published: December 16th, 2020 by in Community

It looks like the first snow event will occur today. Please remember, all King Farm homeowners are responsible for removing snow and ice from their driveway aprons, lead walks, and all sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after a snowfall of 3″ or less and within 48 hours after a snowfall of 3″ or more. Violators can be fined, so make sure you clear your sidewalks!

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Condominium owners and residents should contact their respective condominium association management companies. Apartment residents should contact the appropriate building management for questions or concerns about snow clearing and treatments.

The Assembly clears snow and/or treats all private streets (white signs/blue letters), alleys, and common area sidewalks (like the sidewalks at the Community Center, Pleasant Circle, Route 355, and the bike path on Gaither Road).

The City clears snow and/or treats all City streets and City sidewalks, and bike/trail paths located in King Farm. The City clears snow from 160 lane miles of roadways, 30 miles of publicly owned sidewalks, walkways, pathways, and 18 City-owned facilities and parks with parking lots. The City crews treat and plow roads in the following priority order:

  • Primary roads consist of major arterial roads, emergency routes, central business districts, and primary residential roads near schools.
  • Secondary roads that consist of the remainder of neighborhood streets, alleyways, and cul-de-sacs.

There are Primary and Secondary streets located in King Farm. Often residents residing on City streets in King Farm are concerned when they see other streets have been cleared and theirs have not. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 240-314-8500.

It is encouraged for residents to park their vehicles inside their garage and/or driveway to provide better access for crews to treat and clear snow.

Remember that the City has a policy regarding parking on public streets designated “snow emergency streets” during snow emergencies; the Assembly has a similar policy for parking on private streets. Although not every public street in King Farm is a snow emergency street, it’s still a good idea to follow this rule whenever possible. The City policy is that cars must be parked on the even-numbered side of the street whenever a snowstorm of 3” or more occurs, and then once the odd-numbered side of the street gets cleared, move your car to the cleared side so that plows can remove snow from the even-numbered side. The City can tow vehicles that are parked in violation of their snow emergency policy. If parked on the street, King Farm residents should follow this procedure on all King Farm streets whenever possible; this makes it easier for the City and our contractors to clear your streets as quickly as possible, thereby making it easier for you to find a clear spot in which to park.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at 301-987-0122 or via e-mail at management@kingfarm.org.