This guide is for property owners in the Lowry Community Master Association (LCMA).  It serves two purposes.  It provides design guidelines for property owners who are planning changes to the exterior of buildings and/or grounds.  It also explains the rules and regulations governing the Lowry community.

The LCMA Design Guidelines, Rules and Regulations apply to all LCMA members.  The LCMA Board of Directors has a subcommittee called the Buildings and Grounds Committee (BAG) that meets monthly and considers Design Review Requests.  The Committee has the right to approve or disapprove any Design Review Request.  The LCMA contracts with a professional management company which provides a Community Manager who is the primary point of contact for Design Review Requests.

A Design Review Request is a formal request by a property owner (Applicant) to make a change to the exterior of their building or grounds.

The Approval Process

Design Review Requests

Design Review Requests are required for all permanent exterior modifications to your home.  The request must follow the Design Guidelines, Rules and Regulations for the LCMA.

Many homes in Lowry belong to two HOA’s, the LCMA and a sub-association. The easiest way to determine if you are part of a sub-association is if you pay dues to someone other than the LCMA. Prior to submitting a Design Review Request you must have approval from your sub-association.

Download the Design Review Request Form*

  1. Design review requests cannot be reviewed by LCMA’s Buildings and Grouds Committee (BAG) until all applicable documentation is included: pictures, sketches, paint samples, etc.
  2. Requests are reviewed by BAG via email, further documentation may be required to *complete* your request and conform to the Design Guidelines, Rules and Regulations.
  3. *Completed* Design Review Requests typically receive a decision within 2 weeks, but this process may take up to 30 days.

If you have any questions about the Design Guidelines or the Design Review Request Form OR if you have submitted your request and not heard back from us within five business days, please contact Jennifer Bublitz, Community Manager, at 970-663-9685.

Failure to Submit

If a property owner fails to submit a Design Review Request Form and get approval from The Committee prior to starting work, the LCMA may take action which can include requiring the property owner to stop work or return the property to its original condition.

For questions about this document or any part of the Design Review Request process, please contact the LCMA.  Contact information can be found on our website by clicking here. 

Residents and owners that are in violation of any of the Design Guidelines, Rules, and Regulations set forth herein will be notified of violations by the Community Manager and are expected to remedy these violations in accordance with the provisions set forth in the Lowry Community Master Association’s Covenant Enforcement Policy.  Failure to remedy violations may result in fines and/or legal action.

Variance Requests

Any deviation from these Design Guidelines, Rules and Regulations requires an approved Variance from the LCMA.

A Variance will be considered on these grounds:

  1. Strict application of the Design Guidelines, Rules and Regulations would be impossible, unduly harsh or unnecessary in light of either:
    1. Physical conditions such as topography, natural obstructions or aesthetic or environmental considerations that are present on the property; or
    2. The presence of an extreme or unjustified economic hardship to the Applicant; or
    3. The Applicant’s proposal, although not meeting the requirements of the Design Guidelines, Rules and Regulations can be proven to directly and substantially advance the stated intent of the Design Guidelines, Rules and Regulations.
  2. The Variance would not unreasonably burden other property within the Lowry Community.
  3. The Variance is the minimum possible to alleviate the physical condition or relieve the hardship.
  4. The Variance is not in response to a violation by the Applicant of any covenant, design guideline, rule or regulation of the LCMA.

To make a variance request, you must do the following:

  1. No less than 15 days prior to the Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting, send and/or deliver a letter to all adjacent and affected property owners. The letter must include a notice of the time, date, and location of the Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting where the Variance will be considered, a description of the requested Variance and the street address of the property requesting the Variance.
  2.  No less than two weeks prior to the Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting, submit a Design Review Request Form with accompanying Variance Form to the Buildings and Grounds Committee, along with any supporting documentation, photographs, design plans, etc.  The Variance Form may be found on the same webpage as the Design Review Request Form.
  3. Variance Applicants must attend their hearing at the Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting where they must provide evidence that adjacent and affected property owners were notified in the timeframe described above (i.e., USPS Return Receipts, property owner signatures).

The Buildings and Grounds Committee will review the Variance request and approve or disapprove the request.  If a Variance request is denied, the Applicant may appeal directly to the LCMA Board of Directors. LCMA Board will then review the appeal and vote to approve or disapprove and the LCMA Board decision is final.  Applicants may revise their Variance request based on feedback from the LCMA and resubmit a new Variance request.

Sub-association & City and County of Denver Approvals

If a property is located within an area that has its own Homeowners’ Association (sometimes referred to as a Sub-association), property owners need to obtain the approval of their Sub-association FIRST for proposed improvements and THEN submit a Design Review Request to the LCMA.

Note that The Committee’s approval of a Design Review Request only confirms its adherence to the Design Guidelines, Rules and Regulations and does not imply that the proposed changes are structurally sound or in compliance with City or County code.  The property owner is ultimately responsible for completion of the project and final results, including compliance with city and county permits and codes.  The proposed changes must be completed within one year of approval.

Lowry homeowners must submit a Design Review Request Form for most exterior changes to their home or property. Examples include a new roof, exterior paint, patios, play sets, fencing and landscaping.

Design Guidelines and Rules

Accessory Buildings

Requires submittal of Design Review Request.

An accessory building is a detached, permanent building structure such as a shed, playhouse, tree house or detached garage.

Evaluation Criteria for accessory buildings include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials and installation methods must be completed in accordance with manufacturers recommended procedures
  • Architecture must match or compliment the main building, including siding, roof and colors
  • Maximum allowable size is 8’ x 10’ x 8.5’ high, including skids, foundation, or slab
  • Integrates with the landscape plan
  • Reasonably conforms and harmonizes with surroundings
  • Structure must be partially screened from adjacent properties by fence and/or vegetation and not readily visible from street level
  • Does not unreasonably obstruct or diminish the view of adjacent property owners
  • Any utilities servicing accessory buildings shall be installed underground
  • Located in the back or side yard, within property setbacks, does not obstruct easements and screened from view.

Maintenance Criteria for accessory buildings include, but are not limited to:

  • Accessory Buildings will be maintained in the same fashion as primary structures
  • Property owners will keep accessory buildings free of faded or peeling paint

Additions and Expansions

Requires submittal and review by the Lowry Design Review Committee

A building addition or expansion is an increase in the size of a building brought about by constructing additional usable building space to an existing structure.  Examples include room additions, pop-tops, three or four season enclosed patios, ramadas and attached garages.

Address Numbers

Street address numbers should be mounted on both the street-facing AND, if applicable, the alley-facing sides of homes.  Address numbers may be a style of the homeowner’s choosing, but must be of a size and location that they are easily visible.  Alley-facing street address numbers may be mounted above or on the side of the garage door or on the fence corner closest to the garage door between four and ten feet from grade.

Air Conditioning, Air Cooling or Air Movement Devices

Requires submittal of Design Review Request.

Air conditioning, cooling devices and air movement devices are any mechanical cooling devices, which include but are not limited to, air conditioners, swamp coolers and evaporative coolers which are installed outside of the structure.  Window, ground and roof-top installations are the most common and includes garage or attic fans and any associated vent or louvers.

Air conditioning units (“AC Units”) and other cooling devices shall not be located in the front yard unless it is adequately screened from public view.  AC Units located in the side-lot setback should be placed as far away as possible from neighboring windows in order to minimize disturbing noise and need to comply with city and county codes.  Individual room window AC Units or other cooling devices must not face the street and must be removed in the off-season.  Roof-mounted devices must not be visible from the street and must be skirted with material that compliments the building architecture.

Evaluation Criteria for air conditioning/cooling devices include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials and installation methods must be completed in accordance with manufacturers recommended procedures
  • Reasonably conforms and harmonizes with surroundings including proposed screening material
  • Does not create unreasonable noise for adjacent property owners

Alleys

An alley is a paved roadway between homes that provide access to garages. LCMA-owned alleys are not intended for vehicle thru-traffic. Parking in LCMA-owned alleys is prohibited and violators will be towed at the LCMA’s discretion. LCMA-owned alleys must be kept clear of obstructions and obstructions will be confiscated at the LCMA’s discretion at the owner’s expense.  Street address numbers should be mounted on the street-facing AND alley-facing sides of homes.  Alley-facing street numbers may be mounted above or beside the garage door or on the corner of the fence closest to the garage door between 4 and 10 feet from grade.

Alleys should be kept weed-free.  Nothing may be stored in view of the alley – recycle bins and trash cans must be stored out of view – behind a fence or in the garage – and only put in the alley the evening before trash pickup.  Construction materials, storage bins, ladders, landscaping materials and debris may be not be stored long-term in view of the alley. Any trees or plants hanging over a rear fence into the alley must be trimmed back to the fence line.

Trees may not be planted on the alley side of a rear or side fence or within a utility easement.

The LCMA does not provide snow plowing in alleys.

Awnings

Requires submittal of Design Review Request.

An awning is a roof-like shelter extending above a window, door, deck, or patio and is commonly made of canvas or a similar durable fabric.  Awnings over patios or decks are often retractable.  Awnings may also be referred to as overhangs.  Rear-illuminated awnings or awnings illuminated from a lighting source mounted behind the awning are prohibited.

Evaluation Criteria for awnings include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials and installation methods must be completed in accordance with manufacturers recommended procedures;
  • Colors must be complementary to the building
  • Height of retractable awnings over patios or decks shall not exceed 10 feet
  • Reasonably conforms and harmonizes with surroundings
  • Does not unreasonably obstruct or diminish the view of adjacent property owners
  • Materials must be canvas or similar durable fabric that can withstand seasonal weather

Maintenance Criteria for awnings include, but are not limited to:

  • When awnings become faded or worn, the fabric material must be promptly replaced or the awning removed.

Commercial / Construction Traffic (Truck & Bus Routes)

Commercial property owners should make their contractors and customers (i.e., construction vehicles, delivery vehicles, buses) aware of acceptable routes for commercial and construction vehicle traffic, in accordance with City of Denver code and street signs.  Residential property owners shall make their contractors aware of acceptable routes for construction vehicle traffic, in accordance with City of Denver code and street signs.

 

The LCMA has received requests from Lowry homeowners and businesses to clarify for the community what routes commercial vehicles may take through the neighborhood.  The City of Denver has been addressing problem areas and posting new traffic signs limiting truck and commercial vehicles.  

The following routes into and out of Lowry should no longer be used by commercial and construction vehicles:

  • Quebec to 6th Avenue to Syracuse St. to 4th Avenue to Spruce St.
  • Quebec to 6th Avenue to Syracuse St. to 4th Avenue to Roslyn
  • Quebec to 2nd Avenue in Lowry Town Center to Roslyn

The Lowry Town Center has notified us of construction and commercial traffic traveling on 2nd Avenue through the Town Center.  2nd Avenue in the Lowry Town Center is a privately owned road and not built for nor able to accommodate construction and commercial traffic.

Police enforcement has begun and will continue; trucks, buses and construction vehicles in violation may be ticketed.  Please contact your vendors / contractors and update your websites to show the allowed and restricted routes. 

Appropriate routes into and out of the commercial areas of Lowry include:

  • Quebec Street to 1st Ave. to Roslyn to Academy Blvd.
  • Quebec to Lowry Blvd to Rampart to Roslyn or Academy Boulevard, depending on the driver’s point of departure and destination.

The LCMA supports the city’s actions for a number of reasons.  As a mixed use community, Lowry’s success depends on a commitment by all Lowry homes and businesses to a ‘Good Neighbor’ policyThat policy includes respect and appreciation for the school and residential areas within the communityWe believe that, as business owners, you share our concerns, which include:

  1. The safety of children and those living in this residential area, now protected by no truck signs.  Three schools are located between the west end of 4th Avenue and the east side of Spruce: Stanley British Primary School, Montclair International, and Primrose.
  2. Pollution and noise caused by commercial traffic.  Pollution and noise are a health concern for children, and for all those living in this residential area.
  3. Property values and the quality of life.  Lowry will only succeed long term, if property values are sustained throughout the community.

Thank you in advance for your compliance, and that of your vendors and guests, with these new traffic restrictions and guidelines.  Please send electronic versions of the LCMA’s Letter to the Community and the Lowry Commercial Traffic Map to your vendors, contractors and guests.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the LCMA at (720) 583-5262 or lcma@lowrydenver.com or the City of Denver Traffic Operations at (720) 337-1030.

Conduct of Contractors and Agents

Property owners are responsible for their contractors and agents observing the following requirements:

  1. No construction work shall begin before 7:00 a.m. or continue after 7:00 p.m., nor shall construction work on the exterior of any building be permitted on Sundays.
  2. Radio, tape decks, and other sources of amplified sound shall not exceed 68db for the 20 to 75 cycles per second frequencies graduating to 37db for frequencies exceeding 4800 cps measured from the lot line.
  3. Dumpsters and portable restrooms shall be removed in a timely manner, within two weeks of project completion and shall not be on the site for longer than 60 days.
  4. Construction sites must be kept in good condition with trash disposed of appropriately and building materials contained such that they don’t blow into adjacent yards or the street.

Decks and Balconies

Requires submittal of Design Review Request.

A deck is an exterior, above-grade flooring system used for recreation and generally supported on posts or footers.  It may also be partially supported by attaching directly to a building and it may have multiple levels.  Typical materials are wood or composite decking.  It may incorporate features such as benches, railings, stairs, and planters.

A balcony is an exterior above-grade platform projecting from the side of a building.  It typically has a railing, and is incorporated into the building structurally and architecturally.  It may be covered.  Balconies and decks typically entail engineered plans and require building permits.

Decks and balconies will not be used for storage.

Evaluation criteria for decks and balconies include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials and installation methods must be completed in accordance with manufacturers recommended procedures;
  • Colors must be complementary to the building;
  • Reasonably conforms and harmonizes with surroundings;
  • Does not unreasonably obstruct or diminish the view of adjacent property owners;
  • Placed in such a location as to minimize potential noise impact for adjacent property owners;
  • Located within property setbacks and does not obstruct easements;
  • Complies with applicable city building codes.

Maintenance Criteria for decks and balconies include, but are not limited to:

  • Decks and balconies will be maintained in the same fashion as primary structures
  • Property owners will keep additions or expansions free of faded or peeling paint and will re-stain or re-paint decks and balconies as needed.
  • Worn or damaged deck or balcony planking, posts, railings, stairs and accessories will be repaired or replaced as needed.

Dog Runs/Dog Houses

Requires submittal of Design Review Request.

Dog runs are areas within a property that are fenced specifically for securing a pet.  Dog houses are small enclosures for security or weather protection for a pet.  Dog runs and dog houses must be reasonably isolated and adequately screened from adjacent properties, and located in the rear or side yard.  Local ordinances regarding noise, odors and other nuisances will be in effect.

Evaluation Criteria for dog runs/houses include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials and installation methods must be completed in accordance with manufacturers recommended procedures;
  • Integrates with the landscape plan;
  • Reasonably conforms and harmonizes with surroundings;
  • Partially screened from adjacent properties by fence and/or vegetation and is not readily visible from street level;
  • Located in the back or side yard.
  • Dog run fencing materials may be vinyl coated chain link, wood or other acceptable materials (see Fences, Walls & Handrails).

Maintenance Critera for dog runs/houses include, but are not limited to:

  • Dog houses will be maintained in the same fashion as primary structures.
  • Dog run fences will be maintained in the same fashion as other property fences.
  • Dog waste will be properly disposed of in a timely manner so as to mitigate odor and control pests.

Driveways

May require submittal of Design Review Request.

Driveways are any hard surface used to access a garage or parking area within a private property.

Alterations to an existing driveway require approval.  Replacement of an existing driveway using the same materials, of the same dimensions, and in the same location does not require approval.  Driveway expansions will not encroach on existing easements must be 18-inches off the property line, can not exceed 25-feet in width, and will not interfere with drainage.  Asphalt paving is not permitted for single-family or duplex driveways.

Evaluation Criteria for driveways include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials and installation methods must be completed in accordance with manufacturers recommended procedures
  • Integrates with the landscape plan
  • Reasonably conforms and harmonizes with surroundings

Maintenance Criteria for driveways include, but are not limited to:

  • Cracked or uneven driveways will be repaired or replaced.
  • Driveways must be kept free of stains, oil leaks, etc.

Dumpsters, Temporary Storage Containers (i.e., POD’s) and Porta-Potties

Dumpsters, portable restrooms and containers staged on the surface of the private driveway must be removed within two weeks after the completion of the associated construction project or activity necessitating their presence with total duration not to exceed sixty days.  The Community Manager must be notified prior to placement of a dumpster, portable restroom or temporary storage container with an estimate of how long the dumpster and temporary storage container will be on-site.

Commercial dumpsters are to be screened from view.  Enclosures and doors are to be maintained, operational,  and kept clean and rodent free.

Fences, Walls & Handrails

Requires Submittal of Design Review Request.

Fences and walls include any privacy fence or wall, decorative fence or wall, or retaining wall.  Handrails are used to grasp for support along walks and stairs, or to prevent falling from raised platforms such as decks and balconies.

Maintenance Criteria for fences, walls and handrails include, but is not limited to:

  • Owners shall re-fasten loose fence boards and replace broken or missing pickets, posts and latticework.
  • Fences that are stained or painted that have fading, blistering, chipping, etc. must be re-stained or re-painted.  Requests for painting or staining fences a different color or shade must be submitted for approval.  Colors will harmonize with surroundings.  Cedar or redwood fences may be left in their natural state.
  • Damaged walls must be repaired.

Fences

Materials:  Fencing materials must adhere to the following:

  • Fences may be constructed of wood, wrought iron, vinyl, or composite materials (i.e., Trex)
  • Brick or stone pillars interspersed with fencing are permitted.
  • The use of barbed wire is prohibited everywhere within the Lowry community.
  • Chain link and woven wire fencing shall not be used unless approved by The Committee.  Where chain link or wire fencing is permitted by The Committee, the use of visual buffers such as landscaping and/or painted fencing in dark colors is strongly encouraged.

Front Yard:  Fences within the front yard of single family and duplex residential lots are prohibited, except where such fencing meets the following limitations:

  • Fencing shall be no greater than forty-two (42) inches in height measure from grade level.
  • Fencing shall be at least fifty (50) percent open.
  • Fencing shall be a minimum of 6″ from sidewalks

Side and Rear Yard:  Side and rear yard fences within single family and duplex residential areas should meet the following requirements:

  • The height of side and rear yard fences shall not be greater than six (6) feet above grade level and shall not extend beyond the property line.
  • Wing fences must not go beyond the adjacent wall of the home or garage on either side of the structure.
  • Landscaping shall be used to soften the visual impact of fences.
  • Fences shall be constructed to ensure that no stringers or posts shall be visible from any roadways, greenbelt areas, mews, parks, alleys or adjoining lots.
  • Dog-eared pickets may not be used.
  • Post finials are permitted.

Fencing at Corners of Alleys / Streets and Alleys / Mews:  Fences, specifically those adjacent to alley corners and mews, must comply with the Site Triangle Guidelines so as not obstruct visibility for vehicle or pedestrian traffic.

Partial Fence Replacement:  Partial fence replacement shall be considered provided that:

  • The replacement panels are of a like kind of material, form, design and color.
  • If no suitable replacement can be found, or if the property owner wishes to change the type of fencing, then all contiguous sections of fence along a given lot line or plane must be replaced in its entirety.
  • A transition in fencing type may occur at corners, provided that all fence types harmonize.

Removal of fencing:  Requires the submission of a Design Review Request form.

Walls:  All retaining or wing walls should be constructed of brick, stone, or other materials of an appearance compatible with the primary building.

Handrails:  Handrails will be constructed of durable and aesthetically pleasing materials and anchored so that they are sturdy and safe.  Handrails will conform and harmonize with surrounding architecture and landscaping.

Buildings and Grounds Committee approval of fences, walls and handrails, does not constitute City of Denver approval.  Property owners may still need to get City of Denver approval and permits.  City and County of Denver requirements can be found HERE.

If you submit a Design Review Request for the installation or replacement of a fence, you hereby acknowledge that it is your responsibility to obtain any necessary survey to ensure that the fence, as constructed, will be on your property and will not encroach onto property owned by the LCMA or your neighbor’s property.  Do not assume that any existing fence does not encroach on LCMA property.  Any approval from the LCMA for the construction of the fence is based on the assumption that the fence is and/or will be located entirely on your property.  If it discovered after the fact that the fence does, as constructed, encroach onto LCMA property, the LCMA hereby reserves the right to require you to move the fence entirely onto your property, notwithstanding any approval granted by the LCMA for the fence.  There also may be existing utility easements on the LCMA property near the proposed location of your fence.  If your fence encroaches onto LCMA property encumbered by such a utility easement, you may be required to move or remove the fence in order for the applicable utility to utilize its easement.  Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the fence, even if it is determined that the fence, as constructed, encroaches onto LCMA property.  Please take particular care with rear, alley-adjacent fencing and note that, as a general rule, a homeowner’s property line is 12″ back from the edge of the concrete alley pan/curb closest to the home.

Flagpoles

Requires submittal of Design Review Request.

Flagpoles can be either freestanding (installed in the ground) or mounted on a home, garage, porch or deck. All freestanding flagpoles must be designed, installed and maintained in accordance with U.S. Code Title 4, Chapter 1.  Freestanding flagpoles shall not exceed 20-feet height on residential lots and shall only be permitted in the backyard.  Freestanding flagpoles on commercial property must not exceed 30 feet in height.

Please be aware of  the following LCMA Design Guidelines, Rules and Regulations regarding flags and banners:

1)  All commercial flagpoles displaying the American Flag will be lit at night when the American Flag is flying.
2) Educational Institutions may display their school flag or banner on an exterior flagpole, but always in a subordinate (lower) vertical position to the American Flag, the Colorado State Flag and Flags of other nations.
3)  Advertising flags and banners, including those with a company logo, are prohibited on all properties, including commercial properties.
4)  Flags shall not extend beyond the property line.
5)  Seasonal, decorative or sports-themed banners or flags may be displayed for an appropriate time period and must be maintained in good condition.
6)  No owner or commercial member will display or fly any other flag or banner higher or more prominently than the American Flag, even when more than one flagpole is used by the owner / member.  The American Flag will be flown at least as high, and never lower than, all other flags or banners on display by that owner / member.  Further, the American Flag will be at least as large, and never smaller than any other flag or banner on display.
7)  For all commercial entities, in the event that the required flagpole lighting of the American Flag fails or becomes inoperable,  then all due care will be taken with respect to the American Flag, to fly the colors from dawn to dusk, and not at night without lights.  Recipients of an approved flagpole request acknowledge this responsibility, and further acknowledge that a history of non-compliance or community complaint for disregard of this contingent requirement, may result in covenant enforcement action by the LCMA.

Garages

May require submittal of a Design Review Request.

A garage is a structure intended for vehicle parking and storage.  Information about adding a garage to a property can be found in Accessory Buildings for a detached garage proposal or Additions and Expansions for an attached garage proposal.

Garage and garage doors must be kept free of fading, peeling, chipped, scratched or streaked paint.  Garage doors must close completely.  For Garage painting, please see the Paint (Exterior) section.  Replacement of garage doors requires the submission of a Design Review Request.

If an owner submits a Design Review Request to paint or do other work to their garage or garage door, they will be required to add the home’s street number to alley-facing garages, if the garage does not already show the street number.  The street number should be located and of a size that is easily visible from the alley.  Street number may not be painted onto the garage, it must be hardware that is mounted onto the garage.

Concrete aprons leading into a garage must be kept free of weeds and maintained in good condition.  Garage aprons may not be used for storage and must be free of trash and debris.

Gazebos

Requires submittal of a Design Review Request.

A gazebo is an accessory building that is detached, permanent, decorative and used as a seasonal gathering place.   The sides are usually open or screened.

Evaluation Criteria for gazebos include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials and installation methods must be completed in accordance with manufacturers recommended procedures;
  • Integrates with the landscape plan;
  • Reasonably conforms and harmonizes with surroundings;
  • Does not unreasonably obstruct or diminish the view of adjacent property owners;
  • Height is not to exceed 13-feet from grade without a variance;
  • For heights greater than 13-feet but less than 15-feet from grade, a variance is required in which it must be demonstrated that the gazebo conforms to the bulk plane requirements depicted below; no gazebo will exceed 15-feet;
  • Any utilities servicing gazebos buildings shall be installed underground;
  • Located in the back yard, within property setbacks, and does not obstruct easements.

Maintenance Criteria for add gazebos include, but are not limited to:

  • Gazebos will be maintained in the same fashion as primary structures
  • Property owners will keep gazebos free of faded or peeling paint
  • If screened, gazebo screens will be kept in good repair.

Figure 1 – Gazebo Bulk Plane Requirement

Holiday Decorations and Lights

Seasonal decorations may not be displayed more than forty-five days prior to the event and must be removed within thirty days after the event.  Decorative patio lights are permitted year round, but cannot create an unreasonable amount of light or noise for adjacent neighbors.

Hot Tubs & Jacuzzis

Requires submittal of a Design Review Request.

Hot Tubs or Jacuzzis are small, self-contained, heated pools that generate current to provide relaxation and therapy.   

Evaluation Criteria for hot tubs include, but are not limited to:

  • Maximum height of any hot tub or Jacuzzi enclosure being 10 feet.
  • Materials and installation methods must be completed in accordance with manufacturers recommended procedures;
  • Integrates with the landscape plan;
  • Reasonably conforms and harmonizes with surroundings;
  • Screened so as not to be immediately visible to adjacent property owners or from street level;
  • Does not create an unreasonable level of noise for adjacent property owners;
  • Any utilities servicing hot tubs or Jacuzzis shall be installed underground;
  • Located in the back yard, within property setbacks, and does not obstruct easements.

Maintenance Criteria for additions or expansions include, but are not limited to:

  • Hot tub and Jacuzzi enclosures will be maintained in the same fashion as primary structures and kept free of faded or peeling paint.
  • Hot tubs and Jacuzzis will be maintained according to manufacturer specifications.

Landscaping

May require submittal of Design Review Request.

Landscaping is the construction or modification of any natural exterior surface element of a property including grading, drainage, plants, flowers, trees, irrigation, paths, and certain site features. 

For newly constructed properties, all landscaping must be completed by the owner within six (6) months of occupancy, unless occupancy occurs between September and December, in which case landscaping must be completed by June 30 of the following year.

The following landscape elements require Committee approval.  Other minor landscape alterations do not require committee approval.

  • Any landscaping projects for newly constructed properties not already reviewed by the LDRC’s design committee.
  • Major landscaping modification projects (landscaping disturbing or affecting in excess of 10% of the surface area of the Lot)
  • Removal, planting or replacing any tree requires the submission of a Design Review Request Form.  Removal, planting or replacing any tree in the tree lawn ALSO requires approval from the City of Denver Forestry Division.
  • Drainage modifications
  • Grading modifications
  • Retaining walls
  • Water features (ponds, fountains, etc)
  • Sculptures and Yard Ornaments

Removal, planting or replacing trees has its own set of guidelines, please see the Trees section of this document for more information.

All lots shall have properly maintained grass according to city standards or other acceptable plantings.  Stone or other non-plant ground cover may be used as an accessory only (not the primary ground cover).  All landscaped areas shall be irrigated with an automatic sprinkler system with sprinkler heads that are appropriate for the area to be covered.  Artificial grass and any other artificial plant material will not be placed in areas exposed to public view.  All rocks used in landscaping shall be material native to Colorado.

Planting concepts, plant varieties, and irrigation techniques which minimize water consumption are encouraged.  Landscaping with drought-tolerant plantings should be aesthetically pleasing and harmonious to the neighborhood.  Drought-tolerant landscaping proposals must be submitted in a Design Review Request which includes design drawings, plant lists and a plan for establishing the plantings and for ongoing maintenance and weed control.  For more information on water conservation, refer to the Denver Water Department publications.

A “tree lawn” is the area between a sidewalk and the curb.  Any tree lawn area adjacent to an owner’s property is the responsibility of that owner to maintain. Any tree lawn landscaping project requires the submission of a Design Review Request.  Stone or other ground cover material may be used as an accessory only (not the primary ground cover).  Tree lawn landscaping must allow for on-street parking and pedestrian access to the sidewalk.  For more information on removing, planting or replacing trees in the tree lawn, which has its own set of guidelines and City of Denver Forestry rules, please see the Trees section of this document for more information.

Planting concepts, plant varieties, and irrigation techniques which minimize water consumption (xeriscape) are encouraged.  For more information on water conservation, refer to the Denver Water Department publications.

Grading of yards will be done in a manner to direct drainage away from the structure, toward either the front or rear property lines.  Ponding of runoff should be avoided.  Directing drainage onto an adjacent property is not permitted.  Grades should generally not exceed a 3:1 slope (run: rise).

Water features, such as ponds and fountains, and statuary are permitted but must be approved by the Committee.  Such features must conform to and harmonized with the surrounding landscape, and not create an unreasonable noise level for adjacent property owners.

Yards will be properly maintained, kept free of weeds and invasive grasses, and mowed, trimmed and thinned in an attractive and healthy condition.  Owners have the duty to provide for regular weeding, pruning and maintenance of all plantings, including trees.  Diseased or dead plant materials and trees shall be removed and replaced in a reasonable timeframe (30 days unless during winter).  Yards shall be kept free of trash, construction materials and unsightly storage – this includes front, side and back yards, areas enclosed by fencing and areas adjacent to rear-lot fencing, garages and alleys.  Property owners are responsible for maintaining the landscaped portions of city right-of-way abutting their property (tree lawn) in accordance with Denver municipal codes, to include the trees and sod between the curb and sidewalk, as well as the space between rear-lot fences and alleys.  Driveways, setbacks, adjacent sidewalks and “teardrops”, including areas landscaped with river rock on either side of a home, garage and/or driveway, will be kept weed-free and well-maintained.  Landscaping shall not encroach on sidewalks, pedestrian throughways and alleys.

All landscaping improvements such as irrigation systems, retaining walls, edging, and planters and plant materials shall be maintained in good condition.

Evaluation Criteria for landscaping includes, but is not limited to:

  • Materials and installation methods must be appropriate;
  • Integrates well with existing landscaping;
  • Reasonably conforms and harmonizes with surroundings.

Lighting (Exterior)

May require submittal of a Design Review Request.

Exterior lighting improvements include wall and post mounted lights, low-voltage landscape lights, security/spot lights, energy-efficient outdoor lighting devices, light fixtures containing a coiled or straight fluorescent light bulbs, LED lights, solar recharging panels, common motion detectors or any other equipment connecting to lighting devices.

Replacement of light bulbs in exterior light fixtures is considered a maintenance item and does not require Committee approval.  Removing and replacing an exterior light fixture, if they are not the same style and color, or adding exterior light fixtures requires Committee approval.

Evaluation Criteria for lighting includes, but is not limited to:

  • Light fixtures and installation methods must be appropriate to the location of the fixture and type of installation.
  • Lighting styles and uses must reasonably conform and harmonize with surroundings, and integrate with the landscape plan.
  • For commercial structures, building-mounted lights must not exceed 3,000K and must have some sort of shade or housing directing lighting downward such that the illumination doesn’t bleed over into adjacent properties.
  • For commercial parking lots, parking lot light fixtures must not exceed 4,000K and must have housing that projects light downward creating a “halo” effect in the parking lot.
  • For residential properties, lights should generally project downward and not emit an unreasonable amount of light toward adjacent properties.
  • All lighting must comply with applicable city building codes.

Mailboxes

May require submittal of a Design Review Request.

Most of Lowry is serviced by USPS-approved clustered mailboxes.  In areas serviced by individual mailboxes, the mailboxes shall conform and harmonize with the building architecture and surroundings.  Replacement of an existing mailbox with one of similar type and color does not require a Design Review Request.  Addition of or removal and replacement of a different style or color of a mailbox requires a Design Review Request.

Noise

The LCMA generally defers to the City of Denver ordinances for noise.  If you have concerns about noise, please call 311 or District 3 Denver Police Department non-emergency line at (720) 913-1200.

For concerns about barking dogs and other animal noise, please contact the City of Denver’s Animal Control department by dialing 311.  Animal Control has the authority to investigate and issue citations for things like barking dogs.

The LCMA prohibits electronic or mechanical noisemaking devices in residential areas that produce repetitive, looped sounds that can be heard from surrounding properties.  These include such things as  audible sound bird deterrents and noise-making holiday decorations.  The LCMA encourages neighbors to communicate with one another about noise issues, but if the LCMA receives a complaint and can verify the occurrence, the property shall be considered in violation.

Outdoor Kitchens & Permanently Installed Fireplaces and Firepits

Requires submittal of a Design Review Request.

Outdoor kitchens are a permanent, weather-resistant combination of a grill, storage cabinets, countertop, sink, and/or other kitchen features typically built into a patio or deck.   An outdoor fireplace is a permanent, exterior wall mounted, gas or propane fireplace of similar construction to an indoor fireplace which is also incorporated into a patio or deck.  Portable grills do not require Committee approval.

Evaluation Criteria for outdoor kitchens and fireplaces include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials and installation methods must be appropriate;
  • Integrates with the patio, deck, and/or landscape plan;
  • Compliments the building architecture when appropriate;
  • Reasonably conforms and harmonizes with surroundings;
  • Screened or not immediately visible to adjacent property owners;
  • Any utilities servicing kitchens or fireplaces shall be installed underground;
  • Complies with applicable city building codes;
  • Incorporates appropriate safety features (locks, covers) to deter unwanted users.

Paint (Exterior)

Requires submittal of Design Review Request

Property owners will keep buildings free of faded or peeling paint.  A building exterior needs to be repainted when there are any signs of fading, chipping, streaking, peeling or exposed wood or siding.

Approval is required to paint building exteriors, even if the building is to be re-painted with the building’s current colors.  Approval is not required for “touch up” maintenance, meaning painting small areas less than a full side of a building with the original paint color.

Lowry does not have a list of approved paint colors.  The Committee reviews each submission and approves or disapproves at their discretion.  While there is no requirement for the numbers of different colors used, (i.e. Body, Trim and Accent), the Committee will generally not approve monochromatic or excessive multi-hued submissions (i.e. Victorian).  Evaluation Criteria for approval includes, but is not limited to:

  • The colors in the palette submitted work well together:
  • The colors in the palette submitted are tasteful and harmonize with the building’s existing roof, brick, stucco and window colors.
  • Proposed colors must be different from neighboring buildings and reasonably conform and harmonize with surroundings;
  • Generally bright and primary colors are not permitted except as tasteful and limited accent colors;
  • “Distressed” style exterior finishes will not be permitted on buildings, including trim, shutters, doors, etc.
  • Except as already exists, requests to paint the brick facades or stone hardscapes on buildings will not be approved except through a variance process.

All paint requests should include painting the entirety of the painted surfaces on a building.  Hardship exceptions to paint only a part of the exterior of the building will be considered in the event one or more, but not all, sides of a building have suffered accidental damage from weather, fire, or intrusion. In these limited cases, approval may be granted to paint a portion of the building, provided the unaffected sides of the building are in good repair, and not in need of painting on their own.

To be considered for approval, all painting Design Review Requests have the pre-requisite condition that a home with an alley-facing garage have the home’s street address displayed and visible on the alley-facing side of the garage. If your garage does not currently have address numbers attached, these must be installed prior to submitting your paint approval request.  Street numbers may not be painted onto the garage; they must be hardware that is mounted onto the alley facing façade.

All Design Review Request Forms for painting should include:

  • Paint color chip samples, manufacturer’s color codes or links to the paint manufacturer’s website for each color included in the submission. If the paint request is to “match existing colors” (via computer color matching), and a manufacturer’s standard color chart paint chip is not available for submission, then owners shall submit photos showing in the same picture, a side by side sample of both existing and requested paint for each color to be used, showing the accuracy of a color match between existing and new paint.
  • Pictures of the subject property, with indications for where requested colors will be used
  • Pictures of the two adjoining neighbor’s homes
  • Pictures of existing alley-facing garage – showing that street address numbers are already installed.
  • If requesting a partial building repaint, then also include pictures of the unaffected sides of the building to demonstrate existing paint is in good repair.

Park Rules

All LCMA-owned parks are open daily from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.  LCMA parks are private property and are for the use of LCMA members, Lowry residents and their guests ONLY.

LCMA Parks:
Liberator Park (9th & Roslyn Ct):  map
Mustang Park (9th & Spruce):  map
Roslyn Park (Roslyn & 6th Place):  map
Sunset Park (2nd & Pontiac):  map
Tailwind Park (Alton Way & 4th Place & 5th Ave):  map

The following are prohibited in LCMA parks:

  • Motorized vehicles driving in the park
  • Smoking
  • Drugs
  • Fires, Except in Grills
  • Firearms, including BB guns, paintball guns & archery equipment
  • Fireworks
  • Glass bottles or containers
  • Solicitation
  • Damaging park property
  • Amplified Sound
  • Disturbing the peace of others

Pursuant to city ordinance, animals must be kept on leash in LCMA parks and pet waste must be disposed of in designated receptacles.  Please call 311 to report violations.

Trash must be disposed of in the cans provided, or, if the trash cans are full, please pack your trash out with you.

Groups larger than 15 people must register for a Park Use Permit.  Park events may be no more than four hours in duration.  The LCMA member or Lowry resident approved for the Park Use Permit must be present for the duration of the gathering/event – that individual is responsible for the actions of all their guests using the park and may be held responsible for costs incurred from park damage or trash removal.  In addition, not abiding by park rules during events may result in fines or penalties and/or the suspension of future park use privileges. Use of the parks for commercial purposes is prohibited.  Groups larger than 50 are prohibited

Granting a Park Use Permit does not guarantee exclusive use of the park nor of the park facilities, which are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note the condition of the park prior to the start of your event and notify the LCMA of any damage to the park or any issues that may be attributed to your event before your event start time by calling (720) 583-5262.  To view the Park Use Permit Calendar click here.

Violators of park rules or unauthorized group use of the parks is subject to police action.

Please call 911 in the event of an emergency.


The following parks are owned and maintain by the City of Denver.  To reserve one of these parks, please click on the links below:

Bayaud Park (Bayaud & Rosemary):  map | reservations and rentals
Crescent Park (8th & Roslyn):   map | reservations and rentals
Jackie Robinson Fields Park (between Lowry Blvd and Sports Blvd):  map | reservations and rentals
Lowry Sports Park (between Lowry Blvd and Sports Blvd):  map | reservations and rentals
Ulaanbaatar Park (5th & Syracuse):  map | reservations and rentals

City of Denver Parks Rules and Regulations can be reviewed here.

Parking

Because the majority of streets in Lowry are owned, maintained and regulated by the City of Denver, street parking in Lowry is  subject to Denver municipal code.  Parking ordinances on public streets are solely enforced by the City of Denver.  The LCMA has no right or authority to enforce City of Denver street parking ordinances.  A list of all of the City of Denver’s parking ordinances can be found here:

https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/home-page/tickets-and-towing/denver-parking-ordinances.html

If you have questions or concerns about street parking on public streets (green street signs) in Lowry, please call 311.  For questions or concerns about a private street (blue street signs), please contact the LCMA or your sub-association..

In all residential areas, parking of vehicles is prohibited on unpaved areas including unpaved front, side and rear yards.

In the residential areas of Lowry, it is anticipated that the vehicles used and stored in driveways and private areas are residential vehicles.  Commercial or recreational vehicles including, but not limited to, transporters, limousines, utility trailers, campers, recreational vehicles, boats, and any other PUC licensed vehicle or any vehicle requiring a Class C license to operate should generally be stored off-site. Allowed exceptions include temporary loading, delivery or emergencies, when these vehicles, may be parked in driveways or paved areas for a period not to exceed forty eight hours in any calendar week.  Emergency first responder vehicles are exempt from this policy in accordance with Colorado law.  Exterior storage of commercial or recreational vehicles is prohibited.

Inoperable vehicles or vehicles without current registration must be stored inside a garage and not parked in a driveway or adjacent to an alley.  For covered vehicles parked in a driveway, vehicle covers must be maintained in good condition, free of rips, fading, etc.

Parking in an alley is prohibited.  Vehicles parked in an LCMA-owned alley may be towed.

Parking Lots

Requires submittal of Design Review Request.

All new or proposed reconfiguration of parking lots will be referred to the Lowry Design Review Committee (LDRC).

For existing parking lots, the following Design Guidelines apply.

Parking lots must be regularly maintained:

  • Parking lot surfaces are to be maintained on a regular basis in a manner appropriate for surface material (asphalt, concrete, brick, other).
  • Maintainance may include, but is not limited to, crack sealing, seal coating, re-striping or repaving as necessary.
  • Repair and replacement of wheel stops.
  • Repair and replacement of broken or damaged curbs
  • Repair and replacement of lighting bulbs and fixtures
  • Parking lots should be litter-free and clear of debris
  • The original grading of the parking lot surface should be maintained so that areas of standing water are mitigated.

Dumpsters located in parking lots are subject to their own Design Guidelines, see Dumpsters.

Lowry recognizes that commercial businesses may have vehicles and trailers which service their business interests and the general community. These vehicles and trailers must be well maintained, operational, a functional part of the business and parked in such a way that they do not obstruct through traffic.

Parking Lot Landscaping must be maintained:

  • Dead or dying plant material must be removed and replaced
  • Mulches (bark, stone, gravel, etc) must be maintained in intended areas and in good condition.
  • Exposed landscape fabric must be re-anchored and covered with original materials.
  • Exposed drip lines are prohibited. Drip lines should be covered with appropriate landscaping materials.
  • Sprinklers must be maintained and activated to keep plants and grasses healthy
  • Parking lot should be free of weeds – both in the landscaped areas and in the paved lot areas.

Patios (Open)

Requires submittal of a Design Review Request.

An open patio is an exterior, at-grade surface for gathering.  Typical materials include concrete, gravel, pavestones, or bricks.  For enclosed patios, please see Additions and Expansions.  Patios should not be used for storage.

Evaluation Criteria for open patios include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials and installation methods must be appropriate;
  • Integrates with the landscape plan;
  • Reasonably conforms and harmonizes with surroundings;
  • Does not create an unreasonable level of noise for adjacent property owners.

Pergolas

Requires submittal of a Design Review Request. A pergola is an exterior structure with an open roof system, generally used to create partial shade over a patio or deck.  It is commonly made of wood and is supported on posts.   Occasionally, a temporary seasonal fabric cover is incorporated.  Storage of temporary seasonal pergola cover shall be out of sight of surrounding neighbors and completed in a neat an orderly fashion.

Evaluation Criteria for pergolas include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials and installation methods must be completed in accordance with manufacturers recommended procedures;
  • Colors must be complementary to the building;
  • Height shall not exceed 10 feet from grade on which it sits;
  • Reasonably conforms and harmonizes with surroundings;
  • Does not unreasonably obstruct or diminish the view of adjacent property owners.

Evaluation Criteria for seasonal pergola covers include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials must be made of canvas or similar and withstand seasonal weather;
  • Attachment methods must be discrete and allow for easy install and removal;
  • Colors must be complementary to the building;
  • Reasonably conforms and harmonizes with surroundings;
  • Use is restricted to the period May 1 to October 1.
  • Does not unreasonably obstruct or diminish the view of adjacent property owners.

Pets

The LCMA defers to Denver City Code on matters concerning pets including dogs off leash, disposal of pet waste, etc.  In LCMA owned parks, the municipal codes regarding pets are posted at the dog waste stations, of which there is at least one at each park.  The city of Denver will enforce their code at the LCMA parks, so if you have concerns about off-leash dogs or an owner’s negligence in removal of pet waste, please call 311.  The 311 operator will then dispatch someone from Animal Control to address the problem.

Pools

Requires submittal of a Design Review Request.

A pool is used for swimming recreation.  In-ground pools typically entail engineered plans and require building permits.  Only in-ground pools will be considered for approval.

Evaluation Criteria for pools include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials and installation methods must be completed in accordance with manufacturers recommended procedures;
  • Integrates with the landscape plan;
  • Reasonably conforms and harmonizes with surroundings;
  • Located within property setbacks and does not obstruct easements;
  • Located in back yard and is not immediately visible to adjacent properties;
  • Does not create an unreasonable level of noise for adjacent property owners from maintenance equipment;
  • Complies with applicable city building codes;
  • Incorporates appropriate safety features (locks, covers) to deter unwanted access.

Porch Roofs or Permanent Deck Covers

Requires submittal of Design Review Request.

A porch roof or permanent deck cover is a roof system over a deck, patio, porch or stoop that is incorporated into the building structurally and architecturally and is considered part of the permanent structure.  As such, it must conform with all city applicable building codes and bulk plane height restrictions, which may be different from Lowry’s stated height restrictions.  They typically entail engineered plans and require building permits.

Evaluation Criteria for porch roofs or permanent deck covers include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials and installation methods must be completed in accordance with manufacturers recommended procedures;
  • Colors must be complementary to the building;
  • Reasonably conforms and harmonizes with surroundings;
  • Does not unreasonably obstruct or diminish the view of adjacent property owners;
  • Is located within setbacks and does not obstruct easements;
  • Complies with applicable city building codes.

Roofing Materials

May require submittal of Design Review Request.

Roofing materials refer to the shingle or tile material installed on a building rooftop.  Replacement of an existing roof with the same previously-approved material does not require Committee approval.   Replacement of an existing roof with a new roofing material or roof color requires Committee approval. Materials shall be limited to ceramic and concrete tile, metal or multiple-ply composition shingles.  Wood shake roofs are prohibited.  Multiple-ply composition shingles shall have a multi-dimensional appearance and come with a minimum 30-year warranty.  Rooftop equipment and exposed pipes and flashing shall be painted to generally match the roofing color.

Evaluation Criteria for roofing materials include, but are not limited to:

  • Roofing must be one, consistent color – partial roof replacement with a color that is not an exact match is not permitted.
  • Materials and installation methods must be appropriate;
  • Colors must be complementary to the building;
  • Reasonably conforms and harmonizes with surroundings.

Satellite and Communication Antennas

Satellite dishes shall not exceed one (1) meter in diameter.  Satellite dishes and antenna shall be installed inconspicuously and screened from public view on back of home or building as much as possible.  [Note the committee should be aware that if an acceptable quality signal cannot be received in the preferred location, or if installation, maintenance or use of the antenna would be unreasonably delayed or the cost unreasonably increased in the preferred location, per federal law the antenna may be installed in another location] CB/Ham radio antennas ca not exceed 35-feet in height and must be installed in the backyard.  Cables should be affixed to the house and painted the same color as the house.

Sidewalks

The City of Denver Municipal Code requires that sidewalks be maintained by the adjacent property owner, just like they require the adjacent property owner to maintain their tree lawn.  Although the sidewalk and the tree lawn are both owned by the City of Denver and defined as a “right-of-way,” the city requires the homeowner whose property borders that right of way to maintain the area from their property line to the curb, both the concrete sidewalk and the grassy tree lawn and any landscaping or trees planted in the tree lawn.
You can read the Municipal Code by clicking here.

You may be required by the City to obtain a permit when doing sidewalk maintenance, please call 311 for more information.

Signage

 – See Also, Flags & Banners

May require submittal of Design Review Request Form.

Signs refer to all temporary or permanent signs of all kinds and types regardless of purpose (except political signage as protected under Colorado law), including but not limited to advertisements, bench signs, building signs, construction signs, directional signs, for sale or rent signs, signs with written messages, lighted signs, monuments, political signs, project signs and retail establishment signs.

Generally, the design, content and placement location of all signs within the Community require Committee Approval.   Some exceptions exist.  Provided that the following signs are maintained in good condition, free from tears, shredding, warping and rust, the following signs do not require Committee approval.

  • For Sale or For Rent  (max size 6 sq. ft.) commencing with the date of listing up to date of closing, one sign per property;
  • Open House   (max size 6 sq. ft.) – three days prior thru one day after, one sign per property;
  • Remodel/Contractor Ad   (max size 6 sq. ft.) maximum duration 30 days;
  • Security Company/Service   (max size 2 sq. ft.) maximum 2 per lot, unlimited duration;
  • Garage Sale   (max size 6 sq. ft.) three days prior thru one day after.
  • Political Signs (signs that carry messages intended to influence outcomes of any ballot issues)    (max size 6 sq. ft.) maximum one sign per ballot issue and/or candidate per election cycle, for a maximum of 45 days before any primary election through 7 days after the general election or the completion of a runoff election.
  • “Drive Like Your Kids Live Here” signs (max size 8 sq. ft.) maximum 1 sign per property; unlimited duration
  • Neighborhood Watch (max size 6 sq ft), one per yard.
  • Sandwich board signs on commercial and multi-family properties during business hours / leasing office hours as long as pedestrian traffic on sidewalks is not impeded and the signs are not located in the tree lawn and do not obstruct the right of way.
  • Any sign or banner posted by the Lowry Community Master Association

All other signs, both permanent and any other temporary sign, require submission of a Design Review Request Form and Committee Approval prior to placement or installation.

Prohibited Signage:

  • Flashing, blinking, moving, exposed light, iridescent colors, fluorescent materials, animated or audible signs, and signs with streamers, balloons or searchlights are generally prohibited.
  • Large LED, Plasma or Jumbotron style Signs or displays are prohibited.
  • Off-premises billboard signs are prohibited.
  • Bench signs are prohibited.
  • Neon or gas tubing signs including fiber optics shall generally not be permitted on the exterior of a building.
  • Signs attached to structures with one or more wheels are prohibited, including trailer signs.
  • No sign shall be painted upon any building façade.
  • Rooftop signs are prohibited.
  • Off-site signs (signs advertising products or services available at other locations other than the property on which the sign is located or signs directing persons to locations other than the property on which the sign is located) are prohibited throughout Lowry
  • No owner shall add any lettering to any tower or utility structure located within Lowry or change the color of a tower or utility structure without prior written approval. 

 Content and Limitations:

In general, the informational content of all signs shall be limited to letters designating the establishment name and/or type of establishment and shall not include any specification of the merchandise offered for sale therein or the services rendered therein, advertising devices, slogans, symbols or marks except corporate logos (which may include a short tagline), street numbers, street name, and informational displays for hours of operation or upcoming services or events.  All sign placements must adhere to the Site Triangle Guideline.

Permanent Signs vs. Temporary Signs:  

Permanent Signs are those intended for long term use and display.  These would include lettering and signage displays affixed to buildings, walls and monuments and free standing signs which are constructed of more permanent materials that are not intended to be moved.  Additionally, construction signs, directional signs and any sign that has electrical components to it, whether powered by a direct electrical connection or by a battery or battery pack, will be considered a Permanent Sign.

In addition to Committee approval, permanent signs may also require zoning and building approval from the City and County of Denver.  No Permanent Sign may be constructed or placed without all required approvals.

All other signs, generally those that are more transportable and made of less durable or non-permanent materials, are considered Temporary Signs.  All temporary signs must be kept in good condition free from tears, shredding, warping and rust.   Lighting shall not be used on temporary signs / banners.

Placement Restrictions for Temporary Signs

  • No signs shall be posted or attached to trees, public utility improvements, lighting poles or fixtures, traffic signs, or traffic control devices or on LCMA owned or maintained property without written permission from the LCMA.
  • No signs shall be posted, placed or erected within public rights-of-way and thoroughfares, including tree lawns (the area between the sidewalk and curb).

Temporary Signs:  Requires submittal of Design Review Request

Unless included in the exempted list above, all other temporary signs require the submission and subsequent approval of a Design Review Request Form. The LCMA desires and supports a clean, well maintained and un-cluttered appearance for the Community, and will generally deny requests for posting other temporary signs as being inconsistent with supporting these goals for the Community.  The Committee will determine in its sole discretion each temporary sign placement request.   The  Design Review Request Form  required for Temporary Signs should include:

  • Size of the Sign – which may not exceed 8 square feet
  • A design or rendition for the face of the sign
  • A description of the need or purpose for the sign
  • A description of the materials to be used for the sign
  • The duration of time for which the sign is to be displayed – which may not exceed 45 days
  • A photo or picture that identifies the requested placement location and relative scale of the sign 

Permanent signs:  Requires submittal of Design Review Request

These guidelines apply to all categories of Permanent Signage which follow:

  • No permanent sign will be installed without Committee approval.
  • Permanent signs shall be architecturally compatible with the primary building on the property
  • Signage shall have no exposed wiring, conduits, tubing, lamps, ballast boxes or raceways.  All cabinets, transformers, ballasts, attachment devices and similar equipment shall be concealed.
  • All materials used in for Permanent Signage, shall be durable, of permanent nature, require minimum maintenance and be resistant to weathering and staining.
  • Signs constructed of MDF are prohibited.
  • No sign or any portion thereof may project or extend above the parapet wall or top of the exterior wall or building façade upon which the sign is mounted.

Lighting Guidelines for Permanent Signs:

Subject to the Prohibitions listed above and the specific allowances for monument signs listed below,  Permanent Signs may be lighted to allow their effective use  during evening hours.

  • Signs should be backlit, or lighted from overhead, downward directed sources.
  • The intensity of the lighting applied to a sign shall be of a minimum nature, enough to light the sign, but not enough to cast ambient light, or to broadcast light into neighboring areas.
  • When signs are lit by LED bulbs or strips, the LED bulbs or strips must be in the softer light categories of 3000K or less.

Construction and Commercial Leasing Signs:   Requires submittal of Design Review Request

  • All construction and commercial leasing signage must be approved by the Committee.
  • During construction, construction/leasing signs or banners announcing such construction or commercial leasing shall be permitted with the maximum dimensions of eight feet by four feet.
  • No sign is to be constructed more than two and one-half feet above the ground level to the base of the sign
  • All construction / commercial leasing signs that are not banners (See: Flags and Banners) shall be constructed of dimensional lumber and shall have all exposed surfaces painted.
  • If a sign is to be supported by exposed posts, the base of the sign shall be framed out to give a finished solid appearance.
  • Construction signs may set forth the name of the project, a short description of the project, the owner, contractor, architect, engineer, financing information, completion date and leasing information.
  • Construction / commercial leasing signage may be installed no more than one hundred twenty days prior to work commencing.
  • All construction signage must be removed within thirty days of completion of the project.
  • All commercial leasing signage must be removed with the sale, rental or occupancy of ninety percent of the total leasable or salable square footage of the buildings within the development.

Directional Signage:      Requires submittal of Design Review Request

Directional Signs are permanent signs located throughout a commercial property, a retail complex or multi-family residential complex and within sub-association common areas for other residential properties.  Directional Signage is used for the purpose of directing vehicles and pedestrians to destinations such as parking, entrances/exits, leasing offices, buildings and unit addresses.

  • Directional Signs should be the minimum size necessary to communicate the most essential information and without decoration.
  • Directional signage shall not exceed a maximum of six feet in height and shall not have a sign panel larger than nine square feet in size.
  • Directional signs may be placed in elevated locations, (i.e. hung from street posts, street lamps, or building facades) – provided that the purpose for elevating the sign meets a directional need that is best served by elevating the sign face, and that the sign face is appropriately scaled and meets the previous criteria.
  • Directional Signs shall not be visible from beyond the boundaries of the property, except at property entrance and exit locations.
  • Directional Signs shall not be located within the paving setbacks, the exception being signs identifying entrances and exits
  • One sign identifying the address street number of each dwelling unit is permitted, provided that the surface area of such signs does not exceed one square foot.
  • One sign identifying each public or quasi-public use is permitted, provided that the surface area of each sign does not exceed ten square feet.

Monument Signs:      Requires submittal of Design Review Request

  • Monuments Signage Placement shall be limited to principal or primary entrances.
  • Monuments shall be appropriately scaled for both the pedestrian and automobile.
  • Monuments shall not obstruct or interfere with vehicle sight lines at intersections or entrances.
  • Monument signs should be scaled to be aesthetically pleasing but may not project higher than nine feet above ground level.
  • Primary monument signs shall not exceed forty-five square feet of surface area per sign face.
  • Secondary monument signs shall be smaller in size than the primary monument sign on a property.  Secondary monument signs shall not exceed thirty square feet of surface area per sign face, and shall not project higher than seven and one-half feet above ground level.  Lettering on any secondary monument sign is limited to the building, company or business name and the purpose of the entry e.g., “Visitors’ Entrance.”
  • All primary and secondary monument signs shall be illuminated by concealed floodlights from ground level or backlit, as approved by the Committee.  No lights exposed to view from the street shall be mounted on the sign.
  • Monument Signs may include a small programmable LED section to be used to display hours of operations, meeting dates and times, and upcoming scheduled events. The LED display may not use the scrolling or flashing features for which it may be capable, but instead must project a timed, steady display of at least one minute in duration before a message is changed out and a different message is displayed.  The LED display must be programmed such that the background color for all LED messages is black.

Retail Signage:  Requires submittal of Design Review Request

  • Monument signs associated with any retail use may be located within the paving setbacks in front of their building.
  • Entry signs associated with retail uses shall not be located closer together than three hundred feet.
  • A façade mounted sign associated with a retail use or a retail complex shall be limited to the trade name of the retail use or store.
  • All façade mounted signs within a retail complex shall be consistent in height, size, general appearance and location on the building with other retail uses in the same retail complex, all of which is subject to committee review and approval.

Snow Removal

Property owners must comply with City of Denver ordinances regarding snow removal: to view click here  Snow removal on sidewalks is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner.  The LCMA does not provide snow removal in alleys and privately owned streets and the City of Denver provides snow removal according to its tiered plan.

Solar Panels

Requires submittal of a Design Review Request.

Solar panels or solar devices are defined by Colorado law as “a solar collector or other device, or a structural design feature of a structure, which provides for the collection of sunlight and which comprises a part of system for the conversion of the sun’s radiant energy into thermal, chemical, mechanical or electrical energy.” Solar panels or devices are typically mounted on the roof.  Property owners are encouraged to incorporate energy conservation into their building systems.

Panels will be securely anchored to roofs, and pitched differently from the angle of the roof only to the extent necessary for solar efficiency. No property owner can erect an object, or construct or install an improvement that will obstruct access to sunlight for existing solar panels without the express written permission from the owner of the property with the solar panels.  Panels must be installed by a licensed contractor who specializes in solar installation.

Evaluation Criteria for solar panels include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials and installation methods must be completed in accordance with manufacturers recommended procedures;
  • To the extent possible, panels will be aesthetically integrated into the structure.
  • To the extent possible, avoid installing solar panels on the front, or public-facing view of the property.

Sports Equipment

May require submittal of  a Design Review Request.

Sports equipment includes portable, pole-mounted or garage-mounted basketball backboards; volleyball or badminton nets; soccer goals; trampolines; etc.  Permanent or garage-mounted sports equipment requires submission of a Design Review Request.  Permanent pole-mounted basketball backboards must be 10 feet from front sidewalk and 5 feet from the side-lot property line.  The maximum height of sports equipment is 12-feet.  All sports equipment must be maintained in a clean and neat appearance.  Sports equipment must not obstruct LCMA-owned alleys or sidewalks.

The city of Denver owns, maintains and regulates the vast majority of Lowry streets.  City of Denver code prohibits the use or storage of sports equipment in the right of way, public sidewalks and city streets.  If you have concerns about sports equipment in any of those areas, please call 311.

Storm Doors

Storm door design and color should be similar or generally acceptable as complementary to the residence

Trash, Recycling & Compost Containers and Commercial Dumpsters

Residential, city-issued trash, recycling and compost containers must be stored in garages or behind fencing with the exception of 5 p.m. the evening before a scheduled pickup day to 10 p.m. the evening of a scheduled pickup day.  Non city-issued trash or recycling receptacles must be stored in garages or behind solid fencing such that they are not visible from any street or alley.

All commercial dumpsters must be enclosed on all four sides within fences, walls, gates or landscaping so as not to be visible from any street or alley.

Tree Lawns

Requires submittal of Design Review Request.

A “tree lawn” is the area between a sidewalk and the curb.  Any tree lawn area adjacent to an owner’s property is the responsibility of that owner to maintain.

All tree lawn landscaping projects require the submission of a Design Review Request..

The LCMA, like the city and county of Denver, believes that Tree lawns are an integral component of the streetscape, with the general goal of creating a park-like character and setting to the community.  Street trees are located within the tree lawn and often establish a continuous overhead canopy embracing the street. The lawn under the trees also reinforces the continuity of the parkway landscape.

If the Request includes the replacement of an existing, or planting of a new tree(s) in the Tree Lawn, then the request must include a copy of the City of Denver Forester’s approval for the tree type selected for placement in the Tree Lawn.

For more information on removing, planting or replacing trees in the tree lawn, which has its own set of guidelines and City of Denver Forestry rules, please see the Trees section of this document for more information

The LCMA recognizes that responsible water management is often conflicted with the goal of a park-like setting for tree lawns, and the LCMA supports both goals, and will review Tree-Lawn Landscape proposals with both goals in mind.

As such, stone or other ground cover material may be used as an accessory only, and must have borders that secure that material and do not allow its encroachment onto the adjacent streets, sidewalks or neighboring properties.  Tree lawn landscaping must allow for on-street parking and pedestrian access to the sidewalk, and appropriately consider sight line and right of way visibility requirements.

Proposals that include large stones or boulders or tall native grasses in the tree lawn will generally be denied. Drought tolerant grasses or other drought tolerant groundcover will be considered, provided that at maturity, this groundcover remains low-lying (6 inches or less), and is generally harmonious with the horizontal heights and scale of neighboring tree lawn areas.

As applies to all landscaping within Lowry, Tree Lawns shall be regularly maintained, be kept free of weeds, with trees appropriately trimmed, to support appearances within the Community.

The sudden and deep freeze of November 2014 caused significant damage to many trees in the metro area. The Denver City Forester stresses diversity in replanting. As of 2015, the top recommended shade trees for Denver’s climate include:

Late September and October are generally excellent times to plant trees and many nurseries offer sales during this time of year as well.

Please remember that permits are required to remove or plant trees in the public right-of-way.

Trees

See Also, Landscaping

Requires submittal of Design Review Request

Removing, planting or replacing any tree requires the submission of a Design Review Request.

For removing, planting or replacing a tree in the tree lawn (area between the sidewalk and the street), please see the Tree Lawn Design Guidelines and note that doing so requires the advance approval of the City of Denver Forester who can be reached at (720) 913-0651 or forestry@denvergov.org.  Planting a tree in the tree lawn requires utility locates which can be requested by calling the City of Denver at 311.  Tree lawn trees that have died must be replaced as soon as the weather permits replanting.  Generally, the removal of healthy tree lawn trees is prohibited by the City of Denver Forester.

When replacing trees in your tree lawn (grass strip between the sidewalk and the street), consider using the City of Denver’s Free Tree Program.  The LCMA’s Buildings and Grounds Committee has, for a limited time, waived the minimum 2.5 inch caliper requirement for trees provided by the City of Denver.

All new trees shall be a minimum of 2.5 inch caliper at the time of installation; evergreen should be a minimum of six (6) feet tall. Trees shall not be planted within a utility easement.  Trees may not be planted on the alley side of a rear or side fence.  Tree lawn trees that are removed or tree lawn trees that were a part of the original landscape plan but were never planted must be replaced at an appropriate growing period during the next twelve months.  For a list of tree species that are permitted and not permitted for planting in Lowry, please see the Lowry Tree List, below.

  • The following tree species are prohibited in the Lowry Community:
  • Any species of poplar (Populus) (exception: Aspens are permitted)
  • Any species of willow (Salix)
  • Box Elder (Acer Negundo)
  • Siberian Elm (Ulmus Pumila)
  • Silver Maple (Acer Saccharinum)
  • Freeman Maple (Acer X Freemanni)
  • Ash (Fraxinus)
  • Walnut (Juglans)
  • Sunburst Honeylocust (Gleditsia Triicanthos Inermis)
  • Bradford Pear (Pyrus Calleryana ‘Bradford’)
  • Mulberry (Morus)
  • Russian Olive (Elaeagnus Angustifolia)
  • Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus Altissima)

In the tree lawn, there must be thirty-five feet between shade trees, twenty-five feet between ornamental trees, trees must be thirty feet from the curb at intersections, ten feet from alleys, driveways and fire hydrants and five feet from water meters and pits.  The city of Denver does not permit conifer species (e.g., spruce, pines, juniper, redcedar, fir) to be planted in the tree lawn.  Acceptable tree lawn tree species are listed below.

Trees must be maintained and regularly pruned so as not to obstruct pedestrian traffic, sidewalks, alleys or the street.  The city of Denver requires that branches overhanging sidewalks and streets provide at least 8′ of clearance for pedestrians, bikes, and vehicles.  Generally, deciduous trees need pruning every three to four years.  Regular pruning helps create a beautiful street canopy throughout Lowry.

You can get more information about trees and tree care by contacting a certified arborist, your local nursery or the following websites:

The following are acceptable species of trees for planting in tree lawns:

Oak

  • Chinkapin Oak
  • Swamp White Oak
  • English Oak
  • Burr Oak
  • Shumard Oak
  • Texas Red Oak
  • English Oak
  • Shingle Oak
  • Crimson Spire Oak
  • White Oak

Maple

  • Sugar Maple
  • Autumn Blaze Maple
  • Tartarian ‘Hotwings’ Maple
  • Sycamore Maple
  • Black Maple
  • Red Maple
  • Trident Maple
  • Pacific Sunset Maple
  • Miyabe Maple
  • Rocky Mountain Maple
  • Hedge Maple
  • Bigtooth Maple
  • Shangtung Maple

Linden

  • American Linden
  • Lincoln Linden
  • Redmond Linden
  • Shamrock Linden
  • Chancellor Linden
  • Corinthian Linden
  • Littleleaf Linden
  • Summer Sprite Linden
  • Mongolian Linden
  • Silver Linden

Elm

  • American Elm
  • Japanese Elm
  • Allee Lacebark Elm
  • Prospector Elm
  • Elm hybrids (i.e., Accolade, Cathedral, Danada Charm, Frontier, Homestead, New Horizon, Patriot, Pioneer, Regal, Triumph, Vanguard)

Honeylocust

  • Skyline Honeylocust
  • Imperial Honeylocust
  • Shademaster Honeylocust

Cherry/Pear:

  • Sargent Cherry
  • Black Cherry
  • Callery Pear
  • Chanticleer Pear

Other Tree Species:

  • American Sycamore
  • Western Hackberry
  • Goldenraintree
  • Amur Corktree
  • Kentucky Coffeetree
  • Northern Catalpa

Unsightly Conditions

Property exteriors (yards, porches, side lots, balconies, etc) will be maintained in an orderly manner and kept free of trash and clutter.   Items shall be stored in an enclosed space and out of public view when not in use.

Wind Turbines

Requires submittal of a  Design Review Request

Wind turbines or Wind-Electric Generators are used to generate electricity as a component of a building’s overall energy system and represent a way to conserve energy. Wind turbines are generally prohibited but will be considered under special conditions by the Committee.

Wind-Electric Generators shall meet the interconnection standards established in rules promulgated by the Public Utilities Commission.  The height, noise and aesthetics of the Wind Turbine shall not unreasonably interfere with the use and enjoyment of residents and property situated near the device.

Windows, Window Screens & Window Treatments

May require submission of Design Review Request Form.

Windows in a home may require periodic partial or full replacement.  All window replacements require the submission of a Design Review Request Form.  Partial window replacement is permitted as long as all other windows are maintained in good condition.

Windows

Replacement windows that match original or existing colors, materials and grid patterns will generally be approved.

If you want to change the color, design or materials of one or more windows, the general standard is that all windows on a single side of a structure must be similar or complementary.  Approval consideration of Design Review Requests for window replacement will be dependent upon general aesthetics, design symmetry and overall curb appeal.

When adding new windows (for additions / expansions), the windows shall be consistent with the scale, spacing and proportions typical of the existing structure and adjacent properties.    Design accent and special purpose windows (e.g., round / fan windows, bay windows, green houses) will be considered based upon overall design appeal

Reflective and mirrored glass with a visible reflectivity greater than ten (10) percent is prohibited.  Where reflective glass is used, such glass shall be gray, bronze, or other similar neutral shade.  The use of silver, gold, blue, green or highly-mirrored surfaced glass is prohibited.

For residential properties, exterior window frames shall be compatible with the exterior color of the house.  Window frames other than wood shall be either anodized, electrostatically-painted, fiberglass or vinyl clad.  Unpainted aluminum window frames are prohibited.  Wood frames shall be painted, sealed or stained.

Windows with embedded blinds or shades will be considered given that they complement the architectural style and color of the structure.  They must be maintained and kept in good working order.

Windows shall be maintained in good condition.

Window Screens

Window screens shall be maintained in good working condition, free of tears, rust and dents.

Screens, shutters or shades that are exterior to the window(s) require Design Review.  Approval consideration of exterior screens, shutters and/or shades is contingent upon general aesthetics, design symmetry and overall curb appeal.

Window Treatments

Interior window treatments are not required, but are limited to blinds, shades, shutters, curtains or draperies.  Interior window treatments must appear well maintained from the exterior of the structure.  Installation or replacement of interior window treatments do not require the submission of a Design Review Request.