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Covenants
 
Ensure that you are familiar with the “Evermay Restrictive Covenants” and the “Guidelines for Interpreting the Evermay Covenants”  Any improvement, alteration or addition to the exterior of your home, whether freestanding or permanently attached, must first be approved by the Board of Directors (except where specifically excluded in the “Guidelines”). Particular notice should be paid to areas that might be overlooked, but do require prior approval, such as fences (use of chain-link fences prohibited) and storage sheds.  An application for such approval should include the completed compliance application form, detailed plans of the changes requested including site elevations (PDF preferred), materials, colors, position of changes on a plat, and documentation that all affected neighbors have reviewed the changes and been allowed to provide comments. Affected neighbors include anyone who will have a view of the changes, even if they live on a street behind the structure. Application forms are available on the last page of the handbook or you may open, complete, and print the application here. The complete application should be sent to the Chair, Architectural Control and Land Use Committee. If you notice that a neighbor is/has made changes without obtaining required approval, you e-mail the Chair for investigation. Background information on county requirements for accessory structures can be found here.
The deeds with covenants are available here.
In addition to the requirements for approval for changes, there are other Evermay and county requirements
Curb Area  -  When installing sprinkler systems, trees, etc., in the curb area (between the sidewalk and street) you must be aware that this area is in the State right-of-way.  If this area must be disturbed for sidewalk repair, utility lines, or tree removal, the State is not responsible for damage or repair unless you have filed for a permit to install in the curb area.
Trees in the Curb Area and abutting the sidewalk along Rt 123 - The maintenance (pruning) of trees in this area and their replacement, as necessary, are responsibilities of each individual homeowner.  County/State Ordinance requires that limbs of street trees must be pruned to at least six (6) feet above the ground, and your neighbors will appreciate not having to “duck” while walking in the neighborhood.
Yard Maintenance - Evermay is a beautiful neighborhood.  Recognizing that residents take pride in both the appearance of their own property as well as the entire community, these tips are offered to promote a better standard of appearance. Grass should be mowed weekly, at a minimum.  To prevent grass from growing onto the sidewalk and curb area, and to maintain a neater lawn, please edge these areas on a routine basis.  Fairfax County requires that grass height not exceed 12 inches in height. Failure to mow can result in the county mowing the property and sending the homeowner a bill for the costs. When removing or spraying weeds, remember to treat the weeds/grass that grow in street or sidewalk cracks.  Enhance the curb appeal of your home -- instead of hiding it with overgrown landscaping, periodically clip and prune shrubs.  Over the years, shrubbery and trees in front yards can gradually reach an extent and height that restricts the openness that characterizes Evermay and violates a Restrictive Covenant.  Please take note of the Guideline (page 2) dealing with “Front Yard Fences and Hedges.”
Snow Removal - Neither the state nor the county clears snow and ice from public walkways (sidewalks and trails). While not legally obligated, residents are asked to help keep sidewalks safe. They should, as soon as feasible, clear snow off the sidewalks in front of their property so that all pedestrians, especially school children, those with disabilities and the elderly, may walk securely. Please assist any elderly or handicapped neighbors who may not be able to clear their walkways.