The Velvet Valley / Velvet Ridge Neighborhood Association is incorporated as a nonprofit, formed to represent and take concerted action on matters of interest to residents and property owners in the Velvet Valley/Velvet Ridge residential area. The Association seeks to enhance and maintain the value, safety and appearance of the community and quality of life for its residents, and to foster a sense of community and friendships.
The neighborhood is defined by the main streets of Velvet Valley Way, Velvet Ridge Drive and Baronet Road, the connecting portion of Park Heights Avenue above Burnside Farm Road and below Velvet Ridge, and the inner connecting streets, including Velvet Valley Court, Celadon Road, Verdant Road, Grenadier Court, Caves Forest Road, Bucksway Road, and Cliffside Court. It includes several streets off Park Heights Avenue: Rainbow Court, Susan Court and Melissa Court. In total, there are approximately 195 residences which are represented by the Neighborhood Association.
The Neighborhood Association serves the community with programs and actions that include: maintaining and updating the online security surveillance camera system, landscaping common areas including community entrances and speed islands, hosting the free annual meeting and picnic for members, communicating urgent notices of lost and found pets, welcoming new residents, providing this website, and building residents’ referrals of services that homeowners may need from time to time. The Association also leverages group buying for services including heating oil and propane gas. Additional programs include kids’ events, including a Halloween costume party and a summertime Kids’ Ice Cream Social event, two adult Happy Hours, and occasional special service programs for the community, such as document shredding and dumpster days.
The Association represents the community in monitoring, advocating and fighting issues regarding the safety and welfare of its residents and home values, and may do so in conjunction with other groups such as the Valleys Planning Council and other community associations. Issues have included development and zoning, code violations and unsafe driving.
The Neighborhood Association membership is comprised of community resident families who pay annual dues. At the Association’s annual meeting, attending members elect the Board of Directors of up to 20 volunteer residents; the Board subsequently elects its officers.