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Bi-monthly - The Board of Directors meets bi-monthly: January, March, May, July, September and November. Meetings begin at 7:00pm, convene into executive session (board members only) and open to the public at 8:00pm. Meetings are held at the Tall Oaks Community Center, 12298 Cotton Mill Drive.
9 - The Board of Directors is composed of 9 volunteers who are elected to serve a 3-year term. Every year, the term for 3 board members ends in February, and the positions are filled by newly elected candidates.
No - You do not need to be a Lake Ridge Association member to serve on the Board of Directors. If you are a Lake Ridge Association member, you must be a member in good standing, which means that you must be current in your assessments and do not have any covenants violations on your property. A Call for Candidates is announced to the community in October with an application deadline in late October/early November.
Chair Discretion - With the exception of the Finance Committee, which meets on a bi-monthly basis, committees meet at the discretion of the committee chairs.
Yes - Open forums are held at the beginning and end of all meetings so that Homeowners and those in the audience can address board members with any questions and/or concerns. We ask that homeowners keep their questions/concerns to a three minute limit.
Imagery Print & Promotions - Advertising queries should be directed to Imagery Print & Promotions at 703-723-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.imageryprintandpromotions.com.
Yes - Lake Ridge Today welcomes article submissions as well as photos. Please email these to Doug Milburn at email@example.com.
Yes - Lake Ridge Association follows Prince William County Government’s policy for office closures.
Any exterior change requires approval prior to the alteration. This includes alterations in the yard and window replacements as well as any other exterior alteration. Please refer to the Architectural Guidelines for more information.
If the replacement will exactly match the existing element in appearance, dimensions, color and material no approval is required.
The Association Declaration Article IV, Section 2(E) requires AC approval prior to any exterior alterations. You agreed to abide by these documents when you purchased your property. In many cases, it is easier to submit for approval prior to the exterior alteration than to ask for approval after the fact.
Applications for exterior alterations should be submitted to the Covenants Department. An Exterior Alteration Application Form (PDF) must be completed and submitted with supporting documentation that explains the proposed alteration. Any color changes will require submission of a color sample and many alterations, such as fences, also require submission of a plat with the alteration clearly marked on the plat. The purpose of the documentation is to thoroughly explain your proposal. You must write what you are applying for on the form.
The Association is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, with the exception of holidays and closures due to weather. Your application and supporting documentation may be dropped off during that time. If samples are not required, you can submit via email or fax to 703-497-7145. Once an application is received, Covenants staff will inspect the property and take photos for use during the review of the proposed alteration.
If the proposed alteration can be reviewed by Covenants staff and your submission includes all required information (dimensions, samples, plat, etc.), you will typically be sent a decision via regular mail within two weeks. This may be delayed during holidays and inclement weather; however, you will definitely be sent a decision within 30 days. If your application is urgent, such as a dangerous tree, please clearly indicate the urgency and reason on the application form.
In general, the AC hears appeals of architectural violations and reviews large alterations such as additions. The AC also reviews alterations that are not common or pre-existing in the neighborhood, are not in conformance with the Architectural Guidelines and are not architecturally and aesthetically appropriate for the architecture and color scheme of the lot. You will be notified of the meeting date and are encouraged to attend. Covenants staff may review alterations that have already been approved in the neighborhood, are in conformance with the Architectural Guidelines and are architecturally and aesthetically appropriate for the architecture and color scheme of the lot.
If the proposed alteration is not architecturally or aesthetically appropriate for the lot, encroaches on neighboring property, is too large or conspicuous, is not in conformance with the Architectural Guidelines or is deemed to be an inappropriate material or color it may be denied. The AC may make exceptions for corner and pipe stem lots and lots with unique topography.
A decision made at an AC meeting is final and may not be appealed, whether or not you attend the meeting. A deferral may not be appealed. A denial issued by staff or an architectural violation may be appealed. You must submit an appeal statement to staff at least two weeks prior to the AC meeting to be placed on the agenda and have your appeal heard by the AC. The appeal must be in writing and clearly state the reason for the appeal. It can be submitted via email, fax (703-497-7145), regular mail, or dropped off at LRPRA (12350 Oakwood Drive).
A decision is valid for one year from the date of the decision letter. If the alteration has not been installed within one year, a new application must be submitted with all necessary documentation, samples, etc.
In most cases, a list of pre-approved items and colors does not exist because the colors were not transferred from the builders to the Association. Staff suggests that you apply for what you want, using similar items in your neighborhood as a guide. (Please note: Everything seen on other houses may not be approved.) You may submit more than one option if you wish. For example, you may submit three possible colors for your front door and have the decision determine which one you use.
Yes, but sale is prohibited. - According to ABC guidelines, if ALL of the following criteria are met for the event, no license is needed:
Consumption of alcoholic beverages by Renter or Renter’s guests or invitees must be in accordance with Virginia law. Association assumes no responsibility for injuries to Renter or Renter’s guests and invitees as a result of the consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises.
Folding Tables & Banquet or Folding Chairs. - 10 six-foot folding tables and 75 chairs are provided at each center. Tall Oaks has rounded banquet chairs and Canterbury Woods has black padded folding chairs.
Yes, but not the security deposit. - The rental fee (required up front) can be paid by someone other than the person listed on the contract. However, the security deposit (required the business day before the rental) must match up with the name listed on the contract.
Forfeiture of Security Deposit. - As specified in the rental conditions, the Association does not permit Renter or Renter’s property to enter the building before or after the times specified on their contract. If the Renter enters outside of this time, the entire deposit is forfeited. Be sure to allow adequate time for set up and clean up at the time of your initial rental.
No, unless they are on the contract. - As specified in the rental conditions, rentals are not permitted on behalf of another party-- only Member(s) listed on the rental contract are permitted to submit the contract and pick up/return community center key and security deposit. This ensures responsibility remain within the Association. Member(s) of the household may be added to the contract with proof of residency shown and written permission from the renter.
Take Photos & Report to Association. - If there are any issues, take photos of the specific items and call the on-call number. This ensures that the Association holds the correct person responsible to withhold the appropriate amount from their security deposit. There is also a plaque posted on the wall in each center with this information for your reference.
Yes. - The Association does not include cleaning services with your rental. Cleaning supplies are provided. Follow the checklist provided on the contract for easy cleanup.
Remove from Premises. - The Association does not have a dumpster for Renter to dispose of bags of trash from their event. All trash must be transported to Renter’s place of residence for their trash service to take care of or disposed of in an authorized dumpster.
Email Request within 10 Business Days of Event. - A written request must be submitted in order to cancel or change a reservation. Email Recreation with your name & address, community center & date reserved, and reason for cancelling or rescheduling. If the request is approved, bring the previously filled out contract to the office for adjustments and pay applicable fee listed below.
Cancellation Date / Reschedule Request Date Refund Granted / Fee Charged
30 or more business days prior to rental date = Rental fee minus 10%
Between 10 and 30 business days prior to rental date = Rental fee minus 20%
Fewer than 10 business days prior to rental date = No refund granted
No - In most cases, a list of pre-approved items and colors does not exist because the colors were not transferred from the builders to the Association. Staff suggests that you apply for what you want, using similar items in your neighborhood as a guide. (Please note: Everything seen on other houses may not be approved.) You may submit more than one option if you wish. For example, you may submit 3 possible colors for your front door and have the decision determine which one you use.
Please work with your contractor to match your current house colors. Most paint stores can color match using a sample of the existing color.
No - Staff cannot recommend specific contractors. A book with business cards can be viewed at the office and the bi-monthly magazine has advertisements from several companies that work in this area.
Compliance Inspections - Covenants Department staff perform inspections to check for compliance with the Lake Ridge Association governing documents. These inspections may be the result of a requested sale disclosure packet, a resident concern, a neighborhood inspection, something which staff noticed while in the neighborhood or review of an Architectural Committee application.
Yes - we can show them to you at the office or email you copies of the photos. Please contact us to request them by emailing or calling 703-491-2154.
Governing Document Allowance - The governing documents give staff the authority to come onto the property for the purpose of enforcing the covenants and reviewing an Architectural Committee application. This includes entering yards, even fenced ones.
Contact Covenants for Re-Inspection - Inspections of open violations are done at regular intervals. If an inspection finds a violation remedied, it will be closed. If you have completed repairs and want to confirm compliance, please contact us to request a re-inspection.
Letters, Possible Hearing & Assessed Charges - Staff will take owners with violations through the enforcement process: several letters and re-inspections, placement on a POA hearing agenda with a possible assessment of charges authorized by the Lake Ridge Board of Directors in the amount of $10/day for up to 90 days.
Contact Us - Contact the Covenants staff to request additional time. Staff will work with you within reason.
No - The Covenants Department does not handle criminal or county matters. If someone has damaged your property, this is a criminal matter for the police to handle. For non-emergency police matters please call 703-792-6500. For overcrowding issues please call 703-792-7018.
Property Plat - You will need to check your property plat, which is typically provided at settlement when a home is purchased. A plat is a drawing prepared by a licensed land surveyor showing the actual location of a parcel of property, location, home, fence, decks and other depicted property information, specifically outlining property lines and existing structures on an individual residential lot. A plat can be retrieved from the Prince William County complex at the McCoart Administration building. Find more information on Prince William County's website.
List of Streets/Subdivisions - Click on the link for a list of streets/roads that the Association plows. For more information, see Snow Plowing & Sanding.
No - Due to the magnitude of the task, Facilities does not clear snow or ice from common ground sidewalks, steps or mailbox areas. We ask Members to assist the Association by keeping fire hydrants, mailboxes and storm sewer inlets clear if possible.
Contact Us - Please report any dead tree by emailing Facilities or calling 703-491-2154 ext. 103 or 107.
Association Office - If there is a life threatening emergency, call 911. For a common area emergency, call 703-491-2154 and follow the prompt for Maintenance and leave a message, or email Facilities.
Coupon Book - A payment coupon book and mailing envelopes are mailed once a year at the end of each July to each Homeowner.
Quarterly - Assessment payments are due quarterly on the 1st of September, December, March and June.
Mail, Online, Office, Bill Pay, Direct Debit - See more information under Assessment Payments.
Yes - Prepayment of assessments is welcome anytime.
No - There is not a discount for paying your assessments in advance.
Submit Form & Voided Check - Submit the Direct Debit Authorization Agreement (PDF) along with a voided check to the Association. We will confirm your participation in the program and notify you when your payments through the program will go into effect.
Coupon Book - Your account number is printed on your assessment payment coupons. It consists of 11 letters and numbers with no punctuation or spaces. Example: LRBGP999910
15th and 30th - A late fee of $25 is assessed when the payment is not received by the 15th of the month in which it is due. An additional $25 late fee is assessed if payment is still not received by the 30th of the month due.
No - The Association does not waive late fees.
Contact Us - Complete a request for loan modifications, refinancing or for tax purposes.
Quarterly - Assessments are due on a quarterly basis on September 1, December 1, March 1, and June 1. For more payment information, visit the Assessment Payments page.
Register with CellBadge - All residents must complete one-time registration with CellBadge to access pools. See Pool Access page for how to register.
Yes - For a common area emergency, call 703-491-2154 and follow the prompt for Maintenance and leave a message, or email Facilities.
Trash Service - Association-sponsored trash through Charlie & Son is included in the assessment fee of those street/subdivisions listed in the Trash Schedule.
Yes - Any change to the exterior appearance of a lot requires approval prior to the alteration. This includes alterations in the yard and window replacements as well as any other exterior alteration. Applications for exterior alterations should be submitted to the Covenants Department by completing a request form. For more information, see the Covenants page.
No Reservations - Unlike summer 2020, no reservations will be required. In an effort to transition back to normal pool operations, residents will come to the pool on a first-come, first-swim basis at a reduced capacity that will likely increase throughout the summer. The only prior action required will be registration in CellBadge.
First-come, First-swim - Upon arrival at Tall Oaks or Canterbury Woods, lifeguards will assign zones and lanes on a first-come, first-swim basis. There will be an assignment board that will be marked with availability for each session.
Residents without small children are encouraged to choose zones in the deep end to leave shallow zones for non-swimmers. Entire group must be present to get a zone assignment.
Reduced Capacity - Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of the community, pools will open at a reduced capacity. This number will likely increase throughout the summer.
To plan accordingly, it is recommended residents arrive early to their pool and session of choice. Keep in mind there are 5 sessions offered each day at all 5 pools, so if your session reaches capacity, you will have many other opportunities to swim.
Photo Identification Required – Photo identification is required for all Members to enter the pool. This should be submitted following Step 3 of CellBadge registration process.
As a temporary transitional courtesy for the community, adults and minors registered in CellBadge without a photo on file can present a valid photo ID with their Lake Ridge address at EACH visit to enter the pool. To avoid slowing down the check-in process, we recommend residents follow the intended process of submitting a photo.
No App Required - No app is required for check-in. Prior registration with CellBadge on a computer or phone is required, and verbal confirmation of name and address with the lifeguard at arrival for check-in.
CellBadge Required - Membership cards will no longer be valid. CellBadge will replace the use of membership cards, with registration required prior to pool arrival to access pools.
No Guests - Guests will not be admitted this pool season to ensure priority access for residents of the Association.
Not Advised- The Association encourages residents to limit their use of the pool to one session per day as much as possible to allow equal usage for the community.
Pool House Closed - The pool house will not be open to the public at any of the five pools. This means residents should come changed, showered and having used the restroom prior to arrival.
B.Y.O. Chair - Residents are allowed to bring their own chairs to the pool if they so choose to utilize during their 1.5 hour swim session. Deck furniture aside from umbrellas will not be provided to reduce the amount of surfaces needing sanitization.
Line Markings, Zones & Lap Lanes - Markings will be placed along the sidewalks to ensure proper social distancing in line for each session.
Those seeking an easier and more comfortable option in the pools can use the sectioned-off zones for groups of up to 10 patrons offered at Tall Oaks and Canterbury Woods, and sectioned-off lanes for lap swimming for up to 3 patrons offered at Tall Oaks.
Private Rentals Allowed - Private rentals for the pools are allowed after pool hours but are not allowed during regular pool hours. Find more information on private pool rentals and fees on the Private Pool Rentals page.
State Guidelines & Board Vote - Following current VA Department of Health guidelines and by Board vote, the splash park will remain closed through the summer.
See specifics on the VDH website under Aquatic Facilities in Phase 3, third bullet point: “Hot tubs, spas, saunas, splash pads, spray pools, and interactive play features, except slides, must remain closed.”
Yes - There are 2 community centers available for Members to rent. Weekend dates book up several months in advance so plan ahead and call the office to check availability. Members must fill out the rental contract in the Association office and pay the rental fee up front to reserve a date.
Yes - Lake Ridge Creative Preschool is a state-licensed program for 3-4 year olds that has been in existence for over 20 years. It provides a quality learning environment that allows children to grow and thrive.
Yes - Lake Ridge Summer Camp is a state-licensed program that offers 1st – 7th graders a fun-filled summer designed to promote fellowship, teamwork and leadership.
Soccer, t-ball, coach pitch, swim lessons, cheerleading - In the spring, we offer soccer for ages 4-10, t-ball for ages 4-6 and coach pitch for ages 7-8. In the summer, we offer swim lessons for ages 6 mo.+. In the fall, we offer flag football for ages 6-13 and cheerleading for ages 6-10.
Events calendar, magazine, email list, marquee - There are many community events throughout the year including the Taste of Lake Ridge, Eggstravaganza, Yard Sales, Outdoor Movies, Doggie Paddle, Paint Nights and more. Watch for information on the News, Events Calendar and Spotlight sections of the homepage, in the bi-monthly magazine, email blasts and on the marquee.
Clubs & classes - There are many clubs & classes sponsored by the Association including Moms Club, Garden Club, Toastmasters, Book Club, Bridge Club, Bunco Club, Woodbridge Wireless Club, Lake Ridge Chorale and more. Classes like yoga, Jazzercise and Paint Nights are also offered, along with Water Aerobics classes during the summer.