Welcome to Whittier!

We are a community of single-family homes, townhouses, and condominiums (about 1,700 units in total). The Ausherman Development Corp. built us starting in 1989 and finishing in 2015. More history of Whittier is available here.

As a new resident/homeowner, we would like to provide you with a list of things you should know or may like to know about your community and the surrounding area.

 

Lake at Whittier

About Whittier

2024 Whittier Board of Directors:

  • Frank Hackett – President
  • Jackie Parks – Vice President
  • Elizabeth Hoover – Secretary
  • Tim Sweeney – Treasurer
  • Vacant  – Director
  • Sally Hoague – Director

 

Neighborhood Advisory Council NAC 1:

The NAC is a forum for City of Frederick residents to become involved in identifying and recommending positive changes to improve their neighborhoods by enhancing communication with elected officials. The NAC 1 meets every other month at 7 pm at the Whittier Elementary School Library. More information on the NAC1 can be found here.

Management Company Information:

Our management company is Vanguard Management, which is located in Germantown, Md. Our Community Manager is Nancy Keen, and she may be contacted by email (nancy@vanguardmgt.com) or by phone. If you want more information about Vanguard, please refer to their website at www.vanguardmgt.com.

Office Location:

Vanguard Management Associates, Inc.
20250 Century Boulevard, Suite 200
Germantown, MD 20874

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 39
Germantown, MD 20875-0039

Phone Numbers:

Office Hours:

  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday
    9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Friday

Community Information:

  1. Architectural Change Request
    Click this link ACC Guidelines to find out how to submit an Architectural change request. The ACC meets according to the schedule posted on the right side of our home page.
  2. The HOA payments are due annually.
    For information regarding your account, please contact Vanguard at (301) 540-8600. More information on how to pay your assessment by E check or credit card please found here.
  3. Maintenance of Property
    Each homeowner is responsible for the maintenance of all structures and landscaping located on his property to include such items as decks, fences, storage areas, gardens, shrubbery, grass, and trees. The following are examples, but not an exhaustive list, of basic maintenance violations: tall grass, weeds in beds, peeling paint, broken fences, decks in disrepair, broken windows or screens, gutters and shutters in disrepair, missing or non-visible house numbers, and improper storage of trash cans.
  4. Pet Etiquette
    Pet owners are reminded to have your pet on a leash at all times when outside of a fenced in yard. Pet owners also need to pick up after their pet each time it is walked. These are not only Association rules, but Frederick City laws.
  5. Trash Cans
    Residents need to store their trash cans in the rear yard in a neat and orderly fashion. Trash needs to be out of public view except on days of trash collection.
  6. Parking Rules and Regulations
    Residents are reminded there are rules and regulations related to the parking of vehicles upon any Lot or portion of the Common Areas. More information on the Policy Resolution for Vehicle Parking Violation Procedures can be found here.
  7. Whittier Pools
    The Whittier Community has three (3) pools for the use of the members of the Association; Cobblestone Pool located at 2405 Cobblestone Way, Greenleaf Pool located at 2000 E. Greenleaf Drive and Wetherburne Pool located at 2274 Wetherburne Way. The pools are open Memorial Day-Labor Day. Pool information can be found here.
  8. Notice to Absentee Owners
    All owners (Single Family, Townhouse or Condominium) need to make sure if they rent their Whittier home, to forward their absentee owner address to Vanguard Management in writing. Please send an email to the accounting department at cdemarco@vanguardmgt.com with your Whittier address and your absentee owner address, where you reside. You can also mail the written notice to Vanguard at P.O. Box 39, Germantown, Md. 20875. It is essential that all absentee owners do this so you will continue to receive the important correspondence related to your home such as; payment coupons, budget mailings, pool information, etc.
  9. You can email us here.
  10. Other important phone numbers can be found here

Get Involved

Would you like to be more active in the community?  We invite you to get involved by joining a committee, attending our regular HOA meetings and participating in Whittier Events.

Assessments

Article IV, Section 4. (a) of the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (Declaration) for The Whittier Community Association, Inc. (Association) requires each Member to pay to the Association, in advance, an annual sum, also referred to as a “Community Assessment” equal to the Members’ proportionate share of the annual expenses of the Association.

Article IV, Section 4. (b) of the Declaration for the Association requires each fee owner of a Lot to pay to the Association, in advance, an additional annual sum, also known as “Neighborhood Assessment”, equal to the Members’ proportionate share of the annual expenses applicable only to a particular “Neighborhood” or type of home as the Association may from time to time elect.

For purposes of this policy resolution, the “Community Assessment” and “Neighborhood Assessment” shall be hereinafter collectively referred to as “assessments”.

Article IV, Section 10. of the Declaration for the Association further provides that the assessments levied pursuant to the Declaration, or installment thereof, not paid when due shall be delinquent and shall, together with interest, late charges and the costs of collection, shall become a continuing lien upon the Lot or Lots belonging to the Member against whom such assessment is levied.

Article IV, Section 10. of the Declaration for the Association further provides that any assessment, or installment thereof, which is not paid within thirty (30) days after it is due may, upon resolution of the Board of Directors, bear interest from the due date until paid at the maximum legal rate permitted by the State of Maryland, and that the Board of Directors may impose late charges upon any assessment which has not been fully paid when due.

It is the intention of the Board of Directors for the Whittier Community Association, Inc. to establish formal policy and procedure, pursuant to the Declaration for the Association, for the collection of assessments.

In support of the above, the following shall be the procedure of the Association for the collection of assessments:

  1. Due Date: All assessments for the Association shall be collected on an annual basis due as follows:
    1. The Community Assessment shall be due on the 31st day of January of each calendar year.
    2. Any Neighborhood Assessment levied shall be due on the 28th day of February of each calendar year.
    3. Should either of the above dates fall on a weekend, the due date will be the next regular business day that is not a national holiday.
       
  2. Late Fee: Any assessment not paid on or before the thirtieth (30th) day after the due date shall be considered late and the Association shall impose a late charge of ten percent (10%) of the assessment amount.

    The Association or its agent shall, on or about the thirtieth (30th) day after the due date, send a notice of late payment to each Member having an outstanding balance. The late notice will remind the owner of his/her obligation to pay an assessment, and that a late charge has been applied.

    All payments made shall first be applied against any unpaid balance on a Member’s account as of the date of receipt of the payment. As a result, the current assessment, or a portion thereof, may still be considered late.
     

  3. Notice of Intent to Create Lien: If the Member’s account is not paid in full within sixty (60) days after the due date the account may be turned over to the Association’s attorney to send a NOTICE OF INTENTION TO CREATE A LIEN (NOI), pursuant to the Maryland Contract Lien Act. The Member shall be responsible for any and all costs associated with the preparation and delivery of said notice. …/…WHITTIER COLLECTION 2014 Whittier Community Association Policy Resolution for Collection of Assessments.
     
  4. Filing a Lien: If the balance requested in the NOTICE OF INTENTION to CREATE A LIEN has not been paid in full in thirty (30) days, pursuant to the Maryland Contract Lien Act, the Association may file a STATEMENT OF LIEN (“Lien”) on the Member’s property to secure the amounts due and owing. The Lien shall be filed for and include the amount of unpaid accelerated Assessments, together with interest at a rate equal to the maximum rate permitted under the laws of the State of Maryland, accrued late fees, actual costs of collection, including the costs of preparing and serving the NOI, the costs of the preparation of the Lien, attorney’s fees, and any charges assessed against the Member. The Member is also responsible for all fees incurred in the filing and releasing of a recorded lien, including but not limited to, filing fees, and recordation taxes. No lien will be released until the full amount owed on the account is paid, including outstanding attorney’s fees, late fees, interest, and other charges.
     
  5. Priority of Payments. All payments made shall be allocated in the following order of priority:
    1. Charges for attorney’s fees, court costs and other costs of collection,
    2. All late fees and accrued interest,
    3. Any special assessment levied against the Owner or property,
    4. The annual assessment amount. Beginning with the oldest balance.
       
  6. Collection Action-Member Responsibility for All Costs of Collections: The Board of Directors, either directly or through its agent, may at any time turn a delinquent account over to legal counsel for collection proceedings as allowed in Article IV, Section 10 of the Declaration for the Association or any other action at law which the Board of Directors may deem appropriate. All costs of collections, including, but not limited to, the costs of the preparation of any notices prepared by the attorney, all filing fees, private process server costs and attorney’s fees, will be added to the delinquent Member’s account.
     
  7. This policy may, from time to time, be amended, repealed or superseded pursuant to applicable laws.

Adopted by Resolution of the Board of Directors on February 25 , 2014 at a meeting of the Board of Directors at which a quorum was present and a majority of the quorum voted in favor of the Resolution.