RA President: Golf Course Meetings Are Rumors

Ken Knueven sends letter to Reston Association members assuring them that RA not participating in rumored secret redevelopment deal.

Reston Association President Ken Knueven sent a letter to RA members on Thursday, assuring them that RA has not been informed of any current or ongoing meetings regarding the redevelopment of Reston National Golf Course.

Knueven the only meeting he is aware of is the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals hearing on May 22. He said he hopes any other reports of meetings or discussions are nothing more than “rumors.”

Kuneven is referring to a report by citizens group Reston2020, which reported on its blog earlier this week that a secret deal is in the works that will bring some housing to the site but also set aside a substantial portion of the golf course for a large Reston central park.

"Recently, there have been rumors that meetings or discussions have been held among the owners of the golf course, potential developers, County representatives, Park Authority representatives, and members of the Reston community," Knueven wrote.  "The Reston Association is not aware of any such negotiations or meetings.  It has not been invited to in any such discussions.  We have been told by County staff and Park Authority staff that they are unaware of any such discussions. ... this issue is far too important for secretive meetings among a select few.  Any re-planning and redevelopment of the Reston National Golf Course needs to be openly discussed and involve the entire Reston community."

"The Reston Association, on behalf of its members and itself, has a very real interest at stake in any re-planning and redevelopment of the golf course.  Any such discussions should include a Reston Association representative, as well as other members of the community.  It should be an open and transparent process."

Reston2020 said an option is being explored to have the developer proffer land for a park in return for being granted rental unit density, but admitted that it could not corroborate the information with Reston Association, Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, RN Golf Management, Rescue Reston or any other parties in the know about this issue.

RA has taken an official stance against developement of Reston National and has hired legal representation in case the association needs it if the matter continues in court.

The issue of redeveloping the 166-acre 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.

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

To see the full text of Knueven's letter, see the PDF attached to this article.


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Laura Ramon February 14, 2013 at 08:36 PM
John Pinkman said you'd deny this rumor.
Terry Maynard February 14, 2013 at 10:33 PM
I appreciate that Ken sent out a letter, no doubt because he has been badgered by questions in the wake of our post. The RCA 2020 blog specifically said that RA was not a party to these negotiations, if they are occurring. Specifically: "RA says it has heard these rumors too, but it has not been involved in any such discussions, and it should be if they are ongoing." We did some homework. Seems like we got that part right for sure. And please note, we acknowledged that the story was a set of rumors and we asked people to try to find out the real story.
DGeorge February 14, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Hudgins will not confirm or deny negotiations are being held? Is that what I'm hearing?
Laura Calacci February 14, 2013 at 11:12 PM
I read previously that RA has hired legal counsel in this matter. May I inquire how much of our money they are willing to spend on this? As we all know, lawyers can drag things out for years. Don't we already have lawyers on staff?
Connie Hartke February 14, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Ken, Thank You for this reassurance on RA's stand on this issue. Given the comments on the Patch Reston2020 article, we all needed to hear this assurance. For updates on Rescue Reston, folks should please watch www.facebook.com/RescueReston. You do not have to be a FB member to read the Page's posts. As a reminder, Rescue Reston is made up of well -meaning volunteers who all have day jobs. Responding to rumors just cannot always be the first priority.
BBurns February 14, 2013 at 11:42 PM
It seems naive to think that property owners and potential buyers do *not* meet privately with a select few, whether it's about a golf course or other type of property. And Terry Maynard made it crystal clear in his article that he was calling the information rumors.
Lilguy February 14, 2013 at 11:48 PM
RCA says she was evasive when asked the first time and didn't answer a follow up question. Sounds like, "Hudgins will not confirm or deny..."
James MacDonald February 15, 2013 at 03:05 AM
"Hudgins won't confirm or deny". Right, I'll take that to mean the rumors are true. She's a snake in the grass.
Orlina Tucker February 15, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Given the RA's public statement against redevelopment, it seems likely that the property owner would circumvent the RA to negotiate directly with the county. It makes me question how much influence the RA actually has to protect Reston's open spaces when developers and politicians are highly motivated to turn a property's potential into big profits.
Tammi Petrine February 16, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Ken and Terry are right on point. IF there are secret talks going on, the Reston community absolutely needs to be in on ANY final decision making. Period. The community will not stand for any more SECRET agreements that ill-serve the best interests of our home. WE are the only ones who may make that determination. Not our supervisor and certainly not an insurance company.
BBurns February 16, 2013 at 07:19 PM
While I would like that to be true, the board of supervisors (who would defer to our supervisor) and/or the courts, depending on how this plays out, could end up making the determination. We don't have the power to decide - but we can take action by trying to influence the outcome by writing to Hudgins, by writing to the BZA, by signing the petition, by donating to the legal fund, etc. This could end at the BZA. It could go to the BOS. It could end up in court.


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