Declaration Of Restrictions

What follows is a best-effort representation of the Declaration of Restrictions To Brookhill, as recorded with the Kansas City City Clerk in Book 1528, Page 960, with subsequent updates and corrections inserted where appropriate. This document may contain errors when compared to the official legal records, so refer to those for the correct and final word.


WHEREAS, Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., a Kansas corporation, authorized to do business in Missouri, is the owner and proprietor of BROOKHILL, a subdivision in Clay County, Missouri, which plat was recorded in the office of the Recorder of Deeds of Clay County, Missouri, in Book 19 of Plats at Page 89 + 90, and

WHEREAS, Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., now desires to place certain restrictions on the following described land, to wit:

Lots 1 through 54 , inclusive, BROOKHILL, a subdivision in Clay County, Missouri;

Lots 55 through 95, inclusive, and Tracts B, C, and D, of BROOKHILL, SECOND PLAT, a subdivision in Clay County, Missouri;1

Lots 96 through 124 , inclusive, BROOKHILL, THIRD PLAT, a subdivision in Clay County, Missouri;2

Lots 125 through 158 , inclusive, BROOKHILL, FOURTH PLAT, a subdivision in Clay County, Missouri;3

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises, Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., for itself and its successors, and assigns, and for its and their future grantees, hereby agrees that all of the lots shown on the above described plat shall be and they are hereby restricted as to their use in the manner hereinafter set forth.

DEFINITION OF TERMS USED

For the purpose of these restrictions, the word “street” shall mean any street, road, drive, or avenue of whatever name, as shown on said plat of Brookhill.

The word “outbuilding” shall mean an enclosed, covered structure, not directly attached to the residence to which it is appurtenant.

The word “lot” may mean either any lot as platted, or any tract or tracts of land as conveyed, which may consist of one or more lots, or part or parts of one or more lots, as platted, and upon which a residence may be erected i n accordance with the restrictions hereinafter set forth, or as set forth in the individual deeds from Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., or from its successors and assigns. A corner lot shall be deemed to be any lot as platted, or any tract of land as conveyed, having more than one street contiguous to it.

PERSONS BOUND BY THESE RESTRICTIONS

All persons, partnerships, limited partnerships, joint ventures and corporations who now own or shall hereafter acquire any interest be taken to hold, agree and covenant with the owner of said acquired lots, and with all other owners of any interest in all other lots within the subdivision, and with their respective executors, administrators, heirs, successors and assigns, to conform to and observe the following, covenants, restrictions and stipulations as to the use thereof and the construction of residences and improvements thereon for a period of time ending on July 1, 2008, provided, however, that each of said restrictions shall be renewable in the manner hereinafter set forth.

SECTION I. USE OF LAND

None of the lots hereby restricted may be improved, used or occupied for other than private residence purposes, and no flat, apartment house, condominium, townhouse or other structure using a party wall, though intended for residence purposes, may be erected thereon. Any residence erected or maintained or maintained on any of the lots hereby restricted shall be designed for occupancy by a single family. No business buildings shall be erected, nor business of any nature conducted on the land herein described, nor shall anything be done thereon which may be or become a nuisance to the neighborhood. This prohibition shall not preclude original builders from temporarily operating a sales office or a general office or both on the lots hereby restricted.

SECTION II. REQUIRED HEIGHT OF RESIDENCES

Any residence erected on any of the lots hereby restricted shall not be more than two (2) stories in height provided, however, that a residence more than two (2) stories in height may be erected thereon with the consent in writing of Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc.

SECTION III. FRONTAGE OF RESIDENCES ON STREETS

Any residence erected wholly or partially on any corner lot, or any part or parts thereof, shall front or present a good frontage on the street or streets designated by Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., in its deed to the lot or parts thereof relating to such residence to be erected.

It is provided, however, that if any part less than the whole of any corner lot is acquired by the owner of any inside lot, contiguous to said corner lot, then, as to the part of such corner lot so acquired, the provisions hereof requiring a residence erected on a corner lot to front or present a good frontage on the street or streets designated by Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., shall not be operative, but the part of the corner lot so acquired shall be deemed to be a part of the inside lot to which it is contiguous, as to the restrictions governing the frontage of the residence on the street, and said part of any such corner lot so acquired shall be subject to the restrictions applicable to the inside lot.

SECTION IV. SETBACK OF RESIDENCES FROM STREET; LIMITATION ON FENCES

(a) No part of any residence, except as hereinafter provided, may be erected or maintained on any of the lots hereby restricted, nearer to the front street or the side street than is the front building or the side building lines shown on said plat of Brookhill on the lot or lots on which such residence may be erected, provided, however, that Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., shall have, and does hereby reserve the right in the sale and conveyance of any of said lots, to change any building lines shown thereon, and may at any time with the consent in writing of the then record owners of the fee simple title to any such lot or lots, change any such building line which is shown on said plat on any such lot or lots, or which may in such sale and conveyance be established by it. No fences or walls may be erected near the front street than the front building line of the house as erected, nor nearer the side street than the side building line of the house as erected without the consent in writing of Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc. No fence or wall as permitted herein or by consent in writing of Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., shall exceed six (6) feet in height.

(b) Those parts of the residence which may project to the front of and nearer to the front streets and the side streets than the front building lines and the side building lines shown on said plat, and the distance which each may project are as follows:

  1. Window Projections: Bay, bow, or oriel, dormer and other projecting windows may project beyond the front building lines and the side building lines not to exceed three (3) feet.
  2. Miscellaneous Projections: Cornices, spoutings, chimneys, brackets, pilasters, grillwork, trellises and other similar projections, and any other projections for purely ornamental purposes, may project beyond the front building lines and side building lines not to exceed four (4) feet.
  3. Vestibule Projections: Any vestibule not more than one (1) story in height may project beyond the front building lines and the side building lines not to exceed four (4) feet.
  4. Porch Projections: Unenclosed, covered porches, balconies and porte cocheres may project beyond the front building lines not to exceed six (6) feet; on corner lots unenclosed, covered porches, balconies and porte cocheres may project beyond the side building lines not to exceed six (6) feet.
  5. Cantilever Projections: Upper stories on any dwelling may project beyond the front building lines and the side building lines not to exceed three (3) feet.

SECTION V. REQUIRED SIZE OF RESIDENCE

FIRST AND SECOND PLATS

Any residence erected on any lot in Brookhill shall contain a minimum of one thousand (1,000) square feet of enclosed floor area, and any residence one and one-half (1½) stories or two (2) stories in height erected on any of said lots, shall contain a minimum of seven hundred fifty (750) square feet of such enclosed floor area on the first floor thereof.

THIRD PLAT45

Any residence erected on any lot in Brookhill, Third Plat, shall contain a minimum of two thousand two hundred (2,200) square feet of enclosed floor area, and any residence one and one-half (1½) stories or two (2) stories in height erected on any of said lots, shall contain a minimum of one thousand (1,000) square feet of such enclosed floor area on the first floor thereof.

FOURTH PLAT6

Any residence erected on any lot in Brookhill, Fourth Plat, shall contain a minimum of two thousand two hundred (2,200) square feet of enclosed floor area, and any residence one and one-half (1½) stories or two (2) stories in height erected on any of said lots, shall contain a minimum of one thousand (1,000) square feet of such enclosed floor area on the first floor thereof.

ALL PLATS

The words “enclosed floor area” as used herein shall mean and include, in all cases, areas on the first and second floor of the residence enclosed and finished for all-year occupancy, computed on outside measurements of the residence and shall not mean or include any areas in basements, garages, porches, or attics; provided, however, that certain interior areas above the first floor need not be immediately finished for occupancy if the residence is so designed and built that such areas can be finished at a later date without any structural changes being made in the exterior of the residence.

Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc. reserves the absolute and incontestable right to determine whether the enclosed floor area of any residence, including split-level, bi-level, one and one-half (1½) or two (2) story residences, whether in the aggregate total or with respect to the lower floor thereof, meets the minimum requirements provided for hereunder, and such determination shall be final. Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., hereby also reserves the right to reduce any of the enclosed floor area requirements set forth above.

SECTION VI. FREE SPACE REQUIRED

The main body of any residence, including attached garages, attached greenhouses, ells, and porches, enclosed or unenclosed, covered or uncovered, but exclusive of all other projections set forth above in Section IV, erected or maintained on any of the lots hereby restricted, or on any part or parts thereof, as shown on the aforesaid plat, shall not occupy more than eighty percent (80%) of the width of the lot on which it is erected, measured in each case on the front building line as shown on the aforesaid plat, or as established by Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc. in the conveyance of any lots, whichever line is of greater length, without the approval in writing of Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc.

SECTION VII. RIGHT TO APPROVE PLANS

No residences or out-buildings may be erected on or moved onto any of the lots subject to these restrictions unless and until the plans, elevation, location on the lot or other building site, and grade thereof have been submitted to Mill Creek of Kansas, In c., and by it approved in writing; nor shall any change or alteration be made in the exterior design of any such residence or out-building after the original construction thereof, until approval thereof has been given in writing by Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc. Anything in this Declaration of Restrictions to the contrary notwithstanding, Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., its successors and assigns, shall have and do hereby reserve the right to determine the location of all buildings upon the respective lot or lots, except as it may be restricted in the making of such determination by the provisions of Section IV and VI herein, and the relation of the top of the foundation thereof to the street level.

SECTION VIII. MAINTAINING SIGHT DISTANCE

No fence, wall, hedge, or shrub planting which obstructs sight lines at elevations between two (2) and six (6) feet above the roadways, shall be placed or permitted to remain on any corner lot within the triangular area formed by the street property lines and a line connecting them at points twenty-five (25) feet from the intersection of the street lines, or in the case of a rounded property corner, from the intersection of the street property lines extended. The same sight-line limitations shall apply on any lot within ten (10) feet from the intersection of the street property line with the edge of a driveway or alley pavement. No trees shall be permitted to remain within such distances of such intersections unless the foliage line is maintained at sufficient height to prevent obstruction of such sight lines.

SECTION IX. REQUIRED BUILDING MATERIALS

Exterior walls of all buildings, structures and appurtenances thereto shall be of brick, stone, wood shingles, wood siding, wood paneling, plate glass, masonite, or a combination thereof. Windows, doors and louvers shall be of wood or metal and glass. Roofs shall be covered with wood shingles, wood shakes, slate or tile, or earth tone composition shingles if approved in writing by Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc. Any building products which may come into general use for dwelling construction in this area after the date of these restrictions shall be acceptable if approved in writing by Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc. all wood and masonite exteriors, except roofs, and shake sidewalls, shall be covered with a workmanlike finish of paint or stain, unless another finish is approved in writing by Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc. No building shall be permitted to stand with its exterior in an unfinished condition for longer than nine (9) months after commencement of construction. In the event of fire, windstorm or other damage, no building shall be permitted to remain in damaged condition longer than six (6) months.

SECTION X. SODDED YARDS

The entire front, rear and side yards of every lot in Brookhill, and the unpaved portions of street easements and rights-of-way contiguous thereto, shall be sodded with bluegrass at the earliest time after construction of the dwelling on said lot as the weather will permit, and in no instance will seeding or plugging be considered as a substitute for such original sodding without the consent in writing of Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc.

SECTION XI. OUTBUILDINGS PROHIBITED

No building or other detached structures appurtenant to the residence may be erected on any of the lots hereby restricted without the consent in writing of Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc.

SECTION XII. FUEL TANKS PROHIBITED

No tank for the storage of fuel may be maintained above the surface of the ground on any of the lots hereby restricted.

SECTION XIII. OUTSIDE ANTENNAS PROHIBITED

No radio or television antennas or television “dish” receivers may be kept or maintained on any of the lots hereby restricted except within the confines of a dwelling unit erected thereon.

SECTION XIV. RESTRICTIONS ON MAINTAINING PETS

No wild, semi-wild or domestic mammals, reptiles or birds may be kept or maintained on any of the lots hereby restricted, except that no more than two (2) dogs, two (2) cats, two (2) rabbits, or two (2) birds may be kept on any such lots provided that they are not kept, bred or maintained for any commercial purpose.

SECTION XV. SIGNS PROHIBITED

No signs, advertisements, billboards, or advertising structures of any kind may be erected or maintained In any of the lots hereby restricted without the consent in writing of Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., provided, however, that permission is hereby granted for the temporary erection and maintenance of not more than two (2) signs for each lot or tract advertising such lot or tract to be for sale or lease. Nothing in this section shall he construed to prohibit the erection of subdivision entrance structures by Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., its successors, assigns, or licensees at such place or places as it or they may determine which structures may or may not display the name of same subdivision.

SECTION XVI. REPAIRING AND STORAGE OF AUTOMOBILES, BOATS, TRAILERS, ETC.

No repair, rebuilding or manufacture, whether for hire or otherwise, of automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, motorbikes, motor scooter, boat, airplane, house trailer, recreational vehicle, boat trailer, camping trailer, motor home, or vehicle of any other type or description, or of any lawnmowers or other motorized, wheeled outdoor equipment or appliances shall be performed or occur on any of the lots hereby restricted except that such repairs on a non-commercial basis and not for hire may be conducted in any enclosed garage built on said premises if not otherwise prohibited under other provisions of these restrictions.

No automobile, truck, motorcycle, motorbike, motor scooter, boat, airplane, house trailer, recreational vehicle, boat trailer, camping trailer, motor home, or vehicles of any other type or description may he stored on any of the lots hereby restricted, except that such storage other than storage for hire shall be permitted within the confines of any building built on any of the lots hereby restricted if not otherwise prohibited under other provisions of these restrictions. Nothing in this section, however, shall be so construed as to prohibit the regular parking of not more than two (2) passenger automobiles in running condition and in a reasonable state of repair and preservation on any driveway permitted to be maintained on any of the lots hereby restricted.

No equipment or materials may be stored outside of any enclosed building except single items kept by the occupants for ordinary household or yard use.

SECTION XVII. FENCES, DECKS, PATIOS

FIRST PLAT

Fences shall be constructed of wood only as commonly used in Clay County, Missouri, in stockade and rail types. No metal, wire or chain link fences of any type shall be erected. No fence shall exceed six (6) feet in height from the ground surface. On corner lots any properly constructed fence must not be nearer to the front street or the side street than the parallel projection of the side of the residence structure as actually built notwithstanding the fact that such residence structure may have been built inside the front or side building lines as platted.

No fences shall be constructed on any lot backing up to or adjacent to the 100 year flood plain except within fifteen (15) feet of the residence structure as actually built, or as otherwise permitted in writing by Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc. In Phase I this restriction applies specifically to Lots 20 through 34, and Lots 42 and 43.

SECOND PLAT7

Fences shall be constructed of wood only as commonly used in Clay County, Missouri, in stockade and rail types. No metal, wire or chain link fences of any type shall be erected, except a wrought iron fence may be erected if approved in writing by Millcreek of Kansas, Inc. No fence shall exceed six (6) feet in height from the ground surface. On corner lots any properly constructed fence must not be nearer to the front street or the side street than the parallel projection of the side of the residence structure as actually built notwithstanding the fact that such residence structure may have been built inside the front or side building lines as platted.

No fences shall be constructed on Lots 55 through 58, inclusive, beyond a distance of fifteen (15) feet from a line intersecting the two rear foundation corners fo the residence structures as actually built, or as otherwise permitted in writing by Millcreek of Kansas, Inc.

No deck, patio or fences, nor any portion thereof, shall be constructed on Lots 75 through 79, inclusive, nor on Lots 84 through 86, inclusive, beyond a distance of twenty (20) feet from a line intersecting the two rear foundation corners of the residence structures as actually built, or as otherwise permitted in writing by Millcreek of Kansas, Inc.

THIRD PLAT8

Certain styles and sizes of wrought iron fences may be erected if approved in writing by MILLCREEK OF KANSAS, INC., or its assignee, but no other type of metal, wire, or chain link fences of any type shall be erected. Except for approved wrought iron fences, all fences shall be constructed of wood only as commonly used in Clay County, Missouri, in stockade and rail types. No fence shall exceed six (6) feet in height from the ground surface. On corner lots any properly constructed fence must not be nearer to the front street or the side street than the parallel projection of the side of the residence structure as actually built notwithstanding the fact that such residence structure may have been built inside the front or side building lines as platted.

FOURTH PLAT9

Fences shall be constructed of wood only as commonly used in Clay County, Missouri, in stockade and rail types. No metal, wire or chain link fences of any type shall be erected. No fence shall exceed six (6) feet in height from the ground surface. On corner lots any properly constructed fence must not be nearer to the front street or the side street than the parallel projection of the side of the residence structure as actually built notwithstanding the fact that such residence structure may have been built inside the front or side building lines as platted.

No fences shall be constructed on Lots 141, 142 and 150 through 158, inclusive, beyond a distance of fifteen (15) feet from a line intersecting the two rear foundation corners of the residence structures as actually built, or as otherwise permitted in writing by Millcreek of Kansas, Inc., or its assignee.

SECTION XVIII. EASEMENTS

Easements for installation, repair and maintenance of utilities and drainage facilities are reserved as shown on the recorded plat of Brookhill. In addition to the respective rights of utilities to the effective use of reserved utility easements, no trees, shrubbery, structures, buildings, fences shall be placed or maintained within the area of the drainage easements which may interfere with the function or maintenance thereof for drainage purposes.

SECTION XIX. DURATION OF RESTRICTIONS

Each of the restrictions herein set forth shall continue and be binding upon Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., and upon its successors and assigns, until July 1, 2008, and shall automatically be continued thereafter for successive periods of twenty-five (25) years each, provided, however, that the owners of the fee simple title to more than fifty percent (50%) of the front feet of all of the lots hereby specifically restricted, and set forth in this instrument, may release all of the land which is hereby restricted from any one or more of the restrictions herein set forth, on July 1, 2008, or at the end of any successive five (5) year period thereafter, by executing and acknowledging an appropriate agreement or agreements in writing for such purpose and filing the same for record in the office of the Recorder of Deeds of Clay County, Missouri, prior to June 21, 2008, or at least ten (10) days prior to the expiration of any successive five (5) year period after July 1, 2008.

SECTION XX. RIGHT TO ENFORCE

The restrictions herein set forth shall run with the land and bind the present owner, its successors and assigns, and all parties claiming by, through or under it shall be taken to hold, agree and covenant with the owner of the lots hereby restricted, and with its successors and assigns, and with each of them, to conform to and observe said restrictions, as to the use of said lots and the construction of improvements thereon, but no restrictions herein set forth shall be personally binding on any corporation, person or persons, except in respect of breaches committed during its, his or their seisin of, or title to said land; and Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., its successors and assigns, and also the owner or owners of any of the lots hereby restricted shall have the right to sue for and obtain an injunction, prohibitive or mandatory, to prevent the breach of, or to enforce the observance of, the restrictions above set forth, in addition to ordinary legal actions for damages, and failure of Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., its successors or assigns, or any owner or owners of any lot or lots hereby restricted to enforce any of the restrictions herein set forth at the time of its violation shall, in no event, be deemed to be a waiver of the right to do so thereafter. Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., reserves the right, by appropriate declaration, executed and acknowledged by its appropriate officers and recorded in the office of the Recorder of Deeds of Clay County, Missouri, made expressly for that purpose, transfer and assign to any person or corporation, or to any homes association created by separate declaration and subjecting all of the lots located in Brookhill to the terms thereof, all of the rights, powers, reservations and privileges herein reserved by it in respect to all or any part of said lots, and upon such assignment or transfer being made, its assigns or transferees may at their option exercise, transfer or assign these rights, or any one or more of them, at any time or times, in the same way and manner as though directly reserved by them, or it, in this instrument.

SECTION XXI. ADDITION OF OTHER LAND

Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., shall have, and expressly reserves the right from time to time, to add such other land as it may now own or hereafter acquire to the operation of the provisions of this Declaration of Restrictions, by executing and acknowledging any appropriate declaration or agreement for that purpose, and filing the same for record in the office of the Recorder of Deeds of Clay County, Missouri. When any other land is so subjected to the provisions hereof, whether the same consists of one or more times, said land so added shall be subject to all of the terms and provisions hereof, in the same manner and with like effect as though the same had been originally described herein and subjected to the provisions hereof.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Mill Creek of Kansas, Inc., by authority of its Board of Directors, has caused these presents to be executed by its President and Secretary and its corporate seal to be hereto affixed this 5th day of December 1983.


  1. Added in “DECLARATION OF RESTRICTIONS Lots 55–95”, Book 1694, Page 169. ↩︎

  2. Added in “DECLARATION OF RESTRICTIONS Lots 96–124”, Book 1808, Page 565. ↩︎

  3. Added in “DECLARATION OF RESTRICTIONS Lots 125–158”, Book 1765, Page 859. ↩︎

  4. Added in “DECLARATION OF RESTRICTIONS Lots 96–124”, Book 1808, Page 565. ↩︎

  5. Amended in “AMENDED DECLARATION OF RESTRICTIONS Lots 96–124”, Book 1814, Page 202. ↩︎

  6. Added in “DECLARATION OF RESTRICTIONS Lots 125–158”, Book 1765, Page 859. ↩︎

  7. Added in “DECLARATION OF RESTRICTIONS Lots 55–95”, Book 1694, Page 169. ↩︎

  8. Added in “DECLARATION OF RESTRICTIONS Lots 96–124”, Book 1808, Page 565. ↩︎

  9. Added in “DECLARATION OF RESTRICTIONS Lots 125–158”, Book 1765, Page 859. ↩︎