Lake Holiday, Virginia
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|Location||Frederick County, Virginia|
|Lake type||man made dam lake|
|Primary inflows||Isaacs Creek, Miller's Run, yeiders run|
|Primary outflows||Isaacs Creek|
|Basin countries||United States|
Lake Holiday is a private gated community situated around a man-made reservoir located north of Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia, United States. Lake Holiday is approximately three miles southwest of the boundary with the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The postal address is Cross Junction (formerly Witacre, Virginia|Va.Post Office) but Lake Holiday and the surrounding community lies within unincorporated land in Frederick County. Construction on the dam and building lot began in the late 1960S' and the dam was finished in 1972. It took approximately 12 years for the lake to fill to capacity and flow over the spill way.
Lake Holiday has two man-made beaches (there were three but the third one has been in disrepair for several years and is no longer usable), boat docks (no fuel pump), and tennis and basketball courts which are located near the club house. The club house is locked up and only available for special use and HOA board meetings. It is not open for general use, even though HOA fees are used to maintain it. Unlike many other Virginia Lake Communities there is no golf course, or housre back riding. all areas are gated off and resisdence are allowed onlylimited controlled access to public areas including the beachs, boat docks and club house. The lake flows into Isaacs Creek. The main creeks feeding the lake are Isaacs Creek and Miller's Run along with many small un-named creeks that flow into the lake. Additionally there were two down hill ski slopes near beach two (on the East side of the lake), with a ski lodge / chalet. There were snow making machines and two ponds to provide water for the ski slopes. Around 1974 the ski chalet burned down and was never rebuilt. Soon after it all eventually fell into disrepair and is no longer in use. Sadly, that area is all gated off and closed to the community for access even though it could be useful for ATV use or a paintball challenge area. The roads in the area of the old slopes have names based on sking which is all the remains as reminder to the history of the ski slopes. Many undeveloped roads and areas are now restricted and gated off to the community to use with no explanation by the board of the HOA.
Lake Holiday has hired a private security company to patrol, there are no law enforcement or fire/EMS facilities at Lake Holiday and they rely on outside sources for these from Frederick County Va. Recently there is a revised movement to build and establish a fire and rescue company in Lake Holiday, but there is little interest in this. Current Volunteer response time is 15–30 minutes after dispatch. Gainboro VFD is first due at Lake Holiday, The current ISO rating for Gainesboro Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department is 10. Lake Holiday does have hydrants which assist in lowering insurance premiums. ISO(Insurance Service Organization)or insurance service rating is how property insurance companies rate fire departments and their capability, it runs 1 - 10. 1 being the best or most capable and 10 being worst, or no department at all. Most insurance compaines rate this department a 10, and some others rate it a 9, mostly due to the fact that it is greater then 5 miles (8.0 km) from Lake Holiday. ISO ratings are based on training, equipment, water supply, various required tools and response times. Gainesboro's low rating is due primarily to, unpaved roads and the conditions or availablitiy of tools and equipmemnt in their large first due area and a lack of fire hydrants in all areas of their first due, with the exception of Lake Holiday, which does have hydrants available throughout the community. Due to the proximity to the station and response time from other Frederick County fire departments, homeowners insurance may be higher than in the nearby City of Winchester, however, rates are considerably lower than in surrounding rural areas lacking adequate firefighting water supply. This community has much potential but missmanagement and abuse of HOA fees have caused a great deal of damage and dispare amogst the home onwers and poperty onwers. The HOA is now stealing lots from property owners who are behind on fee, becuase they were promised thier lots would be buildable, and yet the community has not run water or roadways to these lots allowing them to be built on, so owners have refused to pay thier fees under standably so..
Lake Holiday Community relies heavily on home owner fees for maintenance and survival of the community. There are no taxes provided to this community, so home owner fees may seem expensive as compared to homes with not private lake and infrastructure (trash, roads, security, gate house, lake patrol, snow removal and maintenance of community lawns). The community website can be found at www.lake-holiday.org.
Millers run spring.jpg
Millers run in the spring.
The lake holiday beach, taken from a boat.
Previously known as "The Summit", Lake Holiday is a gated community of about 1200 homes and 2700 building lots. This is the primary residential area in Cross Junction, VA. It is built around a large 240-acre (0.97 km2) plus manmade lake, from which the community derives its name. LakeHolidayNews.com is focused on discussing issues relevant to the property owners at Lake Holiday, a community of approximately 2700 lots surrounding a 240 acre man-made lake located in Cross Junction, Virginia. This functional map of the area will help locate the community and its surroundings. Currentently there is a debate to make the community a sanitation district which will dissolve the HOA and remove the guards and turn the complex over to the County of Frederick for control of roads and trash collection, it will also open the lake up to the public, where as right now it is private and all boats to have a permit issued to property owners only for lake use and beach use. Virginia Department of Game and Inland fishers has juridiction to review boat registrations and fishing licencse and issue tickets.
Lake Holiday Country Club Inc. (LHCC or, simply, the Association) is a non-stock corporation that operates the homeowners’ association (HOA) at Lake Holiday. Up until the end of 2006, it owned all of the stock of Lake Holiday Estates Utility Company (LHEUC or, simply, the Utility). In February 2006, LHCC, LHEUC, and Aqua Lake Holiday Utilities Inc. filed a joint petition with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) to transfer the Utility’s assets to Aqua Lake Holiday Utilities Inc., a subsidiary of Aqua America. We refer to Aqua Lake Holiday Utilities or its Virginia operations generally as Aqua Virginia. In November 2006, the SCC granted the transfer, and the transaction closed at the end of that year. Like LHEUC before it, Aqua Virginia holds a certificate from the SCC to provide water and sewer service to the entire subdivision. There are approximately 700 homes and 2000 vacant lots in the subdivision. Of the 2000 vacant lots, about 380 have utilities available to them.
The land for Lake Holiday subdivision was assembled in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, but construction of all of the roads and utility facilities was not completed because of the original developer’s financial difficulties. Basic roads and utilities remain unfinished to this day. Following the departure of the original developer, the Association continued to develop the subdivision as its resources permitted. In the late 1990’s, LHCC was rocked by a successful effort to oust its president and board of directors. For a period of time following this ouster, the affairs of the Association were managed by a court-appointed special commissioner. From May 1998 to August 2002, a court-imposed moratorium on new home construction was in place because of the poor operating performance of the Utility, and restrictions from these court decisions remain in effect today.
In order to obtain a building permit for construction of a home at Lake Holiday, water and sewer utilities must be available to the lot. This has given rise to the term Buildable Lot to describe those lots which are served by existing utility lines. A Membership Lot is a lot without utility availability. There is a great deal of political strife in this community with fighting factions on the home owners association, which has greatly hurt community development. The community is awaiting a major Virginia Court decision which may dissolve the community as a gated community and the home owners association. This decision is to be handed down by July 3rd 2008, Virginia Senator Jill Vogel has tried to introduce legislation into the Code of Virginia, and thus interfere with the Judicial Process
Homeowners, owners of Buildable Lots, and owners of Membership Lots have been billed assessments by the Association.
References:Fredrick County Circut CourtLake Holiday News.comLHCC offical Page.comThe Summit Advisor, an independent news source for topics concerning The Summit community at Lake Holiday.