community development of Southern Land & Golf Company, Ltd., under a Planned Unit Development (PUD), which has been approved by the City of North Myrtle Beach Planning Commission and North Myrtle Beach City Council. The Planned Unit Development, as it may be amended from time to time, provides a comprehensive plan for the overall development of Tidewater.


A Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for Tidewater Plantation, as amended from time to time, has been recorded to establish specific standards for the ownership and use of property at Tidewater.

The CCR’s create under Article 9, a Design Review Board with control vested in Southern Land & Golf Company, Ltd. The DRB may establish such rules, procedures, guidelines and reasonable fees as are necessary to achieve its purposes and objectives. The members are appointed by Southern, Land & Golf Company, Ltd., at its discretion, until year end 2015 at which time the DRB members are elected by the then-current members of the DRB.


The purposes of the Tidewater Plantation DRB are the following:

To set Design Guidelines for Tidewater Plantation
To preserve the natural beauty of Tidewater Plantation and its setting
To continue Tidewater Plantation as a pleasant and desirable environment
To establish and maintain a harmonious design for the community
To promote and protect the value of properties within Tidewater Plantation
To set communitywide standards
To set procedures for the operation of the DRB
To insure compliance with community-wide standards


In order to accomplish its purposes, the CCR’s state that no building, wall, fence, deck or other structure shall be erected, placed or altered until the proposed building plans, specifications, exterior color or finish, plot plan (showing the proposed location and elevation of such building wall, fence, walk, deck or other structure, drives and parking areas), landscape plan and construction schedule shall have been approved in writing by the DRB.

Prior written approval shall also be required for an addition to any existing building or structure or any renovation, alteration, or change thereto, as well as any alterations to the exterior appearance of any building.

All landscaping changes or additions, including things like the removal of trees, installation of plant borders, landscape lighting, installation of yard decorations, and the like must receive DRB approval prior to undertaking such activity. Approval or disapproval of plans, location or specifications may be based upon any grounds, including purely aesthetic considerations, which the DRB, in its sole and absolute discretion, shall deem sufficient, subject to appeal as outlined in Article 9 of the CCR’s.

The DRB shall have the authority to grant variances from any requirements set forth in these architectural standards. The granting of any such variance is not deemed a precedent and will not impair or otherwise affect the right of the DRB to continue to require strict compliance with these documents in the future, to disapprove any future requests for the same or a similar variance, or otherwise.


The architectural and design process is directed toward attaining the following objectives for Tidewater Plantation:

Preventing excessive or unsightly grading, indiscriminate earth moving or clearing of property, removal of trees and vegetation, which could cause disruption of natural watercourses or scar natural landforms.
Ensuring that the location and configuration of structures are visually harmonious with the terrain and vegetation of the property and with surrounding properties and structures.
Ensuring that the architectural design of structures and their materials and colors are visually harmonious with the Tidewater Plantation overall appearance, history and cultural heritage, with the surrounding development, with the natural landforms and native vegetation, and with the development plans, officially approved by the Declarant, or any governmental or public authority, for the neighborhood areas in which the structures are proposed to be located.
Ensuring that plans for landscaping provide visually pleasing settings for structures on the same lot and on adjoining or nearby lots, and blend harmoniously with the natural landscape.
Ensuring that any development, structure, building or landscaping complies with the provisions of the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions of Tidewater Plantation.
Promoting building design and construction techniques that respond to energy consumption, water conservation and environmental quality considerations, such as heat loss, air emissions, and runoff water quality.

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All properties at Tidewater must be appropriately maintained in a manner which upholds the harmonious and natural setting of Tidewater. An owner will keep their unimproved lot clean of excessive vines on the ground and in trees, weeds not to exceed 24 inches, fallen limbs, dead trees standing or fallen, trash and other such items. On heavily wooded lots, this may not be necessary as often as on less wooded lots.

On improved properties (other than condominiums and Courtyard Park), each owner is responsible for complete maintenance of their yard. This includes mowing, weeding, pruning, mulching, watering, removal of leaves, and fertilization. As necessary, the TPCA currently mows, applies appropriate chemicals, aerates and removes leaves from the road right-of-way in front of properties to the curb.

Should an owner fail to meet the above requirements for maintenance of improved or unimproved lots, the community manager, as the enforcement agent of the TPCA BOD is authorized to engage the services of an outside contractor to perform the clean-up and bill the owner for such services.

One particularly important limitation on an owner’s landscape maintenance activities applies to the twenty-foot (20’) rear yard maintenance easement for all properties with frontage on the golf course. The easement runs twenty-feet (20’) deep along the golf course frontage. The owner will maintain this area by keeping it free of weeds, vines, trash, limbs, and other debris; however, the golf course maintenance crew will have exclusive and primary jurisdiction over trimming, pruning, tree removal or cutting down in this easement. TPCA or its management company does not maintain this area. Property owners who believe that their easement needs attention beyond routine maintenance must contact the developer’s representative. The golf club’s decision to undertake such work shall be within its sole discretion.

All lakes, except Widgeon Lake (in Lighthouse Village) and Egret Lake (at the Bluff’s Amenity Center) are considered wetlands and have a similar 20’ buffer around them. Additionally, there are some small wetlands within Tidewater that have a similar 20’ buffer. These wetlands would be included on your individual property survey as well as the recorded plat. If an owner has any question regarding golf course maintenance of their lot fronting a wetland, please contact the developer’s representative. Owners of properties fronting Widgeon and Egret Lakes should contact the TPCA for maintenance issues.

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Significant Minor and Minor Modifications include all additions or alterations that do not involve the addition of any new roofline but are intended to be of a permanent nature. Examples would be the enclosure of screened porches, adding or replacing windows, solar panels, skylights or fireplaces, all exterior color changes, adding decks or patios, all landscape lighting, exterior light fixtures, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, driveway coating and edging, clearing activity, landscape changes, etc. Routine maintenance and repairs that do not result in architectural design or materials changes do not require DRB approval The Significant Minor & Minor Modifications Application should be used to submit such requests to the DRB. This form may be obtained from the property management office or the TPCA website.

When the required deposit has been paid on a Significant Minor Modification, and a copy of the building permit from the City of North Myrtle Beach has been submitted when applicable, a Tidewater building permit will be issued by the DRB, whereupon, construction can commence. Both permits (Tidewater and City of North Myrtle Beach) must be displayed on the Construction Site.

Upon final review and approval of Significant Minor and Minor Modifications by the DRB, an approval letter will be forwarded to the applicant. If the project has not commenced within six (6) months after the date of the approval, it shall be deemed to have expired unless the applicant, prior to such expiration date, has requested an extension in writing from the DRB. Only one six (6) month extension will be allowed. If your project has not been completed after the six (6) month extension, you may reapply in the future. This does not apply to Tree Removal Applications, which have no time limits.

A refundable deposit of $250 will be required for all Significant Minor Modifications. A detailed fee structure for these modifications is as follows:

A. Significant Minor Modifications 2FEE

Curb cuts $100

Enclose screened porch

Windows (new, total window replacement or removal) resulting

in architectural, design or materials changes


Solar Panels

Pools, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, saunas

Exterior fireplace chimney

Additional impervious surfaces (driveways, walkways, patios, decks,


B. Minor Modifications $30

Class A

Change in color of exterior siding, trim, accent or roof

Service utility area (HVAC/Trash receptacle enclosure)

Fireplace venting

Landscape changes and landscape lighting

Arbors and pergolas

Fencing and pet areas

Class B $20

Storm door

Clearing activity

Shutters, window and hurricane


Awning and sunshades

Coating or resurfacing of a driveway, walkway, patio, or porch


Solar tubes

Exterior lighting fixtures

Class C No fee required

Repainting siding, trim, accent or re-roofing with same color

Gutters, new or replacement

Edging and retaining walls

Tree removal

Replacing dead plants, not resulting in significant landscaping changes

from the originally-approved landscape plan

The following information is necessary to process the Significant Minor & Minor Modifications applications:

Owner name and address
Description of work
To-scale drawing – floor plan and elevations (if applicable – required where exterior elevation of the house changes – can normally be drawn in on existing plan)
Site plan – show any proposed new ground coverage (only applicable if there is new coverage)
Contractor name



Arbors/Pergolas: Freestanding arbors or pergolas are not permitted in Tidewater. Any such structure must be immediately adjacent to the house and approved by the DRB. Approval before such a structure is constructed is necessary. Arbors and pergolas must be constructed of wood and must match the siding or trim color of the house. No vinyl or aluminum is permitted.

Awnings/Sunshades: Awnings and sunshades are permitted only on the eleven (11) houses that face the Intracoastal Waterway, Lots 378-388, on South Island. The awning/sunshade must not be visible from the street and the solid color must match the house siding or trim.

Chimney, Exterior Fireplace: A standard chimney cap is required throughout all of Tidewater. A cut sheet for the standardized cap is included in the Appendix of Volume I. The addition of an exterior fireplace chimney requires DRB approval and must match the siding or the brick on the house, if applicable.

Clearing: No clearing of lots or additional clearing of home sites after completion of landscaping is allowed without the approval of the DRB. Further, any clearing in the twenty-foot (20’) golf maintenance easement is to be pre-approved by the developer’s representative. Significant fines can be imposed for violations involving clearing.

Curb Cuts: If desired, the homeowner may replace the roll curb at the driveway entrance with one of a flatter design. The owner is responsible for any damage/repair to paving caused by this replacement.

Decks/Patios/Porches: All decks and patios affect lot coverage and must be submitted for approval. Only grade level patios will be considered for encroachment into setbacks. All raised patios and decks must fit within setbacks. No encroachment of decks and patios is allowed in the required city setbacks. Grade-level patios may be considered for possible encroachment into the additional golf course setback. All decks and patios must be painted in accordance with the DRB Standards.

Driveway and Walkway Coating and Edging: A driveway and walkway coating of Sherwin Williams Manual Kindling Wood, SW 52441 and Sherwin Williams HC Clear Coat, will be allowed on driveways and walkways. A concrete re-surfacing product, Increte Systems – Spray-Deck, in the color of “Kool White”, for driveways, walkways, porches, steps, and patios may also be approved. Both products require DRB approval prior to installation.

Other than in Courtyard Park, no decorative patterns on driveways and walkways are permitted. Rectangular brick edging, flush with the ground and driveway and/or walkway surface, and blending naturally into the immediate landscape, will be considered by the DRB. Embossed brick coating on the edge of driveways and walkways will also be considered by the DRB. All coating and edging of driveways and walkways requires application to and approval by the DRB (Also see Landscape Edging and Retaining Walls)

Landscape Edging and Retaining Walls: Landscape Edging, which is edging around trees, shrubbery and planting beds, requires approval by the DRB. It must be of a color that blends naturally into the immediate surrounding landscape. Edging flush to the ground is encouraged but raised edging may be considered where the naturally existing topography of the lot warrants. The artificial mounding of the earth in order to create raised planting beds is not permitted.

The use of natural stone-colored type materials may be acceptable. Scalloped edging and the use of other materials (i.e. faux, rubber, plastic, metal, and wood, etc.) is not permitted

To be considered as edging, the installation must be no more than one (1) coarse high, not to exceed 3 inches above ground level. Higher installations will be considered retaining walls and subject to DRB Standards and approval as such.

For edging alongside driveways and walkways, see “Driveway and Walkway Coating and Edging”.

Retaining walls are not permitted unless necessitated by the natural topography of the lot. This will be determined by the DRB. Retaining walls must be constructed of parged cinder block, retaining wall block, brick or pressure-treated landscape timbers.

All landscape edging and retaining walls require application to and approval by the DRB.

(Also see Driveway and Walkway Coating and Edging).

Exterior Light Fixtures: Exterior light fixtures must be in keeping with the architectural style and proportionate in size, and shall not infringe on the privacy of neighbors. Landscape lighting will be considered as part of the landscape plan. Approved, standard driveway fixtures are detailed in Volume I, Section V, Paragraph L of the DRB Standards. Any lighting not detailed in Volume I must be approved by the DRB.

Fencing: Perimeter fencing, including invisible fencing, is not allowed, except in Courtyard Park where stucco walls are required. Some limited fencing, except for invisible fencing, at the rear of the property and within the confines of the width of the house on non-golf course lots, will be considered by the DRB. DRB-approved fencing is required to be landscaped to screen the fencing from neighboring properties. A landscape plan must be submitted with the application for fencing.

Ground Cover: Mulch, smaller plants, and vines as listed on plant list. Landscaping mulch must be an organic substance natural in color. Colored/dyed mulch (red and black) is not permitted. Organic substances include pine straw, bark mulch and ground covers listed on the approved plant material list in Volume II, Section VI, paragraph D of these standards. Substances such as rubberized mulch and synthetic pine straw are not permitted

The use of natural stone (brown or gray only) as a mulch around the perimeter of a house, not to extend more than six inches (6”) beyond the drip line, will be considered by the DRB providing it is not highly visible from the street or the golf course. A sample of this stone must be submitted to the DRB for approval.

Ground cover must be maintained on a regular basis and may not be removed to expose bare ground/soil.

Gutters: Gutters must match the color of the house trim in order to be approved. In installing gutters, the discharge of water from the gutter must not negatively impact neighboring properties.

House Modifications: All such modifications must be accomplished using materials consistent with the existing house. Likewise, colors and window types must match existing materials to stay within the two-color palette. All drawings submitted as required must contain details consistent with existing house (i.e., trim, siding and windows).

Hurricane Shutters (Permanent) & Shutter Mounts: As there are a variety of types, sizes and colors, these must be submitted to the DRB for approval. Generally, they will be approved if their profile and massing is not excessive and the color matches the window/trim color (See Volume I, Section X, for Standards on the installation, use and removal of hurricane shutters).

Landscape Changes: Other than additions of indigenous plants (as listed in Section VI) or annual flowers, all landscaping changes, whether additions or deletions, require approval of the DRB. Any proposed changes must be based on the criteria in Section VI. Any plantings added under a self-determining approval should not be planted in excess, i.e., an excessive number of annuals that tend to dominate a landscape. Artificial flowers are not in keeping with the natural setting of the community and, therefore, are not permitted for use in outdoor planting beds and planters. There should be a balance between flowers and other greenery. Major landscaping must be approved by the DRB.

Painting: Any exterior repainting with a different color must be approved by the DRB. The DRB requests that anyone painting the exterior of their house with the original colors notify the DRB for color verification and file update. Standard colors for the various neighborhoods are included in Volume I. Approval of these colors is not self-determining, as the DRB considers colors of surrounding houses before granting approval. The paint finish for siding must be flat or satin/eggshell; trim must be satin/eggshell; accent colors must be satin/eggshell or semi-gloss. No gloss paint is permitted.

Pet Areas: Pet areas must be properly concealed and within building setback lines. All pet restraints, whether fence, chain, cable, runway, or any other material must be approved by the DRB. No pet areas in front yard or facing golf course will be allowed.

Pools, Outside Spas, Saunas: Pools, outside spas and saunas on non-golf course front property are permitted, but must be properly concealed and within building setback lines. Pools are not permitted on properties with golf course frontage. Spas and saunas will be considered on golf course lots depending on setbacks from the golf course, location of the home site, with regard to tees and greens, and proposed screening of the spa and sauna from the golf course.

Porch, Enclosure of screened porch: The enclosure of screened porches with windows requires DRB approval. The windows must match the windows on the house in style and color unless otherwise determined by the DRB to be acceptable by the granting of a variance.

Railings: Wood, wrought iron, powder coated aluminum, or vinyl railings are allowed with approval by the DRB. All railing samples must be submitted to the DRB for approval prior to installation to ensure architectural compatibility. Railings must be the same color as the siding or trim of the house.

Satellite dishes: Satellite dishes are allowed without prior approval by the DRB. However, DRB written notification is required after installation. Consideration should be given during placement so as to minimize view of the dish from the street or golf course. Installation by long-term tenants in single family houses must not cause any damage to the house or property.

Service, Utility and Storage Areas: Screened service utility areas must be provided to encompass air conditioning equipment, propane tanks, trash receptacles, electric meters and the like at all residences in Tidewater. In order to be hidden from view from golf course, street and neighbor, in some cases, electric meters may be placed at another location but all efforts should be made to keep these in the same area. The facilities must be constructed with materials that are compatible with the exterior materials of the house and should be shown on all elevations, site plans, etc. with the submission of plans. Landscaping alone is not acceptable for screening these areas.

Skylights: Skylights require DRB approval and may be permitted based upon their appearance and location. This includes the skylights blending into the roof structure and having a minimal intrusive impact on neighboring properties. Requests must include the location and photos of the skylights to be installed.

Solar Panels: Solar panels may be permitted based upon their appearance and location. This includes the panels blending into the roof structure and having a minimal intrusive impact on neighboring properties. Requests for solar panels must include the location and photos of the panels to be installed.

Solar Tubes: Solar tubes may be permitted based on their appearance and location. Installation requires DRB approval. Requests must include the location and photos of the tubes to be installed.

Steps and Porches: Vertical brick, tile and Ves-A-Covr surfaces on steps or porches will be considered based on architectural compatibility. A concrete re-surfacing product, Increte System – Spray-Deck in the color of “Kool White”, for driveways, walkways, porches, steps, and patios is also approved for use and requires DRB approval prior to installation. Material and color samples must be submitted to the DRB for approval. In cases where the front entry porch and steps are surfaced with DRB-approved Vers-A-Covr, tile or brick, the vertical surfaces of the steps may be covered with the approved material as well.

Storm Doors: Full-glass storm doors are acceptable as long as the color matches either the trim around the front door or the color of the door itself. The glass must be clear, non-decorative.

Trim: Window and door trim must be Cedar or Hardiboard/equivalent material. Trim and posts on porches, decks, and patios may be Cedar, Hardiboard/equivalent materials or vinyl. No aluminum may be used for trim, posts, fascias, soffits or eaves. Aluminum screen frames are permitted on porches, but must match the color of the trim on the house.

Windows and Window Mullions: Approved window types for each neighborhood are listed in Volume I, Section III, paragraph E, Numbers 1-7. Notwithstanding the window type, it is imperative that the window and trim colors match, thereby maintaining a maximum two-color palette.

When window mullions are installed in the windows on either the front or the rear only, mullions are not required to be installed in the windows on the remaining sides of the house. When window mullions are installed on either the front or rear and a second side, then mullions must be installed on all windows and on all sides of the house. If one window on any side of the house is mullioned, all windows on that side must be mullioned. All window mullions must match in style/pattern, color and configuration. The color of the mullions must match the color of the window.

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The purpose of this section is to establish “pre-approval” Standards for a number of items that are frequently utilized by an owner to “personalize” their house and are not generally of a permanent nature. While it is the intent of the DRB to allow an owner certain freedom with respect to these items, it is necessary to establish some control over these items. Condominium owner must first obtain approval from their condominium association before seeking DRB approval.

These Standards are intended to be self-determining, but if there is any question as to an item, the DRB should be consulted first. The DRB retains the right, in its sole discretion, to disapprove any item that an owner may have self-determined was acceptable and require its removal. The self-determination must be made on the basis of these written Standards and not on the basis of what one may have seen at another home site. If an item does not meet self-determine approval, it must be submitted for DRB review on the Significant Minor & Minor Modifications application form.

Four (4) key criteria should be considered when determining approvability, as these were the basis for developing the Standards that follow.

SIZE: All items need to be “in scale” and should not become dominant or highly visible features.
LOCATION: For the most part, these items should be located near the house, for the enjoyment of the owner, and not placed in places that are in prominent view. Generally, no items are allowed within the City’s required setbacks.
QUANTITY: Items added to or placed on the property may be permitted in quantities of one or two for a residence, but would not be approved if carried to the extreme in larger numbers. The goal is to keep the appearance from becoming cluttered, which can result from an excessive quantity of a single item, or an excessive number of various items, when viewed in the aggregate.
COLOR: Earth-toned colors and natural colors that blend are in the rule.

The following standards will address many of the typical items. Any item not included should be referred to the DRB.

Benches and Seats: If located other than on decks and porches, any decorative benches or seats that are made out of wood, wrought iron, concrete, or polywood and are of natural colors are acceptable features as long as they are not oversized or otherwise offensive. Injection-molded plastic furniture is not acceptable.

Birdhouses/Feeders/Baths: These items are acceptable as long as they are not excessive in number, are not overly excessive in size, and are of natural materials and natural color. For houses and feeders, these would typically be wood or wood and glass perhaps with some metal. Plastic is acceptable as long as it is in a natural color. Locations should be based on trees, but in no way should be placed extremely close to a neighbor’s patio or porch so that it might be in any way a nuisance to them. Birdbaths are preferred out of concrete or metal, but other materials would be acceptable as long as they are of natural color. Additionally, these should not be located as focal points near property lines but rather near the outdoor living area at the rear of the house.

Flags: In addition to displaying the American Flag, flags identified with themes, holidays, seasons, sporting teams, Tidewater Yard-of-the-Month, are permitted to be displayed. So as to provide an element of control and consistency throughout the community, a maximum of one (1) full-size flag (typically 28”x40”) and one (1) garden flag (typically 13”x18”) are permitted to be displayed. The full-size flag and flagpole must be attached to the house and not to trees, and must be located near the front entry of the house. The garden flag must be displayed near the front or rear entry and be no more than 36” in height, including holder. The Tidewater Plantation Yard-of-the-Month flag shall be of garden flag size and may be displayed in addition to other qualifying flags on the property. The DRB does have final authority to determine if a flag does not meet the intent of this rule for any reason. In case of such determination, the owner will be required to remove or replace the flag. Seasonal and holiday flags should follow the guidelines for Seasonal/Party Decorations in this section.

Fountains: Fountains require approval by DRB and are generally not consistent with the architectural style of Tidewater.

Hammocks: Hammocks are acceptable but they should not be of bright colors. They must be located near the rear living area of a house and out-of-sight or screened from neighbors and the golf course. They cannot be located in any setback areas.

Planters: Planters, pots and hanging plants that are of naturally colored materials are acceptable as long as they are not excessive in number or size or visually offensive from the street, golf course, or adjacent neighbor. These can be wood, ceramic, concrete, and terra cotta, or even plastic. However, the color needs to be consistent with the natural colors allowed in a particular neighborhood. White is not an acceptable color. Plants that are put out in black nursery containers are not allowed.

Recreational/Outdoor Equipment: Permanently installed recreational equipment is not permitted. Portable recreational equipment such as golf training equipment, badminton nets, bicycles, children’s toys, gardening equipment or the like may be used outside but must be removed from sight when not being used.

Seasonal/Party Decorations: Seasonal decorations for customary holidays are acceptable as long as they do not go to excess. They should be tasteful and not provide excessive amounts of light or noise to neighboring properties. Seasonal decorations should not be installed more than thirty (30) days prior to the holiday and must be removed from your property and house exterior no later than ten (10) days following the holiday. While generally putting lights in an exterior tree or bush would fall within the normal guidelines for acceptable seasonal lighting, perimeter lighting of a house or garage so as to create a light border around the structure is not approved, except for icicle lighting. Exterior lights, if used, should be non-blinking lights. Plastic ornamentation for seasonal decorations such as lawn figures or lawn scenes is not acceptable. Balloons or party decorations are acceptable for the day of a party as long as they are not carried to excess; and should be removed prior to the next morning.

Signs: A welcome sign or name sign only that is attached to a house at or near the entry is acceptable as long as it does not exceed two (2) square feet in size. Likewise, extremely bright or fluorescent type color or excessive designs with many colors should not be used on these signs. Decals measuring approximately 35 square inches are allowed for reasons of security/safety (i.e. alarm system, hearing impaired, pets, medical, etc.). The decals may be placed anywhere on the glass of a residence entry/exit door(s) or sidelight(s). No more than two (2) decals per door/sidelight(s) combination are allowed.

Statuary: Statuary should be limited. Preferred materials are concrete and wood although metal statuary with a Verdis finish is also acceptable. Plastic statuary is strictly forbidden. All statuary over 18” in height must be submitted for approval by the DRB. They should be located near the house and for the enjoyment of the homeowner, not in prominent view.

Weathervanes: Weathervanes require the approval of the DRB prior to installation.

Wind Chimes: A wind chime is acceptable either near the front entry or the rear outdoor living area of a house as long as it is not oversized and does not create extremely loud sound, which may be offensive to neighbors. It should be made of natural color materials without bright colors. There should not be an excessive number of wind chimes (more than two) for any single residence.
Windsocks: Windsocks are not allowed in Tidewater.

Wall Art and Wreaths: Wall art is allowed in two separate areas:
At or near front door – the width shall not exceed the width of the combined door and sidelights and the height not to exceed 20% of the width.
All other locations (1 allowed if approved) shall not exceed 4 square feet.

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The DRB requires that each property owner constructing a new dwelling, or wishing to change their present landscape scheme submits a landscape development plan. It is highly recommended that a landscape professional be used to prepare your plan. All details on landscape planning can be found in Volume I, Section IX.


The DRB has the authority to approve or disapprove the landscape development plan outlined under Section VI, paragraph B. Tidewater Plantation has been utilizing the natural elements found on each home site, and it is the intent of the DRB to maintain the integrity of this naturalized landscape. The design should consider the relationship of the proposed residence with: the site, topography, existing vegetation, adjacent houses, views, prevailing winds, the sun, golf course and other amenities (see Site Planning Criteria under Section VI, Vol. I). In order for the plant material to achieve a mature look at the time of installation, the DRB has prepared minimum plant material size standards under Section VI, paragraph C for specification on the planting schedule. The installation of an automatic irrigation system is required to be installed in all new construction approved after November 1, 2013 in the entire landscaped area of the lot, which includes the common area in the front of the property and on the side for corner lots.

In order to achieve the desired “Tidewater” look, a landscape plan should have four key elements:

1. Trees: Some quantity of taller trees of a height capable of breaking up the roof massing are required. The number will vary based on the existing trees retained on the site plan. This is required for both front and rear elevations.

2. Feature Plants: These are typically shrubs or small trees that are large enough to break up the foundation massing and provide a focal point at eye level. They also provide a “terracing” effect between the larger trees and the smaller “non-feature” plants and ground cover. These are typically in the 15-25 gallon size with a few exceptions as noted on the plant list.

3.Non-Feature Plants: These provide the lower scale planting to fill in between the feature plants and the ground cover.

4.Sod: St. Augustine and Zoysia grass are the approved grasses for common areas as well as individual home sites. Sod is typically limited to the front right-of-way and smaller “outdoor living areas” near the front and rear entries.

5.Ground Cover: Mulch, smaller plants, and vines as listed on plant list. Landscaping mulch must be an organic substance natural in color. Colored/dyed mulch (red and black) is not permitted. Organic substances include pine straw, bark mulch and ground covers listed on the approved plant material list in Volume II, Section VI, paragraph D of these standards. Substances such as rubberized mulch and synthetic pine straw are not permitted.

The use of natural stone (brown or gray only) as a mulch around the perimeter of a house, not to extend more than six inches (6”) beyond the drip line, will be considered by the DRB providing it is not highly visible from the street or the golf course. A sample of this stone must be submitted to the DRB for approval.

Ground cover must be maintained on a regular basis and may not be removed to expose bare ground/soil.

The DRB has prepared a list of approved plant materials under Section VI, paragraph D for use on the landscape plan. These plant materials have been selected because of their traditional and/or natural character and other desirable qualities; and, therefore the DRB strongly urges selection and use of these plants.

For major re-landscaping, a plan must be submitted to the DRB for review and approval. Upon completion of the landscaping plan, the owner should notify the DRB and a final inspection will then be made.



IRNorth Arrow and Graphic Scale (Preferred Scale: 1” = 10’)

Location and necessary details of all proposed site elements including: house footprint, overhang, drives, walks, decks, any walls, gates, fountains, tree wells, edging, etc.
Location of existing trees/shrubs to remain or to be removed and method for preserving those trees/shrubs to remain.
Also see Site Planning Criteria under Section VI, Vol. I.


The installation of an automatic irrigation system is required to be installed in all new construction approved after November 1, 2013 in the entire landscaped area of the lot, which includes the common area in the front of the property and on the side for corner lots. Single-family houses must use city water for an irrigation source. The plan should include the following:

LANNorth Arrow and Graphic Scale: (preferred Scale: 1” = 10’)

Location and size of irrigation lines and sleeve locations where it is necessary to pass irrigation lines under paved surfaces.
Location and type of irrigation heads to assure 100% coverage of all proposed planting beds and turf areas.


The plan should include the following:

North Arrow and Graphic Scale: (preferred Scale: 1” = 10’)
Location, variety, quantity, and cost of all proposed plant material and its relationship to the existing plant material.
Location, variety and quantity of all seed and sod areas.
Planting Schedule indicating: Common and botanical names, size, spacing, height, spread and special specifications.


Height and spread are subject to some variation due to growth characteristics of specific plant material, but these should generally be minimum heights and spreads for the listed gallonage.

D. APPROVED PLANT MATERIAL LIST – Note: Plant materials not included in the list below may be considered for approval by the DRB.

TREES: Note – Palm trees are not indigenous to the area and therefore are not permitted to be planted.




*Susceptible to being eaten by deer and other wild animals.

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Significant Minor & Minor Modifications and Exterior Non-House Items Application

Landscape Lighting – See Volume I, Section V, L

1 See Tree Removal Policy

2 All Significant Minor Modifications require a $250 refundable deposit.