When the Roland Park Company planned and developed Original Northwood (ON), a Deed and Agreement was created to establish and maintain the quality and character of the community. The covenants were recorded and became a legal addition to each deed relating to property in ON. Since the covenants stay with the property, as property is purchased and resold, each new owner accepts the covenants as a stipulation of the transfer of property ownership.

The covenants set standards for the development of property and any exterior change or alteration. It has protected the aesthetic environment of our neighborhood and is key to the maintenance and improvement of our property values. The protection provided through the covenant is an important element in attracting residents to ON and assuring that it is an outstanding place to live.

These covenants are held and enforced by the Greater Northwood Covenant Association (GNCA), but are administered through the Original Northwood Association (ONA). ONA has drafted Architectural Guidelines to that codify the covenants with regard to exterior alterations and guide the review process. ONA administers oversight, review and approval of exterior property alterations through the Board’s Covenant Committee. All exterior property alterations require that an application be submitted.

Application Process

It is the responsibility of the homeowner to apply for all exterior modifications to be made to the property. Work may not begin prior to receipt of approval from the Board of Governors. The homeowner may ask for your assistance in obtaining cut sheets and specifications for exterior materials to be used. In addition, architectural drawings will be required for extensive alterations.

Once an application is submitted, the homeowner will receive confirmation via e-mail or telephone. This typically occurs within 3-5 business days. The application will then be reviewed by the Covenant Committee. This review may require additional information requested from the homeowner. After discussion, the Covenant Committee makes a recommendation to the ONA Board. This recommendation is held to a vote can occur at the monthly board meeting or through e-mail. The result of this vote will then be conveyed to the homeowner. This typically occurs within 3 weeks, depending on the complexity of the project and the responsiveness of the homeowner. Approvals are valid for 6 months from the date of the approval.