The Prince William County Board of County Supervisors will meet on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 7:30 PM at the McCoart Building for a work session on the Pathway to 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update and the last item on the agenda is the Mobility Section where they will discuss the Purcell Road Extension. It is open to the public for comments during the comments section. This is a unique opportunity for Hunters Ridge residents to speak up and oppose the Purcell Road Extension. A mass opposition is critical if we are going to stop the Purcell Road Extension. Residents are encouraged to either attend the meeting in person or use the “SpeakUp” Prince William website to submit their opposition to the Purcell Road Extension. Two pertinent links are as follows:
The HOA recently provided a summary in the Spring 2022 Hunters Ridge Newsletter of the County’s recent inclusion of a Purcell Road Extension in their Comprehensive Plan. If approved, it is designed to bifurcate/split in half Hunters Ridge at Peaks Mill Drive, turning Peaks Mill Drive into a four-lane highway. As a four-lane highway Peaks Mill Drive would carry a significantly higher amount of traffic through the middle of our community including commercial tractor-trailer trucks, etc. Now is the time for residents to voice opposition to this poorly conceived plan that would significantly increase vehicle noise, safety risks, and change Hunters Ridge as we know it. To assist you in this effort we have attached a letter that summarizes the Hunters Ridge Board’s views. This letter can be sent as is or used as a source document for your own letter or email. To assist you, we have also provided a contact list for the County’s decision makers on for matter. Now is the time to express your views to those on this list, which includes, in this order, the PWC Board of County Supervisors, PWC Transportation Director, and PWC Planning Commission members.
Their email addresses are:
March 1, 2022
Recently you received a survey from the Hunters Ridge Board of Directors seeking your views concerning the need for a fee-based yard waste disposal service for the entire community. As you may be aware, on September 7, 2021, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors adopted a new ordinance which requires that yard waste is handled separately from regular trash and delivered to an entirely different landfill. As of today, our community does not have such a service.
Surveyresults indicate a greater number of homeowners prefer having a yard waste service even at a higher costthen those that are opposed. Clearly there are many well thought out and divergent opinions on this subject and all have been considered by the Board. The Board has taken an objective approach with a commitment to fairness to all homeowners. The real benefit to the community is realized if the service is broadly utilized by homeowners. With this in mind and sensitive to keeping costs low, the Board has decided to enter into a pilot one-year yard waste removal contract with Disposal Services, LLC, our current trash contractor, commencing April 1, 2022. The first pick-up will be Wednesday, April 6, 2022, and every Wednesday thereafter. During this one-year pilot there will be no additional cost to homeowners andthe Board will monitor yard waste usage. At the end of the yard waste pilot, if it is determined that very few homeowners are using the yard waste service, the contract will not be renewed. If it is determined that a significant number of homeowners use the service, it will be renewed.
Homeowners will be solely responsible for following all Prince William County yard waste packaging requirements in preparation for pickup outlined on the attached document. The HOA will not get involved in cases in which homeowners do not follow the County’s special packaging requirements.
There is established precedent for this approach that we are taking. The precedent occurred in the early years after Hunters Ridge was established. The Board had the trash contractor provide several trash dumpsters positioned at various locations within the community to allow homeowners to neatly engage in spring cleaning of their lots and homes. The Board provided this service as long as it was used and needed by a significant number of homeowners. When the usage and need diminished the dumpster service was discontinued.
Your Board of Directors is committed to ensuring that the community’s trash removal needs are provided to residents. We are equally committed to approaching this community’s needs objectively and in a manner that is fair to all homeowners.
The trash and recycling services historically provided to Hunters Ridge residents through Charlie & Son have been absorbed into the operations of Disposal Services, LLC (DSLLC). All trash and recycling services remain unchanged including pickup days, fees included in the annual assessment, recycling restrictions and contact phone number (703-670-9652). Please continue to use the Charlie & Son trash toter and recycle bin.
On August 16, 2021 Prince William County announced establishment of a new Yard Waste Collection Program. The key change is the mandatory separation and collection of yard waste from routine trash and recycling pickup. Beginning October 1, 2021, residents, businesses, and landscapers in Prince William County will be required to separate yard waste from the regular trash for disposal. Yard waste must be taken by residents to the Balls Ford Road Compost Facility whereas trash and recycling will continue to be collected and taken by DSLLC to the Prince William County Landfill.
The HOA has NOT contracted for yard waste removal. DSLLC WILL NOT be collecting yard waste under this new Code. Yard waste material brought to the Balls Ford facility must be placed in yard waste paper bags, or emptied loose in a yard waste designated area. Residents must purchase their own County approved bags. Yard waste includes wood chips, grass clippings, leaves, plants, flowers, tree trimmings and Christmas trees.
What this means for you as a Hunters Ridge resident effective October 1, 2021 is:
- Yard waste must be separated from your normal trash and recycling material. Do not place yard waste at the street level for pickup. DSLLC will not pickup yard waste. Any effort to commingle yard waste with trash and recycling will result in all trash being rejected. The new Code prohibits DSLLC from allowing commingling.
- It is the resident’s responsibility to get yard waste to the County’s Balls Ford facility.
- Residents who have practiced yard waste recycling heretofore must now purchase approved bags and or containers in order to use the Balls Ford facility. For more details and a Q&A please refer to https:// www.pwcva.gov/department/solid-waste-management/yard-waste
All Hunters Ridge homeowners, residents and renters are legally subject to the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions. The HOA will occasionally highlight provisions of these documents that are topical, potentially misunderstood or require clarification and/or reinforcement. As an example, do you know the contents of Article VIII (Restrictions), Section 9 of the Covenants?
Article VIII, Section 9 states the following:
“No animals, livestock or poultry of any kind shall be raised, bred or kept on any Lot, except that dogs, cats or other household pets may be kept provided they are not raised, bred, or kept for any commercial purposes. Owners with pets shall be permitted to walk their leashed pets within Common Areas but shall be responsible for removing waste created by their pets in such Common Areas.”