Sometimes a particular development has a governing document called Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CCR). These are rules that control certain aspects of how you can use your property if you live in that community.
For example, it's not uncommon for a golf community to have a rule in the CCR that prohibits putting up a fence, since a fence could block views of the golf course from neighboring properties. A development that has a CCR is called a "deed restricted" community. A CCR is not a bad thing. It usually has the effect of protecting property values. The website referenced below provides some additonal information. Good luck in your home search.
Maggie Hawk, REALTOR
Watson Realty Corp.