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Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
June 2002


Supervisor Dana Kauffman
To Speak at RHCA Meeting
On June 25

President's Message

Supervisor Dana Kauffman to speak at RHCA meeting on June 25

Continuing our schedule of inviting local public officials to speak at RHCA meetings, Lee District Supervisor Dana Kauffman will be our guest on Tuesday, June 25 at the John Marshall Library. Chris Braunlich, Lee District School Board member, was with us in April and Tom Bolvin, our representative in the Virginia House of Delegates, visited in May.

KauffmanBW.jpg (27109 bytes)Kauffman is in his second term as Lee District Supervisor, having been first elected in 1995. Supervisors serve four-year terms in Fairfax County. Previously, he was chief aide to former Supervisor Joseph Alexander and worked in the private sector with A.J. Dwoskin, owner of the Rose Hill apartments. A graduate of George Mason University, Kauffman lives in nearby Vantage with his wife, Kathy, and son, Ethan.

In addition to representing Lee District, Kauffman represents the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) and is a former chair of the Virginia Railway Express board. He also serves on the Washington Metropolitan Area Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board.

This is your chance to hear first hand from your supervisor about recent and upcoming issues that affect Lee District and Rose Hill. As usual, there will be an opportunity for RHCA members to ask questions. Please plan to be on hand for this important session!

Come hear Supervisor Kauffman speak on issues close to home.

July 4 Fireworks at Park Brings Crowded Streets

If you live on Rose Hill Drive or any of its connector streets, or any street overlooking Lee District Park, your are reminded of the crowds and traffic that will descend on Rose Hill the evening of July 4. You should plan either a walk to the park, pull up some chairs in the front or back yard or go away for the evening!

The annual July 4 fireworks display at Lee District Park is on of the best and most popular in the area. However, parking is at a premium in the park that evening, so our nearby streets are jammed with those either trying to get to the park or staking out a good vantage point to see the fireworks. Long-time residents know what to do. However, the many newcomers need to be forewarned.

There will be activities all afternoon at the park, including live entertainment at the bandstand in the woods near the tennis courts, carousel and picnic area. At 6 pm, the scene will shift to the ballfield area for a deejay and recorded music as the crowd begins to gather for the fireworks show. There will be vendors on hand with food, drink and other items for sale. No alcohol is allowed in the park, either for sale or brought by visitors for consumption.

The annual fireworks display at Lee District Park continues a tradition that began in 1975 to honor our country's independence in 1776. Since this is our first July 4 celebration since the terrorist attacks of last September 11, it takes on even more significance that usual.

As you watch the rockets red glare and the bombs burst in mid-air over Rose Hill on July 4, 2002, pause to honor those who lost their lives and those who performed heroically in the aftermath of the horrible tragedy that day. And, give thanks and good fortune to those who are protecting us around the world.

Your Association, in cooperation with Roy Rogers Restaurants, is proving a snack for the park staffers who will work long hours that holiday to help make things go smoothly. Thanks to the Todd family, owners of four area Roy Rogers, for helping RHCA provide the snacks for the staff at the park. The closest Roy Rogers is in the Manchester Lakes Shopping Center. Stop by, enjoy some good food and thank the Todds for their support!

Development update

A preliminary plan for 10 home sites on a portion of the Highland Park Pool site has been filed with Fairfax County by an engineering firm on behalf of Morris Construction Company. Steve Morris says his company expects to follow with a final site plan and soils information within a few weeks. Approval of the preliminary plan will be contingent on information presented with the final site plan and the soils report information. Morris has promised to provide RHCA with a copy of the final site plan. We will ask the County engineers to brief those interested on the issues involved in the approval process. RHCA is concerned about any development on marine clay, particularly steep with slopes, storm water management and the effect of development on adjacent homes. If you live in the vicinity of Highland Park and have e-mail, please be sure you are on our membership "broadcast" list. Presentation of the site plan may involve a special meeting since RHCA does not meet during July and August.

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Zoning, Covenant Questions

As you may have read or heard on radio and/or TV, the County recently approved a zoning ordinance amendment that limits driveways and the parking of cars to 25 percent of the front yard in residentially-zoned neighborhoods such as Rose Hill. A grandfather clause exempted those who already were using the front yard for parking. The full text of the ordinance will be printed in a subsequent Rambler.

There are numerous ordinances, County code and covenant requirements about which questions are raised frequently in Rose Hill. Here are just a few:

2-502. Limitations on the occupancy of a dwelling unit. A dwelling unit, except an accessory dwelling unit, may be occupied by not more than one (1) of the following: 1. One (1) family, which may consist of one person and two or more persons related by blood or marriage with any number of natural children, foster children, step children or adopted children and not to exceed two roomers or boarders. 2. Two single parents or guardians with not more than a total of six of their dependent children, including natural children, foster children, step children or adopted children, functioning as a single housekeeping unit. 3. A group of not more than four persons not necessarily related by blood or marriage functioning as a single housekeeping unit. 4. A group residential facility. 5. Any group housekeeping unit which may consist of not more than 10 persons as may be approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals. 6. One person or two persons one of whom shall be elderly and/or disabled as defined in Section 8-918, and one or both of whom own the dwelling unit, plus one family which may consist of one or two or more persons related by blood or marriage, and with any number of natural children, foster children, step children or adopted children.

10-102. Permitted Accessory Uses. 9. Garage and yard sales, in R districts, shall be permitted not more than twice in any one calendar year and shall be limited to items not specifically purchased for resale. 16. Parking of one commercial vehicle per dwelling unit in an R district subject to the following limitations: A. No solid waste collection vehicle, tractor and/or trailer of a tractor-trailer truck, dump truck, construction equipment, cement-mixer truck, wrecker with a gross weight of 12,000 pounds or more, or similar such vehicles or equipment shall be parked in any R district. B. Any commercial vehicle parked in an R district shall be owned and/or operated only by the occupant of the dwelling unit at which it is parked.

Chapter 110 of the County Code prohibits inoperative vehicles; trailer or semitrailer on any property zoned for residential, commercial or agricultural use unless such vehicle is kept within a fully enclosed building or structure or is kept completely screened or shielded from view. This chapter defines an inoperative motor vehicle as any motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer which is (a) not capable of starting or moving under its own power; (b) does not display valid license plates, (c) does not display an inspection decal that is valid or displays an inspection decal that has been expired for more than 60 days. The ordinance permits the Impoundment Officer of the Fairfax County Police Department to order the towing of inoperative vehicles from private property if the owners do not remove them within 10 days after receiving a violation notice. Property owners are subject to prosecution for violation of this ordinance.

The community covenant that raises the most questions involves front yard fences, which are illegal. While ordinances and the County Code can result in government action, the community covenants require a legal challenge to the court in order to be enforced. In other words, your neighbor(s) could sue you for violation of the covenants. The covenants are included as part of RHCA's web page on the Internet. Go to myrosehill.com and click on Rose Hill Covenants.

Finally, if you live on Rose Hill Drive, please be advised that the strip of land between the sidewalk and the street belongs to the Virginia Department of Transportation, not the individual lot owners. For aesthetic reasons (without getting into the legality) we request that you refrain from parking in this area. Rose Hill Drive is our "main street" and sets the tone for our entire community. Thanks to all of you who cut the grass and maintain the strip in first-class condition.

If you have questions about the ordinances, the Code or the covenants do not hesitate to give me a call and I will look up the answer.

Beauties, Members

Add the mother-daughter team of Anna Pulman and Judy Bowles at 6510 Haystack Road to the list of properties judged to be rose Hill Beauties. They were nominated by several neighbors and judges and judges but unfortunately were omitted from the list in the May Rambler. And, we have learned that Brenda Munch lives at 4517 Roundhill Road. The address was listed as a Rose Hill Beauty, but we did not know Brenda lived there. Congratulations to Anna, Judy and Brenda! We have heard from several more members since the May Rambler. They are Michael & Shirley Doyle of 6410 Willowood Lane, Gerd & Elisabeth Maedler of 4506 Apple Tree Drive and James and Linda Oakes of 6707 Greendale Road. Welcome aboard and thanks for your support!

Summer Break

This is to remind everyone that the RHCA and The Rambler will be on vacation in July and August. Our next meeting will be September 24, 2002. If you have ideas for speakers in September, October or November, please call or e-mail any of the officers. If anything of importance comes up over the summer, we will contact those of you on our e-mail list. If you have e-mail and want to hear from RHCA, please let us know.

The next Rambler deadline is September 15, 2002.
The next delivery weekend is September 21-22.

--Carl Sell

 

Have you checked our website lately?

Take a look at the photo gallery and see the beginnings of Rose Hill,
"a suburban community with country charm"!

  • See a Rose Hill home being built!

  • See when Rose Hill School was an empty pasture!

  • Gawk at the 1954 price of your home and the "options"!

Thank you to Twila Noble, Sandra Benarick, Evelyn and Jack Shankle, and Tom Violette and of course to our webmaster Jim Sapp for a wonderful glimpse into the past.

Lee District Nights at Lee District Park

Free summertime Wednesday night family concerts outdoors in the Amphitheater at Lee District Park. Featuring a wide variety of musical acts; from jazz to big band; from classic to blue grass; from swing to Cajun and German Bands.

All shows start at 7:30 pm

PROGRAM

June 5 Fairfax City Concert Band (Classic/Big Band)
June 12 Squeez Bayou (Cajun)
June 19 US Navy Band"Country Current" (Country)
June 26 Edwin Ortiz Orquestl La Romans (Salsa)
July 3 Iona (Celtic)
July 10 Pan Masters Steel Orchestra (Steel Band)
July 17 National Concert Band (Big Band)
July 24 Fairfax Symphony Summer Band (Classic)
July 31 Jaleo (Rock/Salsa)
Aug. 7 John McCutcheon (Folk)
Aug. 14 German Band "City of Fairfax" (German Music)
Aug. 21 Rhonda Winsent and The Rags (Bluegrass)
Aug. 28 The Fabulous Hubcaps (Rock & Roll)

Advertising in the Rambler

We have recently received several inquiries concerning advertising in the Rambler. While a listing in the Business Directory is free to Rose Hill residents who own their business, placing an actual advertisement is open to all with rates as follows per month:

Business Card size 3 1/2" x 2" $10
Quarter page size 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" $25
Half page size 7 1/2" x 4 3/4" $50
Full page size 7 1/2" x 9 3/4" $100

Ads may be bought for either one month only, month-to-month, or as many months in advance as desired. Our newsletter is published nine times a year, excluding July, August and December.

Advertising in the Rambler is an excellent way to reach the 700+ homes in our community. In addition, the ads each month are placed on our website. www.myrosehill.com for the world to see.

Anyone interested in placing an ad may call the editor (me) at 703-922-8290. I will need the artwork sent to me either electronically in a .tiff or .jpg format or as a hard copy through the mail. Checks made out to RHCA may be included with ads mailed to me, or sent to our PO Box 10891 for quick access to the treasurer.

Elizabeth Lambertson

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