The Orchard Hills Community Association’s (OHCA) main goals are to promote neighborly activities and ensure municipal ordinances do not negatively affect our quality of life.
Since 1956, the OHCA has worked diligently to “uphold, maintain, retain, improve, secure, preserve, and protect the value, attractiveness and residential character” of the Orchard Hills community. The OHCA is a 100% volunteer, not-for-profit organization. For over 50 years, our Board of Directors has been committed to promoting the highest quality of life conditions for our members, and all residents of southern Lutherville-Timonium.
By maintaining close partnerships with several local organizations, elected officials and government representatives, the OHCA is able to effectively safeguard the interests of its members, while simultaneously promoting mutual friendship among neighbors. In addition to our popular social events, the OHCA is proud to have been a catalyst for several neighborhood improvements including speed humps, the tot lot and re-forestation at Orchard Hills Park, and the original installation of our streetlights.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is the OHCA an HOA (homeowner’s association)?
No. The OHCA is a not-for-profit, 100% volunteer organization incorporated in the State of Maryland. We are not an HOA (homeowners association) and we have no authority to enforce county-issued rules or regulations.
How can I get involved with the OHCA?
Every resident (age 18+) of Orchard Hills is encouraged to join us at our annual general meeting each March and our at any of our neighborhood social events throughout the year. Our annual membership drive runs every April through June. Feel free to send us a message, contact a district director or attend an upcoming event to learn more.
What is the cost of membership and what does it include?
Membership dues are collected annually via cash, check or PayPal and are traditionally used to fund exclusive social events for our members, donations made on behalf of the entire association, and other philanthropic endeavors. Dues can be paid through any district director, by mail or online. The cost is $10.00 per household and additional donations are accepted; however, neither are tax-deductible at this time. While the OHCA is a not-for-profit organization, we are currently awaiting a 501c3 designation from the IRS. Once received, this section will be updated. Prospective and current members-at-large are encouraged to partner with their district director(s) regarding available volunteer opportunities, commercial partnerships and/or general suggestions. In an effort to keep all members informed, communications are sent regularly via hand-delivered newsletters and fliers, neighborhood signage and/or on the website.
Who should I contact regarding these common neighborhood concerns?
- Street light repairs > BGE
- Downed telephone wires/lines > Verizon
- Rodent Sightings > Baltimore County Code Enforcement
- Leaking Fire Hydrant > Baltimore County Public Works
- Orchard Hills Park & Westbury Circle Ground maintenance > LTRC
What is the OHCA currently working on?
The OHCA Board of Directors meets on the last Tuesday of most months, while smaller special committees meet more frequently. Our more recent agendas have been focused on the review of zoning activities of the 1100-1400 blocks of York Road, surveying general neighborhood infrastructure, upcoming event planning, community engagement and member feedback.
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