Archives for July 2011

Brandermill Visual Image Survey

Posted July 15, 2011 at 1:07 PM

The Brandermill Visual Image Survey is on the horizon!

If you have not already done so, please send the number of contacts on your contact list to NRC Chair Andrea Epps at or call 744-9032. We don’t need the contact information, just the number of households on your list. Feel free to call Andrea at 744-9032 with any questions.

The Community Character Committee Needs Your Participation!

Posted July 15, 2011 at 1:04 PM
Covenant Concerns

As we did last year, the CCC is now scheduling neighborhood meetings to discuss covenant issues and concerns. If you or your neighbors have questions, issues, concerns and/or comments about BCA covenants, the CCC would like to help you get answers. To participate in a Covenant Concerns meeting, please contact your NRC Rep or a member of the CCC (Jerry Barnes, 744-6066 or Dianne Cardea, 744-3002) to organize a neighborhood meeting. As Brandermill residents, we need to work together towards the revitalization of our community.

Street Sign Posts

In an effort to keep our newly painted and installed street sign posts from being used as personal message boards, we ask NRC Reps to monitor the posts in their neighborhoods and report any such action to the BCA staff (744-1035). Residents have the right to remove the signage, if they so choose. In an effort to revitalize Brandermill, the BCA has spent our assessment monies to update the look of our neighborhoods; let’s work together to sustain that look.

Arborist Volunteers Wanted

The CCC is seeking the help of certified arborists for their project of reviewing the health of trees along Brandermill parkways and in BCA open spaces. Our community is now 33 years old, and our darling saplings have now grown up. We need professional help to evaluate which trees may cause a public safety issue along the parkways and in BCA open spaces as well as to identify dying trees. If you are an arborist residing in Brandermill and would like to volunteer to help with this project (could span 5-10 years), please contact Dianne Cardea, 744-3002.

Highlights of the July 11, 2011 BCA Board Meeting*

Posted July 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM
*Important Note: The below highlights are reported based on unofficial notes taken by NRC representatives who attended the above BCA meeting. Although we believe the above reporting is reliable and strive for accuracy, we cannot assure 100% accuracy. It is recommended to all readers that they read the approved BCA Board Meeting minutes when published.

The regular meeting of the BCA Board was held following the special meeting. Three residents spoke during member voice:
  • Mr. John Borden (Bayport Landing) thanked the board for what he described as a “civics lesson” he and his wife received over the past three years. He announced his intention to write a book detailing his experiences.
  • Helen O’Neill (McTyres Cove) requested the board look into a solution for the parking problem along Brandermill Parkway during the July 4 festivities. She also requested more information be included in the Community Standards reports in the future, and that the BCA should look into ways they could offer leaf pickup in the fall. President McLenagan referenced the past community cleanup day, and Director Guthrie mentioned the possibility of contracting with a service to provide leaf pickup.
  • Mr. Schein (Spring Gate) addressed the board about the value of Brandermill homes compared to surrounding communities. He noted there are services provided by the BCA that should be provided by the county, and if that were done, it would free up funding for the BCA to address other services such as open space cleanup, that the county cannot provide.

President McLenagan attended the meeting for the Harbour Pointe medical facility and stated the meeting was very productive, and the project is moving forward with changes that have been requested by the residents. He also attended the June NRC meeting and stated he was excited about the meeting, as well as the upcoming Visual Image Survey that will be conducted by the NRC. He restated the importance of communications and the NRC in the Master Plan process, and to be successful, everyone needs to be involved.

The Pool Analysis completed by Higgins & Gerstenmaier as a result of the Request for Proposal was presented to the board. Several board members stated they could not see where the information requested in the RFP had been provided. Ms. Pritz will follow up with Higgins & Gerstenmaier to provide the board with a report that is responsive to the RFP by the next board meeting.

The amendment to the Residential Design Standard that addresses metal roof materials was approved by the board.

The amendment to the Commercial Design Standard that addresses signage in Waterford was deferred pending clarification of outstanding questions.

The Roundabout Entrance Signage and associated landscaping was discussed. The installation costs will be borne by VDOT, and maintenance costs will be borne by the BCA. The board requested input from the residents, and asked the finance committee to make a recommendation to the board for consideration in August.

Highlights of the July 11, 2011 Special BCA Board Meeting*

Posted July 15, 2011 at 12:57 PM
*Important Note: The below highlights are reported based on unofficial notes taken by NRC representatives who attended the above BCA meeting. Although we believe the above reporting is reliable and strive for accuracy, we cannot assure 100% accuracy. It is recommended to all readers that they read the approved BCA Board Meeting minutes when published.

A special meeting was held to announce the results of the Capital Improvement Fee Referendum. Two residents addressed the board during member voice portion of the special meeting prior to closing of the polls.

  • Mr. Schein (Spring Gate) requested the board not do anything that would discourage people from buying homes in Brandermill, or that would add to the cost the seller would need to pay.
  • Ms. Michelle Gittens (Shallowford Trace) noted that many residents were unaware that this was the second time the community was voting on the proposal. She stated that she thought it would be better if everyone paid an additional $1.00 per quarter to generate revenue for capital projects. She also advised the board that several new residents believed the reason they were given a welcome tote was because they had to pay the original fee, and that perception was bad for the community.

The results of the referendum were stated as follows:
  • 3,836 “Yes” votes that equal 65.78 percent
  • 1,995 “No” votes that equal 34.21 percent

Because 75% approval was needed, the referendum failed.

Information Packet for July 11, 2011 BCA Board Meetings

Posted July 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM
Please note that this packet contains information for two BCA Board meetings on July 11, 2011: a Special Meeting of the BCA Board of Directors which begins at 7:00 p.m. and a Regular Meeting of the BCA Board of Directors which will immediately follow the Special Meeting. You may download the information packet from from here

We encourage residents to attend BCA Board meetings to learn of Brandermill "happenings". For a quick snapshot of what the BCA Board will be discussing, read the attached agenda.

Rock 'n Rollin' Fourth of July

Posted July 1, 2011 at 10:59 AM
Please join your friends and neighbors on Monday for a Rock 'n Rollin' Fourth of July!

The NRC will have a table at the picnic, so please stop by and say Hi!

8 a.m. - The Brandermill 7.4k run starts from the CHHS parking lot.

9 a.m. - Parade lineup at SCMS.

10 a.m. - Parade winds along Brandermill Parkway and Millridge Parkway to festivities in Sunday Park. Adjoining streets will close shortly before the parade starts.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Live music, face painting, free hotdogs, sodas and watermelon in Sunday Park.

9:15 p.m. - Fireworks over the reservoir.

The Brandermill Country Club wanted us to remind residents and guests that the golf course is private property and should not be used as a cut-through or for seating to watch the fireworks.