|Design Guidelines for Sycamore Vista
Architectural styles will be consistent with those found in the neighborhood such as Southwestern, Old Pueblo,
and Southern Arizona. All buildings will reflect the cultural and climatic influences of the Tucson area and shall
be well integrated with the existing neighborhood.
The material, texture and color of all exterior finishes of any structure will be consistent with the architectural
style and will be subject to the approval of the Homeowners Association. Any perimeter wall or fencing shall
have a graffiti-resistant finish. Wooden or chain link fencing is prohibited. Perimeter walls will be at least six
feet high as measured from grade and shall be constructed as described in the Zoning Conditions. Long
stretches of wall shall be softened with either plan recesses, landscaping, or wrought iron or other inserts such
Areas to be screened from view of recreational areas and perimeter boundaries shall include all parking
areas, utility areas, maintenance equipment and storage buildings, if any. Screening may consist of a
combination of walls, earth berming and landscaping. Walls for screening must be solid and be a minimum of
six feet high as measured from grade. Landscape used for screening shall provide an opaque thickness in
one year’s time.
One sign is permitted for the overall residential development. If there is more than one builder, signage area
will be made available. No permanent signs are permitted on any lot except for a name plate and/or an
address number of the occupant, which is not to exceed one square foot in area.
External lighting is restricted to that which is necessary for safety and security. Light standards shall be low
profile and shall be shielded and directed downward to reduce dispersal of ambient light to the night sky.
Energy conserving lamps are required; low pressure sodium or incandescent are recommended. High
pressure sodium or mercury vapor lighting is prohibited.
No boats, trailers, or other recreational vehicles may be stored on any lot unless they are parked inside an
enclosed area which is permanently attached to or a part of a main residence. If permanent storage locations
are to be provided on the property, they will be located a minimum of 300 feet from any bordering community
Mailboxes must be incorporated into a monument type with materials and finish complementing the
architecture of the development.
Residential trash receptacles shall not be located in any public area but stored inside each home except for
Projections and recesses to provide shadow and depth will be required. Roof lines will vary. Articulation of wall
planes will prevent large expanses of flat vertical or horizontal wall planes. A combination of one or two story
homes will be encouraged.
Maximum residential single story building height shall be 16 feet and the maximum number of stories is two
with a maximum height of 24 feet. Two stories will be permitted only on the southern perimeter.
Exterior building surfaces will be of smooth or sand finish stucco, or other type of fine-grained finish, which can
include areas of brick or precast or other suitable materials to promote and maintain the look of the existing
neighborhood. Exterior treatments and colors will be muted. Dominant colors such as black, red and white are
not allowed. No highly reflective finishes may be used on exterior surfaces or any of the following: roofs, all
projections above the roofs, doors, trim, fences, pipes, equipment and mailboxes. Door hardware and non-
mirrored glass is acceptable on exterior surfaces. All colors will be subject to approval of the Homeowners
Association Architectural Review Board.
Windows are typically rectangular or round and should be recessed or projected for articulation. Vertical,
paned windows are preferred over unpaned planes of glass. Window details should complement the character
of the neighborhood such as arched windows, tiled sills, or brick or tile ornament. Silver or gold mill finish and
white reflective window frames are prohibited.
Simple pitched gable, hip or shed roof forms as well as flat with parapet walls are acceptable. Roof lines must
be varied to provide visual interest. Roof overhangs and projections over windows are encouraged to respond
to the desert environment. Asphalt and wood shingles are prohibited. Flat roof areas must incorporate an
approved roof material and consist of or be painted with a muted, non-reflective material and fully screened
with parapet walls. No mechanical equipment shall be permitted on the roofs. All vents and other projections
must be colored to blend with the roof. All roof tile choices and colors are subject to the approval of the
Homeowners Association Architectural Review Board.
Balconies and porches shall not be placed to interfere with adjacent property owners’ privacy. Balconies
should be integrated into the building form. Finish material may incorporate wrought iron railings and ceramic
tile accent trim. Wood railings are prohibited.
Chimneys should continue the same finish and texture as the building. The chimney caps should repeat the
fascia cornice ban treatment integrating the trim colors. Tile caps are encouraged along with brick and tile
accents. Decorative metal caps that match the trim colors are permitted.
Gutters and downspouts must be concealed or integrated into the architectural design. Exposed gutters and
downspouts must be colored to match the surfaces to which they are attached. Precast concrete scuppers and
canales are encouraged.
Skylights must be designed as an integral part of the roof. Skylight glazing must be clear, white or solar
bronze. Skylight flashing and framing must be colored to match the roof.
All flashing and vents must be colored to match the material to which they are attached and may not be
The use of passive and active solar designs is encouraged. Components of these systems must be designed
and installed so as not to create any adverse visual impact upon any portion of the community or neighboring
properties. Solar panels must be an integral part of the roof design and flush with the roof slope. Frames must
be the same color as the roof. Mill finished aluminum frames are prohibited. Support solar equipment must be
enclosed and screened from view of public rights-of-way and neighboring properties.
All air conditioning/heating equipment, soft water tanks, water, gas and electric meters, and other mechanical
equipment must be screened from public view for both aesthetics and sound absorption. Roof mounted
equipment is prohibited.
Reflective or metal awnings are prohibited.
All landscape areas shall employ xeriscape principles. These principles include the placement of plants that
require more water closer to high use areas, utilizing grading to harvest runoff, etc. The landscape design shall
reflect the informal, semi-rural character of the area. All landscape areas shall be regularly maintained by the
Any significant cactus or ocotillo on the site shall either be undisturbed or salvaged for re-use. If any large
specimen indigenous trees six-inch caliper or greater are destroyed during construction, a 48-inch box or a 3
to I ratio of 15 gallon native trees are required to be planted as a replacement. All planted trees require
permanent irrigation. All trees preserved in place but cut off from natural drainage must be permanently
All landscape areas shall use drought-tolerant plants, as identified in Exhibit 1. This is not comprehensive and
other plants that are native to the Sonoran Desert Scrub or Riparian Plan Communities are acceptable. Non-
native plants (including grass) that are ornamental in nature shall be used only within the walled areas. Only
plants on the approved list and not prohibited plants shall be used elsewhere. No artificially colored rock shall
be utilized for ground cover.
Any irrigation system will be an underground, automatic type. Additional landscaping may be required to
soften walls and buildings or to screen objectionable views.
Erosion and soil loss into the drainage system must not be allowed and disturbed areas outside walled area
that are no longer to be traversed must be landscaped immediately.
“Totally Tucson” Plant List
Acacia greggii “Catclaw acacia”
Celtis reticulata “Netleaf hackberry”
Cercidiumfloridum “Blue palo verde”
Cercidium microphyllum “Foothills palo verde”
Chilopsis linearis “Desert willow”
Eysenhardtia orthocarpa “Kidneywood”
Lysiloma watsoni “Desert fern tree”
Morus microphylla “Texas mulberry”
Olneya tesota “Ironwood”
Prosopis velutina “Velvet mesquite”
Sapindus drummondii “Soapberry”
Acacia angustissima “Fern acacia”
Acacia constricta “Whitethorn acacia
Aloysia wrightii “Oreganillo”
Ambrosia deltoidea “Triangle-leaf bursage”
Anisacanthus thurberi “Desert honeysuckle”
Artemisia ludoviciana “Western mugwort”
Asclepias linaria “Pineleaf milkweed”
A triplex canescens “Fourwing saltbush”
Calliandra eriophylla “Fairy duster”
Celtis ehrenbergiana (pallida) “Desert hackberry”
Coursetia glandulosa “Baby bonnets”
Crossosoma bigelovii “Rhyolite bush”
Dalea pulchra “Bush dalea”
Dicliptera resupinata “Dicliptera”
Dodonea angustzfolia “Hopbush2”
Ephedra nevadensis “Mormon tea”
Ericameria laricifolia “Turpentine bush”
Eriogonumfasciculatum “Flattop buckwheat”
Gossypium thurberi “Desert cotton”
Hibiscus biseptus “Rose mallow”
Hyptis emoryi “Desert lavender”
Jatropha cardiophylla “Limberbush”
Justicia californica “Chuparosa”
Larrea divaricata (tridentata) “Creosotebush”
Lotus rigidus “Deer vetch”
Plumbago scandens “Plumbago”
Simmondsia chinensis “Jojoba”
Sphaeralcea ambigua “Globe mallow”
Tecoma stans v. angustata “Yellow bells”
Trixis californica “Trixis”
Vauquelinia californica “Arizona rosewood”
Zizyphus obtusifolia “Graythorn”
Gissus trifoliata “Grape ivy”
Janusia gracilis “Slender janusia”
Maurandya antirrhinuiflora “Snapdragon vine”
carnegiea giganlea “Saguaro”
Echinocereus rigidlssimus “Az. rainbow cactus”
Ferocactus wislizeni “Fishhook barrel”
Marnrnilaria grahamii ‘Pincushion cactus”
Opuntia arbuscula “Pencil choUa”
Opuntia engelmannii “Engelmann prickly pear”
Opuntia versicolor “Stagborn cholla”
Opuntia santa rita “Purple prickly pear”
Peniocereus greggii “Queen of the night”
Agave chrysantha “Golden-flowered agave”
Agave schottii “Shindagger”
Dasylirion wheeleri “Desert spoon
Eiythrina flabelliforrnis “Coral bean”
Fouqtderia splendens “Ocotiflo”
Nolina microcarpa “Beargrass”
Yucca baccata “Banana yucca”
Yucca elata “Soaptrce yucca”
Bahia abslntlijfolia “Bahia”
Daileya multiradiata “Desert marigold”
Datura wrightii “Sacred datura”
Dyssodia pentachaeta “Dogweed”
Oenothera caespitosa “Tufted evening primrose”
Penstemon parryi “Parry penstemofl”
Psilostrophe cooperi “Paperflower”
Ruellia nudiflora “Ruellia”
Senna covesii “Desert senna”
Glandulariaa gooddingii “Goodding verbena”
Zinnia acerosa “Desert zinnia”
Eschscholtzia mexicana “Mexican poppy”
Gaillardia pulchella “Blanket flower”
Kallstroemia grand flora “Arizona caltrop”
Orthocarpus purpurascens “Owl’s clover”
Proboscidea althaefolia “Devil’s claw”
Aristida purpurea “Purple threeawn”
Bouteloua curtipendula “Sideoats grama”
Heteropogon contortus “Tanglehead”
Muhlenbergia rigens “Deer grass”
Sporobolus airoides “Alkali sacaton”