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Clusters Galvanize for Golf Course Fight

Reston Rescue Reps from several clusters near Reston National getting organize to keep the open space open.

Citizens who are concerned about potential rezoning and redevelopment at held their first organizational meeting on Friday.

The group is calling itself Rescue Reston, and it is comprised of more than a dozen leaders from clusters contiguous to the Reston National and specifically skilled volunteers, says John Pinkman, a resident of Golf Course View Cluster and one of the organizers.

Rescue Reston has been formed i that the owners of the golf course, RN Golf Mangagement LLC, will go before the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals in October as part of an effort to determine the zoning for the 166-acre course.

 The county said that any changes would have to go through the county master plan, as well as the Reston Master Plan and

To see RN Golf Management LLC's appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals - as well as other documents pertaining to this issue - click here.

Meanwhile, Frank McDermott, the attorney representing RN Golf Management's case to the Board of Zoning Appeals, says the BZA does not decide development. The case before the BZA is only to determine by law the zoning for the Reston National.

"This appeal to BZA will not result in a change in the status quo," he said. "The BZA cannot make that decision. It can only interpret zoning ordinances and entitlements."

Pinkman says Rescue Reston has created an organization framework to channel information and support: Communications, Legal, and Finance. The committee chairs will serve as an executive committee and a director will be decided shortly.

The group has also created a fundraising plan.

Here is some info from the committees:  

Communications (John Pinkman)

The group now has a website (click here to access it), a Facebook page (Rescue Reston) and Twitter feed (@RescueReston).  There will also be yard signs and banners available.

Legal (David Stroh)

The group has identified a law firm to represent them and they will be on board early next week. Hours of legal research have already taken place and have produced positive results.

Finance (Joe Deninger)

The group will be meeting with counsel to determine the type of organization best suited for the mission. Plans will be developed to accept online contributions through the web site. Facing the possibility of diminished home values, the cluster representatives are returning to their boards this week to arrive at a contribution to the legal defense fund.  

"We are keenly aware that the process we are about to undertake will have broad based implications not only throughout other areas in Reston, but county wide as well," Pinkman wrote to golf course-area residents.

"We have a limited time until Oct. 24, when the Board of Zoning Appeals could make a final decision to allow redevelopment.  We know that everyone is upset, angry, and scared," he added. "Expressing what you thought was true is not helpful. All of us labored under false information for years. Let’s not spend time discussing the past, but strategically align to preserve the future by facing facts and channeling skilled resources and funds.

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Skip Endale August 21, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Sorry to tell you that imagination is stifled by RA restrictions. I have in past been able to beautifully remodel my home but when the unit sold my newly installed front door had to be replaced. Total cost to meet RA requirements: over $4000. The old door was institutional green, had an odd size requirement and a tiny little window (similar to what you see in Lockup prison documentary series). Yes - they insisted that that door had to go back in. The same goes for colors, siding, fencing etc.
BBurns August 22, 2012 at 08:25 PM
By Tom Jackman, NoVa writer for The Washington Post. If you have to register, the Post doesn't spam you. The link may not work - you may have to copy and paste, or visit washingtonpost.com local - virginia. Thanks, Tom! http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-state-of-nova/post/reston-nati onal-golf-course-owner-hints-at-tearing-it-out-building-on-land-near-t wo-new-metro-stations/2012/08/22/f78e574e-ec09-11e1-a80b-9f898562d010_ blog.html
K2 October 16, 2012 at 12:19 AM
No one has mentioned here (yes, I'm late to the game) but housing prices will surely stagnate if the golf course is turned into residential homes. I think most of us have been hoping that the Metro will eventually help housing prices in the area, but if you toss in hundreds of new homes, that prospect will go away. Look at Ashburn and some areas of Leesburg. Folks can't sell their homes because new homes are the better bargain. Now, I don't know if new homes would be McMansions (and maybe could up the average housing price in Reston) or if new homes would match more of the average housing price that currently exists. If it's the latter, it's not good for housing prices. But either way, it's not good. I can't wait to see how many red light cycles we'll have to wait to make a left onto Wiehle off of Sunrise Valley after this happens. I do, however, agree with the person who wrote that the RA is the main reason we have not modernized. My favorite story is how the RA once told one of the original architects of Reston that his request was not in keeping with the intentions of the original planners of Reston. He then showed documentation that he was an original planner. Amazing.
Natural Space October 22, 2012 at 01:21 AM
When is the next meeting to get and discuss the "facts"? Find out what the homeowners or Reston can do to keep our area as it was intended - no trees higher than the tree line??? Whatever's happened to why many of us over here. Oh that's right - $$$$$$$$ for who though?!?
Connie Hartke November 09, 2012 at 04:26 PM
New aerial video of the golf course and open space: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBbFVbOu5YE&feature=youtu.be

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