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SUBMITTING A DESIGN REVIEW REQUEST

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This page outlines detailed steps and the process for submitting a plan to the Design Control Committee. If you have any questions that are not answered here, don't hesitate to contact us or call 614-889-0922. We're happy to help!

Table of Contents:

Step 1: Plan Your Project
Step 2: Download and Complete the Application
Step 3: Submit the Application
Step 4: Receive a Response
Step 5: Complete Your Project

Additional Information and Assistance:

Project Planning Assistance
Who May Submit a Request
Application Downloading Hints
About Site Plans
Design Review Fees
Resubmitting Plans
Helpful Links


Step 1: Plan Your Project

The first step in any home project is to decide what you'd like to do. In Muirfield Village, it is equally important to understand what Muirfield's design standards will permit. Knowledge of what is permitted will increase the likelihood that the plan is accepted on the first attempt, which will save you considerable time and possible frustration.

For example, if you'd like to replace the windows on your home, it is important to know that casement, double-hung, horizontal sliding and stationary windows may be acceptable whereas certain vinyl windows are prohibited. This knowledge may influence your selection of a window company.

Another example would be selection of a playset. The unit must be made of cedar or redwood or painted the trim color of the house. Slides and tarps must be earth-toned. Additionally, the property must be able to accommodate the unit so it is at least 10 feet from property lines and is screened from neighboring views. Knowing this will aid in your selection of a unit.

Specific guidelines and applications for nearly every conceivable project can be found in the Design Review section.

Residents living in sub-associations should be aware that exterior changes must also be approved by the sub-association. Visit the sub-associations page to determine who your resident contact is.

Caution: If a contractor, vendor or company states that their products or services have already been approved by Muirfield, this is not correct. Nothing is pre-approved; everything must be reviewed and approved in writing by the Design Control Committee.

Step 2: Download and Complete an Application

Once the project has been planned, download the relevant guidelines and application for your project from the Design Review page. Applications are listed in alphabetic order. If you can’t locate the form you need or are confused about which form to use, contact us. Application download hints are below. Blank forms are also available at our office.

Fill out the application as completely as possible. Partially completed applications can result in the plan being tabled pending receipt of more information. If you don't know your lot or phase number, leave it blank. Your contractor may need to supply details of the materials they plan to use.

If you are doing more than one project and the projects are directly connected to each other, it is not necessary to fill out more than one form. For example, if you are installing a patio that includes an outdoor kitchen and a fire pit plus landscaping around the exterior of the patio, only the patio form is needed. However, if your plans are not directly connected, more than one form is likely necessary. For example, if you are replacing windows on the house plus removing trees, this would require two separate plans. Please contact the office with questions.

Step 3: Submit the Application

To ensure timely processing, you must submit 2 complete application packets to the Association office.

The application packets must include all materials requested on the application, which may include drawings, a site plan, brochures, samples, colors, photos of the property, and any other pertinent information. Each application form will clearly outline what must be submitted.

Two complete packets are needed: one packet will be returned to the submitter, the other will be kept on file at the Association office.

Completed applications may be mailed, faxed to 614-889-1142, emailed to , or dropped off at the office at 8372 Muirfield Drive. Please use the directions if coming to the office. There is a locked drop box by the front door if the office is not open. In some cases, you must drop off the request since some material samples can’t be mailed easily.

Step 4: Receive a Response

The Muirfield Design Control Committee meets bi-monthly, generally the first and third Wednesdays of the month. View the calendar to see when the next Design Control Committee meeting will occur.

Applications received by the Association office by 1:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting date will be included on the agenda for the upcoming meeting. Applications received after 1:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting will be placed on the agenda for the following meeting. Applications must be submitted timely to obtain the earliest possible response. Holidays may impact the meeting and/or deadline schedule.

The deed provides the Association 30 days in which to respond to any request, however, every effort is made to respond sooner. Most plans are reviewed within 10-14 days.

The meetings are closed; however, owners and contractors may apply in writing one week before the meeting to attend for specific reasons.

Once reviewed, the Muirfield Association will return one copy of the plan plus written notice to the applicant advising the approval, denial or necessary changes required. The other copy is kept on file at the Association office. If someone other than the homeowner submits the plan, the plan will be returned to the person/company who submitted the plan and the homeowner will be copied on the letter.

If the plan is approved, the project can be initiated.

Should the initial plan not be approved, the committee will give guidance in the response letter. Nearly always, plans may be resubmitted for consideration. Please see Resubmitting Plans below. If you need assistance, see Project Planning Assistance below or contact the office.

Step 5: Complete Your Project

After you have received approval from the Design Control Committee for your project, you may proceed. No deviation from the approved plan is permitted without the committee’s written consent.

Projects need to be completed within a reasonable time frame. For example, a deck cannot be torn out and left with no replacement for months on end. The Association understands that there may be unforeseen delays: a contractor may be delayed, it may take time to secure a contractor, or the weather may not be cooperative. Please make the Association aware in the event of a long delay.

Work may be completed by the homeowner or any contractor they chose. The Muirfield Association is not concerned with who does the work, but rather if the plan fits Muirfield design standards.


Other Helpful Information

Project Planning Assistance

Do you need assistance planning or understanding what is permitted? If so, please call or visit the Association office during business hours. We will be happy to assist you!

The Association office has a limited gallery of samples available, including paint colors, stucco colors, roofing materials, and window samples. You are welcome to visit the Association office during business hours to view these materials.

For additional assistance or if you'd like some free professional advice, the Board of Directors has hired architects who will assist owners with their design ideas onsite, up to one hour free of charge. Using this service may help to get ideas into a plan that complements the lot and fits into Muirfield’s design standards and restrictions. Owners interested in such a consultation and home visit with one of our architects should contact the Association office at 614-889-0922 or make a request in the Members Area.

Who May Submit a Request

A homeowner or their contractor may submit for property changes. In some cases, the homeowner may need the assistance of the contractor to accurately describe the proposed project, materials, etc.

The Design Control Committee will respond to the person who submitted the request. If a contractor submits the request, the Design Control Committee will mail a copy of the response letter to the homeowner.

Application Downloading Hints

Applications and guidelines are in PDF format. Adobe Reader (a free program) or any other PDF program is necessary to open them.

Sometimes computer security settings will not allow you to open PDF documents. If the application does not appear when you click on the button (or if you get an error), right click the green button for the application and choose “Save link as…” or “Save target as…” Save the application to your desktop, then open it from there.

If your computer opens the application with Adobe Reader X or later, you may type directly into the application form. (Note to Mac users: the form data will not save if you use Mac Preview. You must use Adobe Reader X or later.) Applications may also be handwritten.

Learn more about downloading, saving, and filling in forms here.

About Site Plans

In simple cases (examples include a basketball unit, play equipment, or tree removal) an aerial view, such as the kind found on Google Maps or the auditor's website, is sufficient.

For construction of elements such as decks, patios, additions, and large-scale landscaping projects, a scaled drawing will be necessary, showing locations and dimensions along with the distance from the property lines. We strongly recommend this plan is professionally prepared.

Design Review Fees

Each application will indicate the fee due in order to review the plan. Payments can be made by check or cash.

In the event an application lists a variable fee, such as the Landscaping Application, do not send payment. The fee will be determined by the scope of the work.

Unless otherwise directed by the committee, there is never a fee to resubmit a plan that was initially turned down or tabled.

Resubmitting Plans

If the plan is not approved, the reason(s) will be explained in the letter returned to the submitter. Sometimes a project simply is not appropriate for the property. However, in some cases, plans are not approved due to one or more of the following reasons:

In any of these cases, the submitter will receive an explanation of what further information the committee needs to make a decision. Please turn in the requested information/materials to the office so the plan can be reviewed again.

Unless otherwise directed, there is never a fee to resubmit a plan.

Helpful Links

Design Review Applications and Guidelines
Design Review Policy
Muirfield Property Handbook
Muirfield Calendar See when the committee meets

Questions? Please contact us, call the Association office at 614-889-0922, or email .

 Helpful Design Review Links:
Applications/Guidelines
Design Review Policy
Submitting a Design Request
Muirfield Property Handbook
Declaration (Warranty Deed)
Muirfield Calendar