Stop the proposed development of Reston National Golf Course in Reston, VA
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Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals, Virginia

Stop the proposed development of Reston National Golf Course in Reston, VA

    1. Petition by

      Rescue Reston

Reston is Virginia’s first planned community and ranks #7 of the top 100 best places to live in the United States by Money magazine. This is largely due to the adherence to the Reston Master Plan and to careful development within the Reston community.

The development of Reston National Golf Course would be detrimental to the very thing that makes Reston special—a beautiful, thriving and diverse community achieved through well-balanced planning that matches available space and infrastructure with residents. Further development of this open space would weaken our current infrastructure, overburden the existing roads, and add additional students to Reston schools already operating at capacity.

The approval of this proposed development opens the door to alteration of the Fairfax County Comprehensive plan. If it can happen in Reston, it can happen anywhere in the county.

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. 7/11/2014 email to Fairfax County Dept. of Planning & Zoning

      Rescue Reston input for Phase II

      Dear Reston Master Plan Special Study Planners:

      Reston National Golf Course is restricted under the Reston Master Plan to use as “open space,” such as a park, nature center or golf course.

      We greatly appreciate that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors supported their Department of Planning and Zoning’s determination regarding the previously proposed development of Reston National Golf Course. Rescue Reston stands firm in our commitment to defend Reston's open space, and with the previously stated support of our cause from the Reston Association and the guidance of our legal representatives, we will actively defend the current zoning should any alternative use be proposed.

      According to page 22 of http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/comprehensiveplan/policyplan/parksrec.pdf, the County has a standard of one hole of golf for every 3,200 citizens. Using a projected Reston population of 114,118 we need 36 holes. Golf is the only County Park Facilities Standard that Reston already meets, and at no expense to taxpayers. Reston has two privately owned, publicly accessible golf courses that were part of Reston’s original design. These urban golf courses add value to the homes and businesses in Reston.

      The development of Reston National Golf Course would be detrimental to the very thing that makes Reston special—a beautiful, thriving and diverse community achieved through well-balanced planning that matches available space and infrastructure with residents. Further development of this open space (by which we mean green space – not sidewalk cafes which developers call “open space”) would weaken our current infrastructure, overburden the existing roads, add additional students to Reston schools already operating at capacity, and diminish our quality of life.

      Rescue Reston has over 3,860 signers on the combined paper and online petitions to uphold the zoning for Reston National Golf Course. Should a new threat arise – this number will grow dramatically. As John Varner of Reston commented on the online petition just 5 days ago: “Quality of life. Green space and recreation is important to city dwellers.”

      Respectfully submitted,

      Connie Hartke, President
      Rescue Reston

    3. Vigilance Required!

      RN Golf Management LLC (RNGM), owner of the Reston National Golf Course, has indefinitely deferred its hearing before the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals. This puts their appeal on hold, and they may be planning a different attack. We need to remain vigilant and prepared to oppose any further efforts to develop the golf course which may emerge. Please sign our petition to indicate your opposition to any attempts to permit development of this open space resource for our community. Signatures are welcome from all over the country, as open space is under attack by developers everywhere. We must not let up now! Our message is being heard! Please spread the word on this petition!

    4. BZA Hearing delayed until September 25 -- Petition Drive Continues!

      The most important thing our community can do right now is to show the Board of Zoning Appeals and our County Supervisors where we stand and why. Together we can show them that we support the Zoning Administrator’s determination and the County’s long-standing Comprehensive Plan for Reston. We can stand together and show that we do not appreciate and will not stand quietly by when anyone attempts to destroy the open space which makes Reston unique -- one of Money Magazine’s top 10 places in the country to live. See http://bit.ly/restontop10

    5. BZA Hearing delayed until May 22 -- Petition Drive Continues!

      For the second time the legal team representing Reston National Golf Course has asked to delay the Board of Zoning Appeals hearing. The new date is Wednesday, May 22, 2013. We will continue to inform the public about our efforts to protect Reston’s original planned open spaces. Please ask your friends, co-workers, relatives, etc. to support us by signing this petition. It lets our County representatives and the members of the Board of Zoning Appeals know what the community wants. Not local? That’s OK. Don’t let one of the country’s first planned communities fall apart - the open space in your neighborhood could be up for grabs next.

    6. Reached 2,000 signatures
    7. Petition Drive Extended to January 15

      We've extended the Petition Drive to January 15, 2013. We want to present a very LARGE package of signatures to the Board of Zoning Appeals prior to the January 30 hearing. So please keep spreading the word to everyone! Happy Holidays!

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures
    9. New Goal: 3,500 signatures by December 9

      We’ve had great response since starting a targeted petition drive on November 17th. Spread the word to your friends, family, co-workers. This goes beyond Reston, VA. The streams on the golf course flow into Lake Thoreau and Lake Audubon, two popular lakes in Reston used for recreational activities such as boating and fishing. These lakes flow into Difficult Run and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Read more on potential impacts at http://bit.ly/RAmemoImpacts.

    10. Reached 750 signatures
    11. We're more than halfway!

      We have 544 signatures of our 1000 goal! Thanks so much for your support. Please remember to forward the petition link to anyone you know who wants to save open green space -- anywhere! For now, this is an immediate problem in Reston, Virginia and could quickly expand to all of Fairfax County, Virginia...and after that, it's too scary to ponder.

    12. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Margaret Gupta RESTON, VA
      • about 1 month ago

      We need to preserve open space in Reston so the community continues to have balanced land useage.

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    • Pat Dunham RESTON, VA
      • about 1 month ago

      As stated in the petition, development of the golf course will place an increased burden on the community. I would like to see the open spaces of Reston be preserved.

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    • Shashikant Gupta RESTON, VA
      • about 1 month ago

      Preserving Reston's balance between nature and development is a fundamental reasons why we live in this community. Planned development per the master plan is welcome. But attempts to squeeze additional profit by sacrificing treasured open, green space will destroy Reston's character, people will start leaving, and community will decline over time, ultimately destroying one of the best places to live.

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    • Renette Oklewicz RESTON, VA
      • about 1 month ago

      We moved to Reston and have lived here for 30 years because of the wonderful open space and Reston's unique quality of life. We are terribly troubled by the potential massive amount of housing unit growth that is being proposed at the golf course and throughout Reston. Why do we need more housing and less open space? We simply do not have the roads or services that will be needed to accommodate another 25,000 people residing in the proposed golf course housing.

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    • Frank Northrop ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • 3 months ago

      Golf can be enjoyed for your entire life. Making money for a few is not the answer for all things.

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