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“May the love and commitment

that went into the creation of what

already exists forever inspire those

who live in DC Ranch to add their

very best to the richness of that

which is yet to be.”

Vernon D. Swaback,

DC Ranch Land Planner

Table of Contents


Why do we have DC Ranch Standards? 6

Where do Standards come from? 6

How is compliance with DC Ranch Standards handled? 7

What is the difference between a Standard and a Modification? 7

What if my neighborhood has a sub-association? 7

Standards for Homes

Address Numbers and Markers 8

Awnings and Shade Structures 8

Concrete and Masonry Block 8

Decks and Railings 8

Doors 8

Exterior Lighting 9

Fencing and Gates 9

Gutters 9

Mailboxes and Posts 9

Mechanical Equipment 10

Metal and Siding 10

Outdoor Furniture 10

Paint 10

Play Equipment 10

Pools and Water Features 11

Roofs 11

Satellite Dishes and Antennae 11

Solar 11

Stone and Brick 11

Stucco 11

Walkways, Steps, Driveways and Patios 12

Walls, Retaining Walls and Boundary Walls 12

Windows, Shutters, Screens and Skylights 12

Wood 12

Glossary of Home Maintenance Terms 14

Standards for Conduct

Basketball Hoops 16

Bulk Trash 16

Business, Hobby and Other Uses 16

Civil Dialogue 16

Construction Hours 16

Disposal and Dumping 17

Flags 17

Laws 17

Livestock, Poultry and Domestic Pets 17

Motorized Vehicles 17

Nuisance 18

Organized Sports 18

Parking 18

Pets On Leash 18

Pet Waste 19

Pool Backwashing 19

Property Modifications 19

Recreational Vehicles 19

Rental of Property 20

Seasonal Decorations 20

Signs Builders 20

Signs Other 20

Signs Political 20

Signs Real Estate 21

Speeding 21

Storage 21

Trash and Recycling 21

Trespassing and Solicitation 21

Use Restrictions 21

Standards for Landscape

Country Club Custom

Arroyos 22

Base Shrub Requirements 22

Boulders 22

Desert Pavement 22

Grading and Drainage 22

Irrigation 23

Landscape Lighting 23

Landscape Zones 23

Natural Open Space (NOS) 23

Outdoor Sculpture and Yard Ornaments 23

Plant Composition Requirements 24

Plant Density Requirements 24

Plant List, Prohibited 24

Plant Palette, Approved and Abbreviated 24

Pots and Planting Containers 25

Shrubs 25

Trees 25

Turf 26

Turf, Artificial 26

Vines 26

Volunteer Plants 26

Landscape Zone Map Country Club Custom 28

Abbreviated Plant Palette 29

Prohibited Plants 31

Notes 32

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The development and preservation of DC Ranch is distinctive in a number of ways. All homes and

landscapes are extensively planned to coordinate with the unique character of the Sonoran Desert. The

result is an award-winning community known for its welcoming atmosphere, exceptional architecture,

outstanding amenities, lush desert landscape and high property values.

Quality design adds immeasurably to the overall

aesthetics of a community.

In DC Ranch even the smallest details are important. Just as important is the maintenance and upkeep

of materials, colors and finishes on all common and privately-owned structures within the community.

When purchasing a previously owned property in DC Ranch, you can often access the original

architectural and landscape plans at The Ranch Offices on Market Street. This can be helpful

information as you provide care for your property.

We hope you will find the following information both helpful and clear in its intent. Most of all, we hope

you always enjoy living in DC Ranch.

Why do we have DC Ranch Standards for Homes, Conduct and Landscape?

Standards are the measures for keeping the community beautiful and living harmoniously with our

neighbors. DC Ranch Standards provide owners and renters in all neighborhoods, including subassociations,

with the benchmarks that their property and actions should reflect.

Standards enable residents to enjoy not only the beauty of their property but the neighboring properties

as well. It is important for residents to understand the Standards and to voluntarily identify when

maintenance or compliance is needed.

The goal of a Standard is simple: to ensure DC Ranch

is as beautiful and enjoyable today as it was the first

time you experienced it.

Where do Standards come from?

DC Ranch Standards for Homes, Conduct and Landscape are compiled from DC Ranch Design

Guidelines, CC&Rs, Board Policies and Local/State Statutes. In this document, the Standards have been

shortened and simplified for easy understanding. To read the complete and most current edition of the

Standards please go to DCRanch.com/Standards.

How is compliance with DC Ranch Standards handled?

Property and activity within DC Ranch will be routinely reviewed for compliance with the Standards.

In addition, a review will be conducted at the time of sale, when a modification is requested, and by

resident inquiry. Owners can save time and challenges by requesting a Standards review prior to putting

their home on the market by calling 480.513.1500.

A property is considered to be out-of-compliance with the Standards when discrepancies can be

identified upon observation from the street, sidewalk, path, common area or adjacent property. Private

areas (backyards, enclosed courtyards, etc.) will not be entered during routine reviews but will be

inspected with a modification and at time of sale.

All notifications of non-compliance, whether for Homes, Conduct, or Landscape start with a courtesy

notice by phone, letter or email.

For non-compliance with a Standard for Homes or Landscape, a DC Ranch Community Standards

Specialist will work with the resident to be sure they understand the issue, develop a reasonable

timeline for remedy, and share various resources that are available to bring their property into

compliance. No penalties are assessed to residents who willingly comply. In the event of continued noncompliance,

additional notifications may be followed by fines and, as a last resort, legal action.

For non-compliance with a Standard for Conduct, the courtesy notice may advance to a fine if the

activity or situation is not corrected. Repeated non-compliance will be dealt with on a case-by-case

basis by the Ranch Association Board of Directors and may result in higher fines, loss of privileges and

possible legal action.

For more enforcement information and the process for filing an appeal, go to DCRanch.com/Standards

What is the difference between a Standard and a Modification?

DC Ranch Standards speak to the appearance and maintenance of elements already approved to be

on your property. If you want to add or modify something on the exterior of your home or within your

landscape design, you may do so with prior approval through the modification process. Modification

forms may be downloaded from DCRanch.com and then submitted to The Ranch Offices on Market

Street for review and approval. Once modifications are approved and completed, they should be

maintained to DC Ranch Standards.

What if my neighborhood has a sub-association?

DC Ranch Standards for Homes, Conduct and Landscape apply to all residents and neighborhoods

including those with a sub-association. In some instances, the sub-association may be responsible

for upholding a Standard rather than the homeowner. In addition, a sub-association may have its own

Standards which can be more restrictive than a DC Ranch Standard. Please check with your subassociation

prior to addressing a Standards concern.

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Standards for Homes


Simple, small-scale, neighborhood-appropriate numbers shall be affixed to

the house or related site walls for identification purposes (except for custom

homes in Country Club and Silverleaf). Address numbers must be legible and

visible from the street or fronting road and contrast with their background.

Numbers should be replaced when faded, cracked, missing or show other

disrepair. House numbers are not to be painted on the curb. No family, house

names or other special identification may be displayed.


Awnings are an architectural detail and when designed as part of the

original construction should not be removed. Awnings and other attached

shade features should be replaced in the same color when faded or torn.

Shade features may be added or changed with prior approval through the

Modification process.


All concrete and masonry block foundations and walls on the property

shall be substantially free of peeling or loose paint, large cracks, loose or

damaged parging, exposed footings or other noticeable defects.


Decks and railings shall be free of noticeable defects due to weathering

and deterioration, such as cracking, structural failure, surface stains and

mold. Railings should be securely attached. Paint or stain used on decks

and railings should be from the home’s approved color palette and be free of

fading, peeling or other visible blemishes.


Doors are the gateways to our homes. House, garage and other doors

should be properly hung. Paint or stain used on doors shall be from the

home’s approved color palette or finish. Doors, trim, threshold, hardware and

associated features shall be free of noticeable peeling or faded paint, dents,

warpage and other visible defects. Alternative materials or custom colors

need prior approval through the Modification process.


Outdoor lighting fixtures and photocells shall be in operable condition, and

all parts, such as posts and lamp fixtures, free of damage, oxidation or other

visible defects. Lighting shall be shielded or glass inserts should obscure

the view of bulbs. A warm bulb (emitting soft yellow light, 2700K) should

be used, although lighting standards may vary by neighborhood. DC Ranch

follows a “dark skies” philosophy to minimize light pollution and enhance

star gazing. In several communities, the homebuilder wired each home with

exterior lights connected to a photo cell, so that the lights would remain on

from dusk until dawn for safety and security. If your home is in one of these

neighborhoods, you are required to maintain these lights and photo cell for

normal operation. All other residents are encouraged to leave two outside

front or street-facing house lights on for safety and security. Exterior lighting

requirements for Silverleaf vary; visit DCRanch.com for specifications.

Landscape lighting is addressed in Standards for Landscape.


Most front yard fences and gates are low by design to encourage

neighborhood interaction. Ornamental metal fences may be either painted

to match the approved home color palette or left as raw metal. Fences and

gates shall be maintained in the original condition and be free of oxidation,

discoloration, peeling paint, mold, mildew, fungus, rot, warpage or other

visible defects.

Please visit DCRanch.com/Standards for the most up-to-date and complete version of all Standards.


Rain gutters shall be securely attached, be free of debris and sealed to

prevent leakage. Paint should be in good repair and match the home’s

approved color palette.


Mailboxes and posts located on private property should be painted to match

the home’s approved color palette (unless otherwise specified for that

neighborhood) and be free of faded paint, rust, dents, missing parts or other

visible defects.

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Standards for Homes


HVAC, pool pumps and other mechanical equipment should be screened

from view. Electrical/gas meters and water pipes should match the surface

color of the attached or nearest building. All equipment shall be maintained

in good working condition to minimize noise.


Metal and siding surfaces shall be free of oxidation, rust (unless of a natural

rust finish), peeling and faded paint, dents and other noticeable defects.


Homes in DC Ranch are designed to enjoy outdoor living. Furnishings should

be selected that complement the style, color and materials of the home

and be maintained free of debris and decay. Fabric components should be

replaced when faded or torn.


DC Ranch has approved paint palettes that vary by neighborhood. Body,

accent and trim colors should all be from the approved color palette. All

exterior painted and coated surfaces shall be substantially free of peeling,

blistering, alligatoring, chalking, fading, spalling, mildew, mold, rust,

efflorescence, dirt, stains or other blemishes and discoloration. All paint color

changes need prior approval through the Modification process. Feel free

to contact The Ranch Offices on Market Street at 480.513.1500 for more

information on paint palettes and choices.


Temporary play equipment may be installed within the private (fully-walled)

rear yard of a home. Height is limited to eight feet above grade finish. The

equipment should be screened from view to the extent possible and in good

repair. Play equipment, including sport courts, that will be permanently

installed requires prior approval through the Modification process.


Pools and water features should be properly maintained and be free

of green or stagnant water. Pool equipment should not be seen from

neighboring properties. Additions or changes need prior approval through the

Modification process.


Roofs shall be free of cracked, missing or otherwise damaged tiles, shingles

or other material. Repairs should be made with materials that match the

existing tiles or shingles. Vents and other protrusions on the roof shall be

painted to match the roof color.


Satellite dishes, antennae, cables and equipment shall be painted to blend

with the structure it is attached to, and be hidden from view when possible.

With prior approval through the Modification process, it may be possible to

mount them on common area property.


Solar panels should be screened from view to the extent possible, and be

free of visible defects, discoloring and other disrepair. Solar energy devices

may be added with prior approval through the Modification process.


Stone, brick and other similar elements shall be free of efflorescence and

replaced or repaired when cracked, missing, discolored or show other visible

defects. Additions or changes to stone or brick work need prior approval

through the Modification process.


Stucco shall be substantially free of peeling, blistering, alligatoring, chalking,

fading, spalling, mildew, mold, rust, efflorescence, dirt, stains, discoloration,

or other visible blemishes. Paint should be in good repair and match the

home’s color palette and texture. When stucco is covering block, the block

pattern may eventually begin to show through and require re-stuccoing.

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Standards for Homes


Concrete, stone, brick, paver and other hardscape surfaces shall be level

and free of missing, stained or cracked sections and substantially free of pot

holes, large cracks, grade depressions or other signs of erosion. Surfaces

should be maintained in a clean condition and no colored, glossy or reflective

materials applied. Matching material shall be used when replacing damaged

areas. Gravel driveways should not track gravel onto the street.



Retaining walls are designed with weep holes at the bottom, which shall

be kept clear of debris to allow water to be released. Walls that are not

designed as retaining walls shall not have soil against them (includes raised

planters), as it may result in finish or wall failure. All walls shall be in good

repair and match the home’s approved color palette. Retaining walls shall

be waterproofed. Shotcrete walls should not be painted. Common walls

between adjacent lots are the responsibility of both neighbors.


Windows and related outdoor elements, such as screens, shutters, skylights,

window grids and window treatments, shall be clean, complete and in good



Wood shall be maintained free of peeling finishes, splintering and fading, rot,

warpage or damage and match the home’s approved color palette.

Schedule a Courtesy Inspection!

Residents who are planning to sell their properties are strongly

encouraged to schedule a complimentary “pre-inspection” conducted by

Ranch Association staff. Such inspections help ensure that the transfer

and disclosure process at the time of sale is as smooth as possible.

Call The Ranch Offices on Market Street at 480.513.1500

to schedule an inspection.

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Glossary of Home Maintenance Terms

Alligatoring and Checking

Alligatoring is a paint failure evidenced by a cracking pattern resembling a reptile’s skin.

Checking is a similar but less-severe failure, characterized by long, fairly evenly spaced

cracks in the paint that are shallower in depth.

Planning to sell?

Residents who are planning to sell their properties are strongly encouraged to

schedule a complimentary “pre-inspection” conducted by Ranch Association staff.


Mildew is a fungus that grows on paint, caulk or other surfaces and is identifiable by grey,

brown, green or black splotches.


Blistering paint is identified by small-to-medium-sized bubbles or blisters under the paint

and is most common on wood siding and trim.


Parging is cement texture applied to concrete block or masonry to mimic stucco. Over

time it can become chipped or loose and fall off.


Chalking is when a fine chalky powder forms on the surface of paint. Although chalking

is a normal process, excessive chalking can reflect a paint failure and will extend onto

surrounding surfaces and or your hand.


Peeling is a common paint problem that is typically caused either by moisture or poor

adhesion. Most often, peeling occurs around windows, doors or gutters.


Cracks can develop in stucco over time, often due to settling.


Rust discoloration is characterized by reddish-brown or blackish stains on the paint



Efflorescence occurs when the evaporation of water causes salts within concrete, brick or

natural stone to migrate to the surface, leaving a powdery, whitish deposit.


Spalling results when water enters brick, concrete or natural stone and forces the coated

surface to peel, pop out or flake off. Left untreated, spalling can cause crumbling and the

eventual destruction of a structure.

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Standards for Conduct


Portable basketball hoops should be painted to match the color of the house.

Basketball poles, backboards and nets should be kept clean and with no

noticeable defects. Permanent basketball hoops and athletic courts require

prior approval through the Modification process. To start the Modification

process please call The Ranch Offices on Market Street at 480.513.1500.


Bulk trash may be put out on the Friday before the City of Scottsdale’s

scheduled pick up date. It should be placed beside the driveway or in the

front yard, keeping clear of the street, sidewalk and common area.


Activities not normally associated with residential property are prohibited if

they generate excessive noise or traffic, create unsightly conditions visible to

a neighboring property, or otherwise cause a nuisance.


Residents and DC Ranch employees shall conduct themselves in a manner

that is civil and respectful, refraining from abusive, demeaning or hostile

language or behavior.


Construction activity on new homes or home modifications is allowed during

the following hours:

April through October:

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

November through March:

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday Friday

Throughout the year, construction may only occur on Saturdays if it does not

generate excessive noise and is between the hours of 8 a.m. to

5 p.m. Construction is not allowed on Sundays or the following holidays: New

Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving,

and Christmas Day.


Landscape cuttings, debris, petroleum products, fertilizers, or any potentially

hazardous or toxic substances shall not be disposed of or dumped on any

common areas or elsewhere within DC Ranch.


Flags identified in the Arizona Statue 33-1808 may be flown along with one

seasonal, holiday or sports flag. No more than two flags may be displayed

at once. All flags should be 3’x 5’ or smaller and free of tears, fraying,

fading or other disrepair. Whether free standing or attached to a residence,

flagpoles shall be wood, aluminum or metal and match the home’s approved

paint color. Free standing flag poles require prior approval through the

Modification process.


Any activity that violates a local, state or federal law is not allowed on any

property within DC Ranch.

Please visit DCRanch.com/Standards for the most up-to-date and complete version of all Standards.


A reasonable number of dogs, cats, or other common household pets is

permitted. Pets should be cared for to generate a limited amount of noise,

not endanger health or safety, or cause any other form of nuisance. Pets

shall be registered, licensed and inoculated as required by law. Raising,

breeding, or keeping of livestock or poultry is not allowed.


Motorized vehicles may not be operated in DC Ranch parks, washes and

natural open space areas or on sidewalks, paths or trails. Battery-operated

toy vehicles ridden by small children are exempt. If properly registered and

driver is licensed, ATV’s, golf carts and mopeds may be driven on the street.

Electric powered (not gas powered) play vehicles and skateboards may be

ridden during daylight hours on private roadways that have a 15 mile per

hour speed limit if the rider wears a helmet, has adult supervision and does

not tow or have a passenger.

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Standards for Conduct


Activities that cause foul odors or harmful fumes, create noise or other

conditions that disturb the peace, threaten health, safety, or otherwise

interfere with enjoyment from a neighboring property are not allowed. This

includes smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes and vapor from electronic



DC Ranch has neighborhood parks that are designed to be shared and

enjoyed by all residents and their guests. A neighborhood park may not be

used in such a way as to restrict the use of that park by other residents

wanting to share and enjoy the park. Neighborhood parks shall not be

used by organized sports teams, defined as a teams involved in regularly

scheduled or league play. This does not preclude residents and their guests

from using the park for “pickup” games or other informally organized

sporting activities. DC Ranch parks may also be used for events sponsored

by the Community Council or Ranch Association.


To comply with city code and allow for emergency vehicle access, parking

is not allowed where prohibited by posted signs or where indicated by

a red curb; within 15 feet of a fire hydrant; on a sidewalk, or in the area

between the curb and sidewalk, or on the right of way or easement 8 feet

from the curb; in any area that would restrict traffic to less than one full

lane including cul-de-sacs, around medians, parks and islands; in front of

a private driveway, entrance to an alley, or blocking mailboxes; in any alley

except on the private driveway; in a pedestrian crosswalk; or facing against

the direction of traffic flow.

Overnight street parking between 2 to 6 a.m. requires pre-approval from DC

Ranch Security. To accommodate a large party or special situation, please

contact Security in advance so that they have time to grant and distribute

notice of a parking exemption.


When not in an enclosed portion of a resident’s property, all pets shall be on

a leash controlled by the owner or custodian, not more than 6 feet in length,

and shall wear a collar or harness, to which a valid license tag is attached.


Any person owning, possessing, harboring, or having the care and control

of any pet must clean up after the pet. All pet waste deposited on public

and private property, including common areas within DC Ranch shall be

immediately placed in a closed or sealed bag or container and deposited into

a trash receptacle.


Water from backwashing or draining a pool or water feature should be

contained on the property in a drainage basin. If the yard does not contain a

drainage basin, drain into the sanitary sewer clean out on the property. Water

may not be discharged into adjacent open space, an arroyo, the street or

neighboring property.


Changes to the exterior of homes or landscape must be approved through

the Modification process prior to starting the project. This includes all

construction, erection, or placement of anything, permanently or temporarily,

on the outside portions of a property, including landscape alterations,

whether such portions are improved or unimproved. All modifications need

to be completed within one year of approval, unless specified in the notice of

approval or by an approved extension. No signage (contractor or other) may

be displayed during a modification. To start the Modification process please

call The Ranch Offices on Market Street at 480.513.1500.


Storage of a recreation vehicle is acceptable only when in an enclosed

garage or not visible from a neighboring property. This includes all-terrain

vehicles (“ATVs”), utility terrain vehicles (“UTVs”), and off highway vehicles

(“OHV”) such as dirt bikes, dune buggies, or sandrails; motor homes and

campers; trailers; boats; or other similar vehicles, whether or not the vehicle

meets legal requirements for road usage.

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Standards for Conduct


Residential properties within DC Ranch may be leased for no less than a six

month time period. In addition, a property may only be leased once in any six

month period and twice in any 12 month period. The owner must provide all

tenants with all Ranch governing documents, including the CC&Rs, DC Ranch

Standards and other Ranch policies. The owner is responsible for the actions

their tenant(s).

A Tenant Registration Form shall be submitted within 30 days of the lease

commitment, and a minimum of five business days prior to the tenant’s

proposed move in date. The form may be found on

DCRanch.com. Tenant(s) shall make an appointment with the Ranch

Association (call 480.513.1500) for a short briefing to include such subjects

as obtaining gate passes, guest procedures, use of the community centers,

trash pickup days and other relevant information.


Seasonal decorations may be displayed between Oct. 1 and Jan. 15. For

holidays and celebratory events outside of this time period, decorations are

allowed one week before the holiday and must be removed within one week



DC Ranch has detailed guidelines for signs on new homes under

construction. Owners are responsible for ensuring their builder complies. The

guidelines may be found on DCRanch.com, or by calling The Ranch Offices

on Market Street at 480.513.1500.


Child cautionary signs, no taller than 3 feet, may be used in residential areas

but should be removed within one hour after play ceases. One alarm or

security company sign may be posted on a property. It shall be 2 square feet

or less in size, and may be placed anywhere in the front yard. All signs shall

be professionally manufactured.


Political signs can be displayed on private property 71 days before the

election day and shall be removed within three days after. They may not

exceed 9 square feet in size.


DC Ranch has detailed guidelines for real estate for sale or lease signs.

Owners are responsible for ensuring their agent complies. The guidelines

may be found on DCRanch.com or call The Ranch Offices on Market Street

at 480.513.1500.


Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on DC Ranch private streets is 15

mph. DC Ranch speed limits are enforced at a minimum of 10 mph over

the posted limit. Excessive speed, 20 mph or more over, carries a heavier

penalty. Owners are responsible for ensuring their guests, service providers,

and other visitors adhere to DC Ranch speed limits.


All personal items should be stored out of public view, either behind a wall/

fence or inside of the garage. This includes but is not limited to ladders,

bicycles, toys, building materials, etc.


Trash and recycling containers may be placed on the street the day before

the scheduled pickup day. They shall be moved and stored in an area not

visible from a neighboring property on the same day as pickup.


Any person not accompanied by or having the permission of a resident to be

on a property may be considered to be trespassing whether on foot, bicycle

or vehicle. Travel from entrance to home and houseguests are excluded.

Private Club members have access to and from club facilities. Solicitation is

not allowed unless expressly permitted by state or federal law.


Activities that disturb or destroy vegetation, wildlife, or air quality; use

excessive amounts of water; or result in unreasonable levels of sound or

light pollution, are not allowed.

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Standards for Landscape


Arroyos are used on residential property to divert water and prevent erosion,

not as decorative enhancements. They should be constructed and maintained

to blend with the natural desert environment. All stones in the arroyos

should be DC Ranch Cobble and set with 2/3 of their height in the ground.

Large stones shall be fully integrated with fine material within the arroyo.

Arroyos should be kept clear of debris and plantings. See photo.


In most landscape zones, there is a required number of base shrubs that

shall be planted within that zone. Over time, and for various reasons, the

number of base shrubs can fall below the minimum. As plants are replaced,

the minimum number required should be maintained to create a natural

transition from one zone to the next. Base shrub number and species requirements

are shown on the Abbreviated Plant Palette on page 29.


Boulders are not part of the natural terrain at DC Ranch and are, therefore,

discouraged. If your approved landscape plan includes boulders, they should

be maintained with 2/3 of their height in the ground. The addition of boulders

requires prior approval through the Modification process.


The final surface of your front yard shall mimic the naturally occurring desert

surface, which is referred to as Desert Pavement. (Graded areas do not

constitute a naturally occurring surface.) Desert Pavement should be maintained

to consist of clusters of various sized small stones, a thin scattering of

decomposed granite and natural windblown plant debris. Desert Pavement is

easily destroyed by use of a blower or heavy raking.


DC Ranch homes were built with grading to carry the water away from the

house. This slope should not be disturbed and, as erosion occurs, should be

built back up. The relationship between the finished landscape grade should

be maintained at one inch lower than any hardscape (driveway, walkways,

etc.). Drainage patterns shall be maintained as set forth in the approved

civil-engineered or landscape plans. As erosion occurs, maintenance will be

needed to ensure that hardscapes remain dry and that roof run-off continues

to flow into a planting area or the drainage flow pattern.


Landscaped areas shall be maintained on a permanent, automatic, drip

irrigation system with the exception of turf, which may use spray irrigation.

Valve or other flush mounted boxes shall be painted to match the color of the

ground surface (desert tan). Wall mounted equipment shall match the exterior

paint of the home. Paint shall be in good condition. Irrigation lines should

be in good repair, remain buried and should not water beyond the property

line or create runoff onto hardscapes.


Landscape lighting shall be metal, in operable condition and free of damage,

oxidation and other visible defects, and placed approximately 15 feet back

from the curb. Landscape lighting shall be shielded to accent planting areas

or tree trunks, not wall surfaces. A maximum of three shielded lights are

allowed per large tree or cacti, one for smaller cacti or shrubs. Bulbs should

not exceed the equivalent of 20 watts and 3000 Kelvin (warm). Path lights

used along walks and drives shall not be symmetrical in placement. Altering

a landscape lighting plan requires prior approval through the Modification



Homes have designated landscape zones within the yard. Most zones have

a plant composition and density requirement along with an approved plant

palette specific to the zone. See zone map on page 28.


Some homes have NOS areas on their property that are regulated. No

improvements may be made in an NOS area, to include lighting. The only

maintenance that should be done is removing foreign debris and any plant

on the DC Ranch prohibited list (invasive grasses, etc.). Trees and shrubs

may not be pruned.



Outdoor sculpture and yard ornaments shall be maintained in their original

condition. Adding sculpture that is visible from any public area or an adjacent

property requires prior approval through the Modification process.

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Standards for Landscape


Plant composition refers to the percentage of various types of plant groups

(trees, cacti, shrubs, etc.) required to be planted within a property. All landscapes

in DC Ranch were designed, approved, and originally planted, and

should be maintained to meet the requirement. Plant composition should include

species from at least four plant groups to create interest and provide a

range of size and texture as plants mature. Plant composition requirements

vary by neighborhood and often by landscape zone. If you are replacing

more than a couple of plants, it is recommended you call a Community

Standards Specialist at 480.513.1500 to assist with your plant composition



Plant density defines the minimum number of plants required in a set

amount of square footage. Density requirements vary by landscape zone.

Density is too low if it is below the minimum required. Plant density is too

high if it presents an unnatural look. As plants die, they should be replaced

(using the approved plant list for that zone) and remain consistent with the

home’s approved landscape plan.


Plants on the prohibited list do not integrate well with DC Ranch’s natural

desert environment. All properties shall be maintained free of plants on this

list. See prohibited plant list on page 31.



More than 300 plants are approved for planting in DC Ranch. The Approved

Plant Palette can be found online at DCRanch.com. These plants complement

the Sonoran desert in which we live. All plants in the landscape

should be from the approved list and consistent with the home’s approved

landscape plan. This document contains an abbreviated list of approved

plants for Country Club Custom, designated by landscape zone and chosen

for their availability and durability.


Decorative pots or containers may be used on porches/patios and in the

enhanced and private yard zones. They should complement the architectural

design of the home. Irrigation lines shall be provided to pots and adjusted to

result in little to no water leakage. Pots and containers shall be maintained

with healthy, living plants from the approved plant list or annuals (no artificial

plants) and be in good repair.


Pruning may be needed to maintain the shrub’s health and should be done in

a manner that provides for a natural look. (Hedging and/or sculpting does not

provide a natural look.) When shrubs die, they should be replaced with another

shrub from the approved plant list and be consistent with the home’s

approved landscape plan.


Tree trimming is needed to maintain a tree’s health and should be done in a

manner that provides for a natural look and includes an eight foot clearance

over walkways and 13.5 feet clearance over driving areas. Trunks should

be maintained free of starter branches. Trees should never be topped by

removing just the upper foliage. Tree stakes and/or ties should be removed

after six months. When trees die they shall be replaced with a tree from the

Approved Plant Palette and consistent with the home’s approved landscape

plan. Do not trim trees in common areas, parks, within an NOS or on a

neighboring property. If a tree on your property encroaches on a neighbor’s

property, please coordinate tree maintenance with them. Tree trimmings

should be disposed of in Scottsdale’s regularly scheduled bulk trash pick-up

or by your landscape company.

Please visit DCRanch.com/Standards for the most up-to-date and complete version of all Standards.

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Standards for Landscape


Lawns should be mowed at regular intervals to provide a well-manicured

appearance. Clippings should be removed. Lawns should be neatly trimmed

around plant beds, walkways, foundations, and other design elements.

Front yard turf shall be over-seeded with perennial rye grass by Nov. 1 and

be maintained within the turf border. Adding or altering lawn requires prior

approval through the Modification process.


High quality artificial turf may be used in an enclosed private yard area only

and shall be maintained in good repair. Adding artificial turf requires prior

approval through the Modification process.


Vines create an added dimension to landscape. Vines should be maintained

to not infringe on neighboring or common area property. To prevent damage,

vines should not touch, climb or cling to fascia or roof areas. Nursery stakes

should be removed six months after planting. Vine support structures should

be in good repair.


Volunteers in the landscape refer to plants or weeds that self-populate.

Some species of volunteers are considered invasive and as such are listed

on the DC Ranch prohibited plant list. Yards should be maintained free of invasive

volunteers. Volunteer plants that are on the approved plant list should

be removed as needed to control plant density and variety.

Want to Make a Change to Your

Home or Landscape?

If you want to add or modify something on the exterior of your home or

within your landscape design, you may do so with prior approval through the

modification process.

Modification forms may be downloaded from DCRanch.com

and then submitted to The Ranch Offices on Market Street

for review and approval.

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Landscape Zone Map | COUNTRY CLUB CUSTOM



• 70% of overall fence run.


• Undisturbed natural desert

• Outside building envelope

• Consult plan for location



• Private zone defined as any area found behind a 5 ft.

height solid privacy wall as measured by interior grade.

• Behind a 5 ft. privacy view fence. (The area from the

fence to 5 ft. away is Semi-Private Zone)

• See Design and Construction manual for plant densities.



• Within low courtyard wall (3 ft. height)

• See Design and Construction manual for plant




• Area between the walls of the residence and the

building envelope.

• Mimics the native desert

• See Design and Construction manual for plant




• All natural vegetation and landscape features within the

natural zone shall remain untouched unless specifically

approved otherwise.

Landscape Theme Lower Sonoran Desert




Abbreviated Plant Palette | COUNTRY CLUB CUSTOM

Octopus Agave

Sierra Bouquet Texas Sage

Red Bird of Paradise

Private Zone

(Landscape palettes: Exotic, Arid, Southwest, Sonoran, Native)

• Trees Texas Ebony, Pendulous Acacia, Chilean Mesquite, Cascalote, Anacacho

Orchid Tree, Desert Willow Hybrids, Western Redbud

• Cacti/Accents Curveleaf Yucca, Tropical Agave, Octopus Agave, Gopher Plant,

Red Hesperaloe

• Shrubs (large) Japanese Mock Orange, Bird of Paradise, Pineapple Guava,

Heavenly Bamboo, Purple Hopseed Bush, Sierra Bouquet Texas Sage, Mexican

Bird of Paradise, Bush Lantana

• Shrubs (med/small) Dwarf Natal Plum, Cape Plumbago, Emu Bush, Damianita,

Dwarf Mock Orange

• Groundcovers Rain Lily, Wedelia, Asian Jasmine, Cape Plumbago, Vinca,

Elephant Food, Prostrate Acacia, Ground Morning Glory

• Vines Bougainvillea (specific colors for specific communities), Common Trumpet

Creeper, Creeping Fig

Transition Zone, Modified Natural Landscape Level B

(Landscape palettes: Arid, Southwest, Sonoran, Native)

• Trees Sweet Acacia, Cascalote, Hybrid Palo Verde, Anacahuita, Texas Mt. Laurel

• Cacti/Accents Golden Barrel Cactus, Candelilla, Purple Prickly Pear, Mexican

Fence Post

• Shrubs (large) Red Bird of Paradise, Hopbush, Shrubby Senna, Wooly Butterfly

Bush, Baja Red Fairy Duster, Chihuahuan Sage

• Shrubs (med/small) Bursage, Desert Honeysuckle, Damianita, Red Justicia,

Mexican Blue Sage, Mexican Bush Sage

• Groundcovers Bat Faced Cuphea, Penstemon, Sierra Gold Dalea, Rosa Ice Plant

• Vines Yellow Orchid Vine, Pink Trumpet Vine, Lilac Vine

NOTE: Zone maps are for illustration purposes only and do not represent specific lots, nor any requirements for plant species, location or quantities.

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Abbreviated Plant Palette | COUNTRY CLUB CUSTOM

Prohibited Plants

Goodding’s Verbena

Pincushion Cactus

Ironwood Tree

Transition Zone, Modified Natural Landscape Level A

(Landscape palettes: Sonoran, Native)

• Trees Mexican Ebony, Blue Palo Verde, Velvet Mesquite, Desert Willow

• Cacti/Accents Desert Milkweed, Engelmann’s Hedgehog, Pincushion Cactus,

Soaptree Yucca

• Shrubs (large) Desert Lavender, Wolfberry, Desert Hackberry, Quail Bush

• Shrubs (med/small) Bursage, Fairy Duster, Turpentine Bush, Desert

Globemallow, Wright Buckwheat

• Groundcovers Desert Marigold, Dyssodia, Mexican Gold Poppy, Desert

Penstemon, Goodding’s Verbena

• Vines Queens Wreath, Native Grape Ivy

Natural Zone

(Landscape palettes: Native)

• Trees Ironwood, Velvet Mesquite, Blue Palo Verde, Foothills Palo Verde

• Cacti Saguaro, Engelmann’s Prickly Pear, Teddy Bear Cholla, Ocotillo, Fire


• Shrubs (large) Creosote, Jojoba, Graythorn, Chuparosa

• Shrubs (med/small) Bursage, Desert Globemallow, Goldeneye, Turpentine

Bush, Fairy Duster

• Groundcovers Desert Senna

• Vines None

More than 300 plant species are approved for a Country Club

Custom home landscape, see full list on DCRanch.com/Standards.

The intent of this list is to preserve DC Ranch’s integration into the magnificent Sonoran Desert

environment in which it was built.

1 Any species of plant, shrub or tree whose mature height may be visible above private

walls or from surrounding property, unless it is on the Approved Plant Palette, or has

been previously approved by the Covenant Commission.

2 Palms (Palmae)

3 Pine Trees (Pinus)

4 Cypress (Cupressus), False Cypress (Chamaecyparis), Juniper or Cedar (Juniperus)

5 Olive Trees (except Swanhill Olive)

6 Mexican Palo Verde (Parkinsonia aculeate)

7 All varieties of Citrus

8 Oleander (Nerium Oleander) and Thevetia species

9 Desert Broom (Baccharis sarothroides)

10 Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum)

11 Common Bermuda Grass (Cynodon dactylon) in seed, sprig or sod form

12 All plants on the Arizona Noxious List (list changes)

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Call The Ranch Offices on Market Street


For the complete and most up-to-date Standards




DCRanch.com | 20555 N. Pima Rd. Suite 140, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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