July 2013: Construction has begun on Belmont Estates. View a copy of the approved Preliminary Subdivision Plat (Pages 1-4) and Pages 5-8 for Belmont Estates (SBPL 2011-0009).

October 2012: Results from Community Survey

January 2011: Supervisor Lori Waters Broad Run District News January 2011 Excerpt – Belmont Estates Rezoning

January 2011: Revised Draft Proffer Statement and Revised plat CDP sheet

October 19, 2010: Notice of Public Hearing on Belmont Estates Rezoning

November 16, 2009: Belmont Estates Rezoning Plat – Existing Conditions
Belmont Estates Rezoning Plat – Concept Development Plan
Belmont Estates Rezoning Plat – Land Use and Open Space Plan
Belmont Estates – Approved by-right subdivision plat

November 12, 2009: Notice of Public Hearing on Belmont Estates Rezoning

December 30, 2008: Peterson Letter Re: Belmont Estates; Deed; Belmont Estates Preliminary Plat

December 21st, 2007: C&R 2008 Annual Meeting

November 19th, 2007: BoS Meeting to discuss taking over GSA “drop-in” center role

November 6th, 2007: GSA Meeting overview

October 26th, 2007: Email from Good Shepherd Alliance

October 26th, 2007: Email from Lori Waters about GSA Shelter in Ashburn

October 3rd, 2007: Peterson & Hope Center Speakers

October 2nd, 2007: Mandatory Water Restrictions

August 8th, 2007: Vandalism within the community

June 12th, 2007: Virginia Law Changes affecting Courts & Ridges Unit Owners

March 5th, 2007: Susan Leslie Traffic Study

February 6th, 2007: Old Ashburn Traffic Study Recommendations

January 2nd, 2007: COURTS PLAY SET REPLACEMENT

November 10th, 2006: For Your Child’s Safety!

November 10th, 2006: Fire Line and Parking Bay Striping

October 13th, 2006: POSTPONED Loudoun County Planning Commission Public Hearing

October 13th, 2006: Loudoun County Planning Commission Public Hearing

September 30th, 2006: Letter to Loudoun County Planning Commission

September 27th, 2006: An Important Message From Your Board of Trustees

September 15th, 2006: Timeline of events for the Susan Leslie Commercial Property

September 12th, 2006: C&R Neighborhood Watch Program

September 7th, 2006: Finalized Susan Leslie Commercial Lot Conditions

August 28th, 2006: Notification for Commercial Lot Meeting

August 19th: Lori Walters response to Front-page Article in the August Edition of the C&R Newsletter

August 14th, 2006: Recent Crime Activity in Neighborhood

August 14th, 2006: Board of Trustees Meeting Tonight

July 28th, 2006: BOT Meeting – August 14th

June 27th, 2006: #851 False Alarm Ordinance for County Residents and Businesses to be Enforced July 1st

June 5th, 2006: Verizon Fiber Installation Project

May 31st, 2006: Update from BOT: Verizon fiber optic cable installation

May 23rd, 2006: Further Update on Verizon Fiber Project

May 18th, 2006: Message from BOT re: Verizon Fiber Installation

May 11th, 2006: Verizon Fiber Project

April 28th, 2006: Verizon Fiber Conduit Laying

April 26th, 2006: Lansdowne Interchange Opens

April 26th, 2006: Claiborne Parkway Ribbon- Cutting Details

April 17th, 2006: Milky Spore Application

March 24th, 2006: Verizon Laying Fiber in Community

March 22nd, 2006: Verizon Lying Fiber in Community

March, 21st 2006: C&R Milky Spore Treatment Offer!

March 13th, 2006: Open Space Commitee Meeting with Commercial Lot Developer

February, 5th 2006: News From the Board of Trustees on Commercial Lot

 

December 21st, 2007: C&R 2008 Annual Meeting

Dear Courts and Ridges Homeowner:

The Courts and Ridges of Ashburn Association’s 2008 Annual Meeting will be held Monday, February 11, 2007 at 7:00 PM at 20361 Susan Leslie Terrace. The purpose of this meeting is to elect five (5) persons to the Board of Trustees and to take such actions as may be necessary to officially conduct the business of the Courts and Ridges of Ashburn. Four (4) of the persons elected will serve two (2) year terms, and one (1) person will serve a one (1) year term.

Within the next week all owners will be receiving a mailing from PMP announcing the meeting date and instructions for nomination. Included with the mailing is a Petition of Candidacy. If you are a member in good standing and desire to have your name placed on the pre-printed ballot, this properly completed form must be received in the offices of Property Management People, Inc. (PMP) at the above noted address no later than close of business on Tuesday January 15, 2008.

On or about January 17, 2008 the official annual meeting notice will be mailed to each owner of record together with a proxy and a pre-printed ballot bearing the names of the candidates in alphabetical order in accordance with the Association Bylaws.

Should you have questions regarding the election process or other Association related concerns, please contact Audra Wallace at (703) 771-9355 or audra.jw@pmpbiz.com.

November 19th, 2007: BoS Meeting to discuss taking over GSA “drop-in” center role

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will meet tomorrow to discuss the proposal being brought forth by Supervisor Waters, that would allow the county to:

1) Officially take over the “drop-in” center role and keep it in Leesburg.

2) Reform how county funds are provided to non-profits, which will give the public more involvement and better opportunity to be speak to the allocation of tax dollars for non-profit requests.

3) Perform Pro-active zoning enforcement, which will allow for zoning inspectors to drop-in for spot checks as well as continue to respond to complaints.

The meeting is scheduled for 9:30 AM at the county Government building:

1 Harrison Street, S.E. Leesburg VA 20175

703-777-0100.

Meetings are usually held in the ground floor meeting room.

Agenda can be found at: Board of Supervisors Archived Meeting Packets

November 6th, 2007: GSA Meeting overview

A meeting was held at Ashburn Elementary School on November 1st to discuss the Good Shepherd Alliance (GSA) facility that is currently planned to open on Ashburn Road in the very near future and attendees included Broad Run District Supervisor Lori Waters (who hosted the meeting), GSA representatives, Sheriff Steve Simpson and about 400 members of the Ashburn community.

As expected, there was a lot of discussion about what the GSA planned to do with this facility. Some people were totally fearful of the facility and would like it to just go away completely, while others wanted to embrace the facility as a homeless shelter, but the overwhelming majority appeared to be people who would like the facility to be used as it was presented to us at our HOA meeting on October 8th, which was the facility would only be used as administrative offices and a thrift store. A comment that I heard throughout the evening was “why should we bring a problem to Ashburn that does not currently exist?” regarding bringing homeless people to the shelter.

Many speakers pointed out that the GSA folks did not communicate with various HOA’s in Ashburn to discuss the facility and that their description of how the facility is intended to be used has changed from just being a thrift store and administrative office to a drop-off facility, then back to the store and offices. Your Board of Trustees has received communications from the GSA that conflicts with the presentation that was given to us on October 8th so we attended the meeting hoping for a resolution. The Courts and Ridges were listed as the only HOA to have spoken with GSA officials as we invited the GSA folks to our October meeting as soon as we learned of the facility being constructed back in August.

It appears as if GSA has relented from using the facility as a drop-off facility but in our opinion they did not appear ready to put that promise in writing, nor did they say they would follow up this promise by removing the Shower facilities from their plans as many people in the audience urged them to do.

Supervisor Waters summed it up best when she said “A trust was broken and it will take some time to repair it”. More discussion is to be held on this subject and Supervisor Waters is bringing a plan she outlined in our last communication to you before the Board of Supervisors on November 20th that will, if approved, leave the drop-off shelter where it currently resides in Leesburg. We will pass along any information we receive about the next meeting and we hope to see you there.

Regards,

Jim Alba
President, Board of Trustees
Courts and Ridges of Ashburn

October 26th, 2007: Email from Good Shepard Alliance

Dear Mr. Alba and Board of Trustees:

The past week has witnessed much email traffic and discussion about our facility being built in Ashburn. I feel compelled to write to you tonight and ask for your immediate understanding, help, guidance and prayers. It’s time to match much of the misinformation that is circulating with the facts and with a balanced viewpoint.

There are two basic claims that are being made that I feel compelled to dispel tonight: the notion that this will be an overnight shelter for men; and the idea that the facility’s plan and building has been kept under wraps.

First of all, the building in Ashburn will be a facility, not a shelter. I repeat: it will not be a shelter. No non-staffers will be there overnight, and the hours of operation will be 9am to 5pm. It will not be a daytime drop-off facility either, but it will – when needed – serve men, women, and children in supervised visits with information and counseling about housing issues in Loudoun. Again, to reiterate: we have decided that, for now, this facility will not be a drop-in center under current plans. It will remain simply an administrative office and a thrift store. And both still remain sorely needed and because of the need we are in conversation with County officials as to how the need for the Drop-In center can continue at a different location.

Second, members of the GSA began reach-out to the Ashburn community about this facility in April 2007. Media coverage of our plans and the facility began in May 2007. We have spoken to – and met with – the Board of Supervisors, including Lori Waters several times. We have notified local HOAs in the area. We have gone door-to-door to meet with citizens. We received an easement from Ashburn Village – a public process with public documentation. We have applied for, and received all the proper permits and zoning from the County – again, a very public process. We’ve met with the county Supervisors office. And we have met with (and prayed with) no fewer than nine pastors in Ashburn to make them aware of our plans. In short, we’ve left NO stone unturned in efforts to be open, transparent, straightforward, and truthful. We’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty in this arena.

The GSA is the largest and oldest provider of housing care for the needy in the County. It has a 23-year old track record of successfully, responsibly, and compassionately caring for those who need shelter in our community. And we have a record that shows care and concern for the overall safety of others living in our community as well. We have a lot to say about the facility and why its needed, as well as the overall issues of compassion, and planning smartly to serve the current and future needs of our society here in Loudoun. I plan on updating you more in the coming days. And we’re going to do a better job in the coming week of outlining what this facility will and will not do, and why its needed, and why our brothers and sisters in Ashburn should care about making it succeed.

We look forward to seeing you at the community meeting on November 1, 2007 at 6:00 pm in the Ashburn Elementary School.

Peace+

Lyle Werner
Executive Director
The Good Shepherd Alliance

October 26th, 2007: Email from Lori Waters about GSA Shelter in Ashburn

Dear Broad Run Residents,

As many of you have no doubt heard, Good Shepherd Alliance has purchased a piece of property on Ashburn Road that was formerly a building contractor’s service establishment. The Washington Post published an article on 21 October 2007 on the Good Shepherd Alliance’s new location that can be accessed here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/20/AR2007102000018.html. As a result of that article, there has been a tremendous public outcry from the residents of Ashburn against locating a day-center for the homeless so near residential areas in Ashburn. Supervisor Waters does not support Good Shepherd Alliance opening a day center for the homeless on Ashburn Road, and below is a more detailed statement of Supervisor Waters’s position:

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“While Good Shepherd Alliance (GSA) does good work in providing services for those less fortunate, I do not support them bringing a day support facility for homeless clients to their property on Ashburn Road. Even though this center is not proposing to be a traditional shelter with overnight stays, I am concerned about safety in the community even with a day time drop in center. It is my opinion that such a facility would be better located in Leesburg.

We will be having a community meeting on Nov. 1st at 6:30pm at Ashburn Elementary School to discuss this issue. Chairman York and I will be there. The GSA Board of Directors is coming, and I am also arranging for relevant county staff to be present. Please come if you are available, and please spread the word about the meeting.

I had several meetings and conference calls today and more planned for tomorrow to explore options where the county can intervene. I am optimistic, especially given the responsiveness and willingness of all involved parties to discuss and work together toward solutions.

This facility was being done as a by-right use under the zoning rules, which means that GSA did NOT need approval by the Board of Supervisors. I have requested a formal ruling from the zoning administrator to determine whether the proposed use is in fact permitted in the Rural Commercial zoning district. This sets the stage for legally challenging the facility, if it comes to that.

Also, I have asked the GSA executive director to provide me written responses to questions posed by the community about GSA clients, their operations, and their specific plans for this site. There is misinformation circulating, and they need to put out the facts in writing about what exactly is being planned.

I am also engaging my Board colleagues on this – as any county action will require a majority vote of the Board. I am exploring every possible option to stop this from coming to Ashburn.”

Sincerely,
Lori Waters

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I hope this helps clarify some of the issues surrounding the day-center for the homeless. Please attend the Community Meeting at Ashburn Elementary School on November 1st at 6:30 PM if you have questions or concerns regarding this facility, or you can email me at david.sewall@loudoun.gov or call at 703-771-5088.

Sincerely,
David Sewall
Assistant to Lori Waters
Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
Broad Run District
(703) 771-5088
David.Sewall@loudoun.gov

October 3rd, 2007: Peterson & Hope Center Speakers

The next C&R Board of Trustees meeting will be on Monday 8th October 2007 in the C&R Clubhouse off Susan Leslie Drive. The meeting starts at 7pm with visiting speakers from the Peterson Group and the Ashburn Hope Center.

The Peterson group will provide an update to their development plans for the land that adjoins the Ridges along Stubble Road. This will include the opening of Deerview Drive into the new community.

The Ashburn Hope Center will talk about their plans for their new center along Ashburn Rd adjacent to the Fire House.

This is your chance to hear first hand and ask questions about these items.

October 2nd, 2007: Mandatory Water Restrictions

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors today adopted a resolution declaring a water shortage emergency and instituting mandatory water restrictions for customers of the Loudoun County Sanitation Authority (LCSA) in eastern Loudoun County.

The ongoing drought has greatly reduced water levels in the reservoirs used by LCSA to provide water to its customers. Voluntary restrictions imposed by the County Administrator in early August reduced demand by approximately 10%, but not enough to significantly impact the water levels in light of the continuing lack of rainfall in the area since the beginning of August.

LCSA officials say the mandatory restrictions will ease demand, and if rainfall increases, help return the reservoirs to their pre-drought levels. Effective immediately, the restrictions prohibit:

  • Watering of lawns and landscaping, except using three-gallon containers (with the exception of vegetation planted since September 1, 2007)
  • Washing vehicles except in a commercial washing facility or using a bucket or other container not exceeding three gallons in capacity
  • Washing streets, driveways, or other paved areas and buildings, except using three- gallon containers
  • Operating ornamental fountains
  • Filling swimming or wading pools, unless already more than three-quarters full
  • Serving drinking water in restaurants, unless specifically requested

Violators may be fined up to $500 for each offense, and repeat violators may be subject to a cutoff of their water supply for up to five days. Before any customers are fined, they will receive a verbal warning from the Sheriff’s Office.

More information about water conservation is available on the Loudoun County government website, www.loudoun.gov and from the LCSA.

August 8th, 2007: Vandalism within the community

There have been unfortunately more incidents of theft and vandalism within the community which the police acknowledge is becoming a regular event throughout all the Ashburn communities. They prey on unlocked vehicles and target items that can be easily and quickly removed including GPS units, Cell phones, DVD players, Gaming Systems, CD’s etc.

It cannot be emphasized enough that you should not leave such items is sight in your cars, keep your car doors locked and don’t leave garage door openers in your cars. Please help illuminate the neighborhood by keeping exterior lights on at night (this is a HOA requirement for SFH’s), report any out of order community lights to PMP, and above all be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the police.

Don’t be the next victim.

June 12th, 2007: Virginia Law Changes affecting Courts & Ridges Unit Owners

The Commonwealth Legislature and Governor have both approved a bill effective July 1, 2007 that changes many aspects of the Virginia Property Owners’ Act.

Starting next month the Association can deliver official notices of membership or board meetings electronically instead of having to send copies by mail. In a future newsletter we will offer each property owner an opportunity to provide us with your email address. This would allow the Association to substantially reduce our copy and postage charges.

Another important change occurred in the preparation and delivery of Resale Disclosure Packets that are required under Virginia Law whenever a property is sold in any planned unit development.

In the late 1980’s Virginia was one of the first states to adopt a comprehensive disclosure law and with the requirement of a personal inspection of each property a requirement, was among the strictest in the nation. At the time the maximum fee was set at $100.00. Effective July 1st the maximum fee has been increased by the Legislature to an amount not to exceed $325.00.

The Board of Trustees, following a review of PMP’s actual costs for preparation, property inspection and all of the steps that go into preparing the package, has set the rate at $200.00. In the past payment was made to PMP; effective July 1, 2007 payment will need to be made to Courts & Ridges of Ashburn HOA. By law, the Association will then pay the management company.

PMP will still receive calls, process requests, conduct the research, perform the property inspection and compile the physical resale disclosure packet and handle all aspects of the transaction as Agent for Courts & Ridges.

March 5th, 2007: Susan Leslie Traffic Study

The Susan Leslie Dr. Traffic Study performed for the Courts & Ridges will be discussed at the next Board of Directors meeting. The study was performed to help evaluate what type of traffic calming should be placed throughout the property to help reduce vehicle speed due to the new commercial development at Susan Leslie and Claiborne Pkwy. We encourage everyone to attend. The meeting will be held at the clubhouse on March 12, 2007 at 7:00 P.M.

February 6th, 2007: Old Ashburn Traffic Study Recommendations

Dear Constituents,

The County has received the results, analysis, and recommendations of the traffic study conducted in Old Ashburn. I will be hosting a community meeting to discuss these findings on Wednesday, February 21st, at 7pm at the Ashburn Firehouse Social Hall.

Attached is a copy of the executive summary. If you would like a copy of the full traffic study, please contact my assistant Danny Davis at danny.davis@loudoun.gov or at 703-771-5088.

I hope you will be able to attend on Feb. 21st at 7pm.

Sincerely,
Lori Waters
Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
Broad Run District
(703) 771-5088
lori.waters@loudoun.gov

January 2nd, 2007: COURTS PLAY SET REPLACEMENT

The main play set by the Tennis courts on Matchpoint Way is to be replaced due to wear and tear. The play set should be replaced early April 2007.

November 10th, 2006: For Your Child’s Safety!

Re: Gloucester/Deerview Morning Bus Stop

Starting immediately, concerned parents are requesting and the Board of Trustees is recommending that all children line up for the bus NO LESS THAN 15 feet from the corner. Only when the bus has pulled up will the line of children move forward to board the bus.

Why the change? On Tuesday, November 21, 2006, an accident occurred on the diagonally opposite corner, where a car went up the curb, over the sidewalk and ended up halfway into the bushes. Two people were taken away by ambulance. This intersection is poorly designed and has extremely limited views of oncoming traffic. We are thankful this did not happen at our corner at 7:35am.

PLEASE help put this plan into place to protect our kids. It’s a simple, easy measure we can take to protect our kids.

November 10th, 2006: Fire Line and Parking Bay Striping

American Striping, Co. will be in the community to re-stripe the parking bays and fire lane curbs on 20th, 21st and 22nd November. Below you will find a copy of letter sent to residents in affected areas and a map illustrating the different phases of the parking lot striping.

Striping Letter

Illustrative Schedule MAP

Please make sure your vehicles are moved by 9:00 A.M. on the date your parking lot will be striped, after the “Wet Paint” signs have been removed by American Striping Co. you can park your vehicle in the lot. All vehicles not moved will be towed at owner’s risk and expense.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Dalia Martinez, Community Manager at (703) 771-9355 ext. 19.

October 13th, 2006: POSTPONED Loudoun County Planning Commission Public Hearing

Board of Supervisors Lori Walters and other county staff attended the C&R BOT Meeting this past Monday. After the meeting Lori Walters office spoke with the developer’s representative and informed her that: 1) the community remains opposed to connecting Deerview Drive; 2) Lori will not support the rezoning in its current form; and 3) they should investigate once again their options for connecting through the Toll townhouse development.

The applicant has stated that they will be re-evaluating their overall design and looking at alternate options to resolve the transportation issues.

This is obviously good news but the C&R Board of Trustees and Supervisor Walters office will be keeping a close eye on this development and will advise the community of any further developments.

October 13th, 2006: Loudoun County Planning Commission Public Hearing

The Country Planning Office will be holding a Public Hearing on October 16th at 6pm to discuss the development. We strongly urge all residents whom oppose the opening of Deerview to attend this meeting if at all possible. The meeting will be held at:

BOS Meeting Room,
1st Floor, Govt. Center
1 Harrison Street, Leesburg

Currently the Belmont Estates rezoning application (ZMAP 2005-0019) is 7th on the list. The monthly public hearing is also broadcast on Adelphia Government Channel 2.

Visit the Planning Commission website for further details.

September 30th, 2006: Letter to Loudoun County Planning Commission

Dear Courts and Ridges Residents,

This document will be mailed to your homes in the coming days. If you oppose the opening of Deerview Drive and want to take action, please look for this document as well as a form letter addressed to the Loudoun County Planning Commission in your mailbox.

Thank You,
Board of Trustees

Letter to Loudoun County Planning Commission

September 27th, 2006: An Important Message From Your Board of Trustees

Broad Run District Supervisor Lori Waters will attend the October 9th meeting of the Courts and Ridges Board of Trustees to discuss the possible opening of the Deerview Drive cul-de-sac. A new community may be built in the area and the Board has requested Supervisor Waters’ attendance at the meeting to discuss some of the information we have received. The Board of Trustees meeting will begin promptly at 7 PM.

Proposed Development Illustration 1

Proposed Development Illustration 2

September 15th, 2006: Timeline of events for the Susan Leslie Commercial Property

Timeline of Events

September 12th, 2006: C&R Neighborhood Watch Program

Greetings,

I’m happy to announce the reactivation of the neighborhood watch program at the Courts and Ridges. The program represents a significant connection between our community and local law enforcement and an opportunity for neighbors to work together to better our community while carrying on daily activities.

Neighborhood Watch Means…..

  • Neighbors getting to know one another and then working together in a program of mutual assistance.
  • Citizens learning how to recognize and report suspicious activity.
  • People using proven crime prevention techniques to “Target Harden” their property.

How Does Neighborhood Watch Work?

  • You and your neighbors are in a position to really know what goes on in your neighborhood. Neighborhood Watch is all about organizing the eyes and ears of the entire neighborhood into a powerful crime prevention tool.
  • Citizens are not trained to take police action on their own. They are trained to spot criminal activity and call the authorities if necessary.

Is Neighborhood Watch Truly Effective?

Yes it is! The reason is simple:

  • Criminals need desire, opportunity, and ability to commit a crime.
  • Neighborhood Watch groups deny criminals the opportunity and ability to they need to operate undetected.

Taken from Wauwatosa, WI web site

If interested please sign up on the online contact form.

Please include your address and your level of interest in attending a kickoff meeting between local law enforcement and participants.

Thanks,
George Clement
Neighborhood Watch (Chair)

September 7th, 2006: Finalized Susan Leslie Commercial Lot Conditions

Conditions of Approval

August 28th, 2006: Notification for Commercial Lot Meeting

As agreed at the last BOT meeting a further meeting is being held to discuss action items and additional resident comments for the Commercial Lot on Susan Leslie Drive behind the C&R Pool.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 30th in the clubhouse at 7pm.

This will be the final meeting prior to the development going back to the Loudoun Country Board of Supervisors.

If you live in an impacted area such as town homes near Susan Leslie Drive please ensure your neighbors are aware.

August 19th: Lori Walters response to Front-page Article in the August Edition of the C&R Newsletter

A front page article in the August/September issue of the Courts and Ridges HOA Newsletter incorrectly stated that the extension of Deerview Drive is “slated to be opened”, so I would like to take a moment to address the current status of this issue. The original developer of the Courts and Ridges was proffered to dedicate land and money for this extension of Deerview, but the developer was not required to build the road.

Last summer, based on a request from the Courts and Ridges HOA, I requested that the County conduct a traffic study to determine whether the future extension of Deerview Drive should be abandoned. The independent report came back to the Board of Supervisors that the future extension should not be abandoned, primarily because it would provide an alternate access for those properties along Stubble Road and Graves Lane. Based on the very strong sentiments of the Courts and Ridges HOA, I opposed the report’s recommendation to keep the extension. Despite my thoughts on this matter, the Transportation Committee members at that time expressed reservations about abandoning the connection, kept the issue in committee, and never took a formal vote.

A developer has now proposed building more than 80 homes that would utilize the Deerview Drive extension as its main entrance. As soon as I heard about the proposed development, I contacted the Courts and Ridges HOA President to inform the community of the application and to receive feedback from the residents. The HOA again made very clear its concern about the future traffic impacts on the neighborhood and again supported abandoning this connection. I agree with the HOA and will support any opportunity to abandon the extension of Deerview Drive.

Accepting the funds from the Courts and Ridges developer to fulfill the original proffer does not mean that connection of Deerview Drive is imminent or even definite. I will continue to work with residents, the HOA, county staff, and my colleagues to pursue abandonment. Furthermore, I will oppose any rezoning application or other measure which would push this road connection forward.

If there are any questions, please contact me at LWaters1@Loudoun.gov or (703) 771-5088.

Sincerely,
Lori Waters

August 14th, 2006: Recent Crime Activity in Neighborhood

We have been made aware that deputies from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office were parked on Gloucester Parkway over the weekend. The deputies informed a C&R resident they were on the lookout for a man who has been harassing women on the W&OD trail off Claiborne Parkway. Evidently, this person has been making obscene comments, exposing himself and more to women passing by.

Also we have been notified that a burglary took place in Ashburn where the thieves first broke into a car parked on the driveway and gained access to the home using a garage door opener. Residents are urged not to leave such devices in cars parked outside of the garage.

August 14th, 2006: Board of Trustees Meeting Tonight

A reminder of the BOT meeting being held tonight at 7pm in the clubhouse. The BOT will once again be discussing the parcel of land located at the corner of Claiborne and Gloucester Parkways, adjacent to our pool. Supervisor Lori Waters, and the developer, Upshire Realty have accepted the invitation to attend the meeting

July 28th, 2006: BOT Meeting – August 14th

Dear HOA Members,

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for August 14th at 7pm in the clubhouse near the pool.

This meeting promises to be an important one as we will once again be discussing the parcel of land located at the corner of Claiborne and Gloucester Parkways, adjacent to our pool. As we have communicated in many public meetings, newsletter articles and through the web site, this parcel of land is not owned by the HOA and is zoned for commercial use. As indicated in recent communications by the board (see issue 13 of the community newsletter from June-July 2006), a Walgreens and a bank may be constructed on the site very soon.

The HOA board has been discussing this land for several years and this may be your last chance to offer an opinion on the subject. Supervisor Lori Waters, from the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, will be present at the meeting as well as the developer of the site. If you have questions you feel may not have been addressed, please come to this meeting.

Recently, some misinformation has been circulated about the commercial property and the Board of Trustees is pleased that Supervisor Waters, and the developer, Upshire Realty have accepted the invitation to attend the August meeting. We hope this meeting will give clarity to the issues surrounding the property.

The meeting will start promptly at 7pm so please make plans to be there a few minutes early so you can sign in and get caught up on the action.

Regards,

Board of Trustees,
Courts and Ridges of Ashburn

June 27th, 2006: #851 False Alarm Ordinance for County Residents and Businesses to be Enforced July 1st

Loudoun County, Virginia- The Sheriff’s Office is reminding county residents and businesses that July 1, 2006 marks the end of the three month grace period for the new county false alarm ordinance. As of Saturday any residence or business exceeding the allotted number of false alarms will be fined.

he new ordinance requires homeowners and businesses with alarms to register with the Sheriff’s Office and also includes a fining system for frequent offenders. The Sheriff’s Office has developed a website allowing alarm system users to register online. You can also learn more about the ordinance, how to avoid false alarms, and what to do if your alarm is set off by accident at http://www.loudoun.gov/sheriff/alarms/index.htm.

The Sheriff approached the County Board of Supervisors in 2004 and requested an ordinance be put in place to help decrease the numbers of false alarms because they take deputies away from other essential duties and delay response time to true emergencies. Last year alone Sheriff’s Deputies responded to nearly 10-thousand alarm calls, over 99% of those alarms were false.

In March 2005 the county board approved a false alarm ordinance that requires all commercial and home security alarm systems in the county be registered with the False Alarm Reduction Unit of the Sheriff’s Office. The ordinance also includes a fining system for excessive false alarms. Businesses and homes will receive two free false alarm responses per calendar year. On a third false alarm response they will be fined $100 and the amount of the fine will escalate for each additional false response.

The Sheriff’s Office False Alarm Unit says now is a good time to review the operation of your security alarm system with all members of your household or employees. Remind everyone how to cancel a false alarm and verify that your key-holder list is current. If your system is more then four years old consider having your alarm provider inspect the system to insure that all components, especially the backup battery, are in full working order.

The ordinance does not include the residents or businesses inside the incorporated towns of Leesburg, Purcellville and Middleburg. The ordinance is modeled after a similar law in neighboring Montgomery County, MD which saw a nearly 50% decrease in false alarms after it was implemented.

June 5th, 2006: Verizon Fiber Installation Project

We have been informed that a representative from Verizon will be coming to our next Board of Trustees meeting (on June 12th, in clubhouse at 7pm).

Verizon has also provided pictures of repairs to driveways in other communities – these are posted on the C&R website (http://courtsandridges.org/) however we have been receiving mixed messages as to whether this will be the standard of repair in our community.

Any residents with concerns/question are encouraged to attend the BOT meeting.

May 31st, 2006: Update from BOT: Verizon fiber optic cable installation

Dear HOA Members,

In an effort to keep you informed of the situation involving our community and the Verizon fiber optic cable installation, I wanted to take this time to bring you up to speed.

I mailed the letter that was signed by about 40 of us last week and I believe it had some impact. I mailed the letter to S&N, Verizon’s subcontractor and emailed it to Verizon and Lori Waters, the Broad Run District Supervisor for Loudoun County. Ms. Waters was kind enough to ask Verizon to seriously visit this situation and keep her informed of the situation. We were lucky enough to have a gentleman named Dean McMillan (sp?) from Verizon who was concerned enough about our needs to go out of his way to think of solutions that would make everyone happy. Here is what is going on so far:

For anyone who has had their property damaged and/or restored by this project, there is a 5 year warranty on any work done by S&N Communications. Please contact them if you have any issues regarding your lawn, sprinkler system or driveway if you do not feel that a proper a restoration has taken place. If you see any common area that was disturbed by this process and the repair is not up to par, please let the Open Space Committee or S&N Communications know right away, this work is also covered under the 5 year warranty.

For those who have had their driveways open cut on the Deerview Drive side of Gloucester Parkway, we have negotiated a deal with the asphalt contractor for you to get a new driveway installed for a cost of $360. Normally, a new driveway costs around $1,300, but the contractor, Murphy Concrete LLC which is owned by a very nice man by the name of Lee Murphy has agreed to subtract the price of the patch that would have been placed on these driveways (paid for by S&N). I believe this is a deal that could potentially satisfy all of those affected. I know paying money out of your pocket for the new driveway is an unexpected expense, but getting a brand new driveway for $360 is a great deal, in my opinion. The alternative is to live with the two foot patched section of these driveways, which will be sealed in about 45 days. The choice is up to the homeowners.

The community has been broken up into 5 projects by Verizon and distributed to different Verizon Compliance Inspectors and maybe subcontractors. To keep this situation from escalating to the level it was before today, I strongly suggest that you be on the lookout for Verizon or S&N trucks throughout the Laurel Ridge side of the Ridges which includes the town homes, as well as all of The Courts. When we see or hear that this work is close to starting, we should contact the Verizon Compliance Inspector and ask them not to permanently patch the driveways in those areas until it has been decided how many, if any driveways will be cut open. This way, we can negotiate with the asphalt contractor to get a bulk price discount on new driveways for anyone else affected and interested in a new driveway.

As far as I understand, the town homes and patio homes on the Deerview side of The Ridges have had all the necessary work done and only cable pulling is planned. I do not have schedule information on when the next phases of this project will begin, we must simply be aware of our surroundings and not sit back and wait until it is too late.

Lastly, I must make this point clear: Verizon had nothing to do with our negotiations with the asphalt contractor so we must not count on the fact that the discounted price for a new driveway will apply to everyone affected if we do not begin communicating with everyone involved (Verizon, the subcontractor and the asphalt contractor) in the very early stages of the project.

If you have any questions, please email me at jalba@above.net. I’ll be staying on top of this situation as best I can, but I will need some help from all of you.

Thanks,

Jim Alba
President, Board of Trustees
Courts and Ridges of Ashburn

May 23rd, 2006: Further Update on Verizon Fiber Project

Dear HOA Members on the Deerview side of the Ridges:

Verizon’s project manager informed me that the driveways that have been cut or need to be cut on Needleleaf, Raleigh, and Deerview are due to be repaired next week. Verizon is making what it says is it’s final offer for resurfacing the entire driveway, for a cost of $360 per home, Verizon’s asphalt contractor will resurface the entire driveway with a new coat of asphalt. If we choose not to accept this deal we will be left with the 2 foot strip that you have seen on a lot of driveways in the neighborhood.

As I said earlier, Verizon indicated that this is the best offer we will get from them. I’d like some feedback from you as to whether or not you wish to accept the deal. We have until Thursday, May 24th to answer. Verizon also informed me that the town homes and patio homes on the Deerview side of the Ridges have had their network expansion completed and no further cutting is expected.

I understand the Laurel Ridge side of the community is being managed by a different person within Verizon and I have not spoken to that person yet. The work will begin in The Courts over the summer.

Lastly, if you are unhappy with any of the work done by Verizon’s contractors, which includes the work on your lawn and driveway, you have a 5 year warranty and you should call S&N Communications immediately.

Regards,

Jim Alba
jalba@above.net

May 18th, 2006: Message from BOT re: Verizon Fiber Installation

I wanted to update you on the situation with Verizon and S&N Communications fiber optic cable installation. I’ve had conversations with Verizon representatives today and I warned them (again) that the current restoration plan for driveways and lawns in the community is unacceptable. They seem to be listening but the message is slow in getting through. As I mentioned earlier, the best way to handle this situation is for all of us to stay together and let Verizon know that we will not make it easy for them to ruin the appearance of our community. The link below will take you to a copy of a letter that will be posted at the community clubhouse throughout the weekend. Please read this letter and if you agree with its message, please sign it and fill in your address. I think this is a good way to show Verizon that we are unhappy with their performance thus far.

I will mail this letter to Verizon, S&N, PMP for their records and our HOA attorney.

Please ask your affected neighbors to stop by the clubhouse and sign the letter as they may not be on the email distribution list.

I have been invited to view a finished driveway this week and as soon as I’ve done so, I will take pictures and make them available to you.

Regards,

Jim Alba
President- Board of Trustees
email: jalba@above.net

Letter to Verizon

May 11th, 2006: Verizon Fiber Project

Dear HOA Members,

The recent fiber optic cable project being done for Verizon by S&N communications has lead to some concerns about the asphalt patching currently being done. Thus far, the repairs have been unacceptable to many homeowners who have expressed these concerns to the Board of Trustees. The Board contacted our legal counsel for advice and counsel is currently researching the easements and rights of way.

The board advises every homeowner to speak to S&N and Verizon and voice your concerns, phone numbers have been provided below. As homeowners, I would advise you to be completely comfortable with the repair plan before you allow the work to be done on your property. Call the numbers provided and meet with these folks to get a clear understanding of what the final product will look like. I personally am affected by this project and I can tell you as of today, the repair plan is unacceptable to me as a homeowner. A visible line will remain on your driveway after the patching is done and to me, that is not a true restoration. I would simply like my driveway restored to the way it looks right now.

n the past couple of days some progress has been made during discussions with S&N and Verizon and it has been indicated that S&N will bring in an asphalt repair company who is supposed to do a much better job than is currently being done. However at the end of the project the patched area will be about 4 feet wide and the entire driveway will be sealed, which will not hide the patch lines in my opinion. I have not seen the “final product” but I do intend to visit some of the work sites next week to see what the repaired driveways look like. I will let you know what I find and will try to post some pictures on the community web site so you have all the information you need.

I believe if we stay together and speak to the representatives of these companies, we can have get what we are asking for which is a good restoration job that won’t be an eyesore.

Here are the names and numbers of people who are involved with the Verizon Fiber project in our community:

Mark Daniels- Supervisor for S&N Communications (sub-contractor to Verizon). Office: 703-996-8102; Cell: 540-717-3636
Dean- Project Manager for Verizon- 703-727-8081
Ms. Foster, Verizon Customer Advocacy Group: Office: 804-772-5498

Regards,

Jim Alba
Board of Trustees President

April 28th, 2006: Verizon Fiber Conduit Laying

As many have seen, S&N, the contractor layer the conduit for Verizon Fiber, has needed to open up driveways and streets. We have been advised that the repairs made are temporary and that these will be replaced later with final and better repairs.

While this work is taking place we are seeing much disruption within the community but we must keep in mind that this will eventually have big benefits to our community. I have attached a copy of the Tech Corner article on the subject from April 05 C&R Newsletter.

Also a reminder that any residents that have underground sprinkler systems or invisible pet fences should contact S&N to advise them. S&N will prepare a “ticket” for the field supervisor alerting him to this situation and additional care will be taken should excavation or boring be required.

Some exciting work is underway in our community. Verizon is installing Fiber to the Premises (FTTP), which uses fiber-optic cables (hair-thin glass strands) in our homes—technology normally only available to large business customers. This FTTP technology will not only offer crystal clear voice services and enhanced voice features, but also offer nearly unlimited bandwidth for an array of data and video services—another great reason to live in the Courts & Ridges at Ashburn!

Initially, we should see services such as Verizon FiOS. FiOS is a broadband service like Cable Modem and DSL, but at speeds of up to 30 MBps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream (30 Mbps/5 Mbps). This will enable you to do more with the Internet, such as download digital movies, play advanced online games, share large photo or home movie files, video chat—the list is endless. Current pricing for the entry level 5 Mbps/2 Mbps service is $34.95, 15 Mbps/2 Mbps is $44.95, and the 30 Mbps/5 Mbps is $199.95.

In the future, we should see Verizon competing with the cable and satellite providers and offering TV, video on demand, and other interactive content. Obviously, while this work is underway, many of us are going to encounter disruption as the contractor S&N Communications, Inc., lays the conduit for the fiber across our yards and driveways. The HOA has been advised that every effort will be made to restore landscape and bore under driveways wherever possible. However, there are going to be incidents where this is not possible and the homeowner is not happy with the end results. In these cases the homeowner should contact S&N Communications, Inc., directly at 800/757-6842 or online at http://www.fibertomyhome.com.

April 26th, 2006: Lansdowne Interchange Opens

The limited-access interchange at Route 7 and Claiborne Parkway / Lansdowne Blvd intersection opened today, April 26th. Below are the travel pattern changes as provided by the developer.

Route 7 East bound, from Leesburg to Tyson’s – you will no longer be able to make a left turn onto Lansdowne Boulevard or to Inova Loudoun Hospital. Instead you will follow Route 7 East to the right exit (Lansdowne) using the cloverleaf ramp at the interchange.

Route 7 West bound, from Tyson’s to Leesburg – you will no longer be able to make a left turn onto Ashburn Road. Instead you will follow Route 7 West to the right exit (Belmont) using the cloverleaf ramp at the interchange. You will follow Claiborne Parkway South to the first intersection at Russell Branch Parkway. Then make a left to get back to Ashburn Road.

From Ashburn going towards Leesburg or Lansdowne – you will have to make a left on Russell Branch Parkway and a right on Claiborne Parkway to the interchange. Follow the signs to your destination. From Ashburn going towards Tyson’s – you will be able to continue to travel on Ashburn Road, towards Route 7, and take the right exit ramp onto Route 7 East.

The final traffic change that will occur will be the closure of Ashburn Road as a thru road. This change will take place by May/June 2006. Upon completion of the East bound ramp to Route 7, Ashburn Road will no longer connect to Route 7. You will have to travel on Russell Branch Parkway to Claiborne Parkway and follow signs to Route 7.

April 26th, 2006: Lansdowne Interchange Opens

Claiborne Parkway between Ashburn Farm and Belmont Country Club will open on Monday, May 1st. Toll Brothers, the developer responsible for building this section of road, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2pm at the new bridge crossing of the W&OD Trail over Claiborne Parkway (parking available at Trailside Park). This section of Claiborne will allow easier access for many Ashburn residents to reach Gloucester Parkway and Route 7. In addition, this new traffic pattern should alleviate many of the traffic pressures in Old Ashburn, including the frequent congestion on Ashburn Road and Hay Road.

April 17th, 2006: Milky Spore Application

The Milky Spore Application is to be performed on either Wednesday 19th April or Thursday 20th April.

Remember:

  • If you have a Fenced Lot: Please ensure the landscape contractor has access
  • If you have a Dog: Please keep in doors as landscape contractor will not come onto property if a dog is loose
  • If access to lot is not available there will be no follow up treatment an no refund

A few Questions and Answers

Q. Should I do anything after application?
A. It is recommended to water in the spore with a light sprinkling for 15 minutes. Do not allow the spore to sit on top of the grass in hot sun.

Q. Can I cut my grass after applying the spore?
A. No. Do not mow your grass until the spore has been watered into the soil by rain or hose for at least 15 minutes.

Q. How fast does the spore work?
A. Milky Spore begins to work upon application wherever grubs are feeding. Complete control will take 1 to 3 years.

Q. How long does it last?
A. Once established in the lawn the spore will last 15 to 20 years.

Q. Will fertilizer affect the spore?
A. No. Lawn chemicals do not affect Milky Spore.

Q. Should children and pets be kept of the treated lawn?
A. No. Milky Spore is harmless to humans, pets, birds, fish or other beneficial insects.

Q. What if my neighbor did not treat their yard?
A. Your yard will be protected even if surrounded by untreated property. The spore will eventually spread by natural movement.

March 24th, 2006: Verizon Laying Fiber in Community

Further to the notification about the return of Verizon’s contractors it has been brought to our attention that any residents that have underground sprinkler systems or invisible pet fences should contact S&N to advise them. S&N will would prepare a “ticket” for the field supervisor alerting him to this situation and additional care will be taken should excavation or boring be required.

S&N can be contacted directly at 800/757-6842.

March 22nd, 2006: Verizon Laying Fiber in Community

It has come to our attention that Verizon’s contractor (S&N Communications, Inc.) is back in our community to continue with the laying conduit for fiber optic. While this work is underway, many of us are going to encounter disruption as the contractor S&N lays the conduit for the fiber across our yards and driveways. The HOA has been advised that every effort will be made to restore landscape and bore under driveways wherever possible.

However, there are going to be incidents where this is not possible and the homeowner is not happy with the end results. In these cases the homeowner should contact S&N Communications, Inc., directly at 800/757-6842 or online at http://www.fibertomyhome.com

March, 21st 2006: C&R Milky Spore Treatment Offer!

The Open Space committee is currently scheduling the treatment of the common grounds with Milky Spore. This treatment will help to reduce the population of Japanese Beetles that have been increasing in our community every year.

The ideal way to combat this pest is through an organized community effort so the Open Space Committee has made arrangements for our landscape contractor to treat owners lots at special rates – which are much lower than purchasing the treatment!

To take advantage of these rate owners lots must be treated at the same time as the common grounds.

To sign up for this treatment complete the following form http://courtsandridges.org/openspace/CR_Milky_Spores_Flyer.pdf

To purchase Milky Spore to treat your lot will cost at least $30.00 and the dispenser is another $10.00! It will take you at least a hour to treat and average Single Family Home lot. The cost to owners for our landscape contractor to treat at the same time as the common grounds is just $25.00 for Single Family Homes and $6.00 for Patio and Town Homes – an incredible deal!

This notice has been sent to all owners on the C&R email distribution list, posted on the C&R Website and a Flyer is being printed for circulation. To make the most of this we encourage you to both sign up and talk to you neighbors.

The deadline to sign up is 10th April ……so Don’t Delay, Act Today!

If you have any questions email us.

March 13th, 2006: Open Space Committee Meeting with Commercial Lot Developer

The developer of the commercial lot that adjoins the tennis and basketball courts near the community pool will be in attendance at the Open Space Committee meeting on Wednesday 15th March at 7.00pm in the clubhouse. The Developer (Larry Leber), Engineer (Ryan David), Landscape Architect (Adam Steiner) and Attorney (Sally Gillette) will all be in attendance.

The Open Space committee encourages residents to attend this meeting.

If you cannot attend this meeting but have questions you would like raised please email us at open_space@courtsandridges.org or visit the C&R Forum.

Public hearings on the development are expected to commence in May. Once the dates are known the HOA will be notified and dates broadcast to residents via the HOA email distribution list and HOA website. Residents are encouraged to attend these meetings whether in favor or opposed.

February, 5th 2006: News From the Board of Trustees on Commercial Lot

At the last Board of Trustees meeting held on January 9, the board was visited by Larry Leber, the developer of the property that adjoins the tennis and basketball courts near our pool. He was accompanied by his attorney, Ms. Chris Gleckner. Both the developer and his attorney explained the intended use of the land at the corner of Susan Leslie Drive and Claiborne Parkway.

Subsequent to the approval from Loudoun County, the area will be cleared and a Walgreens Pharmacy will be constructed. Construction is planned to begin in late 2006 and completed in 2007. In addition to the Walgreens, a bank is planned to be constructed on the same site.

Because of close proximity of the land to the intersection of Claiborne Parkway and Gloucester Parkway, the only egress to the commercial development will be from Susan Leslie Drive. Mr. Leber went on to explain that the main reason for his meeting with the board is to express his desire to be good neighbors. He brought his attorney to the meeting to address any questions or issues that may arise. Walgreens is a pharmacy chain of stores based in the Midwest. Their store is structured similarly to their competitor, CVS. Walgreens stores are open 24 hours a day, but the Ashburn location will close in the evenings. Mr. Leber also explained that Walgreens does not sell beer or wine.

At the end of the meeting, the Board of Trustees invited Mr. Leber and his attorney to our annual meeting on February 13. Mr. Leber agreed and will be bringing architectural renderings of the property and will present the plan to all who attend the meeting. After the presentation, Mr. Leber and his attorney will be available to answer any questions the residents may ask.

Please plan to attend the Courts and Ridges annual meeting on Monday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the clubhouse. See you there!

Neil R. Manausa,
President of the Board of Trustees