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COVENANTS, ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION, BYLAWS, AND GUIDELINES AND REGULATIONS
Hallowing Point Association, Inc. was established on June 2, 1967, as a non-stock corporation in the State of Virginia. The Association was formed by and for homeowners in Hallowing Point River Estates, a subdivision of Fairfax County that was established in 1948.
Guiding the activities of the Association are three key documents – the Covenants, Articles of Incorporation, and Bylaws. These important documents, contained in Section 2 of this handbook, provide the basis for our Association and set forth important protections and restrictions designed for the benefit of the whole community.
Our Covenants define the membership of the Association, establish voting and other rights of members, provide for dues and assessments, authorize the establishment of a Board of Directors and committees, and set forth certain restrictions and limitations that may restrict certain uses of your property for the benefit of the community and to protect its character. A declaration of these Covenants is contained in the land records of Fairfax County and is part of your property deed. The Covenants are legally binding and may be enforced in the courts.
The Articles of Incorporation, as well as the Virginia State Corporation Commission certification of the Articles, are also published in Section 2 of this handbook.
Our Bylaws supplement the Covenants and set out in more detail the procedures for annual and other meetings, election of the Board of Directors, guidelines governing the use of community property, architectural guidelines for both new construction and modifications of existing building and structures, and several other matters. The Bylaws are subordinate to the Covenants but are binding on residents.
Residents are reminded that all construction (both new construction and remodeling) must comply with the Hallowing Point Architectural Guidelines, as contained in Article 6 and 7 of the Covenants and Article 7.2 of the Bylaws. These guidelines are in addition to Fairfax County building and land planning regulations and may be more restrictive than County regulations. Plans for building, remodeling, accessory structures, major landscaping changes, and docks and fences must be submitted to and approved by the Board of Directors prior to commencing construction. A consolidated set of these guidelines is published in Section 5 of this handbook.
Both the Covenants and Bylaws were recently revised with the approval of the community. Changes to the Covenants and Bylaws may be made at any time, in accordance with procedures set out in the documents.
As noted above, the Covenants, Bylaws, and other guidelines and regulations have been developed by the community for the benefit of the residents of Hallowing Point. Residents are urged to review these documents carefully to avoid inadvertently violating any of their provisions.
Our Association website – www.hallowingpoint.org – contains a wealth of useful information about our neighborhood on beautiful Mason Neck, as well as our Association handbook, a directory of residents, a directory of local service providers, a pet gallery, and important forms. Please contact any Board member to obtain the password to the protected areas of the site.
COMMUNICATIONS, NOTICES OF OFFICIAL BUSINESS, AND NEWSLETTERS
Communications and notices of meetings and official Association business will be delivered via email, unless a resident requests to be notified via postal mail. All residents should ensure that the Association webmaster (email@example.com) has a current and correct email address and that the Association Treasurer also has a current and correct postal address.
The Association periodically publishes a newsletter for the information of residents. Any resident wishing to include an article in the newsletter may contact a Board member. The newsletter will be emailed to all residents, and may be hand-delivered or mailed, if requested by any resident.
The Postal Service prohibits the use of mailboxes for delivery of items other than those delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Therefore, newsletters and other non-postal items must be placed in newspaper boxes. If you do not have a newspaper box, please obtain a tube that can be attached to your mailbox post.
The HPA webmaster maintains a community email list as a service to the community. Any resident wishing to send an email sent to the community email list should send the text of their community-wide message to firstname.lastname@example.org, and it will be forwarded promptly to the community.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
In accordance with the Association’s Bylaws, the Board of Directors is elected by a vote of Members at the annual meeting in March of each year. Members serve for a term of two years, with approximately half of the Board standing for election each year. A list of the Board of Directors and the responsibilities of each is published in the Association newsletter following the annual meeting and is available on the Association website.
Annual Association membership dues are payable on March 1st of each year. Revenues are used to defray association expenses, such as maintenance of common areas, liability insurance, social activities, philanthropy, and other purposes. The Association’s financial statement is presented each year at the annual meeting, detailing all expenses.
Currently, dues are $300 per year for lots with residences and $150 per year for unimproved lots. Under certain circumstances, a reduced rate can be made available; see the Bylaws for details.
Dues notices will be sent by email, or postal mail if so requested, to the address of record for each Lot. Residents are responsible for ensuring that the Association Webmaster has a current and correct email address and that the Association Treasurer also has a current and correct postal address. Dues checks should be made payable to the Hallowing Point Association and sent to Hallowing Point Association, P.O. Box 63, Lorton, Virginia 22199-0063.
The U.S. Postal Service authorizes the use of “Mason Neck” as a mailing address for Hallowing Point residents as an alternative to “Lorton”. The Zip Code for both is 22079.
COMMUNITY PROPERTY USE AND SECURITY GATES
The community currently owns seven pieces of property in Hallowing Point. They include “The Point”, the circle at the east end of River Drive near the entrance to The Point, two parcels at the dock area, the ravine and marsh area where River Drive stops and starts up again, a narrow strip of land at the end of Hallowing Drive, and the lot near the entrance to the community containing the Hallowing Point sign and flagpole. The Association maintains these community areas, and rules governing the use of community property are included in the Bylaws.
When locked, the gates at the dock, The Point, and the lot at the end of Hallowing Drive have been very effective in discouraging trespassers. When visiting these areas, please lock the gates once you are inside, again when you leave, and any time you see one open. Keys to the gate locks are available from the Association Treasurer. There is no charge for your first key if you are current with your HPA dues; additional keys cost $5.
The Point may be reserved by residents for private parties, on a first-come, first-serve basis, for a fee of $300 for the entire Point or $50 for the Pavilion area only. Residents interested in reserving The Point must submit a rental application to the Social Chair of the Board or to any Board member. Applications will be reviewed in the order received. A rental reservation is confirmed only when payment has been received and the Resident Sponsor is notified of approval. The Point is not available for rental on holiday weekends, and rental reservations will be approved for only one day (Saturday or Sunday) on non-holiday weekends; this policy was adopted by the community to ensure all residents have access to this community asset. The required reservation request form and instructions are located on the website.
Residents are urged to limit parking on neighborhood streets. Our streets are narrow and lack curbs, berms, or sidewalks, and cars parked on the street may block traffic and limit visibility, causing safety concerns and potentially resulting in damage to vehicles. If you or your guests must park on the street, please park on only one side of the street. And please be mindful to keep your wheels on the asphalt or a graveled berm, rather than on someone’s lawn.
Residents are encouraged to display the HPA parking sticker or hang-tag on or in their vehicles when parked on community property or on neighborhood streets.
While crime is rare in Hallowing Point, we have had our share of burglaries and vandalism. Alert neighbors are our best defense. Neighbors are encouraged to keep their eyes open, lock their cars, and report strange cars or activities to the police. Let a neighbor know when you will be away so that they can keep an eye on your property. When away, it is a good idea to ask the Post Office to hold your mail and to cancel your newspaper delivery.
The Association sponsors several activities each year, including the following, and encourages everyone to attend:
Annual Meeting and Election of Board of Directors – March
Easter Egg Hunt – March or April (usually Saturday before Easter)
Spring Shoreline Cleanup – April or May
Father/Son and Mother/Daughter Events – May
Summer Picnic – June
End-of-Summer Party – Labor Day weekend
Oktoberfest - October
Halloween Party – Halloween Night
Holiday Party and Sing-Along - December
Details on these events are posted on the events calendar on the website and on the sign at the community entrance, and notices are sent out by email to residents.
Volunteers are always needed to help with these activities. Participation in community activities is an excellent way for new residents to meet their neighbors. Please contact any Board member if you can help.
ORGANIZATIONS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Garden Club The Hallowing Point Garden Club was chartered in 1952 and has evolved into a community-centered and socially active club. Meetings are held in the homes of members with varied programs including gardening, home staging, and environmental and historical interests of the Mason Neck area. All Association residents are invited to join the club. Contact information for the Garden Club can be obtained from any Board member.
Cub Scout Pack 1900 The local Cub Scout Pack 1900 is chartered by the Mason Neck Citizens Association and is open to boys in Grades 1 through 5. Contact information can be obtained from any Board member.
Girl Scouts Several Girl Scout troops meet in the Hallowing Point area and are open to girls in Kindergarten through 12th Grade. There are several active troops led by Hallowing Point residents, and information can be obtained from any Board member or from the local Girl Scouts organization (571-642-0253 or www.gscnc.org).
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS OF NOTE
The Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) is located at 9518 Richmond Highway, behind the Lorton Library. It is a private social service agency that provides assistance to neighbors in need, including an emergency food bank, housing and fuel assistance, help with clothing and household items, tutoring and youth programs. Donations of food or cash are welcomed. In addition, LCAC has many volunteer opportunities.
Act II, the LCAC thrift shop, is located at 9506 Richmond Highway in the Williamsburg Square Shopping Center. Thrift shop items are sold at reasonable prices as a nonprofit community service. Donations of clothing and household goods are accepted at the shop during hours of operation.
If you wish to donate or volunteer, check the website at www.lortonaction.org or call 703- 339-5161.
Mason Neck Citizens Association
The Mason Neck Citizens Association is composed of residents from all communities on Mason Neck. The organization’s goal is to preserve and protect environmental and historic treasures on the Neck. Residents are encouraged to join and attend meetings. The mailing address is P.O. Box 505, Mason Neck, VA 22199. Check their website at www.masonneck.org for Board members and contact information.
South County Federation
Hallowing Point Association is a member of the South County Federation (formerly, the Federation of Lorton Communities). This umbrella organization represents our interests and those of other homeowners associations in southeastern Fairfax County to the County Board of Supervisors. The federation reviews local real estate development plans, transportation proposals, and environmental, safety and educational issues that affect the greater Lorton area. Recommendations are presented to the Mount Vernon District Supervisor and the County Planning Commission. Individuals may join the Federation for an annual dues payment of $10, or $30 for a three-year membership. The Federation’s mailing address is P.O. Box 442, Lorton, VA 22199. Their website is www.southcountyfederation.org.
South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce
The South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce is focused on businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals with interests in the southern part of Fairfax County. Membership is available for individuals for $75 for three years; businesses and nonprofits may join for $100 for a three-year membership. Information on the Chamber can be found at their website at www.southfairfaxchamber.org, by emailing email@example.com, or by calling 703-550-0005.
RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES – AND CAUTIONS
Fishing Fishing licenses are generally required in the waters around Hallowing Point. Much of the Potomac River surrounding Hallowing Point is in Maryland waters. In some areas, Maryland and Virginia have reciprocal fishing agreements. Check with the various jurisdictions below for current regulations. Information and applications are available in many marinas and sporting goods stores in the area.
Potomac River Fisheries Commission: Call 804-224-7148 or 800-266-3904, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Call 800-918-2870 or on the web at www.dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries.
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries: Call 866-721-6911 or on the web at www.dgif.virginia.gov/licenses.
Fish found off Hallowing Point include bass, bluegill, carp, catfish, crappie, eel, flounder, gar, herring, yellow perch, eastern pickerel, rockfish, and shad. Blue crabs may also be found in late summer.
Boating Hazards Known boating hazards off Hallowing Point include: a submerged rock pile in the river directly in front of Lot 7 (6057 River Drive) about 100 yards from the shore, and a submerged obstacle approximately 200 feet from the shore in front of Lot 5 or 6 (6017 or 6021 River Drive). From time to time, tides and storms bring about other similar hazards. General caution is encouraged at all times when boating outside of the main river channel, especially near the shore.
Swimming Off The Point Swimming in the Potomac River can be hazardous. Be aware that there are no lifeguards on Hallowing Point. The Association strongly recommends no swimming at the extreme end of The Point where the waters of Gunston Cove meet those of the Potomac River, as this area has extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening currents. In addition, recreational boaters, particularly jet skiers, occasionally cut through the swimming area inside the marker, creating a potential hazard for anyone in the water.
Ice Skating/Walking on the Potomac River The Potomac River occasionally freezes over in the winter. However, there is constantly moving water under the ice due to tides and currents, which prevents the ice from being safe to skate or walk on.
PARKS, RECREATION, AND HISTORY ON MASON NECK
Approximately two-thirds of Mason Neck’s 9000 acres are owned by federal, state, or local entities and protected from future development. The area features several notable historical sites and recreational opportunities.
Gunston Hall Owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by a Board of Regents appointed The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Gunston Hall is a 550-acre National Historic Landmark. Formerly the central part of a large tobacco and corn plantation, its owner was George Mason IV (1725-1792), a fourth generation Virginian who became a senior statesman and author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Built between 1755 and 1759, Gunston Hall is an outstanding example of Georgian architecture. The site is open daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Individual and group tours of the mansion and grounds are available, and numerous special events, including the HPA Annual Meeting, are conducted at the Hall. Detailed information on events and fees can be found at 703- 550-9220 or www.gunstonhall.org.
Mason Neck State Park Located at 7301 High Point Road, just off Gunston Road, this 1,825-acre park offers picnic facilities, hiking and biking trails (including the Great Marsh Trail off Gunston Road at the HPA entrance), a playground, and bike, kayak, and canoe rentals. The visitor center staff conducts nature tours and environmental education programs, and includes a gift shop. Bird watching, especially for American bald eagles, and guided canoe tours of Belmont Bay and Kane’s Creek are available. In addition, the Virginia Wildlife Federation often conducts releases of rehabilitated eagles at the park, and the park hosts an annual Eagle Festival in April. Detailed information on activities and fees is available at 703-339-2380 or www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks.
Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge Created in 1969 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this 2,300-acre refuge is named in honor of an environmentalist who lived on River Drive in Hallowing Point before the road was paved. Her work and commitment resulted in the establishment of the first refuge for the American bald eagle in the nation. The refuge is adjacent to Mason Neck State Park at 7603 High Point Road. Detailed information is available at 703-490-4979 or www.fws.gov/masonneck.
Pohick Bay Regional Park This water-oriented park is located off Gunston Road at 6501 Pohick Bay Drive. It features a public boat ramp and rentals of canoes, kayaks, pedalboats and jon boats, as well as campgrounds, playgrounds, disc golf, picnic areas and hiking trails. Pirates Cove Waterpark features a large, freeform swimming pool, snack bar, and picnic areas. Entrance to the park is free for Fairfax County residents, although fees apply for the pool and campgrounds, as well as picnic area reservations. Information can be found at 703-339-6104 or http://www.nvrpa.org/park/pohick_bay.
Pohick Bay Golf Course This 18-hole public golf course is located at 10301 Gunston Road and is open year-round. Information can be obtained at 703-339-8585 or www.pohickbaygolf.com.
Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area Owned and managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Meadowood is located at 10406 Gunston Road. It features over 800 acres of open spaces with hiking, biking, and riding trails, including a universally accessible trail. The equestrian facility on the property is privately managed and offers horse boarding and riding lessons. In addition, a therapeutic riding program is conducted at Meadowood. Detailed information can be found at 703-339-8009 or www.blm.gov/es/st/en/prog/recreation.
ANIMALS, DOMESTIC AND WILD
Hallowing Point is a very pet-friendly neighborhood. Residents who have dogs, cats, and other pets in their households are urged to provide a photograph and contact information on each pet to be placed in the pet gallery on the Association website. Residents are reminded that Fairfax County laws, as well as courtesy to your neighbors, require that pets be under their owner’s control at all times when off the owner’s property. Also, all of us spend time and resources in the maintenance of our yards, so please clean up after your pet. An inconsiderate visit by a neighbor’s dog can threaten the peace, quiet, and civility we all enjoy here.
Fairfax County requires that dogs over four months of age be licensed annually and vaccinated against rabies. Dog licenses are sold only upon presentation of proof that the dog has been inoculated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian and is spayed, neutered, or infertile. Dog licenses cost $10.00 per year. All dogs must have a license tag securely attached to a collar and worn whenever the dog is off the owner's property. Cats over four months old must be inoculated against rabies but are not required to be licensed. Applications for dog licenses and other information regarding pets is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/dog-licenses or by calling 703-222-8234.
It is illegal to allow animals to run at large on public property or the private property of others. Dogs must be restrained by a dependable leash and controlled by a responsible person when off the property of the owner. County Animal Control wardens often patrol our area, and the fine for a loose dog is quite steep. If a dog is running loose, residents are urged to check the pet gallery on the community website to attempt to locate the owner. If necessary, residents may call Animal Control at 703-691-2131.
There are a large number of deer, foxes, coyotes, and other wild animals roaming Mason Neck. Residents are urged to use caution as you drive, especially in the early morning and late evening hours, as animals, particularly deer, frequently run in and across our roads. In addition, foxes and coyotes can be aggressive with small animals, including cats and dogs, and they can carry rabies.
All wildlife belongs to the State. Citizens may not trap and relocate wild animals without the knowledge and permission of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. If you have a problem with wild animals, you may call the Fredericksburg office of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at 540-899-4169 or go to their website at www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife. Emergency situations involving sick or injured wildlife, or immediate public safety risks by prime carriers of rabies (raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats) may be reported to Fairfax County Animal Control by calling the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131.
Yes, we have them, but other than the infrequent presence of the poisonous copperhead, they are generally harmless. Snakes reported in our area include garter, green, black rat, corn, black racer, king, and many varieties of water snakes (some of which can bite).
THOSE LOUD NOISES
No, they are not bombing Mason Neck, although your house may shake and the windows rattle. The noises may be coming from the Navy’s Indian Head test facility across the river where the federal government tests new explosives and disposes of old ones. Also, the Marines occasionally do live fire training at Quantico Marine Base, and the sounds travel up the river. Fort Belvoir often hosts training for the Old Guard cannon unit that serves at Arlington National Cemetery. And finally, the quarry in Occoquan occasionally uses blasting materials and the sound can affect our neighborhood.