Architectural Review Committee (ARC)
The mission of the Committee is (a) to ensure that improvements proposed for installation, replacement, or construction on any lot are compatible and harmonize with the architectural scheme, blend with our natural surroundings and comply with the Declarations of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions and policies of the Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community, and (b) to manage compliance with such Declarations, rules, regulations, policies and guidelines dealing with construction and/or maintenance of lots or improvements thereon.
If you are considering purchasing a lot or existing home and plan to do any alterations or construction (including any change of color or material), please review the CCR's and ByLaws to become familiar with the community standards and requirements.
Any alterations to the outside of a Lot must have the approval of the Architectural Committee and require an application with supportive data for review. The community CC&R’s and By Laws are linked here and here for your review. The ARC has posted a draft "Architectural Manual" that will provide some clarity to the Lake and Community requirements. If you have any questions, please contact a standing member of the committee, email us at Architecture@fishhawklake.com or ask for a hearing at one of the committee’s monthly meetings.
Download your Architectural Application Form here. Applications shall be submitted no later than the Monday before the regular ARC meeting - generally held the first Saturday of the month. This allows for the ARC to prepare an agenda and review the applications for completeness prior to the meeting. Any application submitted later than Monday 5:00pm will be referred to the next monthly meeting. All current ARC meetings are being held digitally via google meet until further notice published here.
You must be a member in good standing to submit an application.
- Dock construction, alteration and maintenance: All docks at Fishhawk Lake are required to meet the ODFW Residential Dock Guidelines (See Here) if you plan to install, repair or replace a dock. Additionally, the dock construction or installation can only occur during a limited time window (see here). Lastly, applications for work in the lake are required at Department of State Lands, Army Corps of Engineers and your county of residence. Dan Cary is the Aquatic Resource Coordinator for Columbia and Clatsop Counties, so he will advise on, review, and issue removal/fill permits and can be reached via email.
- Link to State Water related Permits Document:
- Link to DSL Permit website:
- Link to Clatsop County permits:
- Link to Columbia County permits:
- Link to outline of dock submittal and approval processes
Approvals of submitted ARC applications will be sent via email, (or hand delivered) usually within a week of the ARC meeting.
Denial letters will be sent via certified mail and email.
As of May 14, 2020, Clatsop County has a new exterior lighting ordinance. All new exterior lighting will need to meet this new criteria.
- Alter/Alterations: Any change visible from the outside of a house, garage, outbuilding or deck. This includes painting, windows, roofs and anything that is visible. This does not include interior window dressings.
- Deck: Any horizontal surface attached to a home. Must reside within the setbacks except at a lake or creekfront where the deck may encroach a maximum ten(10) feet from the setback into the 50 foot waterfront setback.
- Foundation: Any material in contact with the ground which supports a roof.
- Water Setback: A 50ft setback from the high water mark includes Fishhawk Lake, Boxler Creek, the canal and Fishhawk Creek. All other creeks are subject to county setback regulations.
- Setbacks: Setback lines shall be measured from the foundation of the building. Front Yard: 20 feet from the street property lines, 5 feet from side Lot lines, 15 feet from back Lot line and 50 ft from the edge of the Lake, Fishhawk Creek and Boxler Creek. If the building has a covered porch, then the distance to the Lake, Fishhawk Creek, Boxler Creek is measured from the end of the roof, not the foundation. Please see CC&Rs Article 5.5 for the complete Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for setback lines or ask a member of the committee for clarification.
- Grading: Any change to a lot that has a cross slope difference greater than 10 feet or if your lot has a fall of greater than 10 feet requires a topographical survey - including tree removal or retaining wall placement.
- Structure: Something built or constructed including kit sheds.
- Approved applications show compliance with community standards, but are not approvals for County or State permits. Members are personally responsible for County and State submittals, permit fees and approvals.
Community complaints related to non-compliant conditions are to be sent to email@example.com. Fill able complaint forms can be downloaded here. Please provide your lake address and member number, along with a contact phone number and return email address. Please be clear and unemotional in your complaint. Please cite the CCR and /or bylaw section that appears to violated.
Visit the policy section of the Documents page to learn more.
2021 ARC Members
- Lisa Dykstra
- Sally Doherty
- Sherry Ploor
- Julie Osborne
- Josh Partee
- Kevin Atchley
- Pamela Owen (Non-voting board liason)
The committee generally meets at 10am on the first Saturday each month. Currently we are meeting via zoom video. Please confirm meeting dates and times on the event calendar on this website.