April 2020 A&EC Committee Newsletter

Architectural and Ecological Control Committee

April 2020 Newsletter

Greetings from the AEC Committee! The purpose of our committee is to review requests from homeowners for renovations and additions to their homes. In addition, the committee reviews plans for new construction of homes. We also review requests for tree removals whether it is combined with renovations, new constructions or just to remove a tree. The committee meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month.

In conducting our reviews, the committee follows the design and ecology reference guide (revised May 19, 2018). This guide is available on the MPOA website (www.massanuttenvillage.com).

With our current stay at home situation are you considering doing some exterior landscaping as a way to get some exercise and enjoy being outside? Your first step is to review the Chapter on Landscaping and Ecology.  As you can see many outdoor projects do not need approval.

Planning on adding on to your house, expanding a deck or porch?  You will have to submit a plat with the addition, etc. shown on the plat.  When you review the plat prior to deciding on the scope of your project please note the setback lines. A setback is a distance from the property line within which the building is prohibited.  If your project will encroach in the setback you will have to request a variance.  Generally, we only consider a variance if the property line is adjacent to greenspace.

One very important item is your 911 address. If this is not posted on your property as required your request will not be considered. Plus, when time is of the essence in response to a 911 call, the visibility of the address is needed to guide first responders to your home. At last count there were 40 +/- homes without their address posted.

If you have a question about the guide or your project you should call MPOA Administrator Carter Miller or committee liaison Sheri Snyder at 540-289-9466.


Best wishes from the AEC Committee, your neighbors

Suzanne, Cheryl, Jim and Liz