The Bristow community of Braemar will soon have a safety restriction enforced on it's cul-de-sacs with center islands. The Prince William County Fire Marshall determined while Braemar was under construction, that cul-de-sacs with islands could pose a problem for fire trucks needing to turn around in these areas if there were cars parked along the curb. Unfortunately, signage to date has not stopped the parking and many residents do not know that their cul-de-sacs have always been a No Parking area.
This safety hazard was brought to light by concerned residents of one of Braemar's sub-associations, Tartan Hills Village, in 2007. At that time, the County Fire Code was reviewed and No Parking signs were installed by VDOT (Virginia Deparment of Transportation) in Tartan Hills Village culd-de-sacs with islands, after the approval by the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. This was a move to make enforcement of parking restrictions easier. The signage in place before was ambiguous to police officers an enforcement next to impossible.
The same process was just followed by the Master Home Owners Association of Braemar for the remaining cul-de-sacs with islands within the community.
According to information in the Braemar newsletter, the no parking signs will be installed on the west side of Sudley Manor Drive during the Spring and Summer of 2010. The east side of Sudley Manor Drive will have no parking signs at a later time, at this point undetermined. First cul-de-sacs to have the No Parking signs installed will be:
Grady Pond Way
Kyle Moor Court
Nethy Bridge Court
Potential Braemar home buyers looking for cul-de-sac lots for the convenience of additional street parking need to be aware of the restriction when house hunting. Cul-de-sac homes have longer driveways provided by the builder for this exact reason, so it shouldn't be an issue. Howevr, it's best to know all the facts before purchasing your Braemar home. Just another reason to ensure you are working with a neighborhood expert if you have narrowed your search to Braemar.
Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker- Licensed in Virginia, GRI, SFR, Northern Virginia Short Sale Specialist. Affiliated with Long & Foster, 7526 Limestone Drive, Gainesville, VA 20155. To contact Chris Ann, call 703-402-0037 or email chrisann@LNF.com. Or you can visit her website: www.nvarealestate.net.
Header photos taken by Chris Ann Cleland.
The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.