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RCA Against Golf Course Redevelopment

Citizens group joins Reston Association in vow to fight potential rezoning at Reston National.

The Reston Citizens Association (RCA) has joined in declaring rezoning of a threat to Reston's longterm vision.

At its regular meeting on Tuesday night, RCA resolved is “an existential threat to Reston’s longstanding vision and plan as a diverse 'planned' community.” 

It endorsed the efforts of Reston Association and Rescue Reston to prevent the re-zoning. 

Reston Association called a special meeting last week to formally take a stance on potential development of the golf course. was formed the prior week. It is comprised of golf course-area homeowners who plan to fight rezoning and development.

Earlier this year, lawyers representing RN Golf Management, owners of the course in south Reston, inquired with Fairfax County about the zoning of the course.  The county said any redevelopment would require an amendment to the county master plan. The owners, RN Golf Management, have filed an appeal with the Board of Zoning Appeals, which will be heard on Oct. 24.

The entire resolution is attached as a PDF to this story.

RCA also addressed other development issues at its meeting.

 * The RCA Board will make a statement to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors about the proposed redevelopment of the Town Center Office Building. The plan for the 23-story tower will go before the BOS on Sept. 11. RCA calls it “the wrong building in the wrong place."

* RCA approved a statement for the Planning Commission Tysons Committee supporting the McLean Citizens Association position that County taxpayers ought not pay more than one-quarter of the cost of transportation and other infrastructure improvements required at Tysons to support expected Metro-related development.  

 The current draft financing plan, Draft Strawman III, offers a vague formulation that would likely result in local taxpayers paying for one-half to two-thirds of the infrastructure costs, including more than $8 billion for transportation, over the next forty years. 

Skip Endale August 28, 2012 at 07:29 PM
There seems to be some overlap between what RCA and RescueReston has stated as their main objectives. I cannot overlook the fact that the RescueReston.org is comprised of cluster residents which are mainly interested in protecting their property values and for those reasons have vowed to litigate. For those reasons donations are being requested ... but on whose behalf? I would like to see a united front, preferably one organization which speaks on behalf of the Reston Master plan. Lets be clear, one goal. Thank you.
Colin Mills August 28, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Skip, thanks for writing. Rest assured that several of the organizations opposed to the proposed golf course redevelopment are working on producing exactly the sort of "united front" you speak of. We agree that it's important to be united and focus on the main goal: preservation of the community vision outlined in the Reston Master Plan. Stay tuned for further developments.
David Burns August 29, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I don't live near the golf course, but have donated time and money to Rescue Reston because my wife and I support their efforts. Rescue Reston is not just an organization of golf course cluster residents, but is dedicated to protecting the vision set forth in the Reston Master Plan, which includes preserving open space in Reston for the benefit of all residents. With the increased development efforts accompanying the Metro station, the community's mobilization is critical to help preserve Reston's quality of life. David Burns and Beth Burns
Ray Wedell August 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM
I applaud RCA for clear and bold positions on both the golf course development and the absurd 23-story proposal. Colin and David are both so correct here. Beyond this, the entire issue of new development justified by the new Silver Line is critical. If Wiehle Avenue becomes our Dunn Loring, then has the metro really brought us "progress"? Development interests will brand any opposition to any plan of theirs as "non-visionary" and "anti-progress". They are quite cozy with many of our decision-makers. Be forewarned.
John Lovaas August 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM
The issue is the evisceration of the original Reston Master Plan and the potential loss of the open green space on the heart of south Reston. This is a battle the whole community should fight, not just the residents most immediately in the shadow of the threat. It is heartening to see Reston Association siding with the community in this one, along with the usually reliable RCA. A united front is essential because there is huge profit to be made, the kind that tends to be too much for the Fairfax County political apparatus.
The BSD Guy August 29, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Everyone should send an e-mail to both Bulova and Hudgins expressing their anger over the overdevelopment in this area. Based on what I've read and what I've heard her say, I doubt Hudgins would care since I think the developers have done a thorough job teaching her that the residents are "nimbies," "throw aways," and "insignificants" but it might be worth a shot .... maybe we could keep track of them and that way she couldn't claim that no one contacted her (and thus conclude that everyone in Reston just LOOOOOOVES developers) Personally, I would like to see the following investigated: 1. Why is the county using an idiotic "If we build it they will come" economic model. It's quite clear that "If we build it, someone's probably going to go bankrupt" is the real model. Where are they getting the "facts" to support this model. Who finally ends up paying for these? Us, I assume. 2. Why are county employees, those whose salaries are being paid by us, wandering around Reston and saying "This area ought to be bulldozed, that area ought to be bulldozed....on behalf of developers." This is blatant special interest politics. This guy should be fired (forgot the name and title, but I'm sure others remember this clown) as should all special interest appointees. They're basically being paid by us to work against us for that very, very special interest - the developers. I WANT SOME ANSWERS AND SOME ACCOUNTABILITY!!
John Pinkman August 29, 2012 at 07:13 PM
The reason Rescue Reston was organized is simple, citizens groups can do more in a shorter period of time than traditional community organizations. However it is very clear that we are presenting a united front and will continue to work on behalf of ALL Restonians.
Stella McEnearny August 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM
It would be a travesty to take these special-interest incursions lying down. I'm heartened to see how well-informed you all are. We've got to remain diligent with Hudgins and the relentless, greedy developers. Most of us live here because Reston was designed as a natural treasure - let's keep it that way.
Ray Wedell August 30, 2012 at 12:56 AM
John....thank you for taking a strong leadership role in this. You are correct. And now that we have sound leadership with guts and passion, it is up to the rest of us to help and follow. We all know that this proposal makes absolutely no sense and would be an irreversible nightmare. That does not mean that it won't happen. Let's stop it from happening.
Ray Wedell August 30, 2012 at 01:00 AM
The developers establish some LLC, with ultra-leverage, and make sure they pay themselves huge salaries up front. This goes into their personal accounts. Then, even in the worst case nightmare like a Linden Springs, none of them lose a penny of their own money. And they tell county officials and the press that it expands the tax base and does all sorts of other wonderful things. We have seen the B-rated movie many times. Let's stop the reel.
Ray Wedell August 30, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Yes, it would be a travesty.
Ray Wedell August 30, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Bingo!
Ray Wedell August 30, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Do any of you recall when Disney wanted to build another Disney theme park out near Manassas/Gainesville. It seemed inevitable that it would happen. Finally, that nightmare proposal went away because the local opposition was so overwhelming that Disney did not think it was worth it to pursue any longer. Let's let the developers know they should take a similar route, at least as far as these major reaches are concerned. If some of them want to work with the community on small projects which enhance our communities, then embrace the community and work with us. This top-down, "I am big money, so you roll over" attitude should have died in the crash of 2008. How did some of these guys bounce back so quickly, with the same attitude they had in 2006-2007? As for Reston open spaces, why not codify that existing open spaces remain open spaces? Keeps some feature joker politician from selling us out in the future.
RKO August 30, 2012 at 06:26 PM
You guys should put together a "web attack" system, similar to those used by U.S. PIRG. When a national politician needs to be informed of what people think, they send a message out to all their members saying "Take Action." You click on that link, a web page comes up, with a letter you can edit, you edit the letter and then send it. A receipt is sent to U.S. PIRG so they can track how many people sent the e-mail. This would be a good way to send messages to not only Hudgins but the whole board, and Hudgins would have a much harder time working against the residents on behalf of the developers - you would have proof positive via the e-mail receipts that she's been contacted. This would also be a good way to disperse information amongst Reston residents. Many don't follow politics too closely, and many have observed that developers and supervisors can work "while they're sleeping," i.e. they do stuff behind residents backs hoping they won't be caught. I think that if "Reston Developer Alerts" went out to citizens, and they saw just how dumb some of the things developers are planning and doing, and how disgustingly the BOS members are working on developers behalf, this could finally put an end to it, or at least make it very, very clear that it's time for some politicians to be booted - but you'd have the evidence you need to back it up.
Java Master September 01, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Hudgins' failure to move forward with the new master planning process is purely the product of development/construction interests to stall the process until they can propose new develpment schemes beforehand. This is not leadership. Shame on her.
Steve Resz September 09, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Great idea - but which Reston org would tally tall the emails?
Laura Calacci September 09, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Ray, Please enlighten me on why Linden Springs was a "worst case scenario"? I know it never came to fruition, but I don'e think anyone was hurt.
Steve Resz September 11, 2012 at 09:22 PM
These attacks on Reston will continue to happen as long as the Democratic Party continues to nominate people like Cathy Hudgins - and Restonians continue to re-elect her.
aab September 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM
hntrmill@fairfaxcounty.gov This is Cathy Hudgins email...write her, I did.

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