Proposed ARC Changes - Driveways and Parking Pads

A s reported in the August Crier, the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) has asked the
Board to vote to amend the Guidelines regarding driveway widening. Thank you to the
homeowners and the Board members who have expressed their views, both for and against. We
appreciate the time taken to discuss the issue and we made many changes to our original draft as
a result. 

We continue to feel strongly that sacrificing green space for the sake of fitting another car in the driveway is severely detrimental to Kingston Chase’s property values, especially when most of our streets have ample street parking, but we recognize homeowners’ concerns about how such a rule will affect their properties. We are not seeking to disallow any and all applications for driveway widening. As with all ARC applications, they will continue to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Nor does anyone expect homeowners to scale back a driveway widened in years past. We are proposing to adjust and clarify the Guidelines in accordance with changing times.

The following are the proposed changes exactly as they would appear in an amended ARC Guidelines. After publication in the Crier, the Board will vote on the amendment at the October meeting.

3.3 Driveways and Parking Pads
Only hard stabilized surfaces such as asphalt or concrete will be approved. No vehicle will be permitted to be parked on any part of the lawn other than temporarily for washing, loading, or unloading material. Vehicles must not be parked in driveways so that they block access around or to the sidewalk.
All driveway extensions must have ARC approval. In keeping with the aesthetics of the neighborhood, driveways may not extend beyond the edges of the garage and must taper to meet the existing sidewalk apron as seen in the example below. Aprons cannot be altered without a valid VDoT permit and proof of Fairfax County zoning approval. These documents
must be submitted along with the ARC application and do not guarantee ARC approval.


The ARC meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Kingston Chase clubhouse. Homeowners may drop by the meeting with their applications; mail them to KCHOA ARC, P.O. Box 221, Herndon, VA 20172; or e-mail them to