Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Winter/Spring 2017 Issue of Ripples

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Update on New Community Dock

Exciting news! We now have engineering plans for our new community dock!

As you may recall, last spring a decision was made about the design for our new dock when Lakeport owners submitted votes for one of three options. The proposal that received the most votes had a floating dock (see above), and a version without the floating dock came in second place. Last fall an RFP was issued to develop engineering and permitting plans for the winning design, and in December the Board decided to engage J Beck & Associates to develop these plans. Based on very preliminary cost estimates from Jim Beck, the Board anticipates that we have enough in our Reserve Fund to pay for the new dock without needing a special assessment.

Once we receive DRB approval, an RFP for a construction firm to build the dock will be issued, with a request that the proposals include separate costs for the various components of the project. The new dock will be a little shorter than the current one but also a little wider. It will have benches, steps down to the water, and (if approved by owners) the floating dock to facilitate launching canoes and kayaks. The project will also involve replacing the current bollard lighting and adding some landscaping on the west end of the new dock (the dock and landscape committees will develop proposals for these two aspects of the projects).

If you are interested in learning more about the status of the new dock, the dock committee will hold a meeting Wednesday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m. at 1985 Lakeport Way. The meeting is open to all Lakeport owners and residents. A brief presentation, including a short history, a description of the new dock, and an outline of next steps, will be followed by a period for questions and answers. Discussions regarding lighting and landscape improvements germane to the dock project will also take place.  If you can’t make that committee meeting, please plan to attend a community-wide meeting later in the process where owners will hear an update and vote on approving the use of funds from our reserve account for this long-awaited project.

Although we are happy to be at this point in the planning process, there are still additional steps that need to be taken between now and when the new dock is built. We’ll need to get approval from Reston Association’s Design Review Board and a construction permit from Fairfax County before we issue an RFP to build the dock. Once we receive proposals we’ll have a final picture of costs. The dock committee will then review the proposals and recommend a contractor to the Board for negotiation and approval. The next step will be to hold a special meeting of all Lakeport owners to discuss the proposal, choose the preferred option (with or without floating dock), and vote on the use of Reserve Funds for this project.  If the project is approved, the selected firm will be hired to begin construction (we’ll notify the community when that will happen and of any possible disruptions associated with the work). Finally, after the new dock is finished, we’ll have a party to celebrate!

Our thanks to the Dock Committee—Chair Erin Cloney (who worked with Jim Beck to develop the plans, saving the cost of $500 for the CAD plans Erin created) and committee members past and present:
Stu Allen
Liz Blankespoor
Karen Cook
David Fleming
James Fulginiti
Jonathan Hammer 
Dick Laeser
Sandy Laeser
Carol Leos
David MacWhorter
Donald Nagley
Emmeline Ochiai
Paul Renard
Paul Thornton
Lani Seeley
Michelle Simoneau
Elena Simonenko

Status of Proposal to Allow HardiePlank Siding

By Kelly Driscoll, Standards Committee Chair

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Over the last several months, Lakeport’s Standards Committee and Board have been working with RA and the Design Review Board (DRB) to finalize the amendment to our design standards to allow individual homeowners to replace their cedar siding with HardiePlank. Although the change was tentatively approved by DRB, there are still open questions regarding stipulations the DRB proposed regarding the treatment of shared party walls. The next DRB meeting is scheduled for March 21, and we're hopeful that these issues will be resolved, with the decision and stipulations to be finalized shortly afterward.

In general, some degree of coordination with adjacent neighbors will be required to determine whether to include shared party walls in a project. The DRB's decision should provide some guidelines, but specifics will depend on agreements reached between neighbors.

At this point, the amendment to the standards would impact only Phase 2 homes because there is no HardiePlank product that matches the profile of the siding on Phase 1 homes.

Several neighbors have expressed interest in undertaking re-siding projects once the amendment to the standard is finalized. There may be opportunities for cost savings if multiple homeowners agree to have the same contractor do their jobs at the same time. If you're interested in coordinating with other neighbors,

  • Send an email standards@lakeportcluster.org and we'll put you in touch with others who have expressed interest in the project.
  • If you have a quote on residing your home with HardiePlank from a contractor that you're willing to share, let us know so we can share it with the neighborhood and compare pricing.
  • If you have had experience with a contractor and want to make a recommendation, please let us know.

Getting to Know Your Neighbors

By Liz Blankespoor, Social Committee Chair

After a winter lull, Lakeporters are once again ready to mix and mingle.

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Like Wine? You know a white from a red, but what on earth do earthy, foxy, texture, bouquet, and complexity have to do with it? Join our newly-formed Lakeport Wine Club and find out. Dave Mackie of the Wine Cabinet will discuss varietals (i.e., grapes) at our first meeting, “An Introduction to Wine,” on Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 pm at 2003 Lakeport Way. This is sure to be an exciting new club so we hope you will attend. Please RSVP to lizblankespoor@gmail.com.

How about a home tour? Several homeowners have already expressed interest. Would you be willing to add your home to the list?

And for our young Lakeporters...

C:\Users\Mary Sapp\Dropbox\Personal\Lakeport\Ripples\egg hunt.jpgThe Easter Bunny will be hopping through our cluster on Saturday, April 1 (rain date Sunday, April 2), leaving a trail of eggs behind her. All children are welcome to join the hunt, starting from Triangle Park at 10:30.

Do you have any suggestions for clubs/social activities? Ideas for various clubs have been floated; we just need to determine interest. Please let us know if you would like to join any of the following clubs: card clubs (bridge, poker, etc.), history club, mah jongg club, play-reading club, and dinner club. And as mentioned above, how about a Lakeport house tour?

Please submit any ideas/suggestions to lizblankespoor@gmail.com.