A word about lights and fires

Sure, it’s fun to sit around a blazing outdoor fire, but fire pits, burn barrels, and chimineas are not allowed in Big Canoe. Only AECD approved outdoor fireplaces equipped with spark arrestors are acceptable.
By Treena Parish

The Architectural Control Guidelines are pretty specific about outdoor lighting. With autumn rapidly approaching, it’s important to make sure all lighting is in compliance. Below is an excerpt from the Architectural Control Guidelines:

Sure, it’s fun to sit around a blazing outdoor fire, but fire pits, burn barrels, and chimineas are not allowed in Big Canoe. Only AECD approved outdoor fireplaces equipped with spark arrestors are acceptable.
  • All outdoor lighting plans shall be submitted and approved by the AECD prior to installation.
  • No outdoor lighting is to become a nuisance to the neighboring properties. All outdoor lighting shall not be directed so as to cross any property lines or disturb other Property Owners, whether they are next door or at some distance.
  • All outdoor lighting shall be “white light.” No colored bulbs are allowed, even for seasonal decorations.
  • The maximum light output allowed for each fixture is specified by application in lumens as shown in the chart on page 22 of the AECD Guidelines.
  • All outdoor lighting is subject to the Decorative Accessories guidelines (3.3.4).

Please note “up lighting” and “moon lighting” are NOT approved for use in Big Canoe. Several notifications have been sent recently about unauthorized up lighting. Up lighting includes any light fixture that points upward. Such lights are usually designed to highlight a particular feature of a house or landscape.
If you have questions about exterior lighting, don’t hesitate to give a call to the Architectural and Environmental Control Department at (706) 268-3394 or shoot an email to Treena Parish at tparish@bigcanoepoa.org.

Outdoor fires

There seems to be some confusion about what is allowable for outdoor fires. The only fire burning places allowed are approved outdoor fireplaces equipped with spark arrestors. Fire pits, chimineas, burn barrels, etc. are strictly prohibited.