Annual RA Board of Directors Election
The Reston Association holds elections every spring to fill vacancies on its nine-member Board of Directors. According to the RA website, the Board of Directors is “responsible to RA members for determining and organizing broad organizational goals,” including protecting Reston’s natural beauty, environment, and open space and maintaining Reston’s quality of life.
Reston Association households will receive election information by mail and can vote online or by mail-in ballot from March 1 to April 2.
The Reston Association Elections Committee certified five candidates for the open seats in the 2021 Board of Directors election. Click here to read each candidate’s qualifications and goals.
Candidates' Positions on Preserving Reston's Two Golf Courses
Rescue Reston asked candidates to provide a statement of their position regarding development on either of Reston’s two golf courses. Here are the responses we have received to date, in the order received. We will update this page as we receive additional responses.
Timothy J. Dowling
To advance Reston’s core values and protect our quality of life, it is essential to preserve our existing open space, especially our two golf courses. Building houses on those golf courses would harm not just the adjacent property owners, but every Restonian. Dysfunctional growth increases traffic on our clogged roads and imposes additional burdens on our crowded schools. It undermines our core value of environmental stewardship, our commitment to aesthetic harmony, and our sense of community. I support “Smart Growth” where appropriate, but thoughtlessly sacrificing our golf courses and other open space on the altar of increased revenue would be decidedly unsmart. The RA Board must continue to act as an effective voice to prevent development of that open space. More broadly, we must fight tooth and nail to protect every remaining square inch of open space in Reston, and to defeat any proposal that threatens to increase our density or undermine our core values.
Until both golf courses are placed under a perpetual conservation/open space easement, we will always be at risk. But I have a few ideas on how we can best protect ourselves.
My first thought is for RA to insist on enforcement of the existing Comprehensive Plan provisions that designate both golf courses to be commercial recreation/open space. Changing that designation would require a Comprehensive Plan Amendment, a rezoning and a PRC plan. RA should insist that PRC plans be treated as a legislative act like a rezoning and not like a site plan. The difference is an important one. A site plan treatment would deprive The Hunter Mill Supervisor of any discretion to reject a proposal while treating a PRC plan as a rezoning would give the HMBOS full discretion to reject any proposal not favored by the neighbors. Currently the PRC zoning regulations are silent on this issue.
If that effort should fail, I think RA, RCC and FCPA would have to look at acquiring the properties to preserve them. What shape that acquisition would take could be massaged to fit the resources of the entities at that time. RA might acquire the perpetual conservation/open space easement over the whole property while RCC or FCPA acquire the remaining fee interest subject to the RA perpetual conservation/open space easement and operate the golf courses or repurpose the land to another recreational use that would preserve the entirety of the open space that we all value. I think this alternative is decades away but its important to have a back-up plan.
I fully and wholeheartedly support preserving the current zoning for Reston’s two golf courses. I am fortunate to call Reston National my backyard. But this is not just about my family and my neighbors, our entire community benefits from access to open, green recreational space. Reston Association’s Board must be a strong and prominent advocate in ensuring Reston National and Hidden Creek maintain zero density and current land use designations. To that end, I advocated for RA Board to take a very public stance on our golf courses this year and we voted as a collective to reaffirm our commitment to the courses.
RA Directors' Role in Protecting Reston's Open, Green Space
To publicly give its support for protecting the green, open space of Reston’s two golf courses, the RA Board of Directors in December 2016 adopted Land Use Resolution 6 on Golf Course policy that still stands and states:
WHEREAS, since its inception in 1961, Reston has been a golf course community; and,
WHEREAS, the Hidden Creek and Reston National golf courses are an essential element of Reston because of their integration into Reston’s natural open space areas and because of the active recreational opportunities they provide.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Reston Association desires to continue to be a golf course community; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT Reston Association does not support any future “grid of streets” road connection between American Dream Way and Isaac Newton Square because it will adversely affect the Hidden Creek golf course.
ATTEST: This Resolution was adopted at a Regular Meeting of the Reston Association’s Board of Directors held on December 15, 2016.