Signal Hill Homes Association

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: ARC Request
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:
How do I contact the Board of Directors or Management Company?
Contact information can be found on our website here: Contact Us
When and how do I pay my association dues? Annual SHHA dues are due by the 1st of February each year. Payment should be paid online HERE or 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, the Property ID, 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, 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.

Why is there so much discussion regarding fences in the community?
Over a long period of time time, several fences throughout the community have been erected that are not compliant with the SHHA Restrictive Covenants, which require that fences be no more than 42" tall, and at least 50% open design. Since it is the duty of the Board to enforce the SHHA Restrictive Covenants, the Board - in conjunction with our legal counsel - approved Policy Resolution #4 in September of 2014. This Policy Resolution documents how, over time, the Board will ensure that all fences in the community become compliant with the SHHA Restrictive Covenants. We believe that the adopted Policy Resolution #4 is a consistent, and fair process for replacing non-compliant fences with compliant fences (or removing them) as the fences reach end-of-life, or properties are sold to new owners. The full text of Policy Resolution #4 can be found here: SHHA Policy Resolution Number 4 - Resolution of Non-Compliant Fences

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.

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.