Building and Use Restrictions
All properties in the Village are governed by “Building and Use Restrictions,” referred to herein as the “Deed Restrictions,” established by Judson Bradway when the Village was developed. The Deed Restrictions for all Village properties provide:
“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 Deed Restrictions benefit all owners. Failing to enforce the restrictions in any specific case does not waive the Association’s right to enforce such restrictions later, even if they have been breached before.
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 homeowners through the approval process as expeditiously as possible.
- To assist homeowners and their architects in addressing issues during the planning phase of a project, which will result in drawings and documents that are complete and in accordance with these Guidelines and the Deed 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 Deed 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 appropriate 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.
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 are not meant to be a prescriptive checklist of every factor considered in assessing the acceptability of a proposed plan, but rather a broader set of principles/factors used to help evaluate whether a proposed plan is harmonious with the neighborhood. The Board recognizes there are properties in each plat of the Village that exhibit unique characteristics, therefore meeting the letter of the requirements in these Guidelines 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 may present different or additional challenges and require special consideration.
The Deed Restrictions require Bloomfield Village Association approval of ALL changes to the exterior of a home or property. The Board of Trustees recommends that homeowners contact the Village Manager early in the planning process. Additionally, the Board recommends that homeowners employ an architect to prepare drawings for new construction or any renovation impacting the front, sides and rear 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 plans on file at the Village Hall.
In making its determination to approve or deny a plan submission, the Deed Restrictions permit the Board of Trustees to take into consideration the suitability or desirability and aesthetics of the proposed plan, including the relationship of the proposed plan to the site, its harmony with the surrounding structures and its effect on the view from adjacent or neighboring properties.