The Village at Highlands

The Village at Highlands is an independent subdivision with its own homeowners association (HOA) within the division of Highlands at Mechums River near Crozet, VA. The Village consists of 50 attached homes built by Craig Builders between 2006 and 2012.  All but six of the 50 homes provide one-floor living.  See floor plans of the three most frequent types of homes.  Most homes have views of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains or of wooded areas.

The Village at Highlands is section 57A-2B  in the Albemarle County real estate tax map 57A.

Information on other subdivisions of Highlands at Mechums River is here.

This Web site is the official site for the Village at Highlands Owners Association.  It provides information about the HOA and about how the HOA interacts with the buildings, grounds, architectural review, HOA finances, and hospitality.  The site also provides a page for news from homeowners.  Your comments and questions are invited. Contact our HOA President, Robbie Whitestone.

We are grateful to Debra Weiss of drw Design for designing and implementing this Web site.

Announcements

Mailboxes:  Starting next week, all mailboxes, mailbox posts, and newspaper boxes will be replaced with brand new mailboxes, new posts, and new newspaper boxes constructed by Pete Chandler and his mailbox committee.  The posts and newspaper boxes will be painted the same green color as the lamp posts and shutters.  Metal collars will be placed around the posts at ground level to lessen damage from mowers.  Thanks to Pete Chandler for overseeing this project.


Power Washing and Painting:

Power washing of all homes is finished, and painting is underway on upper Gate Pos Lane.

If your house has not been painted yet, you should inspect it or have your home inspected for any repair work that should be done prior to painting.  Our agreement with the painter requires them to do routine "prep work" such as caulking any visible cracks or removing loose paint, filling any holes with putty, etc.  If your home has any deterioration that goes beyond routine preparation (one of many possible examples being rotted boards), that is the homeowner's responsibility.  We have asked the painter to advise you if there are obvious repair items needing to be addressed before painting, but since we hope to have the work progress in an orderly manner, we suggest that you undertake any inspection you deem prudent in the very near term.  In addition, please make sure that any plantings, shrubbery, etc. that you planted are cut back enough to provide clearance for the painter’s equipment as well. 

The homes that will be painted this year are:  Mechums River Rd: 4618, 4620, 4626, 4628, 4634, 4636.  Gate Post Ln: 1305, 1306, 1307, 1308, 1313,1315, 1329, 1331, 1336, 1337, 1338, 1339.


HOA Board of Directors:  The Board has two open positions and is seeking volunteers to submit their names.  The term of office will run thru the next Annual HOA meeting in February 2020, when they will be up for re-election.  This is an opportunity to learn about the daily functions of the HOA and to help in the decision-making process. 

ARB Committee: The Architectural Review Board has one open position and is seeking a volunteer to assist the other two members.  The role of the ARB committee is to make sure that requests submitted by homeowners for changes to their property are in compliance with the ARB guidelines.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please let any Board member know, or you can call Steve Brecker, Community Group Manager, at 434-984-0700, by ­May 31.  The current Board members are listed at

http://villageathighlands.com/hoa


JAUNT Service to Crozet:  JAUNT is planning to extend its transportation routes to Crozet in August.  Further details are here.  JAUNT is also holding open meetings to hear from potential customers; the schedule of meetings is here.


Board of Directors Election:  At the annual HOA meeeting on February 16, 2019, Jim Deter was elected to an unexpired one-year term on the Board of Directors.  Re-elected to two-year terms on the Board were Rochelle Larson, John McGowan, and Kendon Stubbs.  Continuing on the Board are Jim Doull, Barbara Kelly, and Robbie Whitestone.

At a meeting of the Board following the HOA meeting the following officers were elected for 2019:  Pressident -- Robbie Whitestone; Vice President -- Rochelle Larson; Secretary -- Barbara Kelly; Treasurer -- Kendon Stubbs.


Update on the Water Treatment Plant near the Village at Highlands

From: Scott Schiller 
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 8:13 AM
To: Robbie Whitestone 
Subject: RWSA Crozet Water Treatment Plant - Expansion and Rehabilitation Project

Mr. Whitestone,

Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority’s (RWSA’s) mission is to ensure clean, safe, and reliable water supply for now and in the future while protecting the natural environment. We collect, treat, and store clean safe drinking water to be distributed by your water retailer, the Albemarle County Service Authority (ACSA).

We like to be proactive when our work could temporarily impact residents, so we are reaching out to notify residents of upcoming construction work at the Crozet Water Treatment Plant located at 4673 Three Notched Road, Crozet, VA.  This treatment plant is the sole source of drinking water to ACSA customers in the Crozet area and has been a focus of ours over the past number of years.  Construction to install a Granular Activated Carbon treatment process began in 2015 and was completed in May 2018 and construction of a new finished water pump station began in May 2017 and should be completed this spring.

In addition to those efforts, we are about to begin an overall improvement project at the treatment plant that will expand its treatment capacity and rehabilitate some of the older components of the plant, which was originally constructed in 1966.  This project will include general building rehabilitation, filter and sedimentation improvements, chemical storage and feed improvements, flocculator expansion, waste sludge handling improvements, and backwash storage improvements.  The majority of the work will take place on the main site of the plant (south side of Route 240), but improvements to the backwash storage system will take place at the storage lagoons located on the north side of Route 240 across from the treatment plant.  This construction activity will result in some additional traffic entering and exiting the site and construction noise during the normal working hours of 7 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday.  On-site construction activities are not allowed on weekends or RWSA holidays unless requested by the contractor and approved by RWSA.  There may be some activities that must occur at night time while the treatment plant is not in operation.  If this is to occur, additional notice will be provided ahead of time to impacted residents/property owners.

The contractor for this work is Orders Construction and they plan to begin mobilizing their equipment this week and begin construction activities the week of March 4, 2019.  Based on the contract requirements, construction work is anticipated to continue until November 2020.  We understand that this type of activity can be a disturbance and will make every effort to minimize the impacts on the residents and property owners in this area. 

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work to improve our water system and maintain a high level of service to ACSA customers.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.  Thanks.

Scott A. Schiller, P.E.

Engineering Manager

Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority


2019 Quarterly Dues, Budget, and Maintenance Reserve Update:

Dear Village at Highlands Homeowner,

At the Board of Directors meeting on November 7, 2018, the Board approved the Annual Operating Budget for the upcoming 2019 calendar year.  As part of the budget process, the Board reviews all of the income and expenses for the HOA and sets the following year’s HOA Quarterly Fee. The HOA dues rate for 2019 will be $502 per quarter, as compared with $491 per quarter in 2018.  Everyone will be receiving their new coupon books in the mail in the near future. 

This small increase in the quarterly fee is due to the maintenance work that Albemarle County is requiring the HOA to perform on the drainage basin/spillway, located behind the homes on lower Gate Post Lane.

Also approved at the November 7 Board meeting was an updated maintenance reserve report by Criterium.  This report discusses the drainage basin/spillway in detail and explains the funding needed to pay for the basin and other future maintenance specified in the Covenants (pages 1 and 8-9 of the Appendix).

Copies of the maintenance reserve report and the 2019 budget are available in the Member Area of the Web site.

Please let either myself or any other Board member know if you have questions.             

Thank You. 

Robbie Whitestone, President, Village at Highlands HOA


2019 HOA Dues and Budget:  Scroll down on the Finances page.


"For Sale" Signs:  "For Sale" signs are now permitted in front yards when Village homes are for sale.  Details are here.