Purpose of Guidelines
- To maintain and enhance the character of Bloomfield Village as a neighborhood of beautiful and harmonious private residences.
- To ensure the Village remains a uniquely desirable neighborhood with stable property values.
- To provide guidance to the Village Manager as he/she assists the homeowner through the approval process as expeditiously as possible.
- To assist homeowners and their architect address issues during the planning phase of the project which will result in drawings and documents that are complete and in accordance with these Guidelines and the Building and Use Restrictions governing Bloomfield Village.
- To provide direction and continuity for the decisions made by the Village Board of Trustees regarding implementation of these Guidelines and the Building and Use Restrictions.
Vision of Village
- Judson Bradway's vision was to create a residential community of the highest quality.
- A community of traditional homes distinguished by the use of exceptional traditional architectural details, appropriate scale, balance and proportion, high quality materials, and tasteful color selection.
- A neighborhood where the homes are in harmony with each other and with the natural setting.
- Home settings are distinguished by open lawns and the use of plantings for privacy in order to create a community of pleasant vistas, undisturbed by extraneous or incompatible structures that might detract from the natural, rural-like setting of Bloomfield Village.
Excerpts from the Building and Use Restrictions
The following excerpts are intended to clarify the approval process and support the vision statement:
- No building, fence, wall or other structure shall be commenced, erected, or maintained, nor shall any addition, change, or alteration be made, except interior alterations, until the plans and specifications, showing the nature, kind, shape, height, materials, color scheme, location on lot, and the grading plan of the lot to be built upon shall have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Village Board of Trustees. The purpose being to cause the plat to develop into a beautiful, harmonious private residential section.
- The restrictions inure to the benefit of all owners, and failure to enforce any building restrictions shall not be deemed a waiver of the right to enforce restrictions even if the same breach has occurred prior or subsequent thereto.
Advice and Guidance from the Board of Trustees
To provide guidance to property owners, architects and developers, the Board of Trustees has created these qualitative and quantitative Guidelines that pertain to both renovations and all new construction. These Guidelines provide solid benchmarks for most Village properties, however, the Board recognizes there are properties in each plat of the Village that exhibit unique characteristics, therefore meeting the benchmarks will not guarantee plan approval. Property that is wide in comparison with neighboring property, property that is deep but narrow, property with an unusual grade, and property that is on or near a corner will generally be viewed as an exception and require special consideration.
The Board of Trustees recommends that the Village Manager be contacted early in the planning process. Additionally the Board recommends that an architect be employed to prepare drawings for new construction or any renovation affecting the front and/or sides of a home. In most instances, homeowners have found this expedites and simplifies the Board's approval process. Ultimately it is the homeowner's responsibility to ensure development of a plan that will comply with the Village Guidelines. It is recommended that homeowners select an architect with successful working experience in the Village or request their architect review the archives of original home blueprints on file at the Village Hall.
In making its determination to approve or deny a plan submission, the Building and Use Restrictions permit the Board of Trustees to take into consideration the suitability or desirability of the proposed plan, for esthetics or for other reasons, including the suitability of the proposed plan to the site, its harmony with the surrounding structures and its effect on the view from adjacent or neighboring properties.