Starting 4/19: Only containers or paper bags for yard waste
Beginning April 19, 2021, Fairfax County will no longer accept yard waste in plastic bags. Following the new Fairfax County Ordinance, effective Monday, April 19th American Disposal Services will no longer accept or collect yard debris material placed in plastic bags. To ensure collection, all yard debris material must be placed in reusable containers labeled yard debris or biodegradable compostable waste bags to ensure collection. We are unable to collect or return for any yard debris that is not properly prepared. For more information, please visit the Fairfax County
Proposed Governing Documents Updates:
In 2016, the Board of Trustees initiated a project to review and update the community’s Bylaws and Declarations. The Association governing documents were originally written around 1983 and was
done in phases, with multiple builders. With each phase, a supplemental declaration was
recorded resulting in thirteen (13) separate Declarations and Supplemental Declarations (collectively, the “Declarations”). This makes administration difficult and unwieldy, and confusing for homeowners and those working to sell and purchase homes in the community.
Accordingly, the Board is proposing amendments to all of the Declarations so that they are all merged into one declaration that applies to all of the lots in the Association.
HOA Board Meetings During COVID-19:
At this time, due to the COVID-19 health restrictions, Pender UMC has yet to allow gatherings within the church. The board will be holding HOA meetings via video conferencing. Please sign up for the email list to ensure timely receipt of the video conferencing links in advance of the meetings.
Meetings for 2021 are scheduled for the last Thursday of the month January through October, with the November/December meeting to be determined:
- Thursday, April 29, 2021
- Thursday, May 27, 2021
- Thursday, June 24, 2021
- Thursday, July 29, 2021
- Thursday, August 26, 2021
- Thursday, September 30, 2021
- Thursday, October 28, 2021
- November and December meeting will be held at a date to be determined
Other HOA activities are on hold for the time being.
VISITOR Policy Reminder
Please recall that resident vehicles may not park in VISITOR parking spaces. VISITOR spaces are intended for short-term guests to the community. Guests may park in the VISITOR spots from 6:00 AM through 1:00 AM each day. Any cars parked after 1:00 AM will be towed.
There is an exception to this policy on Waythorn Place, as all parking spaces on that street are marked VISITOR. These are open to all guests of the community 24 hours a day and are not limited to guests of Waythorn Place residents.
Please Use Bins or Black Plastic Trash Bags
Image taken July 2018 in Fair Woods HOA
Please keep in mind we have confirmed sightings of raccoons, rats, skunks, and turkey vultures in the neighborhood, and the longer trash sits outside the more likely they are to find it and chow down. The use of black, heavy-duty, securely closed trash bags--or covered plastic bins--placed out the morning of trash pickup will help to deter pests from tearing open and strewing trash across our beautiful grounds. Heavy duty black kitchen (11-gallon) size trash bags can also be purchased for homes with small amounts of trash.
Please note that due to rules imposed by Fairfax County, American Disposal cannot pick up cardboard on Mondays and will only collect cardboard on Thursdays, recycling day.
Please Don't Feed the Animals
Our community was built around and through a forest - and the wildlife that called that forest home long before we came. For many, this is still their home. As tempting as it might be to feed them to see them up close, please don't.
Mostly because it's illegal, according to the Virginia Administrative Code 4VAC15-40-286, which reads in part:
"It shall be unlawful for any person...to place, distribute, or allow the placement of food, minerals, carrion, trash, or similar substances when it attracts any species of wildlife in such numbers or circumstances to cause property damage, endanger any person or wildlife, or create a public health concern. Upon notification by department personnel, any such person shall be in violation of this section..."
Squirrels, in particular, have become very aggressive in our neighborhoods, damaging decks as well as furniture and other property.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries warns that:
"Feeding wildlife interferes with normal behavioral patterns, and concentrating animals in urban or suburban areas increases the probability of negative consequences. Over time, fed animals tend to lose their fear of people and can become more bold or aggressive."
Dr. Katherine Edwards, Fairfax County Wildlife Management Specialist, says the practice is harmful to the animals, as well, as quoted by the Fairfax County Police Blog:
"While the intention of those feeding wildlife may be to help these animals, it can create a problem or a potentially dangerous situation within their community. The reality is that healthy wild animals may lose their lives because they have become habituated to people after learning to associate humans with food.”
We live in a forest. If you want to get up close, perhaps a pair of binoculars is a better (and safer!) investment for you, for all of us, and especially the animals.
Please Think Twice About Fire Pits
With the pleasant weather here (most days!), you may be tempted to purchase or use a fire pit. Please think twice, and be sure your plans comply with the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention
Code, which states in part:
"...portable outdoor fireplaces shall...not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material."
Regarding storage of fire pits:
"...outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, chimineas and other similar devices...shall not be stored on a balcony or deck of any structure or within 15 feet of combustible construction or a
The complete code compliance guideline is found here.
Regarding Pickup of Cardboard/Boxes
American Disposal Services will not pick up cardboard from the curbside on Mondays. Further, cardboard boxes should be broken down to less than 36" because of the truck size and need to be sure they are empty of non-recycling material.
Board and Committee Meetings
Board Meetings will generally be held the final Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM at Pender United Methodist Church
The ARB meetings will be the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM at Pender United Methodist Church. Volunteers are always welcome to join. Email the ARB with any questions and to confirm the meeting, as the meeting is subject to the availability of the committee members and received applications. The room location is found on the calendar screens when you enter the church.
In the event a meeting is canceled, notification will be posted to the Web site.
Trash and Recycling Updates:
Per our community's guidelines, trash should not be placed out any earlier than 6:00 PM the day before (Sunday or Wednesday). All trash receptacles need to be removed by the end of the day. For large items pick-up, please contact American Disposal at: 703.368.0500. More information can be found at http://www.americandisposal.com.
Trash pick-up: Monday and Thursday
Recyclables pick-up: Thursday
During inclement weather, areas that are deemed unsafe due to snow or ice will be suspended for collection. If American Disposal is unable to provide collection, services will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. Be on the lookout for the red alert bar on their website to see if service will be affected due to inclement weather.
Parking rules and regulations can be found in the Architectural Guidelines (see Section IV-A, pages 17-18)
HOA Recycling Flyer.pdf
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Want to Help?
We need your help. We are looking for volunteers for multiple committees, including Grounds and Landscaping, the Architectural Review Board, and to assist with the website. If you have experience, please come visit us at our next Board meeting or send an email to our community manager, Monica Burdock
If you see a trash violation, please email our service management company through the Contact Us form here. Please provide as much information as possible: either an address or a section of addresses (e.g., 13150-13158).
If you or a visitor has been towed, contact Battlefield Towing at 703-378-0059. Battlefield will also provide services to residents (on Fair Woods property only), including jump-starts, tire changes, and unlocking doors.
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