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To make the community more aesthetically pleasing, the Highlands Ranch Community Association is proposing a universal stain color for most private residential fences.
“We are answering an outcry from the residents,” said Mike Bailey, the HRCA’s director of community
In the past, homeowners have been able to choose from four stain colors. As a result, fences throughout Highlands Ranch neighborhoods are inconsistent.
To maintain high property values, the HRCA Board of Directors asked its Architectural Review Committee to provide recommendations on one color and decided on a deep brown called “Highlands Ranch Fence Brown.”
“All local Highlands Ranch-based retailers have been informed of this new stain color and have samples available,” Jerry Flannery, CEO of the HRCA, said in a media release. “The HRCA also plans to work on recognizing several Preferred Providers where suppliers offer a discount price to homeowners.”
The color closely resembles the fencing gradually being installed by the Highlands Ranch Metro District high-capacity roads in the community, such as Dad Clark Drive, Highlands Ranch Parkway and University Boulevard.
The HRCA board will vote on the proposal at a May 15 delegate meeting at Eastridge Recreation Center, 9568 S. University Blvd. After receiving positive community feedback since the discussion began three or four months ago, HRCA staff say they are confident the proposal will pass.
Residents can submit comments online at hrcaonline.org/property-owners/covenants-improvements/fence-color-proposal-faqs.
The change will be gradual, HRCA employees say.
Homeowners with fences facing a street, another front yard, park or school property will be required to change the color when the fence becomes unsightly or in disrepair. Homeowners who have recently re-stained their fences will not have to change the color until the next time they do so.
Sub-associations will be exempt from the proposal, as they adhere to separate guidelines.
“The goal is to make this transition easier for our homeowners so everyone can plan in advance,” Scott Lemmon, president of the board of directors, said in the media release. “This change has the same intent for homeowners to care and maintain their house paint and landscaping. After all, we want our community to continue to be a beautiful and highly desirable place to live.”
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