Standards & Guidelines
Standards are the measures for keeping the community beautiful and living harmoniously as neighbors. DC Ranch Standards provide owners and renters in all neighborhoods, including sub-associations, 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. Enforcement of the guidelines is vital to success and voluntary compliance is an integral component.
Over time, many properties may have deviated from the original plans. Residents may always request a courtesy inspection to assist with compliance by contacting a Community Standards Specialist for help. Our goal is ensure DC Ranch remains as beautiful and enjoyable today as it was the first time you experienced it. Inspections for modifications and transfer and disclosure are more thorough and adhere more strictly to the compliance standards.
If you are looking to make a change, please visit the Home & Landscaping Changes section for more information on modification guidelines.
Please note, these flipbooks contain only abbreviated portions of the DC Ranch Standards depending on the neighborhood in whch you live. The full DC Ranch Standards are available in sections below.
DC Ranch Standards for Homes
The Standards for Homes are the guidelines for residents to use for exterior maintenance and care of their homes. This easy-to-understand reference guide is a simplified version of content contained in the full Design Guidelines for each of the four villages: Desert Camp, Country Club, Silverleaf and Desert Parks. Residents are always encouraged to call a Community Standards Specialist to assist with questions or proposed plans. Courtesy inspections are free and are highly recommended.
DC Ranch Standards for Conduct
The Standards for Conduct govern behavior of residents in DC Ranch; it supersedes all previous board actions addressed in the document. This reference is a compilation of the CC&Rs, board policies and federal, state and local statues. DC Ranch residents are proud of where they live and choose to voluntarily comply with the community governing documents. Although the enforcement guidelines address potential monetary or legal action that may be taken, success is dependent upon each resident upholding the standards on a daily basis.
DC Ranch 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. Residents are always encouraged to call a Community Standards Specialist to assist with questions or proposed plans. Courtesy inspections are free and are highly recommended.
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.
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
An appeals process has been adopted in accordance with state guidelines and for situations where a resident feels that they need recourse on a matter pertaining to the community-wide standards. Residents may appeal a violation or penalty to the Ranch Association board of directors through written request. In addition to appeals to the board, revisions to state law also allow homeowners to make appeals to the Arizona Department of Real Estate.