RSF Association director proposes alter to allow use of wood-glimpse Hardie board

The Rancho Santa Fe Association board will revisit allowing for faux wood materials to be employed in Covenant home development.

At the Sept. 2 board conference, held outside on the Affiliation workplace patio, RSF Association Director Greg Gruzdowich proposed numerous improvements to the Association’s regulation on exterior making products. In addition to allowing for for the use of specific textures of wooden grain-wanting “Hardie board” plank siding or equivalent items, he would also like to remove the proportion limits on wooden in new and reworked households as effectively as to rescind the board’s 2019 resolution which prohibits the fake materials as it is “flawed and no extended needed.”

The Rancho Santa Fe Association board achieved outside on Sept. 2.

(Karen Billing)

In accordance to paragraph 159 of the Association’s Protecting Covenant (Personal computer), the desired elements in the Ranch are plaster, adobe or stucco, concrete, stone or an approved artificial stone. Wood is not mentioned as a favored content but it is not prohibited. For every paragraph 155 of the Personal computer, “materials, coloration and varieties ought to be applied honestly, essentially expressing what they are, and not imitating other materials.”

Wooden-appear Hardie board is fabricated out of a fiber-cement. As Gruzdowich pointed out, it is described in its marketing supplies as a masonry item as it is composed generally of concrete, a chosen substance in the Laptop. Among the positive aspects of the fake product is that it is fireplace resistant, insect resistant and waterproof— it does not crack or weather.

A issue of past boards in allowing for non-chosen resources like wooden or Hardie board was that the material could possibly prevail as the main form of construction in the community, which was not the intent of the Covenant.

“What I’ve viewed is we have de-facto authorized sure superior supplies that weren’t close to in 1928,” Gruzdowich mentioned of the use of resources like stone veneer and slump block, which provides the overall look of adobe brick.

Prior to the 2019 resolution, Gruzdowich said the use of Hardie board or comparable merchandise was authorized by the Artwork Jury for lots of a long time.

“This restriction regarding a excellent, resilient, flame-resistant masonry constructing materials is in conflict with the security of our local community,” Gruzdowich wrote in a director report. “Even the versions of authorized fireplace-resistant dealt with wooden will burn, it just requires extended than untreated wood.”

In 2019, in a a great deal debated 4-3 vote, the Affiliation board authorized a resolution in favor of the California Ranch-style household which also mentioned that the use of wood, whilst not most popular, is consistent with the Covenant if the material is steady with the allowed kinds. The resolution also banned the use of Hardie board or any other substance that imitates wood. Gruzdowich has recommended that the board rescind the resolution in its entirety.

“This resolution was masquerading as a regulation,” Director Laurel Lemarié said. “It adjusted how we operate and the Art Jury procedure without having currently being vetted. I feel we should really simply call for its instant removal.”

Director Rick Sapp, the only present board member who was on the board when they passed the resolution, said the resolution was the board’s interpretation of the Covenant on architectural sorts and most well-liked products, with guidance from authorized counsel. It was the hope that the resolution would give some direction to the Art Jury on predicted architectural results.

At the board assembly, Art Jury member Jeff Simmons claimed they nevertheless wrestle with some choices and could use clearer steerage: “Dealing with wooden challenges, it’s very bewildering.”

Soon after the board authorised wooden with conditions, the Artwork Jury lifted the dilemma of irrespective of whether faux materials may possibly be appropriate. Some Art Jury customers have supported the use of Hardie board in the past as it occasionally appears to be like far better than a wooden software.

The board permitted the new regulatory code on exterior resources in August 2020. The vote was 5-1-1 with Director Lemarié opposed and Bill Powerful abstaining—Gruzdowich had not yet been elected.

The regulation mentioned that wooden (board and batten or shiplap) will be authorized in the situation of new design up to a greatest of 25% of the main home. Wood was also allowed in remodels as extended as wooden was applied as the most important product in the existing primary home, limiting its use to no a lot more than 25%.

Then in March 2021, the board revised the regulation to raise the allowable quantity of wood cladding in new building from 25% to 33% and totally clear away the limitation on 25% of remodels.

Gruzdowich has proposed that there be no proportion restrictions in the regulation, which stays in draft variety.

“Our latest regulation for the percentage of wooden, as a particular making materials, are by character arbitrary and not required by the Computer system,” Gruzdowich argued.

RSF Affiliation Creating Commissioner Maryam Babaki mentioned she would convey again language for Gruzdowich’s proposed regulation variations at a future meeting. If the new language moves forward, it would want to be posted for 30 times for public enter before the board could approve it.