Leewood Homeowners Association
February 2003 Newsletter
Homeowner fees were due on January 1!
Granberry Estates - The Area Behind
( by Judy Currier)
Residents on Bradgen Ct. have
been getting notified of a development in the lots behind
them and at the end of Bradwood St. I took a trip down to
the Government Center and looked at the plats as there was
understandable concern about the plans.
It appears that we have really
lucked out. Those lots, which comprise 7.11 acres, are zoned
as R-2. That means two houses/acre. The developers are actually
staying with that and are planning on having 13 lots with
a minimum lot size of 15,000 square feet in those 7.11 acres.
The entrance to the community will be from Woodland Drive,
not Bradwood St. (do I hear cheering in the background?).
The plan as it now exists is
for keeping more than the 20% tree cover that is required
by the county, and is preserving 63,890 square feet of trees;
all around the borders of the community. On the Bradgen Ct.
border, the minimum depth of trees will be about 13 feet,
that is for lots 130-137. The tree depth then rises sharply
to be 50 feet by lot 139 and at about the same rate on the
other side (where I have a problem with my notes). There will
be about a 15 ft. swath of trees cut down at the end of Bradwood
St. for water access to the community. From all of this I
assume that the trees (and our fence) that are tagged with
the ribbons are trees to keep. I will double check this with
the engineering firm and report back to you if I am wrong,
the Fairfax people did not know for sure, though it seems
rather obvious from looking at the plats. It does not appear
that there will be a fence surrounding the community.
The community will have a water
management system, apparently similar to our dry pond that
is near the Woodland Dr. entrance. Drainage will head toward
Woodland Dr., not us.
They also will be a homeowners
association, by the way. Their entrance street appears to
be a private street and goes straight in off of Woodland,
ending in a circle area. There is a .492 acre lot between
the end of that street and Bradgen Ct. Curiously they have
on the plats that the speed limit for the streets are 20 mph
and that they are planning on the community generating 130
vehicle trips per day which sounds high for 13 homes.
For those somewhat familiar with
the zoning process it was startling that things could get
to this point without previous notification. The reason for
this is that they stayed within the current zoning so do not
have to go before the Planning Commission or Zoning Board
for approval. No notifications were sent to the association;
by law they only have to send them to the owners of the abutting
property, thus it is very important that you on Bradgen Ct.
keep the association or me informed of any further letters
you receive. I have a scanner and could just copy the letter
for you right at my house and give it back to you immediately.
I was told that we could write to the director of that division
and get the association informed. We have done this, however,
as backup please tell the association what you receive as
plans can and do change. So far they look to be the best we
could have hoped for given that the lots were to be developed
at some point.
Have the Last Laugh (by tony mc
Want to control 22 acres of prime
northern Virginia real estate or have access to a quarter
of a million dollars? Allocate spending of over $100,000 in
yearly assessments. Spend the assessments your way; raise
them, lower them, hell, eliminate them entirely and be loved
and recognized as a true world class leader.
You can have it all. Get snow
removed from your street and sidewalk first. Get your reserve
parking spotlessly cleaned of snow without lifting a shovel.
Have the greenest lawn in front of your house. Have your trash
picked up "inside" your home. Never get an illegal parking
notice from Leewood. Did you always have a secret desire to
paint your house Barney purple or pink? Not to worry about
a ARC violation ever again. You'll be the ultimate decision
maker on architectural control matters.
Tired of just going be Mr. or
Ms. in front of your name? Want a position with a grand title
that can also add to your resume? Then you're really a prime
candidate for "Director" to fill one of the seats (maybe more)
being vacated this year on the Leewood Homeowners Board. Al
Sanford is leaving the board this year after serving as Secretary
in conjunction with numerous committees, i.e., grounds, POAA
Really, the job chiefly entails
only three contracts supervision, grounds, trash and snow
removal, in conjunction with overseeing assessments, and ARC
violations. All done with only a once a month two hour meeting,
the second Tuesday of every month at the Phillips school across
Braddock Road on the corner.
Don't miss this prime opportunity
to gain,conspire and enjoy. Contact be email, phone or personal
visit (run don't walk or you'll miss this opportunity), Al
Sanford of the nominating committee who is searching for new
Editor's Note: Comedy aside,
please volunteer to help if you can and mark your calendars
for the Leewood Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 11th.
Website (by Judy Currier)
we have featured Louise Perini's kitchen remodel. We will be reorganizing
the website a bit so that all the home improvement articles can
be put under Home Repair once they get taken off the featured
status and wind their way down past the "And More" grouping.
What was happening
with Granberry Estates was discovered too late for the January
newsletter, so the article was prominently displayed on the website
and a notice sent to everyone on the Leewood list that the information
was up there. The list is a great way to get time sensitive information
to our residents. You can join it either under the "And More"
section or through the "Community" area.
As I was researching
how to get a visiting cousin to the Holocaust museum during rush
hour I wondered how many of you take advantage of our Leewood
Links. I was using them for this project as they certainly are
better organized than my favorites file. Remember they are there
to help you find information thought to be of interest to Leewood
residents quickly! If you have suggestions for other handy links
be sure to tell us.
Googleing the Website (by Judy Currier)
Googled! Google, the search engine, has indexed much of our website.
This will help us greatly. For example, heretofore minutes were
just sitting there by date with no index of subject matter at
all. Now you can search for say, Reserves, and find it mentioned
in the minutes, newsletter, and other articles. Google seems to
have concentrated on our minutes, news, and webnews section. If
you go to our website now below the "And More" section you will
see a Google search box. From that you can either search our site,
or search the web. If you search the site and don't find anything
interesting through Google, just use your back arrow on the browser
to return to our page.
It is interesting,
Google doesn't get everything - it must depend on the words you
use. For example, right after I was working on putting the search
engine on the website, I got an email from someone interested
in my Pop-up Ad article in the newsletter. Google didn't find
it, but when I went to our index of news by subject there it was
under Computer - Pop-up Ads. Guess I don't get out of my indexing
efforts, but this is truly a terrific addition to our website
as far as being able to search for information. Just remember
we are indexing the news and web articles also, so if you can't
get it one way, perhaps you can another.
If you just
search for Leewood in Google we don't come up for over five pages,
if you search for Leewood Homeowners it is in the first page.
There just aren't that many people with Leewood Homeowners in
their title. The ranking on anything in Google is dependent on
the amount of hits that site gets. So, with any broad-brushed
thing such as "paint" if you search the web you will have our
articles on the subject around 500,000 down in the list - far
beyond what most people will wade through. However, if you search
our site, up they pop! Pretty neat.
Did You Know? (by Judy Currier)
- If you put out light weight
objects such as empty boxes and plastic bottles in the trash
they will blow around. Always weight them down and/or break
the boxes down.
- Leewood has no staff to pick
up trash that blows around the neighborhood. It is up to the
residents to take pride in their community and pick it up.
- It's illegal to turn left
at Leebrad Street.
- If you have a slow computer
you can speed up web page load times by turning off the display
of graphics in your browser. Anything you are interested in
you can click on and see later. (Standard browsers, who knows
about the variants?)
- Turning on your front light
at night helps illuminate Leewood, costs pennies, and is recommended
for security by the police.
- If your car has a security
system and you leave it alone for a period of time it is a
good idea to have a neighbor who can shut off the siren -
same with house alarms.
- Our Annual Meeting is the
second Tuesday of March - it's a great way to find out what
is going on in Leewood, meet your neighbors after the frigid
winter, and chow down on some good food.
- Our association is run entirely
by volunteers. Try to find time to volunteer for something.
No Association means no trash pickup, snow removal, street
maintenance, concrete maintenance, and other such necessities
- There is still a board position
to be filled for next year.
- The newsletter is a great
way for the Association to communicate with you, and for you
to write about all sorts of things that might be of interest
to our members. Anyone can submit articles to the newsletter
or the website. It is normally more effective to submit policy
matters directly to the board.
- The front page of the newsletter
has contact information for the board and committees as does
the website (under administration).
- There is a way to get a Google
toolbar on your browser screen. This is very useful as then
you can then search around the net without returning to the
Google home page. Check out the Google website to get the
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