Wednesday, March 27, 2013
David Stroh chosen as new executive director and president.
After a brief break due to RN Golf Management's postponement of the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals from January to May, Rescue Reston is re-emerging and ramping up its mission to alert area residents about the potential redevelopment of Reston National Golf Course. The next Rescue Reston community outreach event will be "Spring Into Action" on May 5 at Hidden Creek Country Club. The event will offer a chance for concerned citizens and neighbors to connect with each other and help raise money for the group's legal defense efforts. The event will include live music, food and a silent auction. Information on the even and a link to register are available at www.rescuereston.org/events. Tickets are $65 per person, which includes …
Friday, February 15, 2013
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 …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Winter gala postponed in anticipation of new May Board of Zoning Appeals hearing.
Rescue Reston has changed the date of its fundraiser from Jan. 26 to May 5. The advocacy group, formed last summer in response to the owners of Reston National Golf Course's inquiry about whether the course could is zoned residential, was slated to have a winter gala this weekend in anticipation of a Jan. 30 Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals hearing. However, the golf course owners recently asked the hearing be rescheduled to May 22, so the fundraiser will now more closely coincide with the new date. The event has also been changed from a black tie-optional party to more casual Spring Into Action Bar-B-Que at 5 p.m. on May 5 at Hidden Creek Country Club. Rescue Reston executive director John Pinkman says people who bought advance …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Hearing was scheduled for Jan. 30, but owners of Reston National Golf Course will have to wait until spring before getting answer.
Update, Jan. 7 - The hearing was postponed at the request of the applicant, RN Golf Management. Original Story: The Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals hearings for the owners of Reston National Golf Course has been moved from Jan. 30 to May 22. This is the second time the hearing has been postponed. It originally was scheduled for Oct. 30. The Board of Zoning Appeals did not say which side asked for this most recent postponement. The issue dates back to last April, when RN Golf Management, which is owned by a subsidiary of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, asked county zoning officials if the Reston golf course was zoned residential. When the zoning officials said the golf course was not residential and to designate it residential …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Grassroots group plans fundraiser as Jan. 30 zoning appeal hearing approaches.
Rescue Reston, the local advocacy group aimed at stopping potential redevelopment of Reston National Golf Course, is holding a gala fundraiser on Jan. 26 at Hidden Creek Country Club. Event tickets are $100, which includes hors d’oeuvres, dancing and a silent auction. Click here for ticket information and purchase. Tickets will be available to the public beginning Monday. Rescue Reston, headed by executive director John Pinkman, was formed last summer when it was learned that RN Golf Management, the owners of Reston National, inquired with the county to see if the course could be zoned residential rather than open space. The county said no, and any redevelopment would require a change to the Fairfax County and Reston Master Plans. RN Golf…
Monday, November 19, 2012
Grassroots group needs help rotating new banners to strategic spots near Reston National Golf Course.
Rescue Reston, the grassroots group aimed at stopping development at Reston National Golf Course, has two new banners it hopes will get the attention of local residents. The banners that say "It's Colts Neck Road not Bottle Neck Road,” and ‘It's Sunrise Valley Drive not Hi-rise Valley drive," have been placed in several spots on roads nearby the golf course in South Reston. The group wants to move them around every few days in order to garner to biggest audience. "It is important because the banners do not become a part of everyday scenery, said Rescue Reston executive director John Pinkman. "But we will need help to move the signs in the coming weeks." Rescue Reston was formed over the summer after it was learned at RN Golf Management …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
With a three-month delay in the Board of Zoning Appeals decision, Rescue Reston executive director John Pinkman says the fight for open space continues.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Grassroots group seeking signatures to support open space in preparation for Reston National Golf Course's Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing.
Rescue Reston now has an online petition for residents to sign if they support keeping Reston National Golf Course as open space. To access the petition, click here. Rescue Reston is the advocacy group formed in July after it was discovered that RN Golf Management, the ownership group of the golf course, was seeking an appeal to an April inquiry with Fairfax County Zoning as to whether the course was designated residential. When the response was "no," the ownership group hired Frank McDermott, a top land use attorney, and filed an appeal. The appeal was scheduled to be heard Oct. 24, but has been postponed until Jan. 30 at the request of RN Golf Management. The looming appeal has galvanized local groups, which are adamant the 166-acre golf…
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Rescue Reston fires up supporters while outlining reasons to keep Reston National as a golf course.
Several hundred people gathered across the street from Reston National Golf Course on Saturday to show support to keep the course open space. The rally was organized by Rescue Reston, the grassroots advocacy group that was formed in August after it was learned that the owners of Reston National inquired about whether they had residential rights to the golf course. When the county said no, RN Golf Management filed an appeal with the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). That appeal will be heard Oct. 24. At Saturday's rally, Rescue Reston executive director John Pinkman encouraged residents to get involved — to write to the BZA, to put up Rescue Reston yards signs and to sign a petition. "If the BZA overturns the zoning deciscion, …
Several hundred Reston residents gathered Saturday in the parking lot of National Realty, across the street from Reston National Golf Course, to rally in support of fighting potential development of the course. Rally speakers in included Rescue Reston Executive Director John Pinkman, Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, Reston Association South Lakes Director Richard Chew and Reston Citizens Association President Colin Mills. To read complete coverage, click here.