Architectural Standards Committee
Frequently Asked Questions:
What kinds of things do I have to submit to the ASC for approval?
In general the ASC is charged with approving any change to the exterior of your home and to your lot (that is – your landscaping). This includes: changing any part of the exterior color of your home, satellite dish location, deck addition, sidewalk addition, etc. Please refer to Article X the complete list, or contact the ASC office (email@example.com).
How much change can I make to my landscaping without having to submit a revised landscaping plan to the ASC?
You may remove dead and diseased shrubs and small plants with similar plants (i.e. plants of a similar type, size, and shape). If you are substantially changing all or part of your landscaping, or are significantly changing the proportion of landscape elements (sideway & path:lawn:beds:natural areas, etc.), you must submit a revised plan for approval.
Do I have to submit a request for a tree removal for "trash" alders?
Yes. According to the CC&R's ALL trees a homeowner would like to remove must be approved by the ASC. Please be sure to include, with your request, a copy of the tree survey marked with the tree(s) you would like to remove and flag the trees themselves (or a very clear hand drawn diagram). For more information refer to the Tree Removal, Retention, and Replacement Guidelines and Standards.
Do I have to submit a request for "topping" trees on my property?
Yes. According to the CC&R's trees that are to be cut must approved by the ASC.
How do I submit a request to the ASC?
Please submit your request in writing to the ASC office no later that the Monday before any ASC meeting. For more information refer to the ASC Meeting Calendar.
How long does it take to get approval?
The committee reviews submittals twice each month at their regular meeting, and usually schedules inspections within 7 days of their meeting. If you submit your request on the Monday before the ASC meeting you should receive notification within 14 days (and often within 10 days).
How long does it take to get approval to start building our home?
Three weeks if you submit complete information on the Thursday prior to an ASC meeting. Refer to the Guidelines for Home Construction for complete information.
What do I need to know about a stormwater management plan?
In April 2003 the City of Blaine adopted the Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/manual.html#How_to_Find_the_Stormwater_Manual_on_the) (SWMMWW). This manual includes stormwater management requirements for the construction of new single family homes within the City of Blaine (including Semiahmoo). Since these are City of Blaine requirements, not Semiahmoo Resort Association requirements, information on stormwater management is provided as a courtesy. For more information contact the City of Blaine Public Works, Department (360-332-8820).
If you have any questions not answered by these FAQ's contact the ASC office, 360-371-7786.
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