Friday, February 23, 2018

RA HCA CLUSTER INSPECTIONS @ MAR 23+

In 2008, RA conducted visual exterior inspections of all 90 HCA Goodman Houses for RA Use and Maintenance Standards, RA Design Guidelines, and HCA Cluster Standards issues as requested by the HCA Board of Directors.  This resulted in a clusterwide flurry of home clean-up and repair that improved overall cluster appearance and property values for many years thereafter.

In 2018, RA again plans to perform exterior visual walkthrough inspections of three clusters, including Hickory Cluster, as requested by respective Boards of Directors.  HCA collaborated with RA on the inspection schedule and scope over a period of several months, and inspections will be performed by RA staff according to current RA processes and standards.  RA will use a custom HCA inspection checklist based on the current resale disclosure HCA Compliance Summary, focusing on a limited number of HCA Goodman House exterior conditions with high visibility property value impacts for which corrections are reasonably achievable by homeowners. 

More specifically, RA will inspect all 90 HCA Goodman Houses in all three Blocks for refuse and debris issues, for exterior element changes from original as-built designs, and for exterior element general upkeep, repair, replacement, and removal issues.  RA will also inspect HCA Common Areas immediately surrounding individual homes and Common Areas overall.  Additional compliance issues not reported during the 2018 RA walkthrough inspection process will be addressed during future RA and HCA resale disclosure and similar inspections.

Assistance for exterior home repairs may be available from RA Helping Homes, an on-going community service project, to eligible HCA Members who are who are elderly, disabled, or financially challenged and are unable to make those repairs through their own resources.  In 2016, RA Helping Homes provided assistance to four Reston homeowners.

For more information and updates when available, see the dedicated HCA RA Cluster Inspections webpage.

HCA SPRING CLEAN-UP @ MAR 1-31

The HCA grounds maintenance contractor will begin Spring 2018 flowerbed and planter mulching and clean-up, plaza blowing, and tree debris removal next month in preparation for seasonal weekly mowing.  In addition, HCA Spring 2018 Cluster Clean-Up will be held March 1-31 to prepare for March 23+ HCA RA Cluster Inspections, and plaza power washing is also being planned.  During this period, HCA encourages Members to remove personal property stored on nearby HCA Common Areas, remove debris around Goodman Houses, stack fallen tree debris near the central RA footpath or HCA streets for contractor removal, and cut or remove vines from tree trunks and branches.  However, Members should not otherwise remove invasive species English Ivy from HCA Common Areas because it provides inexpensive ground cover that controls soil erosion.  Be careful to avoid Poison Ivy and similar plants.  Contact individual HCA Directors to coordinate special projects.

Friday, February 16, 2018

LAKE ANNE FELLOWSHIP HOUSE UPDATE

RA announced this morning that the New Lake Anne House LP project team will provide an informational presentation to the full DRB on March 19, 2018. The February 2018 RA Reston Land Development Tracker also noted related events:  Fairfax County Staff Report available July 4, Planning Commission hearing July 19, and Board of Supervisors hearing July 31.  In addition, the team indicated they selected an undisclosed prominent home builder with Fairfax County experience as developer of up to 74 four-story single family homes to be built immediately adjacent to HCA Block 1 within about four years.  Next steps include a professional land survey and visible marking of the HCA-Fellowship House property line for general reference as discussed during the December 2017 community meeting at Lake Anne Elementary School, and an early March 2018 follow-up meeting with HCA and Lake Anne Reston Condominium Association representatives.  More information will be posted here when available.

Friday, February 9, 2018

HCA / RA / COUNTY PROHIBIT SHORT-TERM RENTALS

Several years ago, an Airbnb short-term rental of a Hickory Cluster Goodman House caused an uproar from nearby neighbors and much discussion and legal research by the HCA Board of Directors.  In response to similar situations throughout the community, more recently Reston Association established a Home-Sharing Policy based on current Fairfax County rules and Zoning Ordinances, summarized as follows:  " ... Reston has a duty to its Members to enforce the covenants and restrictions put in place to preserve the character and serenity that has made Reston the community it is today.  As the County has now officially determined that short-term rentals violate the Zoning Ordinance, Reston has a duty to enforce the covenants incorporating the Zoning Ordinance and to take action against Members in violation thereof. ... "  To align with current County and RA policies, and to protect very limited HCA Common Area parking from transient tenant "free parking on premises" impacts, HCA Directors agreed during the January 2018 Regular Meeting to prohibit unauthorized HCA short-term rentals.  HCA Members can file formal compliance complaints with Fairfax County as advised in the notice above, or in writing with RA or HCA.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

HCA ROAD STORM SERVICE UPDATE

From our snow management contractor this evening:  "As a result of the winter weather moving into our area ... we are planning on providing snow and/or ice management services to the cluster tomorrow in the early AM. ... "

Thursday, February 1, 2018

HCA 2018 PARKING HANG TAGS START @ TODAY

Managing Agent TWC advised Directors that they mailed new orange 2018 HCA parking hang tags to Members on Tuesday, January 30 based on TWC receipt of completed Member homeowner and tenant information forms.   This followed December 1, 2017 budget package and special January 19, 2018 mailings of the HCA parking hang tag notice and information form advising all Members of these updates.  Also in January, HCA Directors agreed to observe a one month transition grace period until March 1, 2018 at which time all vehicles parked on HCA Common Area, including carriage house carports, must fully display 2018 HCA hang tags or be subject to citation or towing.  All other HCA parking rules remain in effect.

Monday, January 29, 2018

HCA ROAD STORM SERVICE UPDATE

From our snow management contractor this morning:  "It looks like we have another chance for winter weather in the overnight hours tonight into tomorrow. As of right now this does not look like it will amount to much. The ground temps are relatively warm and temps are forecast to go above freezing tomorrow. I will monitor the situation and report back later today with any plans. ... "

Monday, January 15, 2018

HCA ROAD STORM SERVICE UPDATE

UPDATE ... From our snow management contractor Tuesday morning:  " ... There is the potential for hazardous commuting conditions for Wednesday morning.  A period of snow is expected with approximately 1" of snow expected on our area roads.  As a result roads could turn icy and dangerous.  We are preparing and planning for winter operations this afternoon.  We will monitor the situation and make applications of salt and sand as required. ... "  With predicted snowfall less than two inches under our time and materials contract, the HCA snow management contractor typically will not plow cluster roadways.

Monday, January 8, 2018

HCA ROAD STORM SERVICE UPDATE

From our snow management contractor this morning:  " ... The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our area. The advisory remains in effect from 1:00 p.m. this afternoon to 7:00 p.m. this evening.  A wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet is expected resulting in slippery conditions. We are preparing and planning for winter operations this afternoon. We will monitor the situation and make applications of salt and sand as required. ... "  UPDATE ... " ... "We have come above freezing and it looks like whatever falls now is going to be in the form of rain. There will not be a need to make any applications. ... "

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

HCA ROAD STORM SERVICE UPDATE


From our snow management contractor this morning:  " ... there is the potential for hazardous commuting conditions for this Thursday morning.  As we go through the day I am sure we will have a clearer understanding of what will happen.  Right now, based on this forecast and warning from NWS, I am making preparations and planning on making a treatment to the paved areas of the cluster in the overnight hours of tonight."