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Color palettes for painting houses in The Villages receiving fresh scrutiny from officials

Color palettes aimed at preserving a harmonious look in neighborhoods in The Villages are receiving fresh scrutiny from officials.

Community development districts across Florida’s Friendliest Hometown several years ago adopted the color palettes to rein in homeowners tempted to use hot, energetic or neon colors.

Community Development District 9 supervisors within the next 60 days are expected to revisit their color palette.

Currently, CDD 9 homeowners do not need Architectural Review Committee approval if they are repainting the original color or if they stick to the approved color palette.

A swatch shows the color “Playful Pink.”

It’s the same policy used in Community Development District 5, where the board split 3-2 last week on a color palette issue. A longtime homeowner in the Village of Poinciana painted her trim “Playful Pink,” a color not available on the CDD 5 color palette. She has already painted her trim “Playful Pink” and was seeking an-after-the-fact policy change to allow her to keep her paint job.

CDD 5 Supervisor Gerald Ferlisi suggested that it might be time to take another look at the adopted color palette.

The trim has been painted ‘Playful Pink’ at the home at 2111 Westchester Way in the Village of Poinciana.

“Time moves on,” he said.

The majority of his fellow CDD 5 supervisors disagreed and “Playful Pink” will have to go.

However, CDD 9 Chairman Jack Reimer suggested that one of the options his board might consider is the elimination of the color palette.

“You could get your neighbors’ approval,” Reimer said.

However, a Village of Pinellas resident said the color palette plays an important role.

“The Developer did a good job of putting us in a homogenous environment where there was not anything offensive. We need a color palette that everybody bought into and the Developer helped us develop,” said Allen Holter.

Community Development District 2 does not have a color palette and probably has the strictest painting policy in The Villages. The homeowner does not need ARC approval if sticking with the original color, but if a new color is desired, an ARC application is required.

Community Development District 2

To see the complete list of guidelines, check out this link Home Repainting Guidelines

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