Southern Walk HOA

UPCOMING 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS:

1/28, 2/25, 3/25, 4/29, 5/20, 6/24, 7/29, 8/26, 9/30, 10/28, 11/25, 12/16

All meetings begin at 7:00pm and are held at the Community Center located at 43004 Waxpool Road.

CONTACT SOUTHERN WALK BOARD OF DIRECTORS: swhoa.feedback@gmail.com


2019 ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE FROM SW BOD:

Everyone in the Southern Walk HOA should have received a letter from First Services with the time, date, and location of the Southern Walk HOA Annual Meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to nominate and vote for candidates for Board Members. Details on vacancies were included in the letter from FirstService Residential. In addition, this year, representatives from Verizon will attend. Reaching a quorum for this meeting is critical because quorum requirements must be met (at least 113 eligible members must be present either in person, or by proxy) before any business can be conducted. It is a requirement of the Association, per the Articles of Incorporation, and the By-Laws, to hold this meeting and have an annual election cycle for Board Members. In the coming days, information will be coming out about voting. Please plan to attend or vote by proxy.
Here is the SW HOA Annual Meeting information:
Purpose: Election of Board Members
Date: Monday October 28, 2019
Time: 6:45 p.m. sign in. Start approximately 7:00 p.m.
Location: Broadlands Community Center 43004 Waxpool Rd.


SOUTHERN WALK RESIDENT INFORMATION

  • Verizon Fios Information:
    • Visit www.swhoab.com
    • For ordering/changing/canceling your Southern Walk FiOS Services call: 1-800-501-1172
    • For technical support for any Verizon FiOS service call the Fiber Solutions Center at: 1-888-553-1555 – some technical support may be available through the FiOS app or the FiOS website when you create an account and register it online.                                                REMINDER: OpenBand is no longer a telecommunications provider in the Southern Walk as it discontinued service on August 31, 2019
  • Budget, Assessments, Payment Coupons & Meeting Minutes:
    • FirstService SW account questions: Contact Katie Halfhill with FirstService Residential (FSR) at 703-385-1133 or email Katie.halfhill@fsresidential.com  You may also visit the SW FSR website at https://southernwalk.connectresident.com/.
    • Minutes of meetings for the Southern Walk HOA are available to members in good-standing and are accessible by creating a profile with FSR Connect and logging in.

BROADLANDS HOA VS. SOUTHERN WALK HOA

What are the differences and why are there two HOAs…

The easiest way to distinguish between the Broadlands and Southern Walk HOA is that all of Southern Walk is in the southern portion of Broadlands, South of Waxpool Drive (with the exception of Broadlands Station, Villages, and Condos, to the east of Claiborne Parkway). Southern Walk is a sub-association of Broadlands.  If you live in Southern Walk, you are automatically a member of two HOA’s.  Because all Southern Walk homes are part of Broadlands Association, Inc., the Broadlands HOA office frequently receives inquiries from residents regarding their Southern Walk accounts or telecommunications-related inquiries, however, any questions relating to Southern Walk must be handled through the Southern Walk HOA.  There are frequent misunderstandings regarding the roles of each HOA,  so the purpose of the information below is to discuss these differences.

Broadlands Association, Inc., established in 1995, is currently comprised of 3,704 units, which includes single family units, townhomes, villas, condominiums, and apartments.  The purpose of the Broadlands Association is to provide for the upkeep for all of the Common Areas, which includes three pools, the Nature Center, Community Center, Clubhouse, fitness center, Stone House, tennis courts, basketball courts, tot lots, bridges and tunnels, nature trails, mutt mitt stations, private roads and sidewalks, and Covenants enforcement of all Broadlands residences, including Southern Walk.  Contracts are in place via Broadlands for maintaining items such as the grounds, ponds, pools, buildings, streets and sidewalks, lighting, trees, financial management, security, and snow plowing.  Broadlands produces the monthly newsletter, maintains the www.broadlandshoa.org website, publishes the Broadlands Blast email, and maintains and distributes notices via the Broadlands app, (available on GooglePlay and iTunes).  The Broadlands HOA committees and staff organize all of the events ranging from the Nature Programs to Flicks in the Sticks, Broadlands Live Concert Series, Halloween events, Summer Celebration, and Visit with Santa to name a few.  The HOA staff at the Nature Center is comprised entirely of employees of Broadlands Association.  All of the 3,704 units are members of the Broadlands Association and are required to pay assessments to cover the $100M+ in assets owned by the association.

Southern Walk at Broadlands Homeowners Association, established in 2001, (known by many as the SWHOA) consists of 1,112 units located in the southern section of Broadlands.  Related to Article IV of the Articles of Incorporation for Southern Walk at Broadlands Homeowners Association, the specific purpose of this association is to provide for the installation and maintenance of a private utility system within the Property.  In more concrete terms, this means the association was originally established to originate and oversee the telecommunications contract with OpenBand to provide phone, cable television, and broadband internet to the 1,112 residences in the Southern Walk.  However, in 2015 this contract was amended, with an option to purchase the exclusivity provisions of a blanket telecommunications easement covering the entire Southern Walk, that was granted to OpenBand at Broadlands in 2001.  Subsequently, the resident-elected Southern Walk Board of Directors collected fees from the 1,112 residents to pay OpenBand the “Exclusivity Option Price”.  In 2018, in order to bring a third-party provider into the neighborhood, the Southern Walk Board of Directors signed a contract with Verizon, to establish a contract for broadband internet service to the 1,112 residents of the Southern Walk.  In July 2018, the Option Price was paid to OpenBand. In September 2018, the Easement to Verizon was granted by both Broadlands Association, as the “Master” Association, and owner of real property, and the Southern Walk Association. In October 2018, Verizon construction commenced. The first series of 304 homes in the Southern Walk will be eligible to order their service through the Southern Walk HOA Community Ordering Center (expected February-March 2019); service will be delivered through the remainder of 2019.

If you own a home in Southern Walk, you are automatically a member of two separate associations.  The master association is Broadlands Association, whose responsibilities are outlined above.  The Southern Walk HOA sub-association does not oversee any of the common areas, facilities, contractors, or employees for Broadlands.  Southern Walk is governed by a separate Board of Directors and has a separate Community Manager.

All Broadlands residents are invited to contact the Broadlands HOA office at the Nature Center for any issues concerning the roles of the Broadlands Association, as outlined above.  Southern Walk-related telecommunications questions should be directed to the Southern Walk FirstService Residential Community Manager or to the Southern Walk Board of Directors, whose contact information may be found at: https://www.broadlandshoa.org/contact-us/southern-walk-hoa/.  If your question is about Verizon FiOS in the Southern Walk please visit www.swhoab.com. For questions regarding Southern Walk fees, or schedules of upcoming Southern Walk Board meetings, please contact the First Service Southern Walk Community Katie Halfhill at 571-234-5475 or email Katie.halfhill@fsresidential.com  Coincidentally, First Service Residential manages HOA payments for the Broadlands Association, however, separate contact numbers and emails are established for interfacing with First Service Residential for any Broadlands Association matter.   Neither association handles any OpenBand inquiries.  Questions pertaining to any OpenBand service are best addressed to OpenBand Customer Service, directly.

Since the Southern Walk Articles of Incorporation reference the relationship between the two associations, the Broadlands Association allows the Southern Walk Association to conduct business using some Broadlands facilities, such as use of the HOA internet forums to post meeting notices and other important information in the Southern Walk Announcements section, space to publish news in the Broadlands Monthly Newsletter, Broadlands Blast, updates via the Broadlands App, and use of the Community Center for Board of Director Business meetings and the Southern Walk Annual meeting.