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“May the love and commitment<br />

that went into the creation of what<br />

already exists forever inspire those<br />

who live in DC Ranch to add their<br />

very best to the richness of that<br />

which is yet to be.”<br />

–Vernon D. Swaback,<br />

DC Ranch Land Planner

Table of Contents<br />

Introduction<br />

Why do we have DC Ranch Standards? 6<br />

Where do Standards come from? 6<br />

How is compliance with DC Ranch Standards handled? 7<br />

What is the difference between a Standard and a Modification? 7<br />

What if my neighborhood has a sub-association? 7<br />

Standards for Homes<br />

Address Numbers and Markers 8<br />

Awnings and Shade Structures 8<br />

Concrete and Masonry Block 8<br />

Decks and Railings 8<br />

Doors 8<br />

Exterior Lighting 9<br />

Fencing and Gates 9<br />

Gutters 9<br />

Mailboxes and Posts 9<br />

Mechanical Equipment 10<br />

Metal and Siding 10<br />

Outdoor Furniture 10<br />

Paint 10<br />

Play Equipment 10<br />

Pools and Water Features 11<br />

Roofs 11<br />

Satellite Dishes and Antennae 11<br />

Solar 11<br />

Stone and Brick 11<br />

Stucco 11<br />

Walkways, Steps, Driveways and Patios 12<br />

Walls, Retaining Walls and Boundary Walls 12<br />

Windows, Shutters, Screens and Skylights 12<br />

Wood 12<br />

Glossary of Home Maintenance Terms 14<br />

Standards for Conduct<br />

Basketball Hoops 16<br />

Bulk Trash 16<br />

Business, Hobby and Other Uses 16<br />

Civil Dialogue 16<br />

Construction Hours 16<br />

Disposal and Dumping 17<br />

Flags 17<br />

Laws 17<br />

Livestock, Poultry and Domestic Pets 17<br />

Motorized Vehicles 17<br />

Nuisance 18<br />

Organized Sports 18<br />

Parking 18<br />

Pets On Leash 18<br />

Pet Waste 19<br />

Pool Backwashing 19<br />

Property Modifications 19<br />

Recreational Vehicles 19<br />

Rental of Property 20<br />

Seasonal Decorations 20<br />

Signs – Builders 20<br />

Signs – Other 20<br />

Signs – Political 20<br />

Signs – Real Estate 21<br />

Speeding 21<br />

Storage 21<br />

Trash and Recycling 21<br />

Trespassing and Solicitation 21<br />

Use Restrictions 21<br />

Standards for Landscape<br />

<strong>Desert</strong> <strong>Parks</strong><br />

Arroyos 22<br />

Base Shrub Requirements 22<br />

Boulders 22<br />

Decomposed Granite 22<br />

Grading and Drainage 22<br />

Irrigation 23<br />

Landscape Lighting 23<br />

Landscape Zones 23<br />

Outdoor Sculpture and Yard Ornaments 23<br />

Plant Composition Requirements 24<br />

Plant Density Requirements 24<br />

Plant List, Prohibited 24<br />

Plant Palette, Approved and Abbreviated 24<br />

Pots and Planting Containers 25<br />

Shrubs 25<br />

Streetscape Trees 25<br />

Trees 25<br />

Turf 26<br />

Turf, Artificial 26<br />

Vines 26<br />

Volunteer Plants 26<br />

Landscape Zone Map – <strong>Desert</strong> <strong>Parks</strong> 28<br />

Abbreviated Plant Palette 29<br />

Prohibited Plants 31<br />

Notes 32<br />

4 5

Introduction<br />

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

landscapes are extensively planned to coordinate with the unique character of the Sonoran <strong>Desert</strong>. The<br />

result is an award-winning community known for its welcoming atmosphere, exceptional architecture,<br />

outstanding amenities, lush desert landscape and high property values.<br />

Quality design adds immeasurably to the overall<br />

aesthetics of a community.<br />

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

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

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

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

information as you provide care for your property.<br />

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

you always enjoy living in DC Ranch.<br />

Why do we have DC Ranch Standards for Homes, Conduct and Landscape?<br />

Standards are the measures for keeping the community beautiful and living harmoniously with our<br />

neighbors. DC Ranch Standards provide owners and renters in all neighborhoods, including subassociations,<br />

with the benchmarks that their property and actions should reflect.<br />

Standards enable residents to enjoy not only the beauty of their property but the neighboring properties<br />

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

maintenance or compliance is needed.<br />

The goal of a Standard is simple: to ensure DC Ranch<br />

is as beautiful and enjoyable today as it was the first<br />

time you experienced it.<br />

Where do Standards come from?<br />

DC Ranch Standards for Homes, Conduct and Landscape are compiled from DC Ranch Design<br />

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

shortened and simplified for easy understanding. To read the complete and most current edition of the<br />

Standards please go to DCRanch.com/Standards.<br />

How is compliance with DC Ranch Standards handled?<br />

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

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

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

their home on the market by calling 480.513.1500.<br />

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

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

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

inspected with a modification and at time of sale.<br />

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

notice by phone, letter or email.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

possible legal action.<br />

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

What is the difference between a Standard and a Modification?<br />

DC Ranch Standards speak to the appearance and maintenance of elements already approved to be<br />

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

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

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

Street for review and approval. Once modifications are approved and completed, they should be<br />

maintained to DC Ranch Standards.<br />

What if my neighborhood has a sub-association?<br />

DC Ranch Standards for Homes, Conduct and Landscape apply to all residents and neighborhoods<br />

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

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

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

prior to addressing a Standards concern.<br />

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Standards for Homes<br />


Simple, small-scale, neighborhood-appropriate numbers shall be affixed to<br />

the house or related site walls for identification purposes (except for custom<br />

homes in Country Club and Silverleaf). Address numbers must be legible and<br />

visible from the street or fronting road and contrast with their background.<br />

Numbers should be replaced when faded, cracked, missing or show other<br />

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

names or other special identification may be displayed.<br />


Awnings are an architectural detail and when designed as part of the<br />

original construction should not be removed. Awnings and other attached<br />

shade features should be replaced in the same color when faded or torn.<br />

Shade features may be added or changed with prior approval through the<br />

Modification process.<br />


All concrete and masonry block foundations and walls on the property<br />

shall be substantially free of peeling or loose paint, large cracks, loose or<br />

damaged parging, exposed footings or other noticeable defects.<br />


Decks and railings shall be free of noticeable defects due to weathering<br />

and deterioration, such as cracking, structural failure, surface stains and<br />

mold. Railings should be securely attached. Paint or stain used on decks<br />

and railings should be from the home’s approved color palette and be free of<br />

fading, peeling or other visible blemishes.<br />

DOORS<br />

Doors are the gateways to our homes. House, garage and other doors<br />

should be properly hung. Paint or stain used on doors shall be from the<br />

home’s approved color palette or finish. Doors, trim, threshold, hardware and<br />

associated features shall be free of noticeable peeling or faded paint, dents,<br />

warpage and other visible defects. Alternative materials or custom colors<br />

need prior approval through the Modification process.<br />


Outdoor lighting fixtures and photocells shall be in operable condition, and<br />

all parts, such as posts and lamp fixtures, free of damage, oxidation or other<br />

visible defects. Lighting shall be shielded or glass inserts should obscure<br />

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

be used, although lighting standards may vary by neighborhood. DC Ranch<br />

follows a “dark skies” philosophy to minimize light pollution and enhance<br />

star gazing. In several communities, the homebuilder wired each home with<br />

exterior lights connected to a photo cell, so that the lights would remain on<br />

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

neighborhoods, you are required to maintain these lights and photo cell for<br />

normal operation. All other residents are encouraged to leave two outside<br />

front or street-facing house lights on for safety and security. Exterior lighting<br />

requirements for Silverleaf vary; visit DCRanch.com for specifications.<br />

Landscape lighting is addressed in Standards for Landscape.<br />


Most front yard fences and gates are low by design to encourage<br />

neighborhood interaction. Ornamental metal fences may be either painted<br />

to match the approved home color palette or left as raw metal. Fences and<br />

gates shall be maintained in the original condition and be free of oxidation,<br />

discoloration, peeling paint, mold, mildew, fungus, rot, warpage or other<br />

visible defects.<br />

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


Rain gutters shall be securely attached, be free of debris and sealed to<br />

prevent leakage. Paint should be in good repair and match the home’s<br />

approved color palette.<br />


Mailboxes and posts located on private property should be painted to match<br />

the home’s approved color palette (unless otherwise specified for that<br />

neighborhood) and be free of faded paint, rust, dents, missing parts or other<br />

visible defects.<br />

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Standards for Homes<br />


HVAC, pool pumps and other mechanical equipment should be screened<br />

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

color of the attached or nearest building. All equipment shall be maintained<br />

in good working condition to minimize noise.<br />


Metal and siding surfaces shall be free of oxidation, rust (unless of a natural<br />

rust finish), peeling and faded paint, dents and other noticeable defects.<br />


Homes in DC Ranch are designed to enjoy outdoor living. Furnishings should<br />

be selected that complement the style, color and materials of the home<br />

and be maintained free of debris and decay. Fabric components should be<br />

replaced when faded or torn.<br />

PAINT<br />

DC Ranch has approved paint palettes that vary by neighborhood. Body,<br />

accent and trim colors should all be from the approved color palette. All<br />

exterior painted and coated surfaces shall be substantially free of peeling,<br />

blistering, alligatoring, chalking, fading, spalling, mildew, mold, rust,<br />

efflorescence, dirt, stains or other blemishes and discoloration. All paint color<br />

changes need prior approval through the Modification process. Feel free<br />

to contact The Ranch Offices on Market Street at 480.513.1500 for more<br />

information on paint palettes and choices.<br />


Temporary play equipment may be installed within the private (fully-walled)<br />

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

equipment should be screened from view to the extent possible and in good<br />

repair. Play equipment, including sport courts, that will be permanently<br />

installed requires prior approval through the Modification process.<br />


Pools and water features should be properly maintained and be free<br />

of green or stagnant water. Pool equipment should not be seen from<br />

neighboring properties. Additions or changes need prior approval through the<br />

Modification process.<br />

ROOFS<br />

Roofs shall be free of cracked, missing or otherwise damaged tiles, shingles<br />

or other material. Repairs should be made with materials that match the<br />

existing tiles or shingles. Vents and other protrusions on the roof shall be<br />

painted to match the roof color.<br />


Satellite dishes, antennae, cables and equipment shall be painted to blend<br />

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

With prior approval through the Modification process, it may be possible to<br />

mount them on common area property.<br />

SOLAR<br />

Solar panels should be screened from view to the extent possible, and be<br />

free of visible defects, discoloring and other disrepair. Solar energy devices<br />

may be added with prior approval through the Modification process.<br />


Stone, brick and other similar elements shall be free of efflorescence and<br />

replaced or repaired when cracked, missing, discolored or show other visible<br />

defects. Additions or changes to stone or brick work need prior approval<br />

through the Modification process.<br />

STUCCO<br />

Stucco shall be substantially free of peeling, blistering, alligatoring, chalking,<br />

fading, spalling, mildew, mold, rust, efflorescence, dirt, stains, discoloration,<br />

or other visible blemishes. Paint should be in good repair and match the<br />

home’s color palette and texture. When stucco is covering block, the block<br />

pattern may eventually begin to show through and require re-stuccoing.<br />

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Standards for Homes<br />


Concrete, stone, brick, paver and other hardscape surfaces shall be level<br />

and free of missing, stained or cracked sections and substantially free of pot<br />

holes, large cracks, grade depressions or other signs of erosion. Surfaces<br />

should be maintained in a clean condition and no colored, glossy or reflective<br />

materials applied. Matching material shall be used when replacing damaged<br />

areas. Gravel driveways should not track gravel onto the street.<br />


WALLS<br />

Retaining walls are designed with weep holes at the bottom, which shall<br />

be kept clear of debris to allow water to be released. Walls that are not<br />

designed as retaining walls shall not have soil against them (includes raised<br />

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

repair and match the home’s approved color palette. Retaining walls shall<br />

be waterproofed. Shotcrete walls should not be painted. Common walls<br />

between adjacent lots are the responsibility of both neighbors.<br />


Windows and related outdoor elements, such as screens, shutters, skylights,<br />

window grids and window treatments, shall be clean, complete and in good<br />

repair.<br />

WOOD<br />

Wood shall be maintained free of peeling finishes, splintering and fading, rot,<br />

warpage or damage and match the home’s approved color palette.<br />

Schedule a Courtesy Inspection!<br />

Residents who are planning to sell their properties are strongly<br />

encouraged to schedule a complimentary “pre-inspection” conducted by<br />

Ranch Association staff. Such inspections help ensure that the transfer<br />

and disclosure process at the time of sale is as smooth as possible.<br />

Call The Ranch Offices on Market Street at 480.513.1500<br />

to schedule an inspection.<br />

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Glossary of Home Maintenance Terms<br />

Alligatoring and Checking<br />

Alligatoring is a paint failure evidenced by a cracking pattern resembling a reptile’s skin.<br />

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

cracks in the paint that are shallower in depth.<br />

Planning to sell?<br />

Residents who are planning to sell their properties are strongly encouraged to<br />

schedule a complimentary “pre-inspection” conducted by Ranch Association staff.<br />

Mildew<br />

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

brown, green or black splotches.<br />

Blistering<br />

Blistering paint is identified by small-to-medium-sized bubbles or blisters under the paint<br />

and is most common on wood siding and trim.<br />

Parging<br />

Parging is cement texture applied to concrete block or masonry to mimic stucco. Over<br />

time it can become chipped or loose and fall off.<br />

Chalking<br />

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

is a normal process, excessive chalking can reflect a paint failure and will extend onto<br />

surrounding surfaces and or your hand.<br />

Peeling<br />

Peeling is a common paint problem that is typically caused either by moisture or poor<br />

adhesion. Most often, peeling occurs around windows, doors or gutters.<br />

Cracks<br />

Cracks can develop in stucco over time, often due to settling.<br />

Rust<br />

Rust discoloration is characterized by reddish-brown or blackish stains on the paint<br />

surface.<br />

Efflorescence<br />

Efflorescence occurs when the evaporation of water causes salts within concrete, brick or<br />

natural stone to migrate to the surface, leaving a powdery, whitish deposit.<br />

Spalling<br />

Spalling results when water enters brick, concrete or natural stone and forces the coated<br />

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

eventual destruction of a structure.<br />

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Standards for Conduct<br />


Portable basketball hoops should be painted to match the color of the house.<br />

Basketball poles, backboards and nets should be kept clean and with no<br />

noticeable defects. Permanent basketball hoops and athletic courts require<br />

prior approval through the Modification process. To start the Modification<br />

process please call The Ranch Offices on Market Street at 480.513.1500.<br />


Bulk trash may be put out on the Friday before the City of Scottsdale’s<br />

scheduled pick up date. It should be placed beside the driveway or in the<br />

front yard, keeping clear of the street, sidewalk and common area.<br />


Activities not normally associated with residential property are prohibited if<br />

they generate excessive noise or traffic, create unsightly conditions visible to<br />

a neighboring property, or otherwise cause a nuisance.<br />


Residents and DC Ranch employees shall conduct themselves in a manner<br />

that is civil and respectful, refraining from abusive, demeaning or hostile<br />

language or behavior.<br />


Construction activity on new homes or home modifications is allowed during<br />

the following hours:<br />

April through October:<br />

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday<br />

November through March:<br />

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday<br />

Throughout the year, construction may only occur on Saturdays if it does not<br />

generate excessive noise and is between the hours of 8 a.m. to<br />

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

Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving,<br />

and Christmas Day.<br />


Landscape cuttings, debris, petroleum products, fertilizers, or any potentially<br />

hazardous or toxic substances shall not be disposed of or dumped on any<br />

common areas or elsewhere within DC Ranch.<br />

FLAGS<br />

Flags identified in the Arizona Statue 33-1808 may be flown along with one<br />

seasonal, holiday or sports flag. No more than two flags may be displayed<br />

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

fading or other disrepair. Whether free standing or attached to a residence,<br />

flagpoles shall be wood, aluminum or metal and match the home’s approved<br />

paint color. Free standing flag poles require prior approval through the<br />

Modification process.<br />

LAWS<br />

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

property within DC Ranch.<br />

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


A reasonable number of dogs, cats, or other common household pets is<br />

permitted. Pets should be cared for to generate a limited amount of noise,<br />

not endanger health or safety, or cause any other form of nuisance. Pets<br />

shall be registered, licensed and inoculated as required by law. Raising,<br />

breeding, or keeping of livestock or poultry is not allowed.<br />


Motorized vehicles may not be operated in DC Ranch parks, washes and<br />

natural open space areas or on sidewalks, paths or trails. Battery-operated<br />

toy vehicles ridden by small children are exempt. If properly registered and<br />

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

Electric powered (not gas powered) play vehicles and skateboards may be<br />

ridden during daylight hours on private roadways that have a 15 mile per<br />

hour speed limit if the rider wears a helmet, has adult supervision and does<br />

not tow or have a passenger.<br />

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Standards for Conduct<br />


Activities that cause foul odors or harmful fumes, create noise or other<br />

conditions that disturb the peace, threaten health, safety, or otherwise<br />

interfere with enjoyment from a neighboring property are not allowed. This<br />

includes smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes and vapor from electronic<br />

cigarettes.<br />


DC Ranch has neighborhood parks that are designed to be shared and<br />

enjoyed by all residents and their guests. A neighborhood park may not be<br />

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

wanting to share and enjoy the park. Neighborhood parks shall not be<br />

used by organized sports teams, defined as a teams involved in regularly<br />

scheduled or league play. This does not preclude residents and their guests<br />

from using the park for “pickup” games or other informally organized<br />

sporting activities. DC Ranch parks may also be used for events sponsored<br />

by the Community Council or Ranch Association.<br />


To comply with city code and allow for emergency vehicle access, parking<br />

is not allowed where prohibited by posted signs or where indicated by<br />

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

between the curb and sidewalk, or on the right of way or easement 8 feet<br />

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

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

a private driveway, entrance to an alley, or blocking mailboxes; in any alley<br />

except on the private driveway; in a pedestrian crosswalk; or facing against<br />

the direction of traffic flow.<br />

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

Ranch Security. To accommodate a large party or special situation, please<br />

contact Security in advance so that they have time to grant and distribute<br />

notice of a parking exemption.<br />


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

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

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


Any person owning, possessing, harboring, or having the care and control<br />

of any pet must clean up after the pet. All pet waste deposited on public<br />

and private property, including common areas within DC Ranch shall be<br />

immediately placed in a closed or sealed bag or container and deposited into<br />

a trash receptacle.<br />


Water from backwashing or draining a pool or water feature should be<br />

contained on the property in a drainage basin. If the yard does not contain a<br />

drainage basin, drain into the sanitary sewer clean out on the property. Water<br />

may not be discharged into adjacent open space, an arroyo, the street or<br />

neighboring property.<br />


Changes to the exterior of homes or landscape must be approved through<br />

the Modification process prior to starting the project. This includes all<br />

construction, erection, or placement of anything, permanently or temporarily,<br />

on the outside portions of a property, including landscape alterations,<br />

whether such portions are improved or unimproved. All modifications need<br />

to be completed within one year of approval, unless specified in the notice of<br />

approval or by an approved extension. No signage (contractor or other) may<br />

be displayed during a modification. To start the Modification process please<br />

call The Ranch Offices on Market Street at 480.513.1500.<br />


Storage of a recreation vehicle is acceptable only when in an enclosed<br />

garage or not visible from a neighboring property. This includes all-terrain<br />

vehicles (“ATVs”), utility terrain vehicles (“UTVs”), and off highway vehicles<br />

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

campers; trailers; boats; or other similar vehicles, whether or not the vehicle<br />

meets legal requirements for road usage.<br />

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Standards for Conduct<br />


Residential properties within DC Ranch may be leased for no less than a six<br />

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

month period and twice in any 12 month period. The owner must provide all<br />

tenants with all Ranch governing documents, including the CC&Rs, DC Ranch<br />

Standards and other Ranch policies. The owner is responsible for the actions<br />

their tenant(s).<br />

A Tenant Registration Form shall be submitted within 30 days of the lease<br />

commitment, and a minimum of five business days prior to the tenant’s<br />

proposed move in date. The form may be found on<br />

DCRanch.com. Tenant(s) shall make an appointment with the Ranch<br />

Association (call 480.513.1500) for a short briefing to include such subjects<br />

as obtaining gate passes, guest procedures, use of the community centers,<br />

trash pickup days and other relevant information.<br />


Seasonal decorations may be displayed between Oct. 1 and Jan. 15. For<br />

holidays and celebratory events outside of this time period, decorations are<br />

allowed one week before the holiday and must be removed within one week<br />

after.<br />


DC Ranch has detailed guidelines for signs on new homes under<br />

construction. Owners are responsible for ensuring their builder complies. The<br />

guidelines may be found on DCRanch.com, or by calling The Ranch Offices<br />

on Market Street at 480.513.1500.<br />


Child cautionary signs, no taller than 3 feet, may be used in residential areas<br />

but should be removed within one hour after play ceases. One alarm or<br />

security company sign may be posted on a property. It shall be 2 square feet<br />

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

be professionally manufactured.<br />


Political signs can be displayed on private property 71 days before the<br />

election day and shall be removed within three days after. They may not<br />

exceed 9 square feet in size.<br />


DC Ranch has detailed guidelines for real estate for sale or lease signs.<br />

Owners are responsible for ensuring their agent complies. The guidelines<br />

may be found on DCRanch.com or call The Ranch Offices on Market Street<br />

at 480.513.1500.<br />


Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on DC Ranch private streets is 15<br />

mph. DC Ranch speed limits are enforced at a minimum of 10 mph over<br />

the posted limit. Excessive speed, 20 mph or more over, carries a heavier<br />

penalty. Owners are responsible for ensuring their guests, service providers,<br />

and other visitors adhere to DC Ranch speed limits.<br />


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

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

bicycles, toys, building materials, etc.<br />


Trash and recycling containers may be placed on the street the day before<br />

the scheduled pickup day. They shall be moved and stored in an area not<br />

visible from a neighboring property on the same day as pickup.<br />


Any person not accompanied by or having the permission of a resident to be<br />

on a property may be considered to be trespassing whether on foot, bicycle<br />

or vehicle. Travel from entrance to home and houseguests are excluded.<br />

Private Club members have access to and from club facilities. Solicitation is<br />

not allowed unless expressly permitted by state or federal law.<br />


Activities that disturb or destroy vegetation, wildlife, or air quality; use<br />

excessive amounts of water; or result in unreasonable levels of sound or<br />

light pollution, are not allowed.<br />

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Standards for Landscape<br />


Arroyos are used on residential property to divert water and prevent erosion,<br />

not as decorative enhancements. They should be constructed and maintained<br />

to blend with the natural desert environment. All stones in the arroyos<br />

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

Large stones shall be fully integrated with fine material within the arroyo.<br />

Arroyos should be kept clear of debris and plantings. See photo.<br />


In most landscape zones, there is a required number of base shrubs that<br />

shall be planted within that zone. Over time, and for various reasons, the<br />

number of base shrubs can fall below the minimum. As plants are replaced,<br />

the minimum number required should be maintained to create a natural<br />

transition from one zone to the next. Base shrub number and species requirements<br />

are shown on the Abbreviated Plant Palette on page 29.<br />


Boulders are not part of the natural terrain at DC Ranch and are, therefore,<br />

discouraged. If your approved landscape plan includes boulders, they should<br />

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

requires prior approval through the Modification process.<br />


In <strong>Desert</strong> <strong>Parks</strong>, a 2 inch layer of 3/8 inch screened Apache brown decomposed<br />

granite, shall be maintained as the ground cover in all areas of the<br />

front yards that are not turf.<br />


DC Ranch homes were built with grading to carry the water away from the<br />

house. This slope should not be disturbed and, as erosion occurs, should be<br />

built back up. The relationship between the finished landscape grade should<br />

be maintained at one inch lower than any hardscape (driveway, walkways,<br />

etc.). Drainage patterns shall be maintained as set forth in the approved<br />

civil-engineered or landscape plans. As erosion occurs, maintenance will be<br />

needed to ensure that hardscapes remain dry and that roof run-off continues<br />

to flow into a planting area or the drainage flow pattern.<br />


Landscaped areas shall be maintained on a permanent, automatic, drip<br />

irrigation system with the exception of turf, which may use spray irrigation.<br />

Valve or other flush mounted boxes shall be painted to match the color of the<br />

ground surface (desert tan). Wall mounted equipment shall match the exterior<br />

paint of the home. Paint shall be in good condition. Irrigation lines should<br />

be in good repair, remain buried and should not water beyond the property<br />

line or create runoff onto hardscapes.<br />


Landscape lighting shall be metal, in operable condition and free of damage,<br />

oxidation and other visible defects, and placed approximately 15 feet back<br />

from the curb. Landscape lighting shall be shielded to accent planting areas<br />

or tree trunks, not wall surfaces. A maximum of three shielded lights are<br />

allowed per large tree or cacti, one for smaller cacti or shrubs. Bulbs should<br />

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

used along walks and drives shall not be symmetrical in placement. Altering<br />

a landscape lighting plan requires prior approval through the Modification<br />

process.<br />


Homes have designated landscape zones within the yard. Most zones have<br />

a plant composition and density requirement along with an approved plant<br />

palette specific to the zone. See zone map on page 28.<br />



Outdoor sculpture and yard ornaments shall be maintained in their original<br />

condition. Adding sculpture that is visible from any public area or an adjacent<br />

property requires prior approval through the Modification process.<br />

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Plant composition refers to the percentage of various types of plant groups<br />

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

in DC Ranch were designed, approved, and originally planted, and<br />

should be maintained to meet the requirement. Plant composition should include<br />

species from at least four plant groups to create interest and provide a<br />

range of size and texture as plants mature. Plant composition requirements<br />

vary by neighborhood and often by landscape zone. If you are replacing<br />

more than a couple of plants, it is recommended you call a Community<br />

Standards Specialist at 480.513.1500 to assist with your plant composition<br />

requirement.<br />


Plant density defines the minimum number of plants required in a set<br />

amount of square footage. For example, 1:25 means 1 plant required in a<br />

25 square foot area. Density requirements vary by landscape zone. Density<br />

is too low if it is below the minimum required. Plant density is too high if it<br />

presents an unnatural look. As plants die, they should be replaced to maintain<br />

the minimum plant density in that zone, (using the approved plant list for<br />

that zone) and remain consistent with the home’s approved landscape plan.<br />


Plants on the prohibited list do not integrate well with DC Ranch’s natural<br />

desert environment. All properties shall be maintained free of plants on this<br />

list. See prohibited plant list on page 31.<br />



More than 300 plants are approved for planting in DC Ranch. The Approved<br />

Plant Palette can be found online at DCRanch.com. These plants complement<br />

the Sonoran desert in which we live. All plants in the landscape<br />

should be from the approved list and consistent with the home’s approved<br />

landscape plan. This document contains an abbreviated list of approved<br />

plants for <strong>Desert</strong> <strong>Parks</strong>, designated by landscape zone and chosen for their<br />

availability and durability.<br />


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

enhanced and private yard zones. They should complement the architectural<br />

design of the home. Irrigation lines shall be provided to pots and adjusted to<br />

result in little to no water leakage. Pots and containers shall be maintained<br />

with healthy, living plants from the approved plant list or annuals (no artificial<br />

plants) and be in good repair.<br />

SHRUBS<br />

Pruning may be needed to maintain the shrub’s health and should be done in<br />

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

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

shrub from the approved plant list and be consistent with the home’s<br />

approved landscape plan.<br />


<strong>Desert</strong> <strong>Parks</strong> neighborhoods feature specific streetscape trees, generally located<br />

six to eight feet back form the curb, or between the curb and sidewalk.<br />

These trees are owned by the homeowner, who is responsible for maintaining<br />

water to the tree along with removal and replacement as needed. Before<br />

removing and replanting a streetscape tree, please contact a Community<br />

Standards Specialist at 480.513.1500. To maintain uniformity, your monthly<br />

Ranch Association assessment pays for clearance pruning of the streetscape<br />

trees.<br />

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

TREES<br />

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

manner that provides for a natural look and includes an eight foot clearance<br />

over walkways and 13.5 feet clearance over driving areas. Trunks should<br />

be maintained free of starter branches. Trees should never be topped by<br />

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

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

Approved Plant Palette and consistent with the home’s approved landscape<br />

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

neighboring property. If a tree on your property encroaches on a neighbor’s<br />

property, please coordinate tree maintenance with them. Tree trimmings<br />

should be disposed of in Scottsdale’s regularly scheduled bulk trash pick-up<br />

or by your landscape company.<br />

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TURF<br />

Lawns should be mowed at regular intervals to provide a well-manicured<br />

appearance. Clippings should be removed. Lawns should be neatly trimmed<br />

around plant beds, walkways, foundations, and other design elements.<br />

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

be maintained within the turf border. Adding or altering lawn requires prior<br />

approval through the Modification process.<br />


High quality artificial turf may be used in an enclosed private yard area only<br />

and shall be maintained in good repair. Adding artificial turf requires prior<br />

approval through the Modification process.<br />

VINES<br />

Vines create an added dimension to landscape. Vines should be maintained<br />

to not infringe on neighboring or common area property. To prevent damage,<br />

vines should not touch, climb or cling to fascia or roof areas. Nursery stakes<br />

should be removed six months after planting. Vine support structures should<br />

be in good repair.<br />


Volunteers in the landscape refer to plants or weeds that self-populate.<br />

Some species of volunteers are considered invasive and as such are listed<br />

on the DC Ranch prohibited plant list. Yards should be maintained free of invasive<br />

volunteers. Volunteer plants that are on the approved plant list should<br />

be removed as needed to control plant density and variety.<br />

Want to Make a Change to Your<br />

Home or Landscape?<br />

If you want to add or modify something on the exterior of your home or<br />

within your landscape design, you may do so with prior approval through the<br />

modification process.<br />

Modification forms may be downloaded from DCRanch.com<br />

and then submitted to The Ranch Offices on Market Street<br />

for review and approval.<br />

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Landscape Zone Map | DESERT PARKS<br />



• All areas within the side and rearyards that are fully<br />

enclosed by 5 ft. wall or fence. (Measured from interior<br />

grade)<br />

• Behind a 5 ft. privacy view fence. (The area from the<br />

fence to 5 ft. away is Enhanced Zone)<br />

• Courtyards that are not visible from the street.<br />

• Plant density is 1:40 sq. ft. (special allowance 1:25 sq.<br />

ft. when total planting area is less than optimal).<br />


• All non enclosed areas from the face and side walls of<br />

the home to the end of natural zone.<br />

• Courtyards that are visible from the street. Plant<br />

density is 1:20 sq. ft.<br />

• Base shrub requirements are listed in the Abbreviated<br />

Plant Palette in this booklet.<br />


• Fromthecurb12ft.intothe front/side yard (distance<br />

should not include the sidewalk).<br />

• Plant density is 1:15 sq. ft. Parkway (where applicable)<br />

Plant density is 1:20 sq. ft.<br />

• Base shrub requirements are listed in the Abbreviated<br />

Plant Palette in this booklet.<br />

<strong>Desert</strong> Haciendas<br />

The Villas*<br />

Terrace Homes East/West<br />

The Villas At <strong>Desert</strong> Park Village*<br />

Park & Manor Homes<br />

The Estates<br />

Courtyards At <strong>Desert</strong> <strong>Parks</strong>*<br />

PAT I O<br />

S T R E E T<br />

S T R E E T<br />

Abbreviated Plant Palette | DESERT PARKS<br />

Jacaranda<br />

Mexican Fence Post<br />

Sierra Bouquet Texas Sage<br />

Private Zone<br />

• Trees – Tipu Tree, Jacaranda, Sissoo, Crape Myrtle, <strong>Desert</strong> Fern<br />

• Cacti/Accents – Curiosity Plant, Umbrella Plant, Gopher Plant, Adams Needle,<br />

Firestick Pencil Bush, Mexican Fence Post<br />

• Shrubs (large) – Blue Hibiscus, Compact Xylosma, Myrtus, Firebush, Littleleaf<br />

Sumac, Tropical Hibiscus<br />

• Shrubs (med/small) – Bicolor Iris, Indian Hawthorn, Mexican Bush Sage,<br />

Japanese Boxwood, Shrimp Plant, Euryops Daisy<br />

• Groundcovers – Star Jasmine, Vinca, Asparagus Fern, Hearts and Flowers,<br />

Gazania, Dwarf Rosemary<br />

• Vines – Creeping Fig, Potato Vine, Royal Trumpet Vine, Yellow Flowering<br />

Jessamine, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Passion Flower<br />

Enhanced Zone<br />

• Trees – Texas Mt. Laurel, Sweet Acacia, Blueleaf Wattle, Cascalote, Texas Honey<br />

Mesquite, Phoenix Mesquite<br />

• Cacti/Accents – Blue Elf Aloe, Candelilla, Tree Aloe, Green <strong>Desert</strong> Spoon, Bulbine,<br />

Beaked Yucca<br />

• Shrubs (large) – Sierra Bouquet Texas Sage, Bush Lantana, Feathery Green<br />

Cassia, Hopseed Bush, Yellow Bells<br />

• Shrubs (med/small) – Base Shrub Requirement – 1 in every 8 plants must be<br />

Turpentine and 1 of 8 may be any combination of Turpentine, <strong>Desert</strong> Marigold<br />

or Bursage. Additional choices for this zone are: Gaura, Elephant Food, British<br />

Ruellia, Autumn Sage, Bat Faced Cuphea, Mexican Honeysuckle, Wooly Butterfly<br />

Bush<br />

• Groundcovers – Katie Ruellia, Sierra Gold Dalea, Trailing Yellow Lantana, Wedelia,<br />

White Rain Lily, Compact Germander<br />

• Vines – Bougainvillea (specific colors), Lady Banks Rose, Lilac Vine, Pink Trumpet<br />

Vine, Snail Vine<br />

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

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*Subassociations may differ; check with property management on homeowner responsibilities and additional restrictions. See page 7 for more information.<br />

Beaked Yucca<br />


Abbreviated Plant Palette | DESERT PARKS<br />

Goodding's Verbena<br />

Natural Zone<br />

• Trees – Blue Palo Verde, <strong>Desert</strong> Willow, Native Mesquite, Ironwood<br />

• Cacti/Accents – Soaptree Yucca, Twin Flowering Agave, <strong>Desert</strong> Milkweed,<br />

Hohokam Agave, Red Hesperaloe<br />

• Shrubs (large) – Baja Red Fairy Duster, Fairy Duster, Yellow Bells, Red Bird of<br />

Paradise<br />

• Shrubs (med/small) – Base Shrub Requirement* – 1 in every 8 plants must be<br />

Turpentine and 1 in 8 may be any combination of Turpentine, Bursage or <strong>Desert</strong><br />

Marigold. Additional choices for this zone are: Autumn Sage, Damianita, Indigo<br />

Bush, Chaparral Sage, Firecracker, and Penstemon<br />

• Groundcovers – Trailing Indigo Bush, <strong>Desert</strong> Marigold, Sandpaper Verbena,<br />

Goodding’s Verbena, Tufted Primrose<br />

• Vines – Queens Wreath, Cat’s Claw Vine, Yellow Orchid Vine, Lilac Orchid Vine<br />

Prohibited Plants<br />

The intent of this list is to preserve DC Ranch’s integration into the magnificent Sonoran <strong>Desert</strong><br />

environment in which it was built.<br />

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

walls or from surrounding property, unless it is on the Approved Plant Palette, or has<br />

been previously approved by the Covenant Commission.<br />

2 Palms (Palmae)<br />

3 Pine Trees (Pinus)<br />

4 Cypress (Cupressus), False Cypress (Chamaecyparis), Juniper or Cedar (Juniperus)<br />

Red Hesperaloe<br />

Red Bird of Paradise<br />

* In Parkways, 1 in 4 plants must be Turpentine and 1 in 4 may be any<br />

combination of Turpentine, <strong>Desert</strong> Marigold or Bursage<br />

More than 300 plant species are approved for landscaping in<br />

<strong>Desert</strong> <strong>Parks</strong>, see full list on DCRanch.com/Standards.<br />

5 Olive Trees (except Swanhill Olive)<br />

6 Mexican Palo Verde (Parkinsonia aculeate)<br />

7 All varieties of Citrus<br />

8 Oleander (Nerium Oleander) and Thevetia species<br />

9 <strong>Desert</strong> Broom (Baccharis sarothroides)<br />

10 Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum)<br />

11 Common Bermuda Grass (Cynodon dactylon) in seed, sprig or sod form<br />

12 All plants on the Arizona Noxious List (list changes)<br />

30 Ironwood Tree<br />




Call The Ranch Offices on Market Street<br />

480.513.1500<br />

For the complete and most up-to-date Standards<br />

DCRanch.com<br />

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

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