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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I submit a request to make changes to my property?
          Information on the submission, review and approval process can be found on our website here:  

                    Architectural Control.



How do I request resale documents during the process of selling my home?
          Information on requesting resale documents can be found on our website here:  

                    Resale Documents.



How do I contact the Board of Directors or Management Company?
          Contact information can be found on our website here:  

                    Contact SHHA.



When and how do I pay my association dues?
          Annual SHHA dues, in the amount of $140.00 are due by the end of January each year.

          Payment should be sent to Metropolis (our management company):
          

          			SHHA c/o Metropolis CMI
				P.O. Box 531240 
				Atlanta, GA  30353
                    
          Please ensure that the name of the property owner, and the property address are 
          included with the payment.




What does the association do for the community?
          The primary purposes of the Board of Directors and the supporting management company 
          are to maintain the Common Grounds, to enforce the restrictive covenants that are
          designed to maintain the value of the homes within its boundaries, and to address 
          issues of importance to the homeowners.  

          The specific roles and responsibilities of the Association are explained in detail in 
          the Governing Documents, located on our website here:

                    Governing Documents

          The Board of Directors is comprised of five volunteers, who serve as:
          president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and member-at-large.

          The Board of Directors is supported by our management company - Metropolis CMI - 
          who carry out many of our administrative tasks, and provide staff to assist 
          homeowners with issues, or interface between homeowners and the Board of Directors.

          There are a number of standing committees such as Architectural Control, Grounds,
          Welcoming, Traffic Control, Website/Newsletter, and Security.  

          The Board of Directors meet once a month at a public place (normally District Meeting 
          Hall at Kings Park Library).
           
          The Annual Meeting takes place before the first week in December as mandated in the 
          Association Documents.  At this meeting, election of Board members is held, the 
          proposed budget is presented and there is a vote to establish the yearly assessment.
          
          All scheduled meetings are open to all homeowners and residents.  

          The Association has retained the legal services of Chadwick, Washington, et.al.

          The finances of the Association are subject to a yearly audit.  SHHA has always been 
          in compliance with accepted accounting procedures.

          The Association contracts with a professional grounds maintenance company, 
          The Outdoor Man, for overall grounds maintenance.



Why and how are Restrictive Covenants (i.e. Architectural Violations) enforced?

          Restrictive covenants specify which proposed changes to a home or lot require approval
          from the SHHA Board of Directors.  They govern the appearance and condition of the home
          and landscaping, issues of fencing and additional structures, and prohibited business
          activities.

          For example, Board approval is needed to change the color of a house, 
          color / composition of the roof, add a room, enclose a carport, erect a shed, add a 
          fence or deck, or add any ornamental structure on the property.
          
          Enforcing the Restrictive Covenants is a primary responsibility of the Board, assisted 
          by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) and the management company.

          Ensuring the the Restrictive Covenants are followed, and that all properties are well 
          maintained protects property values for ALL homeowners.

          The members of the Board of Directors inspect each property in the association at least
          once per quarter.  On-going violations are re-inspected monthly in order to ensure
          timely resolution.

          The resolution process is outlined in a document located on our website here:

                    SHHA Policy Resolution Number 3 - Inspections and Resolution of Violations

          The Restrictive Covenants are a binding contract, entered into upon purchase of a home
          in the SHHA community.  Every effort is made to enforce them promptly, uniformly, 
          and fairly.



When can I put out trash, recycling, and yard waste?
          Trash, recycling, and yard waste bins / bags - as well as any loose items for removal -
          may be placed curbside.
          
          Items should be placed curbside on Tuesday evenings - preferably after sunset.

          Empty bins, and any items not picked up must be removed from curbside by sunset on
          Wednesday evening, and stored out-of-view from streets.

          Fairfax County trash pick-up information / guidelines can be found here:

		          Fairfax County Trash and Recycling Brochure



What is a Community Parking District, and why is it needed?
          Based on SHHA Member feedback at the Annual Meeting in 2003, the SHHA Board of 
          Directors initiated efforts to establish the areas of Signal Hill, The Oaks at 
          Signal Hill, and Woodedge as a Community Parking District (CPD, formerly Restricted 
          Parking District) in accordance with The Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia,
          Chapter 82 Article 82-5B.

          The public hearing was held on 23 May 2005 at the Fairfax County Government Center to
          consider our request to establish the Signal Hill Community Parking District.

          Testimony was provided by eight SHHA members, and following some comments by 
          Sharon Bulova and discussion by the Board, the measure was passed unanimously.

          Shortly thereafter County Department of Transportation (DoT) placed signs in the
          community.  

          Due to budgetary constraints of Fairfax County, signage is now ONLY in place and
          required at the entrances to the community.

          By designating Signal Hill as a CPD, the parking of watercraft, trailers, motor homes,
          and other devices (buses, shuttle vans, HazMat carriers, etc) is prohibited on the
          public streets of our community.  

          The designation of CPD still allows owners the flexibility to bring their Boats,
          Trailers, Motor Homes, Campers, etc home for loading, unloading, cleaning, maintenance,
          at times that are convenient to them.



Does SHHA sponsor a community Yard Sale?
          While SHHA used to "sponsor" a community yard sale each year, we no longer do so.

          The level of participation across the community was so low, that the Board of Directors
          did not feel the expense and effort involved in promoting the Yard Sale was justified.

          Homeowners are welcome to conduct their own individual or group yard sales, so long as
          SHHA rules regarding signage are followed, and all items are removed from public view
          at the end of each day.



Does SHHA publish a newsletter?
          In 2010, the SHHA Board of Directors decided, after discussing the matter in open
          meetings, that the significant expense involved in compiling, printing, and
          distributing a regular newsletter was no longer justified.

          SHHA sends out a mass mailing at the end of each year with information about the 
          Annual Meeting, a proxy ballot for the annual meeting, and any other approved 
          information that requires distribution.

          This website - shha-burke.org - is now our primary means of communication with 
          homeowners.



What are the Common Grounds, and how can the homeowners enjoy them?
          The common grounds are wooded areas that belong to the association and must be
          maintained by the association.  

          The grounds are not conducive to any kind of development and only provide walking 
          paths.  

          Residents may freely access the common grounds, but may not use the common grounds for 
          personal use (i.e. sheds, play sets, fences, etc.).
            
          Dumping yard debris and removing trees from the common ground is not permitted.  

          If a tree or other condition is deemed hazardous in the common area, the homeowner
          should contact the Grounds chairperson or any Board member.