RSVP for the Reston Citizens Association 2015 Citizens of the Year Award Ceremony & Reception

Rescue Reston and all constituents will be recognized at the RCA Award Ceremony on Sunday, April 24, 2016, we encourage you to RSVP (click here) for the event so that RCA can plan for refreshments and seating. We look forward to seeing you at the event! Reston Citizens Association Press Release Reston Citizens Association Announces that the Supporters of Rescue Reston Will be Honored as 2015 Citizen of the Year [RESTON, VA]—March 18, 2016— The annual Reston Citizen of the Year Award traditionally honors an individual who has contributed to the quality of life in Reston, helped others in need and acted with the goals of Reston in mind, without thought of personal benefit or recognition. This year, the Reston Citizens Association (RCA) is proud to announce that the 2015 Reston Citizen of the Year will be awarded to the supporters of Rescue Reston, a grassroots organization comprising thousands of Restonians who came together to defend Reston National Golf Course as open green space and succeeded in doing so after mounting a long and resolute public campaign and legal battle. “Typically, RCA has awarded the honor to an individual from Reston, but chose Rescue Reston for 2015 because it greatly represents the things that make Reston very unique –- strong community involvement and passion for core founding principles such as preserving open green space and having ample recreational facilities within the community,” said Sridhar Ganesan, president, RCA. “Thousands of citizens united behind the Rescue Reston cause which resulted in a great public common good for Reston. Being an association of, by and for the citizens, RCA is proud to...

Attention Rescuers – Plan on Attending the Reston Area Study Phase II Open House This Saturday 6/7/2014

By Rescue Reston Board of Directors Reston Area Study – Phase II Open House + Reston Movie Preview Location: United Christian Parish (UCP) Church, 11508 N Shore Dr, Reston, VA 20190 Time: Doors Open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 10:30 a.m. Arrive at any time between these hours. Show Your Support for Reston by Attending The Upcoming Reston Area Study Phase II Open House Format: Walk-a-about to various information tables. Sneak a peak of the work-in-progess cut of the “The Reston Story” at the close of the Open House Details from the Fairfax County Department of Zoning and Planning Website: Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning are hosting an open house on the Reston Master Plan Study Phase II. Phase II of the Reston Master Plan will establish a general vision for the village centers throughout Reston. In addition, Phase II will enhance guidance for preserving stable neighborhoods. Issue areas such as transportation, parks, environmental, and zoning will be explored during the open house. Fairfax County staff from multiple disciplines will be available to answer questions and discuss the Reston Master Plan Phase II process. The meeting will be held on June 7 at United Christian Parish (UCP) Church located at 11508 North Shore Drive in Reston. Doors will open at 8:30 AM. In addition to the open house, a special viewing of “The Reston Story” will be shown at the conclusion of the open house. The film explores the first 50 years of Reston through its early days to the present. Sneak a peak of the work-in-progess cut of the “The...

RN Golf Management’s Zoning Appeal Indefinite Deferral Update

By Rescue Reston Board of Directors Vigilance Required as RNGM Next Steps Remain Murky Last week we reported that RN Golf Management LLC, owner of the Reston National Golf Course, requested an indefinite deferral of its hearing before the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals. The hearing regards RN Golf Management’s (RNGM) appeal of the Fairfax County Zoning Administrator’s decision that the golf course cannot be developed without an amendment to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan. This week we learned that RNGM’s request for an indefinite deferral of the hearing has been granted, basically putting their appeal on hold for now. This latest action comes after three prior postponements of the hearing, all of which were at the request of RNGM. We see this latest deferral as further indication that RNGM, which is controlled by Northwestern Mutual, realizes the weakness of its claim that it has the right to develop the golf course without an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan. We can only speculate as to what Northwestern Mutual’s next move may be. They may wait to revisit this matter at some point in the future. They may try to sell the golf course property. Or they may try to persuade the Board of Supervisors to amend the Comprehensive Plan in a way that permits development. It is this last possibility, an attempt to amend the Comprehensive Plan, that is the most troubling. Rescue Reston Board members have been meeting with members of the Board of Supervisors to brief them on the issues surrounding these attempts to develop the golf course. While we currently are unaware of any efforts...

Volunteers Needed for Saturday Reston Farmers Market

By Connie Hartke, V.P. – Communications, Rescue Reston   Volunteer Diane Lewis and I have been at the last two Reston Farmer’s Markets getting signatures on the Rescue Reston petition. We sit at a small table on the side with the other community non-profits, and as folks come by and ask what Rescue Reston is about, we give them our Frequently Asked Questions page and ask them to sign the petition. In the last two weekends we have gotten 70 signatures! More importantly, we’ve helped 70 more people understand the issue around saving the 166 acres of open space in Reston. Can you help on an upcoming Saturday morning? Any time you can spend volunteering helps. If we can get 2-3 volunteers to split a morning, it is a lot easier than finding someone who can volunteer the entire morning. Diane will be there this Saturday July 20, 2013 when the market opens at 8 a.m., and I will be there by 10 a.m. to relieve her. If you visit the market this weekend, please stop by to see what we’re doing and let us know if you can help another time. Given the heat, if you could cover for us for even 10 minutes while we go get a cool drink, we’d be grateful. Remember — open space lost is open space lost forever. We’ve set up a signup sheet, please click here to volunteer. Thank you for your continued...

Successful Spring into Action Event

By David Stroh, Executive Director, Rescue Reston Wow, fun and wow, successful. That’s a short summary of the fine evening we had on May 5 at Rescue Reston’s “Spring into Action” BBQ and silent auction fundraising event held at the Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston. The Bank Street Band was great. The venue was perfect for our full house crowd of 130 friendly, fun, and caring folks. We all had a good evening, enjoyed each other, and know now, more than ever, that we are a strong community devoted to protecting the long-standing Reston Master Plan for open space at Reston National Golf Course. I want to extend my thanks to all for making it such a success. Thanks to Ruth Ann Pinkman who chaired the event. She tirelessly handled every aspect of the evening and is still at work tallying the results. Thanks to Ray Wedell whose membership at Hidden Creek allowed us to hold the evening there without charge for the venue. Thanks to the Bank Street Band that played so well, got the crowd dancing, and freely contributed their talents. Thanks to the many folks who made generous purchases of the more than 80 donated silent auction items. Thanks to the special volunteers whose efforts made the evening run smoothly. Thanks to State Delegate Ken Plum and to Reston Association’s President , Ken Knueven, and Board Member, Richard Chew, and to the Reston Citizens Association President, Colin Mills, for coming out to show their support. Thank you to everyone who came. Your many contributions and support are much appreciated as Rescue Reston continues the fight...

Open Letter to Northwestern Mutual Shareholders

by Connie Hartke, Rescue Reston I received a phone call from a longtime Restonian who is a shareholder of Northwestern Mutual (NWM). He talked about what an ethical company NWM is and his surprise that they would try to take away what has been permanent open space since Reston’s earliest planning—open space that we have relied on in our decisions to buy property and live here. He thought it would be powerful if he and other Reston NWM shareholders wrote letters explaining how they feel about this particular investment.It’s a wonderful idea, and here is the person to write to: Mr. John E. Schlifske Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance 720 East Wisconsin Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53202 RE: [your NWM account #s] and Redevelopment of Reston National Golf Course, Reston VA A quick synopsis of the issue: Fairfax County tax records show a sale of the Reston National Golf Course property in 2005 to RN Golf Management LLC (RN Golf) for $5,009,819, an entity in which NWM is a major investor. In June 2012 the Fairfax County Zoning Administrator’s Office received and rejected RN Golf’s contention that the Reston National Golf Course could be developed with residential housing without the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County first making an appropriate change to the adopted Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan for Reston. In July 2012, RN Golf appealed that decision to the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) and has since asked for, and received, three delays of the hearing date. The BZA hearing is now scheduled for September 25, 2013. You can read more details at...
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