6.1.1 All buildings and structures (including, without limitation, concrete or masonry walls, rockeries, fences, sheds, swimming pools, if any, or other structures) to be constructed within the Project, and all exterior alterations and repairs (including, but not limited to, reroofing or repainting) of any buildings or structures on the Project and visible from any public street, Common Area or other Lot must be approved in writing by the Board, or by an Architectural Control Committee ("ACC") composed of three (3) or more representatives appointed by the Board, provided, that so long as Declarant owns any Lots within the Project, Declarant at its option may exercise all of the rights and powers of the Board under Section 6 1 including without limitation the appointment of members of the ACC References in this Article 6 to the ACC shall be deemed to include the ACC, the Board, or the Declarant, as circumstances may dictate Complete plans and specifications, including colors, of all such proposed buildings, structures, and exterior alterations and repairs, together with detailed plans showing the proposed location of the same on the particular building site and other data requested by the ACC, shall be submitted to the ACC along with a written request for approval signed by the Owner Any exterior modifications in accordance with plans and specifications developed by the Declarant and filed with the Board at the time of transfer (pursuant to Article 5.3) shall be deemed approved exterior modifications.
6.1.2 The ACC will review all requests for approval of construction, alteration or repair for quality of workmanship and materials planned and for conformity and harmony of the external design with proposed or existing structures on neighborhood residential Lots or building sites, and for location of the building with respect to topography, finish grade elevation and building setback restrictions.
6.1.3 In the event the ACC fails to approve or disapprove such request within thirty (30) days after all required plans and specifications have been submitted to it, such approval shall be deemed given by the ACC.
6.1.4 All plans and specifications for approval by the ACC must be submitted in duplicate, at least thirty (30) days prior to the proposed construction or exterior alteration or repair starting date Construction, alteration or repair shall not be started until written approval thereof is given by the ACC.
6.1.5 The ACC may require that said plans or specifications be prepared by an architect or a competent house designer, approved by the ACC One complete set of said plans and specifications shall in each case be delivered to and permanently retained by the ACC All buildings or structures (including but not limited to garden sheds) shall be erected or constructed, and all exterior alterations or repairs made, by a contractor, house builder or other person or entity approved by the ACC The ACC shall have the right to refuse to approve any design, plan or color for such improvements, construction, or exterior alteration or repair visible from a public street, Common Area or other Lot which is not suitable or desirable, in the ACC's reasonable opinion, aesthetic or otherwise.
6.1.6 In so passing upon such design, the ACC shall have the right to take into consideration the suitability of the proposed building or other structure, and the material of which it is to be built, and the exterior color scheme, to the site upon which it is proposed to be erected, the harmony thereof with the surroundings, and the effect or impairment that said structure will have on the view or outlook of surrounding building sites, and any and all factors, which, in the ACC's opinion, could affect the desirability or suitability of such proposed structure, improvements, or exterior alteration or repair.
6.1.7 The ACC shall have the right to disapprove the design or installation of a swimming pool or any other recreational structure or equipment, in the ACC's reasonable opinion, aesthetic or otherwise In so passing upon such design or proposed installation, the ACC shall have the right to take into consideration the visual impact of the structure and the noise impact of the related activities upon all of the properties located in close proximity. Any enclosure or cover used in connection with such a recreational structure or equipment, whether temporary, collapsible, seasonal, or whatever, shall be treated as a permanent structure for the purposes of these covenants, and shall be subject to all the conditions, restrictions, and requirements as set forth herein for all buildings and structures.
6.1.8 The ACC shall have the right to require, at a Lot Owner's expense, the trimming or topping (or, if deemed necessary by the ACC, removal) of any tree, hedge or shrub on a Lot which the ACC determines is unreasonably blocking or interfering with the view or access to sunlight of another Lot.
6.1.9 The ACC shall have the right to specify precisely the size, color and style of mailboxes, and of the post or support on which such mailboxes are affixed, and their location within the Project, whether or not such mailbox stand is a Common Area.
6.1.10 Approval by the ACC is independent of, in addition to, and not to be construed as a representation as to compliance with, any requirements for a permit, license or other approval by King County or other applicable governmental or quasi- governmental entity The Lot Owner is responsible for obtaining any such governmental approvals.
6.1.11 Declarant (including any successor in interest to Declarant's status as Declarant) shall not be subject to the restrictions of this Section 6.1 as to any Lot owned by Declarant, whether or not any Class B membership exists and whether or not management of the Association has been relinquished by Declarant pursuant to Section 5.2 hereof.
Notwithstanding any provision in this Declaration to the contrary, Declarant (and its agents, employees and contractors) shall be permitted to maintain during the period of sale of Lots and/or Homes upon such portion of the Project (other than Lots sold by Declarant) as Declarant may choose, such facilities as in the sole opinion of the Declarant may be reasonably required, convenient or incidental to the construction, sale or rental of Lots and Homes, including but not limited to, a business office, storage area, signs, model units, sales office, construction office, and parking areas for all prospective tenants or purchasers of Declarant.
So long as Declarant owns any Lot, the Board may in its reasonable discretion, upon written request of the Declarant, grant a variance from the requirements of Article 7, thereafter, the Board may, upon written request of an Owner, grant a variance from the requirements of Article 7 only in cases where, because of the physical characteristics of the Lot, strict enforcement would result in an unnecessary hardship. The Board may only grant a variance from the provisions of Sections 7.11 through 7.17, 7.19 through 7.21, 7.23, 7.29, or 7.36. The Board's authority to grant such a variance shall not be delegated to the ACC Prior to granting such a variance, the Board shall hold an open hearing at which other Owners may comment. At least fifteen (15) days prior to such hearing, the Board shall give written notice of the nature of the requested variance to the Owner of each Lot immediately adjacent to the Lot for which the variance is requested; to other Owners that would reasonably be affected by the variance; and by requiring the Owner requesting the variance to post a notice on such Owner's Lot in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Board.
Any aggrieved Owner may appeal a decision of the ACC to the Board by written notice within sixty (60) days after the ACC's written decision The Board will review the ACC decision at the Board's next regularly scheduled meeting (but in any event not later than thirty (30) days after receipt of the notice of appeal) The Board shall give written notice to the appealing Owner of the time and place of such meeting at least five (5) days in advance.