A New Deal For Reston National Golf Course?

Reston2020 reports that Fairfax County and golf course owners may be working on plan for housing and a big central park.

Are Fairfax County and RN Golf Management close to making a deal to bring residential housing - along with a big park - to Reston National Golf Course?

Reston Citizens Association group Reston2020 says they may be.

Reston2020 reports on its blog that a secret deal is in the works that will set aside a substantial portion of the golf course for a large Reston central park.  

Reston2020 sources say an option is being explored to have the developer proffer land for a park in return for being granted rental unit density.  

"Another source indicates that [Northwestern Mutual, RN Golf Management's parent company] is testing the market among several major area developers to see if the golf course can be sold for commercial development purposes.  From these eyes, that sounds like NM or a commercial developer could develop more than 7,900 units—the current reported zoning limit—on whatever land is still left to “incentivize” a deal with the County," the 2020 blog says.

Reston2020 admits that there has been no corroboration from Reston Association, Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, RN Golf Management, Rescue Reston or any other parties in the know about this issue.

But it is food for thought in an ongoing saga.

In Spring of 2012, RN Golf Management asked Fairfax County if the golf course could be zoned residential. The county said it is zoned as open space, and any changes to that would require amending the county master plan.

RN Golf Management then filed an appeal with the county Board of Zoning Appeals. It has twice been postponed, and now has a hearing date of May 22.

To see all of Reston Patch's Reston National Golf Course Rezoning stories, click here.

To read Reston2020's entire piece on the the latest twist, click here.

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Diane Lewis February 14, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Totally agree with Beth Burns. My yard is also NWF certified, too. A daily pleasure is watching the bluebird family, the downy woodpeckers, the flickers, and the goldfinches, along with their less colorful songbird relatives, when they visit my heated birdbath and various feeders. Bluebirds, especially, prefer open spaces such as this golf course.
Diane Lewis February 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Yes, sounds like my backyard exactly, Beth. We couldn't keep the 2nd birdbath clean enough, so it's retired until the one up on the deck peters out. And we feed hot pepper seed to the blue lovelies. Tried dried mealworms, but they weren't a hit.
Kate Peterson February 15, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Yes- but what if you could have 125 acres of a Meadowlark Garden and some townhouses, it seems like that would be preferable to a golf course.
Karen Goff February 15, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Kate - I was just envisioning a Meadowlark Gardens-type place if the golf course were to become a park. Perhaps I can relocate Patch world headquarters to a gazebo there.
Diane Lewis February 16, 2013 at 12:29 AM
In summer, my yard hosts more butterflies than Meadowlark Gardens. It may be that my visits to the former were when the winged creatures were not in evidence, but we did have countless numbers of them last summer. It was so gratifying to know that we had provided them with a suitable habitat. Will miss that when the dozers start. Hope they will notify us when the tree fellings begin, also. Hate to watch as these beneficial friends fall to human greed.


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