Design Review

The objective of Design Review is to assure that any construction preserves the character of Kent Woodlands. Current residents have expressed the opinion that the most important characteristics that should be preserved are: the wooded nature of the area and the privacy, seclusion and views of residents. The Architectural Committee sets policies and guidelines that are intended to protect and enhance those characteristics.

A fundamental policy of Kent Woodlands Design Review is that new construction, additions, remodels or landscape modifications must not significantly reduce the seclusion, privacy or views of existing residents.

All projects and proposals which involve any external change to the appearance of any part of the property or the structures thereon must receive approval from the Architectural Committee of the KWPOA. The Committee consists of property owners who are currently members of the Kent Woodlands Property Owners Association. Committee members are responsible for processing, reviewing and voting on the projects submitted. A professional planning consultant and administrative staff assists them in fulfilling these responsibilities.

Decisions to approve or deny projects are made by majority vote during public Architecture Committee meetings, held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the KWPOA office.  When appropriate, site visits are scheduled on the day of Committee meetings to help committee members decide on the merits of a project. Meeting dates and the list of new applications are presented in the monthly Homeowners’ Newsletter, which is mailed to all association members at the beginning of each month. The meeting agendas of projects to be discussed are posted at the KWPOA office 24 hours prior to the meeting.

A formal Application must be submitted for every project. The application includes a summary form and other information determined to be necessary to evaluate a particular project. You can download applications from the Forms and Applications page.

To be eligible for Design Review, an application must have been “noticed” in the Architecture Review Agenda of the monthly Newsletter. All complete applications will be noticed in the Newsletter if they have arrived in our office by the 21st of the month. If the 21st is a holiday or weekend, the application must be received in advance of that day.

In order for an application to be considered “complete” it must provide all required information for the type of project being submitted, including the signature of the property owner (absolutely required), evidence of contact with adjacent neighbors and the appropriate filing fee.

KWPOA works in close conjunction with the Marin County Community Development Agency’s Planning and Building Divisions. They now require Kent Woodlands Property Owners Association approval of all Woodlands projects, whether the property is a member of the Association or not. If you apply directly to the County for a building permit without first obtaining KWPOA Architectural Committee approval, the County will refer you back to the Committee for review and approval.

The Committee will review your project and consider the impacts on adjacent neighbors and the Woodlands community at large. The Committee will vote on your project during the meeting, and a written copy of the final decision will be sent to you and the County. Should you be dissatisfied with the decision of the Committee, you have the right to appeal the decision to the KWPOA Board of Directors.

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