It ain’t over

Thank you to the over 6,000 petitioners (both online and on paper) whose support will continue to be important. Please stay tuned at for future updates as we move into the next phase of this land use battle.

This does not end today.

Local TV Coverage of the April 15 BZA Decision

The three major networks covered the story today:

Statement from Rescue Reston’s David Burns Regarding the Outcome of Today’s Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing

RE: RN GOLF MANAGEMENT, LLC, application #A 2012-HM-020 under sect(s). 18-301 of the Zoning Ordinance.
David Burns, Board Member

Rescue Reston is disappointed that the BZA has seen fit to overrule portions of the decision of the Zoning Administrator and we will carefully consider appealing this decision to the Circuit Court. We believe the BZA has ignored not only the law and the property rights of the thousands who own property adjacent to the golf course, but also the will of the more than 6,000 supporters of Rescue Reston, and the thousands more members of the Reston Association, who respect the Reston Master Plan and oppose development of the golf course. We thank our supporters, including the hundreds who attended the hearing in January to help present the community’s views, and will continue to work with you to overturn this BZA decision. This does not end today.

Attorneys at Work


Rescue Reston Attorney Randy Greehan submitted RR’s response to RNGC’s submission of April 1.

Following the January 21 BZA Hearing, attorneys for all parties involved were given a chance to submit additional information prior to the April 15 BZA meeting. Attorneys had until April 1 to submit documents to the BZA. Now the attorneys have until April 7 to file responses to each other’s April 1 filings.

Below are links to the letter and exhibits submitted by Rescue Reston’s attorney.

Here are links to the other filings:

Statement Regarding the Outcome of Today’s Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing

RE: RN GOLF MANAGEMENT, LLC, application #A 2012-HM-020 under sect(s). 18-301 of the Zoning Ordinance.

David Burns, Board Member & VP Legal Affairs: “Rescue Reston is optimistic that after the BZA has fully considered the record presented at today’s hearing it will uphold the decision of the Zoning Administrator to maintain the Reston National Golf Course as open space. We thank the supporters who attended the hearing to help present the community’s views as well as over 5,300 petitioners. We also thank the Reston Association for fighting on behalf of its members for open space. Our members look forward to a positive outcome, and to being able to continue to enjoy the golf course as an integral part of our community.”

For Interviews CONTACT:
Connie Hartke, President, Rescue Reston 571-205-8874
David Burns, VP – Legal Affairs, Rescue Reston 703-581-5280

Letter from Rescue Reston’s Attorney to the BZA

You may want to familiarize yourself with Rescue Reston attorney’s letter to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). If you opt to speak at the hearing, you do not need to talk about the legal arguments – our attorneys have that covered. It’s more important that you speak about how the redevelopment of the golf course would affect you financially and personally.

Below are links to the letter and the exhibits listed in the letter. These are separate files because some of the files are quite large. Exhibits 9 and 10 contain the details of the argument from 2012.

BZA Hearing Details & Logistics

Wednesday, January 21:
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035 (map)

  • Arrive by 8:30am – be in the auditorium at 8:45am for group photo
  • Come for group photo even if you can’t stay for the entire hearing
  • Wear a Rescue Reston shirt or anything bright yellow/green to show solidarity
  • If you’d like to speak:
    • Call 703-324-1314 to register for Application No. A 2012-HM-020
    • You are not required to register, but doing so ensures you are one of the first to speak
  • When speaking:
    • Start by stating your name and address and, if representing an organization, give the name of the organization
    • If you are speaking as an individual, you will have 3 minutes; however, you may be told you only have 2 minutes, depending on the number of speakers.
    • If you are speaking on behalf of an organization, you will have 5 minutes.
      Note: Only one speaker per organization is allowed.
  • Carpool with friends/neighbors/coworkers (sign up at
  • The hearing will only be postponed for inclement weather if:
    • Fairfax County offices (not just schools) are closed
    • Unscheduled leave for Fairfax County employees is announced

Videos from the Rally to Save Open Space

If you did not attend the Rescue Reston Rally on Saturday, 1/10/15 at Langston Hughes Middle School, here’s your chance to see what you missed!

  • Mack.Johnson‘s excellent musicianship
  • Informative and inspirational speakers
    • Connie Hartke, President, Rescue Reston
    • Ken Knueven, President, Reston Association
    • Colin Mills, Past President, Reston Citizens Association and Chair of Reston Association’s Community Engagement Advisory Committee
    • John Lovaas, Longtime Sierra Club member and Host of Reston Impact
    • Carol Molesky, Coach, South Lakes High School Golf Coach
    • Ray Wedell, Realtor®, RE/MAX Gateway
    • John Pinkman, Founder & Board Member, Rescue Reston

We’ve packaged the event into four separate videos so you can listen to the speakers of your choice. Tomorrow we are one week from the BZA Hearing – get familiar with the issues, get ready to show your support for Reston on January 21 at the Fairfax County Government Center!

Video 1: Connie Hartke

Video 2: Ken Knueven & Colin Mills

Video 3: Carol Molesky, John Lovaas & Ray Wedell

Video 4: John Pinkman

Share with your friends & neighbors!

Restonians United!


More than 300 people attended the Rally to Save Open Space on Saturday, January 10! Rescue Reston president Connie Hartke talked about the history of the situation, current status, and what to expect at the BZA Hearing on January 21. Other community leaders spoke about the challenge we face and reminded the crowd that our united voice has the power to influence the outcome. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the event.