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Welcome to the community website for the Goose Creek Village Homeowners Association.  We hope you will visit often for news about our neighborhood and provide suggestions on what you would like to see here.  Residents, please register at the link in the top right of the screen for full access to the website.
 
Upcoming Events
HOA Board Meeting
Thursday, February 9th, 7pm at Clubhouse
Quarterly HOA Board Meeting
HOA Board Meeting
Thursday, May 11th, 7pm at Clubhouse
Quarterly HOA Board Meeting

2022-2023 Snow Season
With the snow season coming, it makes sense to remind residents of a few things:
  • If heavy snow is expected (greater than 8-10"), the HOA may declare a snow emergency to allow the snow plows extra room to maneuver, and to provide places to deposit the snow once it is cleared from the roads. During a snow emergency, parking in any spot with an orange circle is prohibited. Additional details will be provided.
  • Townhouse owners are responsible for shoveling the snow from the sidewalks in front of their homes within 24 hours of a snow event. Timely shoveling is especially important if there is a bus stop in front of your home.
    • See "Sidewalk Snow Removal Policy" here
  • Condo owners have sidewalk snow removal included in their Condo dues.
  • Our snow removal company has been instructed not to contract with individual residents for snow removal for driveways and sidewalks (for townhouse owners). This is to ensure that they remain focused on clearing snow in the community. For those residents who need help clearing snow from their own property, there are typically teenagers in the community available for hire. They usually post right here on Facebook. Neighbors will frequently help out as well if you ask.
  • Our snow removal company has a very detailed and specific plan for clearing the roads in the community after a snowfall. The plan was developed in coordination with the HOA, and takes into account the most effective and efficient prioritizing of which roads get cleared in which order. If your road does not get cleared right away, it will be cleared as soon as possible, based on the plan.
  • If you feel that your road has been missed, please e-mail the HOA (hoa@goosecreekashburn.com). During snow removal operations, someone from the HOA will be monitoring the e-mail address regularly and will respond. Please do not flag down the plow operators to let them know. They have been instructed to follow the plan, unless directed otherwise by their supervisor on site, or the HOA.
  • Please drive safely when it is snowing or there is snow on the ground, paying special attention for children and pets.
  • If you're a snow lover.......enjoy the snow!

Residential Garbage Collection
 
Trash is picked up by Patriot Disposal on Monday and Thursday.  Recycling is picked up on Thursday.  To request a trash or recycling can, or to schedule a bulk pickup of large items, call Patriot Disposal at: 703-257-7100  option: 5
 
Trash cans should be set out no sooner than the night before trash collection.
Handles on ALL carts need to face toward home
Trash cans must be stored in the garage.
 
See Patriot Info Sheet here.
 
Loudoun County Recycling Guide here
 
2022 Holiday Schedule - Residential Collection
 
In preparation for the 2022-2023 holidays, we wanted to reach out to let you know of our holiday schedule. Below, you will find a complete schedule for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years:
 
Thanksgiving
In observance of Thanksgiving Day our offices will be closed and no services will be provided on Thursday, November 24th.  Thursday's regularly-scheduled services will instead be provided on Saturday, November 26th.
 
Christmas and New Years
Christmas and New Years Day both fall on a Sunday and will have no impact on your regularly scheduled collections.

Winterizing Outside Water Faucets
 
How to turn off the outside water

The procedure for turning off the outside water is straightforward. Do the following for each outside hose hookup, one at a time:
 
1. Turn the shut-off valve to the off position. It should only rotate 1/4 of a turn. In this unit, the valve handles point up-and-down when the outside water is on (as in the picture), and left-to-right when it is off. The handle may be stiff but it shouldn't require excessive force to turn, so if it's not turning one way, try turning it the other way.
 
2. Turn on the outside faucet. You should only get a brief trickle of water. If the water is still fully on, make sure you turned the correct valve, and that you really turned it off. Leave the outside faucet on.
 
3. THIS STEP IS VERY IMPORTANT!!  Open up the small "bleeder" cap that is connected to the inside shut-off valve you previously closed. This lets air into the pipe and allows any residual water in the pipe to drain out through the open hose hookup outside. The bleeder cap is very tight, so you may not be able to open it by hand. Be careful, though, as it is only plastic. If you need to, grip it gently with a pair of pliers through a hand towel. Remember the old saying about righty-tighty and lefty-loosey. Turn the cap to the left (counter-clockwise) to loosen it. Once the bleeder cap starts turning, remove it completely.  Be careful to not lose the little black washer.
 
4. Replace the bleeder cap and close it tightly. It only needs to be open for a minute or so to allow enough of the remaining water to drain out.
 
5. Turn off the outside faucet.

That's it. You're done! Now do the same thing for the other hose hookup.
 
If outside water is not turned off AND the pipes bled properly, residual water in the pipes can freeze and expand, resulting in broken pipes and damage to inside walls and floors.
 
We recommend doing this around the middle of November, but any time between the end of Daylight Saving Time and before Thanksgiving should be fine. Since the condo outside water valves are located in the lower units, make a point to tell your upstairs neighbor a few days before you plan to turn it off, just so that they are aware.
 
For the condos, the outside water valves are located in the lower units, in the utility closet where the furnace and water heater are located.   For the townhomes the valves are located in the interior closet off of the garage.

Refinancing or Selling Your Property
If you are refinancing or selling your property, you will have to contact FirstService Residential Virginia for information on getting all documents needed.
https://www.fsresidential.com/virginia/contact-us/contact-us 
 
Order Documents and Certificates:
https://secure.welcomelink.com/resale/index.cfm?mg=AS 
 
 

PARKING UPDATE 1/25/21
 
The fire lane project has been completed and reviewed by Loudoun County.  With this project new on street parking has become available.  The on street parking policy is the following:  
 
Street parking is allowed along any curb in the community that is not a yellow fire lane, as long as there are lined spaces, with these exceptions.   
Street parking will be allowed on Erskine Terrace, Telford Terrace and Maitland Terrace even though the spaces will not be lined. (see map below)   

Street Light Bulb Out?
Street Light Bulb Out?
 
Please report all problems with street light bulbs and other street light issues to:
hoa@goosecreekashburn.com
We need the street light number on the pole and a picture would be nice also.
 

Little Free Library
Welcome to the new addition to our Goose Creek Village Community!  A “Little Free Library” has been added to the community in the Phase 2 park near the gazebo.  The concept is to share books with one another.  You can add books to the library that you have finished and take a book that you would like to read.  The best thing is that it is all free!  All genre of books are accepted as well as audio books.  Please no CD’s or DVD’s.  Also keep in mind that children will have access to the library so please keep the content appropriate.  Do not put books in there that you wouldn’t want your children reading.  This is a great time to go through your book shelves and identify what you may want to donate.  
Little Free Libraries are in place worldwide. Below are links to show you where they are located and to learn more about the program.  
 

Pet Policies

 

Pet Policies

 

Dog Leash Policy

 Reminder to residents that dogs must be leashed at all times when off your property. This is a Loudoun County Ordinance (612.13) and a community requirement (Goose Creek Village Declaration 8.2 (p)).

 

Failure to comply may lead to criminal charges and fines from Loudoun County, as well as additional fines from the HOA.

 

Thanks for your cooperation in keeping our community safe for all residents.

 

Pet Waste

One of the most frequent complaints that the HOA gets is about pet waste. Pet waste is smelly, unsightly, and is a health risk to other pets and our Residents. It is your legal responsibility to pick up after your pet. Our community provides pet waste bags and trash receptacles throughout the neighborhood to aid in cleaning up pet waste.

 

If you see someone that is not picking up after their pet, speak up and say something to them (politely).  If it continues and you know their address, please contact the HOA so that we can issue a violation.

 

Be a responsible pet owner – clean up your pet’s waste! If your child walks the dog, then make sure they know to pick up the waste. It is not optional because it’s Tuesday and it’s raining, or you just don’t feel like it. Doody calls – Scoop the Poop!

 

 

Pets off Private Property

Residents please be mindful and respectful about keeping your pets off of private property, especially corner units that have side yards and greenbelts in between townhomes, these are not common areas.

 


Lawn Maintenance Violation Update
Lawn Maintenance Violation Update - 8/15/2020
 
Goose Creek Village Residents, 
Our Community Inspector has started to see an increase in lawn maintenance violations. As a reminder, the landscaping company mows the common areas only. Townhome residents are responsible for maintaining their properties, including the front, back and side of townhomes. To ensure that we keep our community within the property maintenance standards created for Goose Creek Village, we will be partnering with our landscape company, Ruppert. Once notified of a violation (either by mail or by leaving a violation notice on the door), a resident  will have 14 days to mow their yard. If a resident fails to comply, after 14 days Ruppert will mow the lawn and the charge will be billed back to the homeowner. 
 
A list of general guidelines for the community are listed below with certain areas highlighted where we have seen some areas of concern.
 
PROPERTY MAINTENANCE STANDARDS 
A. All portions of a lot which are not improved by an impervious surface or a structure must be maintained with grass (or other vegetation installed by a builder or approved by the Covenants Committee). No bare earth may be exposed on a lot (except for flower beds with appropriate approvals, as required). 
B. All turf areas on a lot must be kept neatly mowed during the growing season. Grass shall not be permitted to exceed six (6) inches in height. 
C. Turf areas and other vegetation shall be watered during dry periods. Any dead plants, shrubs or trees should be immediately removed. 
D. Turf areas shall be kept as weed free as possible. At no time should weed cover exceed more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the total turfed area. 
E. No trash or debris may accumulate or be stored in a visible location on a lot. Construction materials required for the improvement of a home or lot shall be neatly stored in as unobtrusive a location on the lot as possible when not in use. 
F. All hedges, trees and shrubs must be neatly trimmed and maintained and their size maintained in proportion to the lot and home through pruning. 
G. The exterior of a home must be maintained in an attractive manner. No significant blistering or peeling of exterior painted surfaces is permitted. Any exterior building components (i.e., siding, gutters and downspouts, roof shingles, windows and doors) which are missing, broken or otherwise in a state of disrepair must be repaired as quickly as possible.
  
Thank you for your attention this matter, 
 
Goose Creek Village HOA Board
 

HVAC Replacement Policy
HVAC Replacement
Replacement of existing HVAC units do not require HOA or Condo Association approval if they are approximately the same color, approximately the same size, and are installed in the same location between the driveways.  No specific brand is recommended or required. 

GUIDELINES FOR SIDE YARD BORDER FENCING
At the HOA Board Meeting last night, the Board approved guidelines for side yard border fencing (see attached). These guidelines will be incorporated into the next update of our Design Guidelines, but residents may begin using them immediately.
Note that these guidelines apply to end unit townhouses with side yards only.
 
Click here to see Guidelines

CLUBHOUSE RENTAL
Need some extra space to rent for your party or private event? Well, you can rent our Community Clubhouse for private events!
 
To start the process, send an email to Laura Marshall at laura.marshall@fsresidential.com with the date and timeframe you are interested in. The cost is $50/hour with a 3-hour minimum with an additional $100 cleaning fee. There is a deposit of $300 (with alcohol) or $150 (without alcohol).
 
The complete rental agreement with all terms and conditions can be found here.  The agreement and check must be received at least two weeks prior to the event. Reservations are first come, and the check must be received in order to finalize the reservation. Cleanup after the event is the responsibility of the resident that rented the clubhouse.
 
The Clubhouse may not be available for rent during some major holidays, or during Association sponsored events.

COMMUNITY WEBSITE
If you have not already done so, please sign up for access to our community website at:
 
 
Residents are encouraged to register on the site to have access to all pages and information.  Click on the "Register" link in the upper right corner.
 
Please note that while we do have a community Facebook page, the new website is our OFFICIAL means of communicating with the community, so make sure you sign up today!

Road Runner Wrecker Service Inc.
 
On Tuesday, June 18th, the community will be transitioning to Road Runner as our official towing company.
 
There will be no change in the way we handle towing. Road Runner will make periodic patrols through the community to identify cars that are parked in an illegal or unsafe manner. The frequency of the patrols may vary depending on the day, time and how busy they are. Also, if you see a car parked in violation of our community parking rules, please notify the Board hoa@goosecreekashburn.com, and someone will follow up and take appropriate action, which may or may not include having the vehicle towed. Note that Road Runner will not accept towing requests directly from residents, due to safety and liability issues.
 
Please be aware that while the Board tries to be as responsive as possible, e-mails are not necessarily read or acted on immediately. If you see a car that represents an urgent safety hazard, or if a car is blocking your driveway, you should notify the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
 
Road Runner will be posting signs in the next couple of days with their information in the event your car gets towed.
Their number is 703-450-7555.
 

No Soliciting
 
Reminder that there is no soliciting allowed in our community. If you are approached by anyone going door to door selling security systems, pest control services, maid services, home improvement services, etc., never allow them in your home, and please inform them that soliciting is not allowed.   Also, if you see any signs in the community advertising commercial goods or services (with the exception of real estate signs which are allowed), please report them to the HOA and we will take them down. 
 
Note that this restriction applies to local noncommercial enterprises as well.  If you or your child have baked goods to sell or babysitting or tutoring services to offer, you can post something on our Facebook page, but you can't go door to door, and you can't put up signs, or post or hand out flyers. 
 
Certain exceptions apply.  We do allow girl scout and boy scout activities (i.e. cookies, food drives, etc.) and we  do allow local school groups to come in for fund raisers (i.e. Stone Bridge Band, Stone Bridge Football, etc.).
 
If you have any questions for concerns, feel free to reach out to the HOA

Reminders
  • Homeowners are reminded that all trash cans must be stored in the garage, and should only be set out the night before trash collection day.  We have had a lot of problems with heavy winds blowing over the cans and making a mess in the community, so if it's windy please wait to set your can out the morning of trash pickup (or even skip the pickup).  It's a good idea to either apply your house number with stickers that can be purchased at a home improvement store or write your house number on your trash cans in case they get misplaced/blown away!  With regard to recycling, the trash company has said that it is okay to bag your recycling, but it must be in clear bags or the paper yard waste bags.  It is helpful if you cut up any cardboard boxes into smaller pieces so that they will fit in the recycling cans and not blow away. Thanks for keeping our neighborhood looking great!
  • The HOA would like to remind all residents that you are required by law to pick up all pet waste in the community.  Pet waste is not only smelly and unslightly, it is a health risk to other pets, children and our local water supply.  For more information on the effects of pet waste, click here for a brochure from Loudoun County on the issue.  We ask that ALL residents use pet waste bags and the trash cans supplied around the community to dispose of their pet's waste.  Also, remember that all dogs must be registered with Loudoun County. Click here for a direct link to the Loudoun County webpage to obtain a license.
  • It is a good idea to do periodic maintenance on your garage door(s)!  A quick spritz of white lithium spray (found at major home improvement stores) on each axle sleeve will keep the roller axles lubricated and working properly.  You should not use regular WD-40 spray on the axle sleeves because it can loosen the ball bearings and cause damage.
  • Have you changed the batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors lately?  If you are in an upper condo unit and can't reach the smoke detector in the stairway, the Ashburn Fire Department (Station 6) can help you out.  Call 703-729-0006 and they will come out free of charge and change it for you.  A great tip is to use a lithium 9-volt battery that will be good for 10 years!

Reminder to residents about Trash Cans etc.
Reminder to all residents that trash cans, recycling cans, recycling bins and other items such as grills, furniture, toys, wood, tools, etc. cannot be stored in your driveway. If our inspector sees it, or if another resident reports it, you will receive a violation notice.
 
For the first offense you will be given the opportunity to simply correct the violation. For 2nd and subsequent offenses for the same violation, you will be assessed a fee. Depending on the violation, it could be a onetime fee of $50, or for an ongoing violation, a fee of $10 per day.
 
Please help us keep the neighborhood beautiful.
 

Neighborhood News
  • Goose Creek Village falls in the Ashburn Station district of the Loudoun County Sheriff Office. Click here for more information.  Click here for the Ashburn Station Quarterly Reports.

Condo News
  • A friendly reminder to all condo owners and renters that charcoal grills and electric or gas-fueled fryers are strictly prohibited. Propane grills are prohibited within 15 feet of any structure.  Click here for a link to the resolution which was passed by the Condo Board in 2017.  Violations are subject to fine.
  • If you live in a lower condo unit, please make sure to turn on the water supply for the outside hose bibs by May 1, 2018.  See the Q2 2018 Newsletter for directions on how to do this.
  • All condo unit owners are required to have their dryer vents inspected and cleaned by a licensed vendor every two years.  The initial date for completion was November 30, 2017.  It is not only an important safety precaution for our community, but it will help us save money on our master insurance policy.  Click here for a link to the resolution which was recently mailed to all condo owners. The inspection report should be provided to the Association via Bethany Morales at FSR Residential. For complete information on where to send the inspection report and a list of vendors that offer group rates, click here.