1. Raised Vegetable Garden Bed Policy

Draft Policy

Raised vegetable garden beds are permitted in the back yards of homes in Semiahmoo. Homeowners must apply to the ASC for plan approval prior to installation activities or property modification related to the garden bed.  This is done on a case-by-case basis. Beds can be up to 3 feet high.  Approved length and width may vary based on lot size and topography. Vegetable garden beds should be screened from view of neighboring properties, the street and golf course with upright shrub planted 3 to 4 feet apart. Open compost piles are not permitted and all maintenance materials should also be screened from view.


Resolved: The SRA Board of Directors approves adding a new Raised Vegetable Garden Policy to the Community Rules as recommended by the Architectural Standards Committee. Approved 3/18/21



  1. Emergency Hazardous Tree Removal

An immediate tree hazard is when a tree suddenly starts uprooting (cracks appear in the soil) or a tree suddenly starts splitting (fresh, white sapwood is visible in tree cracks) where the main branches connect to the trunk AND the tree threatens to damage people or property. Dead trees are generally not immediate hazards.


Draft Policy

If a tree is an immediate hazard, the tree may be removed or the hazardous portion pruned before obtaining a permit in order to eliminate a clear and present danger to structures or people. This provision exists to protect human life and property from imminent tree failures where there is not enough time to obtain a tree permit through the normal process.


Anyone who removes or prunes a regulated tree on an emergency basis is required to apply to the ASC for a retroactive Tree Removal Permit within 7 days of removing the tree. Photographs or other documentation (such as a report by a certified, practicing arborist) must be included in the application packet to prove that an emergency existed.


If the ASC agrees, given the evidence, that an emergency did exist requiring the immediate removal of the tree in question, a retroactive Tree Removal and Replanting Permit will be issued.

If the ASC finds that no emergency existed and there was sufficient time to obtain the removal permit, the removal will be considered a violation of the Tree Removal, Retention and Replacement Policy and the property owner may be required to replace the tree and may be eligible for a fine.

If a large branch falls off of a tree, it may be considered a pruning emergency, but if the rest of the tree is still standing solidly it is not considered a tree removal emergency.  The pruning of the dangerous branch can be managed in the same manner as a hazardous tree.

Resolved: The SRA Board of Directors approves the addition of an Emergency Hazardous Tree Removal Policy to the Tree Removal, Retention and Replacement Policy as recommended by the Architectural Standards Committee. Approved 3/18/21



  1. Metal Roofing

The ASC recommends approving the addition of the metal roofing policy below


  1. Metal roofing is approved subject to the following requirements
  2. Manufacturers:
  • Nu Ray – NRM 5000/6000 Panels
  • Custom Bilt -CB-2000 & SL-1750 Panels
  • ASC Building Products/AEP Span -Design Span hp
  • Interlock – Standing Seam
  1. Metal:
  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  1. Fasteners: must be hidden
  2. Paint system: Kynar 500, Hylar 5000 or Fluropon, or Interlok’s proprietary coating system
  3. Color: Colors must be muted shades of brown or gray. At its sole discretion, the ASC may consider other muted earth tone colors on an individual basis.


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Resolved: The SRA Board of Directors approves the addition of metal roofing products and guidelines to Standards for Residential Construction as recommended by the Architectural Standards Committee. Approved 3/18/21