Commonly asked Questions & Answers about: 

Canterbury of King George


1. WHAT IS CANTERBURY AND HOW IS IT ORGANIZED? 

Canterbury is a planned residential subdivision of 84 building lots on a large tract of land in King George County, Virginia. All lot owners automatically become members of the Canterbury Landowners Council, the organization which enforces the covenants and restrictions governing the development. The council is managed by an elected Board of Directors. 

2. WHAT IS THE COMMON AREA OWNED BY THE COUNCIL? 

The clubhouse, indoor and outdoor riding areas, stables, swimming pool, tennis courts and a nine acre nature preserve at the north end of the property are owned by the Council as common area. Through membership in the Council, each lot owner owns a 1/841h undivided interest in these facilities and land.

3. WHAT AMENITIES DOES CANTERBURY HAVE TO OFFER? 

Canterbury is a great family subdivision that offers the following amenities to its residents: Swimming Pool, Children's Pool, Jacuzzi, Two Tennis Courts, Basketball Court, 9 Acre Nature Preserve, and there will be a new Tot Lot in the Spring of 2000. 

4. CAN I USE THE CANTERBURY CLUBHOUSE FACILITY? 

The clubhouse facility has been leased to a catering firm. Members of the Council do have the ability to use the clubhouse for functions subject to availability and certain terms and conditions. 

 5. CAN I HAVE A HORSE AND USE THE STABLES AT CANTERBURY? 

Yes. You can have a horse at Canterbury. Horses must be kept at the stables and are the full responsibility of the owners. In order to use the stables the owner must get liability insurance and name the Canterbury Landowners Council as additional insured. 

6. WHO CAN USE THE TRAIL SYSTEM ACROSS THE PROPERTY? 

Although each segment of the five mile trail crosses the lots, the Declaration grants easements of right to use them to the lot owners and the Council. 

WILL I BE LIABLE IF SOMEONE GETS HURT ON THE BRIDLE TRAIL ON MY LOT? 

NO. By law, Virginia Code #29.1-509, a landowner owes no duty of care to keep land safe for entry or use by others for various activities, including horseback riding and hiking. By permitting such activities, a person in control of property does not represent that it is safe for such purposes or assume responsibility or incur liability for intentional or negligent acts by others. The trail system will be maintained by the Canterbury Landowners Council. 

7. HOW MUCH ARE ANNUAL DUES? 

Annual dues are currently $500.00 per year paid bi-annually in May and November. Dues are set by the Council and determined by the yearly budget.

8. WHAT PROTECTS THE LONG-TERM VALUE OF AN INVESTMENT IN BUILDING A HOME AT CANTERBURY? 

The restrictive covenants running with each lot in Canterbury ensure that the standards established for the protection of the property and the benefit of the owners are maintained as the community develops and matures. The approval of the Council's architectural review committee is required before any new construction or changes to improvements on the lots. All utilities are underground. 

9. WHAT TYPE OF BUILDING RESTRICTIONS ARE THERE? 

The covenants provide a 2.000 square foot minimum guideline for houses; however, the architectural committee may authorize smaller houses because of lot size, the proximity of adjoining houses or geographical environs. Buildings should be faced with brick, solid wood, vinyl or another approved siding material. Other provisions cover garage location, fencing, roofs, foundations and required screening. Variations are allowed with approval from the committee.  

10. WHAT TYPE OF  WATER DOES CANTERBURY HAVE? 

Canterbury is served by a central water system that is owned and operated by King George County.

11. HAVE THE LOTS BEEN APPROVED FOR DRAINFIELDS? 

Yes. Every lot has been pre-tested for drainfield locations and the Developer guarantees percolation on each one.

12. WHO MAINTAINS THE ROADS IN CANTERBURY? 

The roads in Canterbury have been built to state highway specifications and have been accepted by the Virginia Department of Transportation. The Commonwealth of Virginia maintains the roads in Canterbury. Any paved common area is the responsibility of the Council. 

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Last Updated on: 22 December, 2008