Architecture Policies

Above Ground Swimming Pools
The OFLPOA Covenants (Article IX – Recreational Facilities) clearly state that there shall be no above ground swimming pools under any circumstances. Small, kid’s inflatable ‘wading pools’ have been around for years and are allowed to be up during the summer. Wading pools are usually small (under two feet in height and no more than eight to ten feet across) and obviously a temporary recreational facility.

The Board has defined what will be considered an ‘above ground pool’ in regards to the Covenant restriction. The City of Bloomington considers any structure intended for swimming or recreational bathing that is designed to hold water over 24 inches deep to be a swimming pool. The Board feels that this is a good criterion and will use the same definition for an above ground pool. Any above ground pool that can contain water over 24 inches deep is not in compliance with the OFLPOA Covenants. It does not matter how much water is actually in the pool. It is what the pool by design is capable of holding that is used as the criteria.

Fencing on Lake Lots
In order to preserve the open view of and access to the lakes, a policy has been strictly and consistently enforced for many years that prohibit fences on any lot that backs up to either of the lakes. The main concern is with boundary fences. On several occasions, unapproved boundary fences on lake lots have been taken down at the Board’s request. Sales of homes on the lakes, contingent upon the right of the buyer to erect fences, have been blocked. A few ‘privacy walls’ that extend a short distance out from houses have been approved on a case-by-case basis; these are screened very closely.

Satellite Dishes
One-meter in diameter satellite dishes are the maximum size that can be erected. They are to be mounted on the roof in the rear of the house. No freestanding satellite dishes or poles are allowed regardless of size. In the past, a six-foot diameter satellite dish was removed at the Board’s request.

The OFLPOA Covenants (Article IX – Parking) address parking in the OFL subdivision and state “No trailers, trucks, recreational vehicles, boats or other motor vehicles except passenger cars shall be parked on the streets of this development overnight for more than one night. No trailers, trucks, recreational vehicles, snowmobiles or other motor vehicles except passenger cars shall be parked on any lot in this development for more than 24 hours unless said vehicle is parked in a garage.”. What is specifically meant by ‘truck’ is not spelled out in the Covenants.

Since the Covenants were written in 1987, what people use as passenger vehicles has gone through many changes – now pickup trucks and vans are regularly used as passenger vehicles. The Board feels vehicles larger than a full size pickup truck or full size van are vehicles association members would not like to see regularly parked on a lot or in the street in the OFL subdivision. Therefore, for the purpose of enforcing Article IX, concerning parking, the Board of Directors has defined a ‘truck’ to be any vehicle larger than a full size pickup truck or full size van.