Who is the President of the Association and how can I contact him/her?
All current Officers and Committee assignments are listed in the Contacts section of this website.
My realtor said I need some financial documents from the association to give to the person who is buying my house. What is the realtor talking about and where do I get them?
The Virginia Property Owners Association Act of 1989 (as amended) requires that property owners provide prospective purchasers with a disclosure packet containing specific information about the homeowners association. If a Langley Oaks homeowner is putting his/her house on the market, s/he should request ~ sooner rather than later ~ a copy of the POA packet from our Association.
After a written request and payment is received by the association, it has fourteen (14) days to produce and provide a hard-copy version of the packet to the owner. The process requires a signature when the document is passed from the association to the requester so it cannot be mailed or electronically transmitted.
Because the association may need up to fourteen (14) days to process the request, homeowners should allow sufficient time before scheduling settlement. Langley Oaks property owners needing a “POA Packet” should submit this form.
Do I need LOHA approval before making any changes to my residence or before removing any trees?
LOHA documents require that property owners obtain written approval from the Architectural Control Committee before making any additions or improvements, installing sheds or fences, or cutting any live hardwood trees. To document and facilitate the approval process, requests must be submitted in writing to the ACC. To ensure all relevant information is provided, and to avoid delay, requests should be submitted on a “Request for Architectural Change in Langley Oaks” form (available in the Documents section of this Website). Professionally-prepared drawings or plans must be attached to any request for change that will alter the outside appearance of the residence. Because the ACC may need up to thirty (30) days to process a request, homeowners must allow sufficient time before scheduling any contract work. ACC requests should be submitted on this form
Why do some areas of Langley Oaks have restricted parking signs?
The eight-acre parking lot behind Langley High School, while large, will not accommodate every student who wants to drive to school. Overflow parking has been a concern for several nearby neighborhoods for years. Starting in 1995, Residential Parking Permit Districts were established for certain areas of Langley Oaks as well as for two neighborhoods to the east of LHS. RPPDs significantly restrict parking during school hours on school days. As student parkers have moved further and further into our neighborhoods, the RPPDs have been expanded as well in an effort to control congestion. You can apply for your parking permit here.
There is a new family on my street. How do I inform my neighbors and the Association?
If you know of a new family, or if you are a new family, please contact our Welcome Chairperson so we can provide a proper “welcome to the neighborhood”. S/he will also deliver some materials, to include the most recent Directory, copies of past newsletters, documents, and the like. One of the forms included solicits information from the new arrival to be included in our neighborhood Directory.
Who owns and maintains our streets?
Our fifteen neighborhood streets are owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Any individual can call them directly at 703-383-VDOT (8368) to report malfunctioning traffic lights, potholes, streets needing repaving, unplowed snow or icy roads needing treatment. Ridge Drive was last completely repaved in August 2011.
Because VDOT operates the third largest state-maintained highway network in the nation (almost 58,000 miles), they are not always able to respond immediately to requests for service. Regarding snow plowing, for instance, VDOT works to clear highways and primary roads first and then clears secondary and tertiary streets (ie neighborhoods) as they are able.
VDOT does not own or maintain (or snow plow) the eleven common driveways (often called pipestems) located throughout our Langley Oaks neighborhood. Per our Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (Article VIII) the upkeep and repair of common driveways is the obligation of all owners of affected lots for that common driveway.
Common driveways are located on Anna Maria Court (2), Briar Hill Court, Jill Court, Monique Court, Ridge Drive (2), Sunny Hill Court (2) , Tina Lane and Weatheford Court.
What are the recommendations from the Neighborhood Safety Committee?
Even though Langley Oaks is normally a peaceful and quiet neighborhood, we are not completely free from acts of vandalism, theft and occasionally, more serious incidents. Because most of these incidents turn out to be “crimes of opportunity” rather than targeting, residents are encouraged to take precautions and always lock ground-floor doors and windows and to leave garage doors closed when not in use.
In addition, the neighborhood has no street lights so all residents should leave their outside door lights and outside garage lights on all night ~ every night. Installing motion detection flood lights is also a good idea. Vehicles should be locked and valuables such as garage door openers, GPS devices, house keys and laptops should be removed. Whenever possible, park in the driveway and not on the street.
Everyone can help limit crime by immediately reporting any suspicious activity to the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) ~ emergency 911 or non-emergency 703-691-2131. Any and all crime (and vandalism is indeed a crime) should be reported to the police as soon as it is noticed and not the next day or weeks later.
Is there natural gas in Langley Oaks?
When it was built between 1975 and 1985, Langley Oaks was an all-electric neighborhood. In 1991 some neighbors asked Washington Gas Company about running pipelines under our fifteen streets. The Company replied if a certain, minimum number of homeowners agreed to install at least two major gas appliances, it would install gas pipes in that specific area. Over the next few years gas availability grew on a section-by-section, street-by-street basis as more folks in different areas signed up. However, not all homes currently have a gas pipeline running under the section of the street directly in front of their property today. Residents wishing to install gas appliances should see this letter for more information.
Who is responsible for clearing the snow from the Ridge Drive sidewalk?
LOHA contracts for snow removal on our streets, but the state, county and LOHA do not clear snow from the Ridge Drive sidewalk. Per the Fairfax County website, "While not legally obligated, residents and businesses are asked to help keep sidewalks safe, when possible, by clearing snow off the sidewalks in front of their property so that all pedestrians, especially school children, those with disabilities and the elderly, may walk securely." Further information on snow removal can be found here.