: submission deadline is 11:00 AM Tuesday, 17 June 2014
The Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program is a competitive application process to enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods by supporting projects and initiatives that assist in achieving the county’s vision elements.
The partnership program's goals are to:
Promote healthier, safer and cleaner neighborhoods.
Enhance neighborhood appearance.
Encourage or create a culture of engagement, including facilitating communication and connections in neighborhoods between individuals, youth and families.
Build or nurture community leadership within a neighborhood.
FY 2015 Advertisement-Now Open: The FY 2015 Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program deadline for submissions is Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Late submissions will not be accepted. This program offers up to $5,000 in matching grant funds to eligible groups. Please download and utilize the NEPP Application form in preparing proposal responses.
Thomas Davis Rust, Member, House of Delegates, 86th District, sponsored a free Community Association Education Seminar where industry leaders discussed the recent legislation that impacts homeowners and condominium association communities and their board members.
SPEAKERS: William A. Marr Jr., Attorney and Betsy Johns, MCCA PCAM
Key topics covered:
Common Interest Community Leadership Responsibilities and Tips for Problem Solving and other essentials for Board Operations
This year's legislative changes, especially regarding violation charges
This seminar was also sponsored by the Herndon Community Association Coalition.
Tune to Fairfax County Government Channel 16 on Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. for the live TV program, Your Community, Your Call: What’s On Your Mind - Open Mic Night – Part II. This is your opportunity to call in or e-mail any questions related to homeowner or condominium association management or living. The viewing audience will have the chance to step up to the mic and ask the panel any question on any topic they choose.
Panel members include:
Michelle L. Thompson of the Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch
Who Should Attend?: Homeowners and Volunteer Board Members
When: Monday, November 4, 2013, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (check-in begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Board Auditorium at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22034
Enjoy a free and informative discussion with industry leaders. The conversation will include valuable information regarding association rule enforcement, complaint processes, assessment collections and more! Participants will gain an understanding of Virginia's ombudsman regulations and complaint process requirements and receive an update regarding recent court decisions and legislation affecting Virginia's common-interest communities.
The moderator will be Bill Marr, Esq., Law Office of William A. Marr Jr. and the presenters are
Here is a list of issues identified by community association members that could be the subject of future Fairfax Federation membership meetings, or possibly additional workshops.
Issues for civic associations and issues of general interest:
Insurance needs of civic associations (i.e., what if someone is hurt at a community event?) Insurance needs of officers of civic associations
Pros and cons of incorporation for a civic association. Does incorporation have an impact on civic association liability?
Lake management issues for communities with lakes, eg, legal liability for injury or death, checking water quality, cleaning and maintenance, sediment and dredging, stocking with fish, etc.
Dealing with language barriers. Should CAs do outreach in other languages? Is there a downside? How to communicate if people have limited literacy in their own language, as well as limited or no literacy in English?
Issues for HOAs and Condo Associations:
Techniques for improving HOA assessment collection
Amending covenants – pros and cons; how to do it. What are elements of good covenants?
Understanding situations where HOAs have only limited rights to restrict, e.g. satellite dishes.
How to recruit new board members
Resale disclosure packets. What should be in the packet? Questions to ask a manager that handles the packets. Does website availability of HOA/Condo governing documents have an impact on the disclosure packet preparation?
Important Announcement for HOAs and Condominium Associations
The new CIC Ombudsman Regulation (discussed at several Federation meetings as shown in Section VII.) went into effect on July 1, 2012. The regulation requires associations to develop an association complaint procedure and submit it by September 28 to the Office of the CIC Ombudsman
Another information source is the 17 July 2012 broadcast of Your Community, Your Call (Fairfax County cable TV), which focused in part on the new Ombudsman regulation. (The program also focused on legislation from the 2012 General Assembly session). This program can viewed via Video on Demand by clicking on the Channel 16 link in section III.
The Federation is proposing that the county develop an educational brochure focused on shared county and community association responsibilities for stormwater facilities. Contact the CASC chair if you would like to be involved.
Michelle Thompson, Fairfax County’s Community Association Liaison, was the featured speaker at the Feb. 23 Federation Membership meeting. Ms. Thompson updated attendees on recent state regulations and legislative initiatives that have significant impacts on HOAs and condominium associations. A state body known as the Common Interest Community Board (CICB) has been in existence since 2008. HOA and condominium leaders and residents need to be aware of CICB regulations.
State regulations governing management firms took effect in April 2010 and rules requiring state certification of individual managers took effect in March 2012. Regulations that took effect on July 1, 2012 require all HOA and condo boards to have in place (or to create) formal procedures for handling complaints from residents, and to submit documentation to the CICB. Association leaders in Fairfax County and throughout the state have a full plate and the presentation brought leaders to date on association responsibilities and issues.
Ms. Thompson also collaborated with Don Hinman on an update of state legislation (PPTPDF). Mr. Hinman serves as one of three community association volunteer leaders on the board of the Virginia Legislative Action Committee (VALAC) of the Community Associations Institute. He also chairs the Fairfax Federation’s Citizen Association Services Committee (CASC) and welcomes suggestions on how the CASC website can be made more useful to community association leaders.