lder single-family home communities in Fairfax County are facing challenges. Without the tools available to communities with mandatory homeowners associations, property maintenance is a continuing challenge.
Things you can do to educate your neighbors on property maintenance:
The Neighbor 2 Neighbor program (N2N) is designed to help communities address property maintenance issues. This program was started by the Parklawn neighborhood in cooperation with Fairfax County Dept. of Zoning and Mason District Supervisor, Penny Gross.
It is based on a program launched in the 1990’s in the Groveton neighborhood in Alexandria, called the “Neighborhood Volunteer Program.” This program addressed property maintenance issues such as outdoor storage violations and other common zoning violations. After a year, the Groveton community saw an 85% compliance rate.
In April 2008, Parklawn and Barcroft Terrace launched the N2N Program. Other nearby communities such as Broyhill Crest, Lincolnia Hills, and Heywood Glen have used information about the program, too.
Notify your community about the program in your newsletter. Once the notification is completed, neighborhood volunteers make periodic surveys of our neighborhood to identify serious exterior property maintenance issues in need of attention. The issues addressed must be a violation of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance. If a problem is found, the resident and homeowner receive a letter that describes the action they must take. This letter also indicates when a volunteer will re-survey the area to determine if the problems have been resolved. There will always be sufficient time given to resolve problems, normally 30─60 days. If the problem is not resolved, it is turned over to the Fairfax County Code Enforcement. If the problem is resolved, the owner/renter is sent a “thank you note.”
For more information about this program, please contact Mollie Loeffler at 703.508.8320