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Architectural Guidelines

The Architectural Control Committee (ACC) exists to ensure that any addition or modification to any Cottage, home, or common area is thoughtfully designed and built so that the Brickyard Community continues to enjoy the protection of its environment, privacy, visual buffers, and ultimately, property values.

Architectural Control Committee (ACC) Purpose

The Architectural Control Committee (ACC) looks at several elements that affect:

  • Hydrology –The ACC takes into account any change in drainage patterns that could adversely affect existing vegetation, nearby property, and common areas.
  • Vegetation – The ACC will take inventory of surrounding vegetation and how any proposed activity could adversely impact its immediate and long-term health. The ACC might allow for the removal of certain types of vegetation if the proposed modification cannot be otherwise completed. The ACC will make recommendations for alternative designs that might better protect the existing vegetation and/or insist that new indigenous tree species or ground cover be planted in order to provide visual buffers, if needed. A list of compatible tree and plant species can be obtained from the Grounds Committee.
  • Visual Impact – The ACC recommends that all proposed modifications be thoughtful with respect to their visual impact on neighbors and the Community. If proposed modifications create any visual impact on neighboring Cottages or homes or the community the ACC can recommend alternative designs or could advise types and sizes of trees or alternative materials that will be needed to maintain an existing or provide a new visual buffer.
  • Architectural Integrity – The architectural style of Brickyard is based on the Arts and Crafts and Shingle Styles of architecture that were historically significant in the early twentieth century. Other styles of architecture, particularly styles allowed for lake shore home construction, have been approved. With any style of architecture the ACC will recommend that the home be architecturally pure to that particular style. Any Cottage addition or modification will need to address fenestration, symmetry, proportion, material choice, and colors. The goal of the ACC is to ensure that all man-made structures blend into the surrounding environment and do not create visual pollution. The ACC will encourage natural colors and materials. The ACC will discourage massive roof lines, non-buffered two or three story or long wall sections, additions that conflict with existing symmetry and additions that do not blend into the existing architecture or that look like an afterthought.

For additional information, read this article:

The Brickyard Creek ACC


Owner Requirements for ACC Review

The following items must be provided to the ACC along with the request for new construction, additions or modifications:

  • Intention – Brief description of proposed activity and its purpose
  • Photos of the impacted area
  • Plan, Sketch or Schematic Drawings

1. Footprint and Front, Side, Rear Elevations

2. Material Selection

3. Color Choice

  • Construction schedule and logistics (material storage, erosion control, temporary worker parking, etc.)
  • Construction Debris Plan – Brickyard Creek Community dumpsters are not to be used for construction material, whether from new construction or maintenance work on any house or cottage.
  • Compliance with all County and State permits and regulations

1. County Land Use – Required for new construction, any landing or deck larger than 40 sf., any structure or addition over 200 sf. (http://www.bayfieldcounty.org/faqs.asp#Q1)

2. State UDC Permit – New construction and habitable additions and/or structural modifications. (https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/index/index/t/uniform_dwelling_code)

3. State UDC Inspections and more information – (http://www.wispect.net/)

ACC Review Procedure

1.  Any Cottage or lot owner who proposes any new construction, addition, or modification to their Cottage or lot needs to first contact the appointed Association representative, who will then contact the ACC. The owner will submit the Owner Requirements listed above at that time.

Jeffery Garrett
715 781 3958
Email: Jeffery.BYC@gmail.com

2.  The ACC will determine if the submission contains sufficient information to start the review process. If insufficient, the ACC will ask for additional information from the owner. The ACC may contact the Cottage or lot owner to discuss the proposed work and to set up a site meeting to inspect the site and to collect additional plans and photos, if necessary.

3.  The owner must flag the proposed impacted area prior to the site meeting.

4.  The ACC will review the site and plans and other required documents and will take one of three actions:

  • Deny approval of the proposed activity or suggest alternatives if the impact of the proposed work causes unacceptable degradation to the environment or the Community, based on the previously mentioned criteria.
  • Approve the proposed work with modifications or conditions.
  • Approve the proposed work as submitted.

5.  The ACC decision will be sent to the owner and the Association representative for their records.

6.  The ACC will do everything reasonable to work with the Cottage or lot owner in a timely and professional manner.

7.  If the submittal is approved the ACC will occasionally inspect the ongoing work to ensure that the builder or owner is in compliance with any ACC decision.

Legal definitions and procedure with respect to the ACC can be found in the Brickyard Creek Home Owner Documents.

Frequent Questions

Q: What do I need to do if I want to make a change to the exterior of my cottage or lake home?

A: All modifications outside of a cottage or lake home require approval by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC).


Q: Can I add an addition to my cottage or lake home?

A: The ACC determines approval for additions on a case by case basis. Criteria examined by the committee includes drainage patterns, impact to trees and vegetation, aesthetic, proposed materials, and architectural style.


Q: Can I build a build a garage or shed?

A: The ACC determines approval for the addition of a garage or shed on a case by case basis. Not all cottage lots can accommodate an additional structure. Criteria examined by the committee includes drainage patterns, impact to trees and vegetation, aesthetic, proposed materials, and architectural style.