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Hudgins: 'Not Involved' In Any RNGC Talks

Hunter Mill Supervisor says she supports county zoning's stance that Reston National should remain open space.

Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins says she has not had discussions with the owners of Reston National Golf Course about redevelopment there.

Hudgins statement comes in response to a Reston 2020 report earlier this week that said there may be a deal in the works to bring some residential development to the 166-acre site, along with a big park.

On Thursday, Reston Association also said it has not been involved in any talks.

The issue of redeveloping Reston National Golf Course has been discussed since it came to light last summer that the golf course owner, RN Golf Management, inquired with Fairfax County Zoning as to the space's residential status.

When the county said turing the open space into residential would involve a change to the county master plan, the owners filed an appeal. The appeal will be heard May 22.

The entire text of Hudgins' message in her weekly Hunter Mill Highlights newsletter is below.

As most of you are aware, last summer, Reston National Golf Course(RNGC) requested an interpretation of its zoning status. As I shared in previous communications, it is not unusual for land owners to request that the Fairfax County Zoning Administration provide an interpretation on the use of their land.

Following the established process, the Fairfax County Zoning Administrator responded that, according to the original development plan, the RNGC property is designated open space. Reston National Golf Course, disagreeing with that opinion, has chosen to appeal that decision before the Board of Zoning Appeal (BZA).  Currently, the BZA Public Hearing on this matter was originally scheduled for a January date.  Reston National Golf Course chose to defer its appearance before the BZA until May 22, 2013.

From the outset, I have supported - and continue to support - the Zoning Administrator's decision.

In addition, contrary to the Reston Patch and Reston 2020 reports, I have not been involved with any discussions with RNGC owners, Reston Association, Fairfax County Park Authority or others regarding any activity associated with this property.

As Reston residents, all of us can make our voices heard by attending the  May 22nd meeting and signing up to speak. Or, you may forward a letter to the BZA expressing your concerns regarding the appeal. I would encourage you to do both.Let’s remember that Reston’s original planning and development required open space for active and passive recreation and I feel confident that will continue.

Please do contact my office if you have concerns. It is the best way for both of us to separate fact from fiction and work together to resolve community issues. As always your input is critical to success

 

 

To read Reston Patch's stories on the Reston National Golf Course issue, click here.


The BSD Guy February 16, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Ms. Hudgins is the SAME woman who wanted to push for a development out in the middle of nowhere off of Hunter Mill Road, if you recall. She insulted residents and acted not like a people's representative, but more like a belligerent sales rep for the developers. Some of her anti-resident quotes can be found in the Reston Connection and other local papers. THIS IS A SPECIAL INTEREST POLITICIAN ALL THE WAY. Government by and for the developer elites at the expense of everyone else. The reason that fiasco failed is because the developers got so cocky after dealing with the board of supervisors that they started putting up signs saying "Future site of..." before they had approval, and it was uncovered that an "independent pro-growth" organization that JUST HAPPPENED to be "lobbying" on behalf of the developers was stacked with nothing but the developers employees and family members. EVEN THEN Hudgins basically had to be hit over the head before she finally gave into the residents. As an FYI, the developer collapsed and went bankrupt a few years later. If Hudgins had had her short sighted and anti-resident way, that heavily wooded land would have likely razed by the developer and just left like that, unfinished. Hudgins is someone that needs to have someone keeping an eye on her all the time. She's simply a developer's rep in Democrat's clothing, and EVERYONE should be suspicious of everything she does.
BBurns February 16, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Good point, Connie. I'd guess that writing letters - in addition to signing the petition, not instead of - would still be a good idea, because writing takes more effort. Sometimes that's taken more seriously.
Joseph V. Morris February 16, 2013 at 08:22 PM
While I regret having to ask Supervisor Hudgins for further clarification, I feel that it is necessary, but she wrote her statement as she saw fit. That said, I'm quite confident that Supervisor Hudgins has NOT personally been involved in any discussions with RNGC, its parent company, or others. That would be improper (as I'm sure she well knows) since this matter, whatever the BZA may decide, is ultimately going to come before the Board of Supervisors. Still, she has failed to state that their have been no 'discussions' with members of her personal staff or with County staff on this subject -- of which she is aware, of course. I think we need clarification on these further questions since she has now seen fit to make a public statement that failed to address them.
Lilguy February 21, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Ms. Hudgins made another mis-statement in her statement. She says, "contrary to the Reston Patch and Reston 2020 reports, I have not been involved with any discussions with..." (anyone involved in RNGC). Actually, neither the Reston Patch nor Reston 2020 said she had. Both stated there are rumors of discussions going on, but it did not, in fact, could not, identify who may be participating--if such discussions are going on. So, not only did she NOT clear up her knowledge of any such discussions (if they are going on), but she wrongly impugned both Patch and Reston 2020. ...an apology would be too much to ask, I suppose.
Suzanne Larne April 25, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Reading this thread makes me wonder why Supervisor Hudgins keeps getting elected, I believe she has been in place since 1999... term limits anyone?

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