Guideline No. 13b – Decks (Stonehaven Townhouses)

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all decks on townhouses.

Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • A site(plot) plan, showing location of the proposed structure.

Note: Applications without a diagramed plot plan will not be accepted.

  • A detailed plan, to include a written description of all materials to be used.
  • Measurements, dimensions, etc. of project.
  • Elevation drawings of the structure.
  • Details of any railings to be used, if applicable.
  • Details of the flooring to be used.
  • A description of any plantings to be removed, relocated or replaced for the construction of the structure.
  • A description of equipment such as meters or heating and air conditioning sources that will be relocated and provide new location.
  • A description of additions of or changes to window or door location, size or style.
  • A description of proposed installation of or changes to the exterior lighting.
  • A list with all wattages of exterior lighting.
  • A list of construction materials with colors.


Your application will most likely be approved if the following criteria are met:

  1. Deck is constructed with a 1’6” to 2” setback from the side property lines.
  2. Deck has a minimum of 1’ setback from rear property line.
  3. Deck is a minimum 3’ from adjacent decks.
  4. Deck is not attached to adjoining common walls.
  5. Deck length does not exceed 16’ from the rear wall of the subject property that is farthest away from the property line.
  6. Privacy screens (if installed) will be board-on-board style and installed only on the sides of the deck.
  7. If composite material is used it is for flooring only.
  8. Screening (if used) does not exceed 6’ in height from the deck floor and no more than ½ the length of the deck.
  9. Railings are non-decorative, 2”x2” vertical pickets and have a 2”x 6” cap.
  10. No decorative picket patterns e.g. sunburst, Chippendale, etc.
  11. Clear wood preservative is used.

NOTE: Rear property line fencing is discouraged and will only be considered on a case-by-case basis. The installation of both a deck and rear property line privacy fencing is discouraged and will only be considered on a case-by-case basis. Due to unique configuration of these townhomes (i.e., space constraints and security considerations), stairs are strongly discouraged. However, if stairs are proposed, they will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The installation of landscape material will be required to minimize the impact that stairs may have on the adjacent open space areas.

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