Breezy Hill Development Meeting
17 June 2019

Dear GCA member,

Here is your latest newsletter from the GCA. As always, we welcome your feedback.

GCA Board of Directors
House Under Construction
Breezy Hill Development Meeting - June 24th
The meeting is at 7 PM at the East Rivanna Firehouse
All are highly encouraged to attend.

Albemarle County received a Zoning Map Amendment application from Southern Development to change the R-1 zoning on the 86+ acre Breezy Hill property to R-4 zoning. If approved, this would allow the construction of 200 single-family attached and single-family detached town homes, just east of Glenmore. Such a development would add hundreds of vehicles to Rte 250. 

The May 12, 2010 Master Plan for the Village of Rivanna (p.31) specifies, "It is essential that all of the US 250 improvements be constructed before new development occurs in the Village.” If the county approves the Breezy Hill zoning change before US 250 is improved, it could mean the Master Plan is no longer being implemented and other similar high-density developments could apply for a zoning change, too.  More traffic!

The County will present the Breezy Hill plans at the 24 June meeting so that Glenmore residents and others affected by the zoning change may learn details of the development and get their questions answered.

To see the 24 June agenda, click here (then see the schedule and a link to the agenda at the bottom of the page). To see the Albemarle County staff's analysis of the Breezy Hill application for the zoning change, click here .

Bottom Line:
A very large Glenmore turnout (500+ residents) lets our county officials know that we are very interested in what happens with this zoning change request, the disregard for the 2010 Master Plan, and the impact on US 250 traffic.

A small turnout (100 residents) tells our county officials ... Glenmore has minimal interest with the zoning change.
The Health of Glenmore Ponds
There has recently been some concern about how the GCA manages the health of the retention ponds in Glenmore. Here are the facts regarding the ponds in Glenmore:
  • There are seven ponds in Glenmore. Four belong to the GCA, and three belong to the Glenmore Country Club.
  • In 2018, the GCA spent $23,852 on our four retention ponds.
  • Of that amount, $18,287 was spent on pond maintenance.
  • The GCA contracts with Solitude, a professional lake management company, to maintain the health of our ponds.
  • Solitude biologists are on site every two weeks during the spring, summer, and fall, and every month during the winter assessing and treating our retention ponds to ensure good pond health.
Regarding the Fountains at Glen Lochen and Paddington Ponds
  • There are fountains on just two of the seven ponds in Glenmore.
  • Last year, the GCA spent $5,564 on electricity just to power the fountains on the two ponds.
  • In discussions with the Solitude biologists and scientists, we have been assured that the fountains are strictly for aesthetics. They are not aerators, and they do nothing for the health of the ponds.
  • As a result, in order to reduce the electricity expenditures, we reduced the number of hours that the fountains run to six hours per day.
  • The fountains also do nothing to prevent mosquito larvae on the ponds. In fact, according to the this Virginia Department of Health link, the two mosquito species (Aedes aegyptii and Aedes albopictus) that spread diseases like Zika lay their eggs exclusively in containers of water (i.e. containers made of plastic, ceramic, glass, metal, concrete, wood or stone). They do not lay their eggs in “ground” bodies of water such as puddles, flooded ditches, ponds or streams.
  • Finally, we asked the Glenmore Country Club what they spend to maintain their three Glenmore retention ponds. They do not treat the ponds, and they expend zero dollars.
The GCA will continue to ensure the good health of our retention ponds, however, we are dialing back some costs related to aesthetics such as running time for the fountains.
barrier gate
License Plate Recognition System Update
The LPR system is now working well with a nearly 99% vehicle recognition. However, we are still unable to recognize plates with 3 or less characters, or plates with a dark background and light letters. We are working to address those issues.

Also several vehicles which have previously gained access are now not being recognized. This is because the vehicle is either not registered, or is registered with an incorrect plate number. In the prior system these were often mistaken for another similar license plate, but the new system is more precise! Correct the problem by filling in a vehicle registration form at the gatehouse, or go online to the GCA website and correct your vehicle information yourself.

And of course all residents need to be a little patient as it takes longer than previously to open the gate. We're working with Securitas for faster processors.
GCA Volunteers Needed
The GCA is looking for IT specialists, and emergency preparedness planners . If you have any of these skills, contact Thelma Washington at Associa by clicking Here . Place the words "GCA Volunteers" in the subject line.
Thanks for the Flowers at the Gatehouse
Many thanks to our Glenmore neighbor Cindy Simmons for planting the flowers at the GCA Gatehouse. The flowers look fantastic.
GCA Expanding the Use of Associa
You may have noticed, more of our communications are being directed through our GCA management company, Associa - Community Group. We signed a contract with Associa in Dec 2017 to manage our GCA finances. That was step one in an effort to spread the GCA work beyond a continuously smaller number of volunteers. We are now expanding Associa's role so that they have a dedicated person available to answer calls and emails during business hours. Starting 30 April, CARB is using Associa to respond to CARB requests. Starting 1 June, the Roads committee will also use Associa. Also, with Frank Keplinger moving to northern VA around 1 July, Associa will be responding to maintenance issues beginning 1 July. If you need assistance, you can contact Associa at 434-984-0700 Ext 1, or click here .

Please note, calls will only be answered during business hours. If you have a true emergency, please contact the police or the fire department.
No Overnight Parking
Please remember ... there is no overnight parking on Glenmore streets. Also, no contractor equipment or dumpsters should be on Glenmore streets overnight.
Volleyball at the GCA Sports Field
We have a  Volleyball court  and equipment at the GCA Sports Field. If you need equipment, its in the equipment shed at the Sports Field. Contact Thelma Washington (Associa) at 434-984-0700 Ext 1 for the combination to the sports equipment shed.
Watch These Dates
Jun 20: GCA Board Meeting at 7 PM
Jun 21: Summer Solstice (click here )
Jun 24: Breezy Hill Development Meeting 7PM
Jul 4: Independence Day
Jul 18: GCA Board Meeting at 7 PM