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Welcome to Water's Edge at Fair Lake

 
Annual Exterior Inspection Scheduled for Early April
As you probably know, each year the HOA conducts regular community-wide property inspections designed to ensure that we all maintain our homes in accordance to all Architectural Guidelines and HOA Covenants. This year's inspection, conducted by one of SCS’s professional home inspectors, is scheduled for early April.  Please do not be alarmed if you see the inspector walking the community taking notes or photos.
 
Regular inspections help maintain our property values, as well as keep our community an attractive and nice place to live. Additionally, these inspections may also point out exterior issues on homes that the owner may not be aware of that could lead to more costly repairs, such as missing roof shingles, foundation problems, or damaged trim, to name just a few.
 
If you do receive a violation notice or letter, please help the community save money by correcting the violation within the noted timeframe or request an extension with a firm date that you’ll have the violation corrected by.  Uncorrected violations require more costly notifications that costs us all money that could be used for other purposes.
 
For a list of the most typical violations, please CLICK HERE 
 
Additionally, if are you thinking about a home improvement project this year, please remember that all modifications to the exterior of your home, including new or replacement decks, patios, exterior door, window or roof replacement, and any other modification, must be preceded by the owner completing and submitting to SCS, our management company, an Exterior Alteration Application.  The Architectural Review Committee reviews your application against the current Architectural Guidelines and community standards. Projects cannot be started until the owner’s application is approved in writing.  

For the required application form, a copy of the community's architectural guidelines and details about the ACR Application process, please visit Committees - ARC page.
 
Thanks for your cooperation.
 

Board Officers Elected
At the March Board meeting, election of officers for 2017 was conducted with the following results: 
  • Vicky Crews - President
  • Jon Rochetti - Vice President
  • Bill Balkus - Treasurer
  • Forrest Sprester - Secretary
  • Patrick Hoepfner - Member at Large

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.

Parking Reminder -- Please Don’t Overhang Sidewalks
We have children, elderly and handicapped individuals living in Water’s Edge that need to use the full sidewalk to safely walk the community.
 
Sidewalks and driveway aprons  must not be blocked by parked vehicles.  The driveway aprons and sidewalks are HOA common space, and by both County law and HOA guidelines may never be blocked, even partially.
 
If you drive a longer vehicle, minivan or SUV that doesn’t fully fit in your driveway, you’ll need to either park it in guest parking or trim bushes or landscaping to make enough room so that it doesn’t overhang onto the sidewalk. 
 
For the safety of all residents, cars that continually block sidewalks will be ticketed or towed at the vehicle owner’s expense. 
 

Blowing Trash in Our Neighborhood
Please remember to either bag your recyclables or place heavy items, such as glass bottles on the top of your recycling bin. Placing heavy items on top helps stop newspapers and plastic bottles from being blown out of your bin and onto the streets, open space and ponds.
 
If your trash does get blown about, you are responsible to pick it up. Please help keep our community trash free.

 

Water's Edge News
Changes to Yard Waste and Lawn Clipping Pick-ups
Effective March 1st
As part of our trash and recycling contract, yard and lawn waste, grass clippings, leaves and trimmings are picked-up curbside between March and December, on Wednesdays for single family homes and Thursdays for townhomes.
 
Beginning March 2017, bagged waste will no longer be accepted in plastic bags of any type. Yard waste will only be accepted if it is placed curbside in paper lawn & leaf bags, or reusable containers clearly marked as “YARD WASTE” to differentiate it from standard trash. Use of unmarked standard trash containers for yard waste will not be picked up and assumed to be standard trash.
 
Branches should be no thicker than three inches in diameter and no longer than arm’s length. All bush limbs and trimmings need to be bundled with string so to be easily picked-up and secure with bundles no heavier than 40 lbs. Additionally, larger limbs, soil, rocks, sod, and other garden materials will not be accepted and should be disposed of by your landscaper, tree service, or taken to the West Ox recycling center.
 

 
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
Architectural Review Committee (ARC) Meeting
Tuesday, April 25th, 6:30 pm at St. Paul Chung Church, 4712 Rippling Pond Dr., Room B-1
 
Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 9th, 6:30 pm at SCS - 4840 Westfields Blvd., Suite 160, Chantilly
 
Architectural Review Committee (ARC) Meeting
Tuesday, May 30th, 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 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 scheduled to appear in Fairfax criminal court on December 19th.  
 
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 court date is Monday, April 10th at 4:00 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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