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Request for golf cart use in Potomac Landing

The Potomac Landing subdivision is proceeding with its intention to make a formal request to be allowed the legal use of golf carts on streets in the subdivision.

The King George Board of Supervisors is expected this week to authorize the county to proceed with the application for use of golf carts on certain public roads in Potomac Landing subdivision, sections 1 & 2. The Potomac Landing Property Owners Association’s intention was signaled by its presentation at a meeting last month on Nov. 6.

Potomac Landing would become the second subdivision in the county to have golf carts allowed on its roads, with Fairview Beach the first one that got the go-ahead six years ago.

King George Supervisors had approved a county golf cart ordinance in February 2007, following a lengthy process.  

At the November meeting when the Potomac Landing presentation was made, all supervisors noted their support of the request, with Supervisor Joe Grzeika saying he had been a skeptic on the safety issue when it came up a few years ago with Fairview Beach.

He added, “I’m happy to say they proved me wrong and I think it’s working fine.” This week’s action is expected on Dec. 17 (following our press time).

The county’s ordinance allows the legal use of golf carts on public streets in subdivisions that complete an application process, and with an affirmative vote by Supervisors.

TRAFFIC STUDY
The Board of Supervisors is slated to authorize the county’s Department of Community Development to prepare and forward an invoice to the subdivision for the cost of a traffic study, then commence the study for a future presentation to the board.

The golf cart application requires the subdivision’s homeowner’s association to advance payment of all costs associated with processing the application, which includes staff time and provision of a valid traffic study so that Supervisors are in compliance with state law requiring a determination that golf carts in the requested subdivision are compatible with state and local transportation plans and consistent with the Commonwealth’s Statewide Pedestrian Policy.

ROADS REQUESTED
The golf cart application is asking for their use on portions of Potomac Landing Drive (Route 1040), Marine View (Route 1040) and Tides Road (Route 1042), along with all of that portion of Potomac Landing Drive designated as Route 1041.

The staff report indicates that Potomac Landing Section 3, Subdivision Property Owners Association has made a similar request. But it notes that the roads in Section 3 have not been accepted for maintenance by the Virginia Department of Transportation and therefore are not eligible for consideration, since the county is only able to authorized golf cart use on public roads and streets, meaning those that are state-maintained.
However, golf carts can be used on the roads in Section 3 at this time, since the county does not enforce state traffic laws on private streets. Staff has advised that once the roads have been accepted for maintenance, it can work with the property owners association to seek board approval.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
The ordinance contains a sign installation and maintenance agreement that also includes a requirement for the requesting subdivision to provide annual golf cart inspections and licensure.  

The ordinance limits golf carts operation to licensed drivers at least 18 years old, with conformance to all the laws and rules of the road that apply to other motor vehicles on public roads.  The number of passengers is limited to the designed seating capacity of the golf cart.   

Carts are required to display a slow-moving vehicle emblem and must be equipped with head lights, brake lights and a rearview mirror. Golf carts may not be modified from manufacturer’s specifications to increase their speed.  The ordinance also requires that golf carts be insured by a liability policy with a minimum coverage of $50,000 per accident. 

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