Flags: a minimalist approach is the new way to fly

Times they are a-changin’

Eastmark’s Design Review Committee and developer worked together to amend several sections of the Eastmark Design Guidelines: flags, holiday lights, holiday decorations and permanent holiday lights, as well as artificial turf.

A quick review: Who makes design decisions?

The Design Review Committee maintains the legacy of Eastmark and supports homeowners by ensuring the quality and consistency of the community everyone fell in love with. The individuality of a home is key to neighborhood character, but let’s face it, we all have different tastes and styles. The design review process provides cohesiveness, emphasizes the natural characteristics of the area, and supports our unique community vision.

Upholding the vision and value

There are several situations that compel the Design Review Committee to revisit (and possibly amend) design guidelines, such as changes in available materials, or in this case, shifts in trends and cultural norms.

Maintaining an inviting atmosphere

Eastmark’s founder established a set of clear design guidelines to ensure the vision of the community would be upheld, while also protecting property values for generations of homeowners. When faced with the difficult decision to increase restrictions or allow more flexibility, the Design Review Committee must err on the side of caution and consider what’s in the best interest of the community as a whole and the amazing people who live here. What is aesthetically pleasing to one, may be an eyesore to another.

While the committee understands the desire to personalize the exterior of your home, they can never be certain how adornments may be interpreted. Therefore, the decision was made to permit only federal and Arizona state protected flags to be flown moving forward.

As of Aug. 8, 2022, the only types of flags allowed to be displayed on free-standing flagpoles or outdoor building-mounted poles are those specifically protected by Arizona law — A.R.S. §33-1808(A) — including:

  • American
  • military and armed services
  • Arizona state
  • Arizona Indian nations
  • Gadsden
  • first responder
  • blue and gold star service

What to expect next

If you’re currently flying a flag that doesn’t comply with these changes, you’ll want to take it down before Aug. 22. After that date, your Community Life team will send you a courtesy notice to remove the flag.

Design review applications for flags other than those allowed by Arizona state statute will not be considered or approved.

Ready to install a flagpole? Follow these tips and be sure to submit a design review application prior to making your purchase. To ensure you’re in line with the community standards in terms of location, quantity, size, mounts, poles, and lighting, please check out Section 4.33 on Flags and Flag Poles of the Eastmark Design Guidelines.

Creating opportunities for connection

Eastmark was built to be welcoming, inviting, and inclusive. Every detail from the physical design to the engagement opportunities bring neighbors together to promote harmony.

Notice something while you’re out and about that doesn’t look quite right? When in doubt, submit a community concern and the Community Life team will check it out.

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