Standards for Landscape

The Standards for Landscape are the guidelines for residents to use for maintenance of their property. These references were designed to be easy-to-understand with neighborhood-specific navigation to various resources including brochures, landscape zone maps, and abbreviated, full and prohibited plant lists.

Standards for Landscape (including enforcement guidelines)

Landscape Philosophy

When you first visited DC Ranch, perhaps one of the first things you noticed was the quality and character of the surrounding landscape. Many visitors are quick to notice how integral the landscape is to the Sonoran Desert. To achieve this result, landscape design within the community is carefully crafted to preserve the unique character of the natural desert landscape that existed long before we arrived. To ensure continuity of this philosophy, we have developed thorough landscape guidelines that steer residents toward designs and plant types that are reflective of our guiding philosophy.

One of the objectives is to avoid creating neighborhoods that result in a patchwork of landscapes that do not bear any resemblance to our larger surroundings. Instead, each landscape zone blends together to create a seamless flow from naturally occurring desert to an executed plan.

Oftentimes landscape plans become modified as new owners make changes that are personally appealing. Previous plans can be changed, but only if they stay within the overall community guidelines and go through the approval process. Residents are highly encouraged to consult with a Community Standards Specialist for assistance with any landscaping question or project by calling 480.513.1500.

Landscape Maintenance

Many subtleties of the natural landscape have been replicated within the constructed landscape. As a result, selected areas of the landscape are not intended to be thoroughly manicured or “picture perfect” at all times. Instead, we try to honor the natural beauty of the landscape with all the imperfections and idiosyncrasies that give the natural environment “character.” This is not to say that any aspect of the community should ever appear unkempt, but rather that “planned authenticity” has been applied to areas of the landscape design.

Neighborhood Landscape Zone Maps

The Standards for Landscape are divided into seven different areas by neighborhood, each with a unique Landscape Zone Map and Abbreviated Plant List, which details readily-available and sustainable approved plants. The full Approved Plant List and Prohibited plants are also easily accessible. To access your map and lists, click on the name of your neighborhood or call The Ranch Offices at 480.513.1500 for assistance. To assist you, the Standards for Landscape are meant to guide residents in making selections for simple replanting or replacing and general maintenance. Any major landscape change would require approval and should be submitted through the modification process.

Country Club Custom Homes

Planting Zones and Abbreviated Plant Palette

Approved Plant Palette (file coming soon)
Prohibited Plant List
Landscape and Lighting Design Guidelines (file coming soon)

Country Club Non Custom Homes

Planting Zones and Abbreviated Plant Palette
Approved Plant Palette (file coming soon)
Prohibited Plant List
Landscape and Lighting Design Guidelines (file coming soon)

Desert Camp

Planting Zones and Abbreviated Plant Palette
Approved Plant Palette (file coming soon)
Prohibited Plant List
Landscape and Lighting Design Guidelines (file coming soon)

Desert Parks

Planting Zones and Abbreviated Plant Palette
Approved Plant Palette
Prohibited Plant List
Landscape and Lighting Design Guidelines

Silverleaf Parks

Planting Zones and Abbreviated Plant Palette
Approved Plant Palette
Prohibited Plant List
Landscape and Lighting Design Guidelines

Arcadia at Silverleaf

Planting Zones and Abbreviated Plant Palette
Approved Plant Palette
Prohibited Plant List
Landscape and Lighting Design Guidelines

Horseshoe Canyon & Upper Canyon

Planting Zones and Abbreviated Plant Palette
Approved Plant Palette: Horseshoe Canyon
Approved Plant Palette: Upper Canyon
Prohibited Plant List
Landscape and Lighting Design Guidelines: Horseshoe Canyon
Landscape and Lighting Design Guidelines: Upper Canyon

Brochures

Arroyos
Desert Pavement