Things You Should Know Before You Buy or Build In Red Hawk
First and foremost, completely read and understand the Declaration of Protective Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R’s) for Red Hawk. These CC&R’s are strictly enforced and provide the framework for past and future Red Hawk development. The Red Hawk CC&R’s are available to read and download (PDF format) on this web site. It should be noted that the points contained in this article are generally taken from the Red Hawk CC&R’s, but should not be considered complete.
An elected Board of Directors governs Red Hawk. Appointed committees included the Environmental Committee, the Water Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Road Committee. Each of these volunteer committees has specific responsibilities to help Red Hawk operated efficiently.
During construction, building contractors are responsible for controlling the access of subcontractors through the gate.
Red Hawk was developed as “a private equestrian development and wildlife preserve” with a strong emphasis on maintaining and protecting the “natural beauty, serenity, views, and present surroundings” of the area. Large portions of every Red Hawk lot have been designated as “Wildlife/Easement Areas”, also known as Wildlife Protection Zones. These zones, which are shown on most plat maps, are designed to preserve the natural habitat of the abundant wildlife in Red Hawk, as well as protect the aesthetic beauty of the landscape. Generally speaking, no buildings or improvements are allowed in these zones and no motorized vehicles of any type may be used in these zones. Red Hawk lots vary in size from approximately ten to forty acres, with twenty-three total lots. Lots may not be subdivided.
No improvements of any kind can begin without the prior approval of the Environmental Committee. This includes, but is not limited to any: (1) grading or excavating (2) cutting of driveways or roads (3) removal of shrubs, trees or other natural vegetation (4) erection of any temporary or permanent structures or signs (5) introduction of horses or other animals. In other words, nothing should be started without the prior written approval of the Environmental Committee.
The CC&R’s state that every Red Hawk “structure must be custom built to compliment the area” and numerous specific building and design requirements are provided for. Generally speaking, construction in Red Hawk should conform to its “mountain setting.” The Environmental Committee has the authority to “exercise its best judgment in overseeing all improvements, construction, landscaping and alterations on the lands within the subdivision.” All improvements should conform and harmonize with the natural surroundings and existing structures as to their external design, materials, color, location, height, topography, grade and finished grade elevations. No prefabricated sheds, barns, or dwellings are permitted and no structure can be of dome-like, A-frame or modified A-frame construction. Generally speaking, the Environmental Committee has established exterior design criteria that favor the use of natural building materials such as stone and wood over man-made materials such as brick, concrete or vinyl. The CC&R’s provide numerous other specific requirements or restrictions regarding such things as (1) setbacks and dwelling placement (2) minimum square footage of residence and garage (3) the number of dwellings on a single lot (4) exterior lighting (5) construction timetables (6) signage (7) storage of boats, trailers, etc. (8) roof lines and overhangs (9) insulation (10) windows (11) flashings and roof gutters (12) fences (13) towers (14) driveway location, design, length, grade and access (15) septic and sewage systems (16) noise (17) use of residences as commercial operations.
Red Hawk operates its own private water system that consists of a series of wells and storage tanks. Although adequate for all household needs, this system was not designed to provide water for irrigation or extensive outdoor watering. At the beginning of construction each residence is required to be equipped with an approved exterior water meter that will be read annually.
All Red Hawk roads are private and are maintained by the Association. The roads are paved and in good condition. Although easily traveled by passenger cars in non-winter months, 4-wheel drive vehicles are recommended during the winter. Elevations within Red Hawk range from about 7000 feet to 8000 feet and substantial snow can accumulate. All roads are plowed for snow as necessary.
Red Hawk is located within Summit County, Utah and all construction is regulated by the County. All necessary Summit County permits, fees, inspections, and approvals are required. These are in addition to the previously mentioned requirements of the Red Hawk Environmental Committee.
FEES AND ASSESSMENTS (subject to change)
The current Red Hawk fees associated with new construction are: (1) $10,000 water hook-up fee (2) $500 automatic gate fee (3) $1 per square foot of residence road fee (minimum of $3500) (4) $500 architectural review fee. Ongoing Red Hawk yearly fees are listed below for lots with homes, empty lots and owners that are not water users. These fees are billed and paid quarterly. The quarterly amount is also shown below. The CC&R’s also provide for special assessments when necessary for the common good of the Association.