10 November 2015
Subdivisions with unapproved roads have become a recent hot topic in Fluvanna. When private roads aren’t accepted into the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) system, no plowing occurs when it snows, no buses can drive the roads– which causes parents and kids to congregate at crowded intersections on main roads in the dark– and worst of all, no one maintains the streets while they slowly crumble.
But Melissa Hutcherson and Kate Skovira, two residents of Taylor Ridge, a subdivision on Rt. 53 near Lake Monticello, have taken it upon themselves to try their best to get their subdivision’s roads accepted into VDOT’s system so that the state can maintain the roads going forward.
In doing so, they hope to boost their property values, because the unapproved roads controversy may be keeping some potential homebuyers at bay. Also, the county has stopped issuing building permits and certificates of occupancy for homes in subdivisions with unapproved roads. If Hutcherson and Skovira are successful, no road-related issue will get in the way of home values at Taylor Ridge, and homeowners won’t have to live in fear of being slapped with major road-improvement bills.
“We know that if we, the homeowners, don’t take the steps to get the roads turned over [to VDOT], they’re never going to get turned over,” said Hutcherson. “Skovira has been trying to get the developer to be held responsible but it looks like that’s not going to happen.” So the two are working through VDOT’s 2015 “punch list” of items that need to be corrected before the Taylor Ridge roads can be accepted into the state system.
The biggest problem is paving repairs that need to be done, said Hutcherson. The pair has gotten an estimate from a paving company – almost $21,000 – and plan to have the repairs completed in the spring.
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