Sierra Canyon Architectural Review Process

Sierra Canyon Association (SCA) Homeowners recently received a letter from the Somersett Owners Association (SOA) Board Secretary advising them of a new Architectural Review process to obtain approvals for making modifications, alterations or additions (including landscape improvements) to their property.  Previously, the SOA agreed that if the SCA Architectural Review Committee (ARC) approved requests for alterations, then this approval would also include SOA approval.

However, it appears that the SCA ARC, in the past, has approved certain alterations/improvements that would not have been approved by the SOA’s Aesthetics Guidelines Committee (AGC). That is, for not being consistent with the SOA’s CC&R’s or Architectural Guidelines. Hence, to insure consistency throughout all of Somersett, a new approval process is being implemented by the SOA as follows:

  1. SCA Homeowners must first submit their applications for approval to the SCA’s ARC.
  2. If approved by the SCA’s ARC, the Homeowner must then submit an application for approval to the SOA’s AGC, along with proof that it was approved by the SCA’s ARC.
  3. If the SCA ARC disapproved the request, then the SOA will not entertain any subsequent approval request. That is, no avenue for override by the SOA’s AGC.

Given that the SOA’s AGC must ultimately approve all requests for property modifications and/or additions, what is the purpose of Step 1 above, and why the need for the SCA ARC at all? Perhaps just be a “screener” for the SOA AGC?

A complete reading of the SOA’s letter may be obtained via the following link:

SCA Architectural Review Process Letter

Anyone care to comment?



6 thoughts on “Sierra Canyon Architectural Review Process

  1. This is not what we bought into 5 years ago. It sounds like a dictatorship. Very unhappy with the situation. Don’t know why we are even part of Somersett. Can’t use your faciililties and we pay a monthly fee.

    Marilyn Colquhoun

    On Sun, Oct 1, 2017 at 8:47 PM, Somersett United wrote:

    > Somersett United posted: “Sierra Canyon Association (SCA) Homeowners > recently received a letter from the Somersett Owners Association (SOA) > Board Secretary advising them of a new Architectural Review process to > obtain approvals for making modifications, alterations or additions (i” >


      Living in Somersett proper – using the TCTC (instead of the Aspen Lodge) – I have always wondered, why a 55+ community is a part of the whole.

      Many of our community standards are part of the City of Reno’s expectations for new developments. There are two primary entrances into Somersett – West and East – I use both of them. The Somersett Parkway and the Somersett Ridge Pkwy offer a splendid setting for folks driving in… yes they should have a similar look. When Somersett was developed in 2004, all the residential parts used the following services which were put in throughout the community; NV Energy power (Safely underground), a common water supply from TMWR, telecom/cable and the City Sewer services.

      The PUD (Planned Urban Development) for Somersett, approved by Reno, envisioned common design “elements”, architectural look, so that we would blend in with the Peavine foothill desert landscape. PUD living requires the HOA to enforce common standards for house color, roofing, fencing, landscaping, etc. The PUD calls for dark skies, so we can gaze in awe at the heavens at night.

      The Commons and General Somersett association dues, paid by all 3250 housing units allow all to use the Canyon 9 hole golf course, pay for the common landscaping and entire community administration. Through these dues we pay for access to the private Somersett Country Club and championship golf course… the beautiful green fairways add to the general ambience and quality of life throughout our community.

      There are other sub-associations in Somersett (the Village, the Vue), gates and private streets where additional dues are paid to maintain these areas. All non Sierra Canyon folks pay dues to the TCTC (1900 residences).

      Somersett is a PUD with a common theme, set in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada, with stunning vistas which change as light plays on the nearby mountains.

      1. Nice altruistic comment! Yes standards and regulations can prove beneficial to a community, However, we also need common sense in interpreting, implementing and/or expanding them. The lack of which is often seen in our BOD actions.

        With regard to Sierra Canyon I do see some merit in their being an independent Association. However, we all know this will never happen, primarily due to financial considerations (i.e., common area income for the SOA).

  2. Marilyn,

    This is not what I bought into when I bought into SC. SCA rules and reg’s are do what ever you want and SCA/SOA will not do anything. We all received copies of the associations rules and reg’s, All we get from the SCA BOD is that will have owners correct violations which does not happen. Hopefully someone will take charge and remove the chicken wire, painted fences, school buses that pick up children living in SC too name a few common violations.

    Let the fines begin, which will reduce our monthly association dues and increase our property value.

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