Home Owners Association President, Architectural Control Committee
Sharon Dedmon (406) 360-0258
120 S. 5th St. Hamilton, MT 59840
Architectural Control Committee Chair
Ken Guy (406) 529-6476
TWIN CREEKS – DESIGN GUIDELINES
VISION STATEMENT AND PURPOSE
Twin Creeks is an affordable residential community designed to be compatible with the homestead heritage and beauty of the Bitterroot Valley.Conveniently located within walking and biking distance to downtown Stevensville; Twin Creeks residents enjoy the benefits of both rural and small-town living. House sites have beautiful views of the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains.
Twin Creeks Design Guidelines encourage development that will protect the value of all property owners within the community.
Plans for all new homes will be reviewed by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) for conformance with the Twin Creeks Subdivision Design Guidelines, and the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions of Twin Creeks Subdivision (Covenants).
In addition to the Guidelines and Covenants, houses in the Twin Creeks subdivision are subject to review and approval through the Town of Stevensville Building Department. Twin Creeks is zoned Residential – Low Density (R-1). Approval from the ACC for Guidelines conformance is recommended prior to submission for Town of Stevensville review.
Grading and Site Drainage
Article 7 of the Covenants states:
- Section 3. Basements: Homes shall not be constructed to include basements due to high groundwater conditions present on site. Homes constructed with crawl spaces shall include provisions for mitigating high groundwater conditions. It is recommended that homes are constructed with slab-on-grade construction methods. Sump pumps and other such measures to reduce high groundwater will not be allowed and cannot be connected to the Town of Stevensville sewer system.
- Section 4. Flooding: This subdivision is located within an area of potential flooding from Burnt Fork Creek. Homes shall be constructed with finished floor elevations 2’ above the sidewalk elevation adjacent to their driveway. Garages should be constructed with appropriate flood vents as recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- Section 5. Building Roof Drainage: All building roof drainage shall be constructed by Owner to the extent such drainage shall not pass beyond a perimeter located fifteen feet (15’) from the foundation of any structure.
- Section 6. Topography of Lot. All residential structures shall be situated so the topography of the Lot has positive drainage away from the structure.
Setbacks, Lot Coverage and Building Siting
- Front Yard Setback: 25 feet.
- Side Yard Setback: 10 feet.
- Rear Yard Setback: 30 feet.
- Structural elements permitted in setbacks, shall conform to current Town of Stevensville Development Code Book (2010: 16.20.170). Front porches are encouraged to encroach into front yard setbacks.
- See current Town of Stevensville Development Code Book (2010: 16.40.020) for additional setback requirements for properties on corner lots.
- Maximum building and lot coverage per Town of Stevensville Development Code Book (2010: 16.40.010).
Parking and Driveway Design
- Maximum drive lane width: 12’. Paving required for drive lane and parking surfaces per current Town of Stevensville Development Code Book (2010: 16.20.280). One curb cut per residential lot is permitted; 12 feet wide maximum per current Town of Stevensville Development Code Book (2010: 16.20.100).
- A minimum of two parking spaces are required for each dwelling unit. No more than two parking spaces permitted outside of a garage.
- Screen exterior parking spaces with a 6’ tall screen (evergreen shrubs or wood fence) from adjacent residential properties when the spaces are within 10’ of the property line. For fencing requirements within front setback and street and alley intersections, fence or landscape screen shall conform to current Town of Stevensville Development Code Book requirements (2010: 16.20.150, 16.20.180. and 16.20.370).
- Public sidewalk modifications shall conform to current Town of Stevensville Development Code Book (2010: 16.20.380).
- Traditional homestead homes are single or 1-1/2 story homes. Twin Creeks house designs are intended to be compatible with traditional homestead styles. Two story homes are permitted but one story eaves are strongly encouraged for two story homes.
- Homes shall include a covered porch facing the primary street elevation. Minimum porch depth is 6’ and minimum porch width is 10’. Shed roof forms are encouraged for porch roofs.
- Minimum roof slope for primary house and garage roofs: 6:12
- Minimum slope for secondary roofs, including porch, dormers, and bump-outs: 3:12.
- Provide a minimum of three separate roof forms. In general the roof forms should cover: living area, garage, and porch. Dormers are encouraged but do not count as a separate roof form.
- All roofs shall overhang a minimum of 18” on both rake and eave.
- If garage door and entry door face the same direction, garage door wall shall not be closer to the street than the entry door wall.
- Garage and storage shed design shall match house design, materials, and colors.
Exterior Materials and Colors
All building elevations facing a street shall incorporate exposed wood timbers, trim wrapped columns and beams, or stone veneer. Wood timber elements and trim wrapped columns and beams must have a minimum nominal cross section of 6 inches. If stone veneer design elements are selected, minimum stone area to be 20% of the building elevation facing the street.
- Roofing: dark earth tone asphalt shingle, or dark earth tone metal roofing, with matching metal flashing, gutters and downspouts.
- Siding: Painted fiber cement, painted wood siding (including “pressboard siding”) local stone, brick, log, and stucco, are encouraged. Metal siding will be considered on a case by case basis. Vinyl siding is discouraged.
- Windows: Reflective glazing not permitted. Simulated divided lite windows are encouraged.
- Entry door: Wood or wood tone. Natural wood with clear finish is encouraged. Painted doors permitted. White entry doors are discouraged. Sliding doors may not face street elevations.
- Exterior window and door trim: All windows and doors to have 3 ½” minimum width trim on all sides.
- Garage door: Carriage type door styles encouraged.
- Exterior colors: Earth tones required for all exterior materials.
- Light fixtures shall direct all light downward (cut-off fixtures required). Flood lights not permitted. Lights shall conform to current Town of Stevensville Development Code Book (2010: 16.20.300) and Covenants.
Utilities, Exterior Storage, Trash and Garbage, and Propane Tanks
- Utility extensions shall conform to Town of Stevensville Development Code Book (2010: 16.20.375). Utility services and connections shall conform to Covenants.
- Outdoor storage areas shall conform to Town of Stevensville Development Code Book (2010: 16.20.310).
- See Covenants for trash and garbage storage and collection requirements.
- See Covenants for propane tank screening requirements. Minimum screening height shall be 6 feet or equal to height of tank, whichever is lower. Screen shall be evergreen shrubs or solid wood fence.
- Wood, and vinyl fencing are acceptable as approved by the ACC. Privacy fence in backyard only at maximum height of 6’. All other fencing maximum height 4’. Chain link fences are discouraged but will be allowed in the backyard only and are not permitted closer to any street than the elevation of the house. Must be good neighbor fencing.
DESIGN REVIEW PROCESS
- Submit completed Design Review Intake Form, including required materials, acknowledgements, and review fee.
- The Architectural Control Committee will review application and provide one of the following actions within 10 calendar days:
- Submission is incomplete. Submit missing materials to ACC for review.
- Submission has been reviewed and proposed design does not meet the Design Guidelines and/or Covenant requirements. Revise design and re-submit all materials (intake form, required materials, acknowledgements, and review fee) for approval.
- Submission has been reviewed and proposed design meets intent of Guidelines and Covenants.
- Upon approval from Town of Stevensville Building Inspector and issuance of appropriate permits; Construction may proceed.
DESIGN REVIEW INTAKE FORM
LOT NUMBER: __________________
Applicant Name: __________________________________ Phone No.______________
Required Submittal Materials:
__Site Plan to scale (1”=20’-0” or similar scale)
__Property Boundaries indicated with dimensions
__Required Setbacks indicated with dimensions
__Building Footprint with dimensions to all property boundaries
__Exterior porches, patios, sidewalks, driveways and parking areas with dimensions
__Required screen and fence locations with height and material description
__Utility locations, including propane tanks and satellite dish locations
__Main Level Floor Plan to scale (1/4”=1’-0” or similar scale)
__Building Elevations to scale (all sides)
__Material description and location shown on building
__Roof slope indicated (6:12 or similar designation)
__Street front elevation; Show location and description of wood timbers or stone
__Proposed siding finish colors (paint sample or similar)
__Entry door cut sheet
__Exterior light fixture locations
__Exterior light fixture cut sheets (full cut-off fixtures required)
$300 Review Fee, Payable to Twin Creeks Homeowners Association
Initial to Acknowledge:
__Documents submitted to the Architectural Control Committee depict the same building design and location as those submitted to the Town of __Stevensville for Development Code review.
__Foundation design and finish floor elevations conform to Covenant requirements.
__Homeowners acknowledge Covenants Article 7, Section 23 “Living with Wildlife” for recommended property and wildlife protection measures.
__Primary heat source is at least 75% efficient.
__Covenants Article 7, Section 28 “Radon Exposure”
Covenants require garbage receptacles to be screened from public view and protected from disturbance. Describe means to screen and protect garbage receptacles:
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