All homeowners in Forest Lakes are automatically members of the Forest Lakes Community Association (FLCA). More information is on the “Community” page
Association assessments are levied on each household within Forest Lakes. These assessments pay the Association’s expenses including all amenities, insurance, management company, trash and recycle collection, facility and common area maintenance, and other expenses necessary to maintain the community.
Current annual assessments are $1,198.00, paid in quarterly installments of $299.50 due the first of January, April, July, and October.
Payments are made out to FLCA and mailed to : Community Group, Inc., PO Box 27878, Newark, NJ 07101-7898. Please put your account number on your check and include your quarterly coupon.
Homeowners should receive an annual coupon book before the first quarter with 4 coupons – one for each quarterly assessment. Please be reminded that quarterly payments received after the 15th of the month in which they are due, will be charged a Notice Fee. Further collection notices will also incur fees. See the collection policy approved by the Board of Directions. Trash fees for County Waste are included in the quarterly assessments.
The homeowner’s association is managed by a 7-member Board that is elected to a one or two-year term by homeowners. Typically, each Director is assigned a specific position (e.g., President, Vice-President, Treasurer, etc.) and/or take lead responsibility to oversee and address various operational issues (e.g., maintenance, finance, security, architectural review). More information is on the Board page.
Property Changes and Architectural Review
The short answer is no. All external changes to your property, including but not limited to significant landscaping, tree removal, fences, sheds, color changes of siding, doors, shutters, and home additions must be approved in advance by the FLCA Architectural Review Board (ARB). Information on the ARB and the approval process is included on the Architectural Review Board page.
Per FLCA Rules and Regulations barking dogs must be brought inside. If this isn’t happening, usually the best approach is to discuss the problem with your neighbor. If that doesn’t work, call the FLCA office at 434.973.4596 or write a letter to FLCA (1828 Pavilion Circle, Charlottesville, VA 22911). The Site Manager and/or Board will work with you to decide what action is necessary.
Per FLCA Rules and Regulations residents must pick up after their pets within Forest Lakes. This includes on all common areas, along the paths, in yards – basically everywhere. Please be considerate to your neighbors and their children and pick up after your pet.
Common Area Maintenance
Contact the FLCA office at 434.973.4596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you live in a townhome or duplex neighborhood and have a maintenance concern related to that neighborhood, see the contact for your townhome or duplex association on the Contacts page.
A number of Forest Lakes residents bag their lawn clippings and place them in the trash or put them on a compost pile. While composting can seem like the environmentally friendly thing to do, it can also create an unsightly and smelly problem as the grass rots, particularly for your neighbors downwind. In addition, compost piles in the common areas are prohibited. Putting the clippings in the trash adds waste to landfills.
One solution to this is to use a mulching mower to mulch the clippings back into your lawn. Grassclippings contain about 85% water, along with nitrogen and other nutrients. As such, they provide needed moisture and about 25% of your lawn’s total fertilizer needs! Lawn care companies actually recommend that you mulch the clippings back into your lawn. In addition, it takes a lot less time to mow your lawn!
But, doesn’t mulching contribute to thatch? No, that’s a common myth. Because of the high moisture content, clippings decompose rapidly when filtered into your lawn.
County Waste is the approved trash removal company in Forest Lakes. They provide trash and recycling pickup in two separate containers. Trash pick-up is every Tuesday. You may leave your toters out on Monday evening, leaving enough space between the two for the automatic arms of the trash truck to pick up each toter.
Here are some additional trash and recyle tips:
- Recycling – what goes in and what doesn’t
- Place containers with the opening facing the street.
- Cut and bundle not more than 3ft in length vegetation trimmings.
- Don’t put out more than 10 bags of leaves or yard waste per pickup.
- Don’t put your container out until the evening before pickup and bring it in by Tuesday evening.
- Trash toters should not be stored in view of the street.