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VDOT's Plan to Eliminate the I-66 Stringfellow Exit
to Non-Toll Paying Drivers at All Times
 
Our exit will be open only to toll paying drivers, with tolls up to $15  from I-495.
 
Image being required to pay upwards of $15 to use the Stringfellow Road exit to get off of I-66.  Well, that's VDOT's brilliant plan, to close the exit to only toll paying drivers, that will potentially face tolls over $15.00 just to drive from the Beltway to the Stringfellow Road exit.  This is on top of the $8.50 max rate to use I-66 during peak periods inside the Beltway.
 
The most recent public meetings held by VDOT regarding the changes to I-66 outside the beltway (VDOT I-66 webpage) includes a plan that directly and negatively impact the residents of our area – the permanent elimination of non-HOV traffic from exiting I-66 at Stringfellow Road
 
Today, during non-HOV hours any car can exit, yet VDOT’s plan will only allow drivers to exit at Stringfellow Road if they use the high-cost toll lanes 214 hours a day.
 
The HOV entrance/exit at Stringfellow was a hard fought victory for area residents and legislators serving the Fair Lakes areas, and many of us have enjoyed the time-saving and convenience it has delivered for the past 6 years.  This victory opened the exit to allow westbound non-HOV drivers to exit I-66 between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and from 7 p.m. until 5:50 a.m. weekdays as well as all day on weekends and holidays. VDOT traffic engineers projected at that time that up to 5,800 vehicles a day would use the newly modified exit.
 
Governor Bob McDonnell praised the change saying “Anyone who travels I-66 mid-day or weekends knows that congestion in this area is just as common outside of the traditional rush hours. Now motorists will have easier access to shopping centers, office parks and residential areas near the two exit ramps.” (Stringfellow and Monument Dr.)
 
But now, VDOT plans to eliminate our ability to continue to use this exit unless we pay high tolls.
By eliminating the exit, VDOT:
  • Forces all area residents to exit I-66 at Fairfax County Parkway, an interchange which is already congested with traffic and countless traffic lights, multiple left turns and lots of shopping mall traffic.
  • Require area residents to pay high tolls, up to a $1.50 PER MILE simply to use an existing exit that WE ALREADY PAID FOR.
  • Increases traffic on Fair Lakes Blvd. and Fair Lakes Parkway as well as feeder streets.
  • Causes back-ups on main arteries that block entrances to area communities.
  • Hampers access to the Stringfellow Park & Ride by requiring drives to circumnavigate the mall to access the parking/bus facility.
  • Provides no easy access from I-66 to the Park & Ride lot for 2-person carpools or single drivers.
  • Eliminates an easy back door to Fair Lakes Shopping Mall and area communities.
  • Delays drivers already suffering from area gridlock, increases costs, time away from family, etc.
  • Adds even more congestion to an already highly congested corridor, which can delay emergency responders.
  • Likely forces drivers to pay for longer distances than desired simply to use the exit.
  • By VDOT’s own 2011 estimate, inconvenience over 5,800 drivers a day.
  • Will increase pollution with the diverted cars forced to sit in traffic longer.
But our voices matter. We can demand a change, but it takes direct input from you, your neighbors and your homeowners, as well as significant pressure from our legislators, from the Governor on down.
 
Our ask to VDOT is simple. Change the plan NOW to provide exit and entrance ramps at Stringfellow in both directions. At a minimum, incorporate a non-toll exit westbound on I-66during non-HOV hours.  
But we need your support and the support of your neighbors. Below are the email addresses, phone numbers and comment webpages for our governmental representatives, as well as a sample email to send demanding that our Stringfellow Road exit remain open.
 
We ask that you send a message TODAY!! We will get only one attempt to demand a change to the plan before we lose the non-HOV Stringfellow exit for the next 50 years.
Thank you for your support. 
 
Legislative Representatives to Call or Email:
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe – 804-786-2211, info@terrymcauliffe.com,  Online Comment form
Congressman Gerry Connelly -- 202-225-1492, No Email,   Online Comment Form
 Virginia House Delegate Jim LeMunyon -- 703-264-1432  DelJLeMunyon@house.virginia.gov
Virginia State Senate David W. Marsden -- 571-249-3037  district37@senate.virginia.gov
Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova -- 703-324-2321  chairman@fairfaxcounty.gov
Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity -- 703-451-8873  springfield@fairfaxcounty.gov
Sully District Supervisor Kathy Smith -- 703-814-7100  sully@fairfaxcounty.gov
 
Government Agencies to Comment to or Call:
DOT - Federal Highway Admin. Acting Deputy Administrator, Walter Waidelich, Jr.  202-366-2242 walter.waidelich@dot.gov.
US Dept. of Transportation Comment Form
 
Sample Email or Comment:
VDOT recently announced that the I-66 Stringfellow exit will be permanently closed to non-express toll paying drivers as part of Transform I-66 project.   This plan is unacceptable.  My community and our legislators worked hard to get this exit open 6 years ago to non-HOV traffic dung non-HOV hours. This exit was fully paid for by all Virginia drivers and no VDOT is attempting to take away our free access to this exit.  We demand that it remain open to all drivers, not just drivers paying tolls or 3+ HOV drivers during non-HOV hours.  This exit is vital to the area residents, communities, and businesses.  It reduces congestion in the area, reduces travel times, reduces traffic being forced to circumnavigate Fair Lakes Mall, as well as provides an alternate access to the mall and closer I-66 access for emergency responders.  It is also vital for commuters who use the Stringfellow Park & Ride but will not be using the toll lanes.   A work around solution MUST be found.  If this planned closure is not changed, it will directly impact me, my family, and my neighbors, and we request you strongly oppose this plan publically in the strongest manner possible. 
 

Attention: Non-Resident Owners
Please remember to inform your tenants of the rules of the community, especially regarding trash and recycling as well as noise and parking rules. Rental leases also need to require the lessee to comply with all community rules. Fairfax County law also prohibits more than four unrelated people living in a home.
 
Additionally, owners are not allowed to rent their homes for periods of less than 6 months. Short-term rentals, including daily or weekly rentals such as AirBnB are NOT allowed.
 
If you do rent your home, renters may subscribe to the Water’s Edge website and receive community emails and announcements.


Water's Edge News
Thinking About Listing Your Home on Airbnb?
 
It's Not Allowed By Community Covenants
 
Airbnb is an online service that allows people to list, find, and rent lodgings in their homes. For some“hosts”, this type of short-term or “bed and breakfast“ rental arrangement lets them rent their entire home, a basement, or just a bedroom for a day, weeks or months at a time.  A host might rent their entire home while the family goes on an extended vacation, or the owner is on a temporary out-of-town work assignment. If the host rents just a bedroom, that room may be offered on an on-going, year-round basis.
The listing of your entire home or even just a room on Airbnb, Craigslist, VRBO, HomeAway, or via any other site or rental service for a rental periods of less than 6 months (including nightly stays) is NOT allowed under community Covenants. Any rentals of a room, rooms, or the entire home requires the owner and tenant to sign a written lease with a rental period of at least six months. The written lease requirement applies to renting your entire home or to having roommates, and must also require the lessee to comply with all HOA rules.  If renting your home,  you should also notify SCS of the property’s rental status.
 
Additionally, county law limits the number of tenants in any home to no more than four unrelated people.  Fairly regularly, neighbors have reported an owner or their renter who has opened the home to multiple unrelated, short-term renters in a “boarding house” scenario.  The HOA takes swift and appropriate action to close these operations, including notifying the County to investigate and enforce any applicable housing laws. 


Other Local News & Tips
Fairfax County Updates Noise Ordinance
Fairfax County revised the county’s noise ordinance in February to protect the peace and safety of citizens. Penalties can be severe, including a fine of up to $1,000 and a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable up to six months in jail.  So if you have a dog that you let outside and it barks for more than 5 minutes, please immediately bring them inside.
 
The code changes include prohibiting:
  • Animal Noises including barking, howling, meowing, etc., prohibited between 10pm and 7am when it can be heard inside a home with its doors and windows closed; or  during any other time if it can be heard for more than five minutes consecutively or non-consecutively for a 10-minute period.
  • Loudspeakers/Amplifiers (music, stereos, instruments - between 10pm and 7am.
  • Power Equipment, including lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chain saws, trimmers, edgers and more – between 9pm and 7am.
  • Vehicle Repair - between 10pm and 7am.
  • Loading or Unloading Trucks, including moving vans - between 9pm and 6am.
To Report a Violation:
Monday through Friday, between 8am 4pm, contact the Fairfax Co. Department of Code Compliance at 703-324-1300.  During all other times, call the Fairfax Police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131.

 
Upcoming Events
ARC Meeting
Tuesday, September 26th, 6:30 pm at St. Paul Chung Church, 4712 Rippling Pond Dr., Room B-1
 
Board Meeting
Tuesday, October 10th, 6:30 pm at 4840 Westfields Blvd., Suite 160, Chantilly
 
ARC Meeting
Tuesday, October 31st, 6:30 pm at St. Paul Chung Church, 4712 Rippling Pond Dr., Room B-1
 

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Neighborhood Watch Update
Update on September 2016 Thefts
The arrest of the two men who allegedly stole items from over 20 cars as well as tools from a garage in Water’s Edge, were released on bail, and are again scheduled to appear in Fairfax criminal court on November 1, 2017.
 
The two men, caught after a foot chase with police, have been charged with felonies and may face additional charges, according to the Fairfax Police.
 
The investigation (Case # 2016-257-0022) is being headed up by Detective Sophia Porter.  If you had items stolen and did not report it to the police, please do so.  Detective Porter, who is handling the case, can be reached at the Fair Oaks District station on Route 50 at 703-591-0966.  The next court date is Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 2:00 pm, at the Fairfax County courthouse at 4110 Chain Bridge Road.
 
Is Your Car a Theft Target?
Follow these tips and the likelihood of your car getting stolen or broken into are dramatically diminished.
 
1) Never leave your car running unattended, even just to run inside to grab something you forgot or to pay for gas. 
 
2) Make sure to always lock all the doors.
 
 
 
3) Never leave GPS units, cell phones or other electronics visible. Take them with you.
 
4) Remove all cash and coins, packages, purses, briefcases, backpacks, or other valuables.

Volunteer to Help
The Association is looking for several volunteers for help out on a couple committees:
  • Architectural Review Committee (ARC)
  • Open Space Committee
  • Social Committee
  • Website & Newsletter Committee
The community needs a couple people for the ARC and the Open Space Committee to keep our  community looking good and property values high.  It's also tough to create a "sense of community" without getting to know your neighbors so the Social Committee is needed to help people get out and meet their neighbors on a social basis, plan a few friendly events and get people involved.  And lastly, the new website and expanded newsletter won't create itself without a few volunteers for the Website and Communications Committee helping write and edit our resident communications.
 
If you would like to volunteer for a committee, and WE NEED YOUR HELP.  Please use the Contact Us form and send your message directly to the specific committee.  You may also complete the Committee Volunteer form and submit it directly to SCS.  The form is located on the Forms & Documents page.
 

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