Construction Time Frame

Construction is required to be continuous and well as in accordance with the Residential Code Ohio. The objective is to obtain the “Certificate of Occupancy” in a timely manner. Any builder with a site extending past 24 months from the time of breaking ground without completion is required to submit a written explanation to the Board of Trustees along with an estimated completion date. The Board of Trustees retains full and binding determination on the reasonableness of any building site not progressing and compliance fines imposed on the builder and/or homeowner.

Site Qualities

Identify the natural qualities of the site, and decide what they are and how they should be used. Save the trees, rock outcroppings and scenic areas; use the views; recognize the slopes and drainage patterns. Place your house on the site to disturb a minimum of existing grades and contours. During construction, protect trees or natural areas by a temporary fence or barrier. Leave ravine areas natural and undisturbed; do not fill with dirt or debris. Remove no trees or natural features before final approval of plans and specifications.

Coordinating with your neighbors

Create privacy for you and your neighbor by carefully locating and coordinating the private spaces of your home. When possible, use common screen walls or fences to help each other create privacy. Think about where you place your windows; avoid windows that “look into” your neighbor’s windows.



The land at Tartan Fields varies from level to sloping, such design elements as mounding, retaining walls and the stepping of slopes should be considered in developing your site. These elements should blend with your site and enhance its natural features.


When trees or other such elements are to be preserved, they will determine the level of grading in their immediate vicinity. Retaining walls, terraced banks, and planted slopes should be considered as part of a grading plan.

Graded portions of lots outside the buildable area shall be kept near existing grade.


Drainage is often a major problem for the new homeowner, often forgotten and seldom completely solved before the first big rain or spring thaw forces action. On sloping land, each neighbor receives water from those above him and deposits water on those below. Therefore, a pattern of compulsory mutual responsibility is established.

The acts of excavating or filling, or destroying the natural vegetative cover, or of building impervious roofs, or paved surfaces, increase the amount of surface run-off and change its direction and concentration.

Storm water from buildings and pavements on each site shall be directed by pipe or swale to the street, the nearest storm sewer or natural waterway. Storm water originating from the natural watersheds of adjacent property shall be accommodated and· transmitted through your site to an existing outlet.

It is required at Tartan Fields to control storm water and sedimentation both during and after construction.

Setbacks & Side Yards

Building setbacks are flexible at Tartan Fields within the minimum requirements set by zoning. It is the intention that homes will have varied setbacks, not “lined up” as in a subdivision, and be carefully sited in more random order where trees and topography indicate. Side yard setbacks will vary according to lot size and are indicated on the Tartan Fields Master Plan. Other non-buildable areas are set aside in areas of steep slope and woods and are also indicated on the Tartan Fields Master Plan.