Beautiful Homes Guidelines
Romanelli West Renaissance Initiative
Romanelli West Board of Directors, in response to membership’s direction, created the Romanelli West Renaissance Initiative, which works to ensure that Romanelli West housing values remain strong relative to other Ward Parkway neighborhoods. The initiative seeks to enhance the beauty of the neighborhood and the marketability of single family homes through:
- preservation of Romanelli West’s unique statuary,
- landscaping to beautify and maintain islands and street end caps,
- awards recognition of the most beautiful homes and most beautiful block, and
- articulation of neighborhood maintenance guidelines and oversight relative to city codes, standards and deed restrictions provided through the Board of Director’s Codes Committee and its Neighborhood Improvement Committee.
Deed restrictions from developer JC Nichols, written from 1946 – 1951, provide the legal requirements for property development and use. Deed restrictions are binding for each Romanelli West property and are extremely difficult to amend or change. City of Kansas City Missouri codes provide legal requirements for property maintenance and use.
To augment binding deed restrictions and city codes, the Board of Directors has created and adopted guiding principles to encourage regular maintenance and upkeep of Romanelli West homes. These guiding principles provide a vision for our neighborhood, which will be the basis for the Neighborhood Improvement Committee’s work, along with legally binding deed restrictions and city codes, to encourage well maintained residences. They are designed to “fill in the gaps” between deed restrictions and current city codes. Refer to deed restrictions and link to city codes on Romanelli West website at .
The standards are organized into the following subject matter areas:
- Land Use and Occupancy
- Parking and Storage of Vehicles
- Swimming Pools and Rainwater Collection Systems
- Exterior Structures, Outbuildings, Gardens, and Garage Sales
- Land Use and Occupancy
Romanelli West was developed for single family, private residential purposes. Adherence to the following standards will ensure this basic purpose continues to be fulfilled.
- Temporary Structures: No residence of a temporary nature shall be erected, moved onto or maintained on any of the lots or used for human occupancy.
- Permanent Structures: No trailer, outbuilding or exterior structure shall be used for temporary or permanent human occupancy.
- Rental Properties: Rental properties shall be, and at all times remain, properly registered with the City of Kansas City as a rental property and in compliance with applicable Kansas City codes, including codes pertinent to rental properties.
- Rental Period: The lease or rental period shall not be less than twelve (12) months.
- Parking and Storage of Vehicles
Parking and storage of vehicles is part of Romanelli West everyday life. Adherence to the following standards will remove vehicles from view that could detract from the Romanelli West’s beauty and housing values. These standards comprise being a “good neighbor.”
- Operable Vehicle Parking: Only operable and registered vehicles such as automobiles, pickup trucks and vans are permitted to be parked on driveways overnight.
- Inoperable Vehicle Parking and Storage: Any wrecked, damaged, demolished, disassembled, disabled, or otherwise inoperable vehicle, including automobiles, pickup trucks, vans or inoperable recreational vehicles or devices are permitted to be parked only in an enclosed garage or other permitted accessory or exterior structure unless being actively loaded or unloaded.
- Recreational Vehicle Parking and Storage: Operable and registered recreational vehicles, including but not limited to motor home, travel trailer, boat on a trailer, trailer, personal water craft, camper or camper shell, or other recreational device such as golf carts or all-terrain vehicles are permitted to be parked only in an enclosed garage or other permitted accessory or exterior structure unless being actively loaded or unloaded.
- Commercial Vehicles: Commercial vehicles are defined as any vehicle used commercially to transport goods or paid passengers, containing a ladder or pipe rack, registered as a commercial vehicle or required to have a commercial driver’s license. Commercial vehicles are not permitted to be parked on the street or driveway unless the driver, owner or operator of such vehicle is actively conducting construction, repair, maintenance, or service at the residence which is applicable to the commercial nature of the vehicle.
- Auto Parts Storage: Any damaged, demolished or disassembled parts from any vehicle or recreational device shall only be stored in an enclosed garage or other permitted exterior structure.
- Auto Repair: Repair of any vehicle is not permitted on a driveway.
- Swimming Pools and Rainwater Collection Systems
Romanelli West residents often enjoy use of swimming pools, swim spas, hot tubs, and rainwater collection systems. Adherence to the following standards helps ensure these do not detract from Romanelli West’s beauty and housing values. These standards comprise being a “good neighbor.”
- Pool Maintenance: All pools and spas shall be fenced and all hot tubs shall be fenced or otherwise adequately screened. All pools, spas and hot tubs shall be kept clean and maintained in an operable condition at all times. Winterized pools, spas, and hot tubs are considered operable.
- Pool Construction: No above-ground swimming pools or swim spas shall be permitted. Swimming pools, swim spas and hot tubs shall conform to the following:
- construction is permitted under a properly issued Kansas City building permit; or, if a permit is not required by Kansas City codes, then all plumbing and/or electrical work shall be done by a qualified installer licensed to perform such work in Kansas City; and,
- the rear-most portion of the pool, spa or hot tub including any apron or similar surface adjacent to the pool be at least ten (10) feet from the rear lot line, or greater if required by Kansas City zoning code; and,
- the sides of the pool, spa, or hot tub including any apron or similar surface adjacent to the pool be at least ten (10) feet from the side lot lines, or greater if required by Kansas City zoning code; and,
- the property owner shall at all times comply with all applicable Kansas City ordinances with respect to pools and accessory uses permitted in residential districts, including, but not limited to screening, height limitations, and fencing.
- Children’s Pools: Children’s pools are permitted provided they:
- do not contain stagnant water, nor become a breeding area or water source for mosquitoes, other insects, birds, or animals; and,
- shall be removed after use from front or side yards or driveways and are not permitted to remain in that location overnight.
- Rainwater Collection Systems: Rainwater collection system devices are permitted provided:
- storage tank devices to collect water runoff from roofs, gutters, or downspouts, such as rain barrels or similar, are screened from view by means of shrubbery or an authorized fence.
- Exterior Structures, Outbuildings, Gardens and Garage Sales
Romanelli West residents often enjoy use of fences, outbuildings, exterior structures and vegetable gardens to enhance the enjoyment of their property. Adherence to the following standards will help ensure that these do not detract from Romanelli West’s beauty and housing values. These standards comprise being a “good neighbor.”
- Fencing: Fencing is permitted only when it conforms to applicable City codes relative to setbacks, permits, footings, maintenance, condition and structural integrity, and only fencing pre-approved in writing, describing location, height and materials, by the approving authority, the Romanelli West Board of Directors administered through the Neighborhood Improvement Committee, shall be erected.
- Fences shall be:
- structurally sound and in good condition and any required repairs shall be made promptly.
- constructed only with wood, ornamental iron, or prefinished aluminum which can be supported by brick or stone columns; materials not permitted include, but are not limited to, chain link, split rail, plastic, vinyl, cinder block or steel siding.
- joined to or abutting any previously existing fences on adjacent Lots.
- stair stepped to follow the lot grade
- built with the finished side facing out such that structural components such as posts face the enclosed yard.
- where an elevation change occurs on a property or adjacent property which causes erosion, shifting of ground, or otherwise significantly impairs a property, a retaining wall can be constructed, subject to approval authority’s approval of construction of a retaining wall, including design and materials. A wall that is not a retaining wall is prohibited.
- No fence, including any supporting columns, or privacy screen, shall:
- exceed six (6) feet in height.
- be constructed or maintained on any lot nearer to the street than the front corners of the residence or more than one foot from the property line of the lot, except to the extent necessary for such fence to abut the residence without the prior written consent of the approving authority.
- Interfere with drainage nor impede drainage from a neighbor, nor channel drainage to a neighbor.
- be painted if constructed of wood (wood tone stain is permitted)
- Fences shall be:
- Outbuildings: Allowed outbuildings include only those allowed by, and compliant with, each lot’s deed restrictions. All outbuildings shall be:
- Wired for electricity or plumbed for running water and/or sanitary sewer only by a validly issued Kansas City building permit and/or wired or plumbed by a qualified installer licensed to perform such work in Kansas City.
- Exterior Structures: Animal runs, tennis or paddle tennis courts, batting cages, permanent sports structures (other than basketball goals), tree houses, detached greenhouses and pergolas are prohibited unless permitted in each lot’s deed restrictions.
- All exterior structures shall be wired for electricity or plumbed for running water and/or sanitary sewer only by a validly issued Kansas City building permit and/or wired or plumbed by a qualified installer licensed to perform such work in Kansas City
- Doghouses are permitted and shall be located in the back yard as near to the residence as practicable, but in no event not closer than 20 feet from the rear property line and 10 feet from the side property lines, and
- Contained behind the rear corners of the residence, and,
- Painted (where appropriate) the same color as the residence, with roofs compatible with the residence
- Outbuildings and Exterior Structures: No outbuilding or exterior structure shall be constructed or placed upon any lot without the prior written approval of the approving authority, the Romanelli West Board of Directors administered through the Neighborhood Improvement Committee, except that a hot tub, doghouse, swing set, playhouse, statuary, fountain or yard décor do not require prior approval provided such structures are:
- located behind the rear corners of the residence, and
- set back at least ten (10) feet from the rear and side boundary lines, and
- properly screened from view so as to not infringe on the quiet enjoyment of a neighbor’s property.
5. Vegetable Gardens: All vegetable gardens shall be located behind the rear corners of the residence and at least five (5) feet away from the lot’s boundaries.
6. Garage Sales: Garage sales are permitted, but limited to two sales per year and not to exceed a total of six (6) days per year.
- Approving Authority – is defined as the Romanelli West Homes Association Board of Directors, its successors, and assigns and any designated body or entity authorized to provide oversight, review or approval of applicable subject matter.
- Commercial Vehicle – is defined as any vehicle
- Used commercially to transport goods or paid passengers, or
- Containing a ladder or pipe rack, or
- A vehicle registered as a commercial vehicle, or
- A vehicle requiring a commercial driver’s license (CLD) to legally operat
- Exterior Structure - is defined as any structure erected or maintained on a Lot other than the main residential structure or any structural component thereof, and shall include without limitation, any deck, gazebo, pergola, greenhouse, doghouse, outbuilding, fence, patio wall, privacy screen, boundary wall, bridge, patio enclosure, tennis court, paddle tennis court, swimming pool, hot tub, pond, basketball goal, flag pole, swing set, trampoline, sand box, playhouse, tree house, batting cage, or other recreational or play structure, vegetable gardens, animal runs, little libraries/book exchanges, and all exterior structures, statuary, fountains and similar yard décor.
- Pergola - is defined as an arbor formed of horizontal trellis work supported on columns or posts, over which vines or other plants are trained or a colonnade having the form of such an arbor.
- Gazebo - is defined as a structure as an open or latticework pavilion or summerhouse, or a small roofed structure that is screened on all sides.
- Outbuilding - is defined as any enclosed, covered structure not directly attached to the residence to which it is appurtenant.
- Lot - shall have the same meaning as defined in the Plat for the applicable property.
- Operable vehicle - is defined as a vehicle with inflated tires, properly registered, and not wrecked, demolished, disabled, or fully or partially disassembled.
- Registered vehicle - is defined as a vehicle with valid state license plates affixed to the vehicle.