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Reston National Owners Postpone Zoning Appeal

Appeal on status of Reston National moved from Oct. 24 to January.

The fight for the future of Reston National Golf Course will continue into 2013 as the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals hearing scheduled for Oct. 24 has been deferred until January.

The hearing was deferred at the request of the golf course owner, RN Golf Management.

The looming appea which are adamant the 166-acre golf course should remain open space. Reston Association and Reston Citizens Association have vowed to fight redevelopment, and a grassroots organization, Rescue Reston, has mobilized since July.

"We will not be moved," said Rescue Reston executive director John Pinkman. "We live here, we are not going anywhere. If anything, this delay helps us get better organized and communicate our message to others who have are just becoming aware of this crisis. Not understanding that, is a major miscalculation and an underestimation of our resolve; as was the tactic of trying to slide this redevelopment through quietly."

The issue dates back to last April, if the golf course was zoned residential.

When the zoning officials said the golf course was not residential and to designate it residential would involve a change to the county master plan, the owners filed the zoning appeal.

Frank McDermott, the attorney representing RN Golf Management's case to the Board of Zoning Appeals, said earlier that 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."

No plans for residential development have been made public yet, but Pinkman says it is important that residents galvanize now to be ready for the fight.

"If the BZA overturns the zoning decision, this is the crack in the dam," said Pinkman, who has lived in Reston for more than 30 years, said at the September rally "If you can do it once, you can do it twice. If you can do it in Reston, you can do it anywhere."

"Act now!" he told attendees at a rally on Sept. 29. "It is important we be ready for this."

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.

Margaret Perry October 09, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I agree this is the owners ploy to try and make the "people" go away. Because maybe you will have forgotten that it bothers you by January. And it will be colder, so you won't want to attend rallies. If it concerns you now, make sure it concerns you still in January.
Lucinda Shannon October 09, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Can we get a link to the Rescue Reston website in this article? I'd like to visit there and see how I can help support the movement. Maybe buy a T-shirt or yard sign?
Lucinda Shannon October 09, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Here is a link to the Rescue Reston website- http://rescuereston.org/ :)
Karen Goff October 09, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Lucinda - click on the highlighted Rescue Reston phrase in the article. That links to the RR website.
Joseph V. Morris October 09, 2012 at 06:21 PM
As I understand it, Reston National has NOT withdrawn their appeal to the BZA. This suggests that, as the situation developed, they found they had a flaw in the appeal originally filed and that the additional time is intended to allow them to file a revised appeal, possibly using different grounds or request a different action from the BZA. (indeed, the original appeal was rather puzzling in that it asked the BZA to 'reverse the Zoning Agent's determinations and direct that the County be required to accept a properly filed and complete PRC plan application'. Well, that was PART of what the Zoning Agent told them they needed to do anyway, so there was really nothing of substance for the BZA to do.) Watch for a revised appeal to be filed in the next month or two. In the meantime, keeping marshaling arguments and keep researching the issue. As John Pinkman said, this isn't over.
The BSD Guy October 09, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Only in Fairfax County!! We pay the salaries with our tax dollars so people on various county boards related to development can deliberately work against the people on behalf of the county's very, very, special interest - the developers. Am I the ONLY person that thinks there's something wrong with this. The county should be SCRUTINIZING and QUESTIONING developers, particularly the actual need for development. What does it do instead? County officials basically act like a bunch of paid off, corrupt weasels. By the developers and for the developers. As for Hudgins, she'll show up at gathering to "offer support" but once developers have something concrete in hand, the good 'ol "Cathy knows best" version 2.0 will kick in and we'll more delay games until, once again, the developers have their way at resident expense. It's time to impeach Hudgins and purge the county offices of corrupt officials being paid off by developer special interest. Sorry, Ms. Hudgins - I just don't think the developers and their billionaire elite investors are all that impressive - more like imbecilic!!!!!
Karen Goff October 09, 2012 at 06:54 PM
The story does not indicate the appeal was withdrawn. It says it was postponed, which is quite common for zoning issues (Fairway was postponed a half dozen times last year).
BBurns October 09, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Karen, thank you once again for being on top of this ongoing story. We can take it to the bank that just hours after breaking news, you'll have researched, written and sent out an update. When I heard about this this morning, I immediately thought, "Karen will post an update by this afternoon." You beat "afternoon" by two minutes.
Patty Cidone October 09, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Ditto Beth, on the excellent job Karen has been providing by covering this story and keep her readers up-to-date. We are all in this for the "long haul" and hope that everyone continues to follow and support this effort!
Kelly Murray October 10, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Ditto BSD Guy It really does come down to the developers I heard through the grapevine that Lerner Enterprises are the ones behind the urgent need to develop Has anyone else heard this ...... Lerner Enterprises are and have been developing Tysons,own Washington nationals and are trying to develop Reston National Golf course as well as develop many parts of Reston Towncenter. Understand the Learner people are nice enough Unfortunately Reston will start to look a lot like Ballston,Tysons and Takoma Park. I saved my whole life and paid a premium for a golf course lot and bought into Restions open space initiatives 15 years ago. I would like to believe that Hudgins is fighting for open-space as she says!!!
John Pinkman October 11, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Planning for the next BZA Hearing------ Start planning your Rescue Reston Cocktail Parties for the Holiday Season. Share the season with your neighbors, some of whom you may have never met. You now have a mutual interest and a strategic compatibility. This by the way is why many of us moved here. A united community, sharing, learning from each other and most of all contributing our diverse and unique talents and passions.
Karen Goff October 11, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Thanks!
Karen Goff October 11, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Thanks!
Stella McEnearny October 14, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Thanks so much, Karen! Let's make a mental note to remember that with the new year, those of us who care about preserving what we know as Reston won't forget to stay mindful and take the appropriate action in January..

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