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The following standards pertain to all alterations, reconstruction and newconstruction external to the existing house including, but not limited to roomadditions and attached and detached garages.
This section does not include standards for screened and unscreened porches, decks,porticos, greenhouses, pool cabanas and storage sheds. For standards pertaining tothese types of alternations, reconstruction and new construction please refer to theappropriate section.
In addition to the basic application requirements, the application for alterations,reconstruction and new construction must include:
The following standards pertain to attic fans, ventilators and turbines:
Application is not required for attic fans, ventilators and turbines as long as applicantcomplies with all of the standards above.
The following standards pertain to awnings:
Application is not required for awnings as long as applicant complies with all of thestandards above.
The following standards pertain to the alteration, reconstruction, and newconstruction of chimneys and the installation of chimney caps and metal flues:
Application is not required for chimney caps and metal flues as long as the applicant complies with all of the standards above.
Application is required for the alteration, reconstruction, and new construction ofchimneys. In addition to the basic application requirements, applications for thealteration, reconstruction, and new construction of chimneys must include:
The following standards pertain to the alteration, reconstruction or new constructionof cupolas and the addition/replacement of weathervanes:
In addition to the basic application requirements, applications for the alteration,reconstruction, and new construction of cupolas and the addition/replacement ofweathervanes must include:
The following standards pertain to the alterations, reconstruction and newconstruction of decks:
In addition to the basic application requirements, the application for the addition,alteration, or reconstruction of decks must include:
The following standards pertain to the installation or replacement of all exterior entrydoors. This section does not include standards for garage doors or storm/screendoors. For standards pertaining to garage doors or storm/screen doors, please refer tothe appropriate sections.
In addition to the basic application requirements, the application for entry doors mustinclude:
The following standards pertain to storm/screen doors installed on the front or sideplanes of the house:
Application is not required for Storm/Screen Door as long as applicant complies withall of the standards above.
The following standards pertain to the installation or replacement of porch lights,lampposts, outdoor accent lighting, security lighting, landscape lighting, and othertypes of exterior lighting:
In addition to the basic application requirements, applications for the installation orreplacement of porch lights, lampposts, outdoor accent lighting, security lighting, andother types of exterior lighting, must include:
The following standards pertain to the exterior color scheme of the residence andinclude color changes to the house, deck, gazebo and screened porches:
In addition to the basic application requirements, applications for exterior color changes must include:
The following standards pertain to the replacement of all garage doors.
Application is not required for replacement Garage Doors that are the exact style andcolor as the replaced garage doors. All other garage door replacements will requirean application. In addition to the basic application requirements, applications forgarage doors must include:
The following standards pertain to the alteration, reconstruction, and newconstruction of gazebos:
In addition to the basic application requirements, applications for the alteration, reconstruction and new construction of gazebos must include:
The following standards pertain to the alteration, reconstruction, and newconstruction of greenhouses, and to the installation of pre-fabricated greenhouses:
Application ProceduresIn addition to the basic application requirements, the application for greenhousesmust include:
The following standards pertain to the installation or replacement of gutters anddownspouts:
Application is not required for Gutters and Downspouts as long as applicant complieswith all of the standards above.
The following standards pertain to the addition, alteration, reconstruction, and newconstruction of porches and porticos only. For standards pertaining to screenedporches and decks, please refer to the appropriate section.
In addition to the basic application requirements, applications for the addition,alteration, reconstruction or new construction of porches and porticos must include:
The following standards pertain to the alteration or new construction of an unattachedcabana/pool house. The cabana/pool house must be fabricated on site from wood orcomposite materials or alternatively a pre-fabricated structure can be used. Thecabana/pool house must comply with the following architectural standards:
The following standards pertain to replacement of existing roofs or installation ofroofs on alterations, reconstruction and new construction. Permitted roofing materialsand styles include:
In addition to the basic application requirements, applications for the replacement ofexisting roofs or the installation of roofs on alterations, reconstruction and newconstruction must include:
The following standards pertain to the alteration, reconstruction or construction ofscreened porches:
In addition to the basic application requirements, the application for screened porchesmust include:
The following standards pertain to the installation, replacement, and removal ofshutters:
In addition to the basic application requirements, the application for installation ofnew shutters or replacement of existing shutters must include:
The following standards pertain to replacement of existing siding or the installationof siding on alterations, reconstruction and new construction. Permitted externalsiding materials and styles include:
In addition to the basic application requirements, applications for the replacement ofexisting siding or the installation of siding on additions/new construction mustinclude:
The following standards pertain to the installation or replacement of skylights:
In addition to the basic application requirements, applications for the installation ofskylights must include:
The following standards pertain to replacement of existing storm/screen windows andthe installation of new storm/screen windows:
Application is not required for storm/screen windows as long as applicant complieswith all of the standards above.
The following standards pertain to replacement of existing windows and installationof new windows:
Application is not required for windows as long as applicant complies with all of theabove standards. Windows with stained glass features, tinting or etching must applyfor approval following the basic application requirements. Applications for stained,tinted or etched windows must also include:
Virginia Run and The Ridings of Virginia Run are carefully planned communities,which include the community facilities and 1,406 residences, from here forward,known as Virginia Run. The Virginia Run Community Association (VRCA) is anonprofit corporation to which all property owners in Virginia Run are members. ABoard of Trustees (the Board) elected by the members of the Association, isresponsible for the operation of the Virginia Run Community.
This document describes the function and purpose of the VRCA relating toarchitectural policies, as well as the applicable rules, regulations and standards fornew construction and external change and improvements to properties within theVirginia Run Community. Enforcement of these rules is the responsibility ofVirginia Run Management and the Board and not the Architectural Review Board(ARB). The ARB reviews applications and approves, approves with stipulation orrejects each one according to this set of architectural standards.
The Virginia Run Community Association’s mission is to preserve and enhance theproperty values, amenities, and opportunities in the community. It contributes to thehealth, safety, enjoyment and welfare of all residents and is charged with maintainingthe common properties and ensuring that the plan of development for the communityis preserved. Although each lot is owned privately, and the common areas are for theuse of all members of the community, there are certain restrictions and standards forthe use, improvement and alteration to the properties within Virginia Run. Bymonitoring the exterior design of improvements within Virginia Run and byregulating the use of properties within the community, the Association is able tomaintain a high standard of aesthetic quality, community identity and functionalcohesiveness that enhances property values and promotes a harmonious community.
The Architectural Standards set forth in this resolution have been created by theARB, reviewed by the residents, and approved by the Board for the purpose ofinforming all owners within Virginia Run of the applicable regulations for newconstruction, alterations and improvements to properties within the Community.They have also been amended periodically in response to issues that have arisen intheir enforcement and implementation.
Under the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (the Declaration) that governs the use and development of all properties within Virginia Run (which remains in full force and effect, and as propagated by these ARB Standards), the guiding principle is that, “no improvements, alterations, repairs, change of paintcolors, excavations, change in grade, or other work which in any way alters theexterior of any property or common area or the improvements located thereonfrom its natural or improved state may be made or done without the priorwritten approval of the ARB.” Further, the Declaration provides that no building, residence, or the structure, fence, wall or landscaping may be commenced, erected, maintained, improved or altered, on any property without the prior written approval of the ARB. (Reference Declaration, Article VI. Section 1.c.) Some improvements described in this document do not require a formal application. These exceptions are described in the Standards and identified as “Pre-Approved.”
Therefore, it is the policy of the Board that all new construction and/or improvementsmade to any property within Virginia Run will be subject to the prior writtenapproval of the ARB. New construction and/or improvements will be in accordancewith the Founding Documents of the Association, all rules and regulations of theAssociation and the standards contained in this document. Reference DeclarationArticle III. Section 4. Furthermore, under Policy Resolution #6, all non-applicantsare entitled to a 10 - day period in which to appeal a decision of the ARB grantingapproval for an improvement. For this reason, “Proof of Notification” of adjacentneighbors is required for all improvements. Alternately, copies of the ExteriorAlteration Application must be mailed to the adjacent neighbors. In this case, a copyof the form, which was mailed to the neighbor and a certified Mail Return receipt,must be substituted for signed copies of the application.
Under the Declaration, it is the duty of the ARB to approve, approve with stipulationor reject the application for all improvements to preserve and enhance values andmaintain a harmonious relationship between structures and the natural vegetation andtopography.
In the event the ARB fails to approve, modify, or disapprove in writing a correctlyfiled application within forty-five (45) days, approval will be deemed granted. Totalor partial disapproval will include the reasons for such disapproval.
An applicant may appeal an adverse ARB decision to the ARB or the Board withinten (10) days of notice of the disapproval of the application. The ARB or the Boardmay reaffirm, reverse, or modify such decision.
Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of all grounds and structures ontheir property. This includes, but is not limited to, such items as mowing grass, removalof trash, removal of dead trees, removal of dead or weed type vegetation (including butnot limited to clover, chickweed, dandelions, etc.) structural maintenance and overallappearance. Dumping of debris or lawn clippings on common areas/open space andparkland is prohibited. Violations of maintenance standards will be consideredviolations of Virginia Run Declaration reference Article VI, Section 2.
Maintenance includes replacement of like items with like items. For example,replacement of brass exterior lighting with lighting of similar design, style and size inbrass requires no application prior to replacement. Maintenance of common areasand/or storage of personal effects on common areas by individual lot owners areprohibited unless written authorization is obtained from the Board.
Applicants are responsible for compliance with all local, state and federal laws andregulations, such as county setback requirements, right of way restrictions, etc. andfor obtaining all approvals and county permits for all alterations, reconstruction andnew construction upon any privately owned property within Virginia Run. Anyacknowledgement or approval by the Association of a lot owner’s request is notintended to indicate or represent that lot owners or residents have complied withcounty, state, and federal laws.
In rare instances, the ARB or Board may approve variances from the Standards whenthere is justified rationale for doing so.
An application is required for most exterior alterations, as defined by theArchitectural Standards. Applications are not required for routine maintenance of thehomeowner’s property where items are repaired or replaced with comparable or likeitems. Where the Standards indicate “Pre-Approved”, an application for certainimprovements is not required so long as the homeowner complies with the standardspertaining to the specific improvement. When granting a pre-approved status to aspecific Standard, the assumption made by the ARB is that the homeowners willcomply with not only the letter of the Standards, but also the spirit of the Standards.The ARB has chosen this pre-approved status to minimize the level of effort requiredto receive approval for routine repairs and simple changes to homeowner’sresidences, and to also reduce the paperwork required and processed by thehomeowners, ARB, Board, and the Management Company.
The application shall be submitted to the onsite Management Office no later than4:00 PM the Friday before the regularly scheduled Tuesday ARB meeting. The ARBtypically meets the first Tuesday of each month to process homeowner applications.All applications will be reviewed and results of the review provided to thehomeowner as soon as practical, allowing for holidays, volume of applications andother delays.
A completed application packet includes all required documentation as outlined inthe Standards, including but not limited to:
Packets determined by Management or the ARB to be incomplete will be returned tothe homeowner.In the past several areas have caused problems for homeowners relative to submissionof the application. They include:
To ensure your application’s acceptance it is recommend that the homeownercarefully review the Standards, prepare the application accordingly and review againprior to submission. The goal of the ARB to is to approve all applications the firsttime and minimize the modifications required.
Failure to submit an application for exterior modification to the grounds or structuresmay result in an assessment against the homeowner. The Board may impose a $50assessment for each offense that you have completed without ARB approval. Thesecharges may be treated as a delinquent assessment by the Association if not paid in atimely manner. In addition, your use of the common areas and your ability to vote atmeetings of the Association may be suspended, and the Association may seekremoval and compensation from the courts.
Homeowners are reminded to contact Miss Utility and “call before you dig”.
Yes, there is. View the history of Virginia Run and Centreville (PDF).
All roads in the community belong to the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). They maintain them and make the rules. Also, because there are no driveways that open onto Pleasant Valley Road, VDOT established the speed limit at 40 miles per hour.
Yes. The Architectural Review Board (ARB) provides standards for homeowners to follow when making improvements/changes to their property. Some projects require approval before they are started and some are preapproved providing that they comply with the ARB standards. Review ARB standards to determine what requires application and approval. Email management at the community center if you need to have anything approved or what the limits are before starting to do any outside construction projects or improvements to your home.
When in doubt, apply to the ARB. You could be assessed fees for starting a project without obtaining prior ARB approval.
The Architectural Review Board (ARB) meets monthly, generally the first Tuesday of each month. Applications are due the Friday before.
Monday is trash and yard debris pick up day and Thursday is trash and recycling pick up. Special pickups can be arranged by contacting Patriot Disposal at 703-257-7100. There is no yard waste service between December 15th and March 15th.
The recreation center was named after James McDonnell, a long-term Virginia Run resident, former president of the Board of Trustees, and active volunteer in Centreville who passed away.
You can pay dues by check or credit card. You can pay auto/direct debit through your bank or you can set up a direct debit through Sequoia Management Company (SMC) at no extra charge. Credit card payments can be made at the Sequoia Management Company website.
There is a charge of $8.50 for each credit card transaction. Please email management or call 703-815-1136 for further details on making payments.
Everyone 2 years and older are required to have a pool pass.
Yes, the Community Center can be reserved on a first come first serve basis. The cost is $150 for the first 3 hours and $50 per hour on weekday evenings (Monday through Thursday) and $250 for the first 3 hours and $25 for each additional hour on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
You can purchase guest passes - 11 visits for $20 from the Management office during regular business houses. Payment is by check payable to Virginia Run or cash. We do not accept credit cards.
A tennis prox card can be purchased at the management office for $10.
The community center has:
The room is approximately 600 square feet.
Pool hours are 11 am to 8 pm daily. The pool opens the weekend before Memorial Day for the weekend only and opens for the season Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Everyone must vacate the premises prior to 11 pm Alcohol may be served. Decorations are allowed but must not damage any part of the community center. The building must be cleaned and left in the same or better condition than it was found. Please email management for further details on renting the community center.
You cannot get into the pool facility without a validated (e.g, current year sticker) pool pass. If you need a pool pass during the pool season, they are processed at the office from 3 pm to 4:30 pm on Thursdays at the management office. If you need to make other arrangements, please email management.
We have county-issued use permits for those areas, which limit the hours, capacity, use, lighting and noise levels at those locations.
The current zoning for that area prohibits lights.