Friday, June 1, 2018

Draft Agenda - RCA Board of Directors Meeting - June 4, 2018

Note - RCA Board usually meets the 4th Monday of each month, May meeting delayed to June 4 due to Memorial Day holiday.

Monday, June 4, 2018
7:30 - 9:00 pm
National Realty/Hartke Building
11890 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA


ITEM                             TOPIC                                                     PRESENTER

1.                     ADOPT AGENDA                                             Board

2.                     APPROVE APRIL MINUTES                            Board

3.                     APPROVE TREASURERS REPORT                Leighton

4.                     CPR/RA SMALL GROUP MEETINGS             Hays

5.                     RESCUE RESTON/HIDDEN CREEK        Hartke/Mulston        
    
6.                     WEBSITE                                                         Inanli

7.                     RTCN                                                               Hays  

8.                     LIBRARY ISSUES                                            Hays

9.                     MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES                                Board

10.                  EMERGING ISSUES                                         Hays    
  
11.                  ELECTION ISSUES                                           Board

12.                  OTHER BUSINESS                                           Board

11.                  ADJOURN 


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Last Call for Candidates for RCA's Board of Directors

Want to take an active role in the future of Reston? Run for a seat on the RCA board
- Connie Hartke, Joe Leighton, Moira Callaghan, Colin Mils

2018 RCA Election Committee

Wednesday, May 30 is the deadline! Applications must be submitted by midnight to elections@rcareston.com. To run for a director seat, you must live in Small Tax District 5, be a Reston resident 18 years or older, and live in the district which you plan to represent. There are eight seats available in the 2018 elections. Download an application at bit.ly/2018RCAapp.

As a member of the Reston Citizens Association Board of Directors, you will interact with our community on the issues that impact them, meet with County and other local officials, and report on public meetings.  You will collect information, provide analysis and, based upon feedback received from the public, inform various local organizations directly and news outlets about public expectations for outcomes on issues that affect Reston. RCA is part of the Coalition for a Planned Reston.

Terms begin at the June 25 board meeting. Meetings are held generally on the 4th Monday of the month from 7:30 - 9 pm at 11890 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston.

Founded in 1967, RCA is the only community-wide, non-partisan, and action-oriented organization in which everyone that lives, works and plays in Reston has a voice. A 13-member Board of Directors elected by Reston residents with the directors serving three-year terms governs RCA. One year seats may be appointed in uncontested races. Elections will be held from June 7 to June 22 for four district seats and four at-large seats for its Board of Directors.

Questions? Contact the Reston Citizens Association Election Committee at elections@rcareston.com.  Read about RCA in the latest issue of AroundReston Magazine and spend time on our site at RCAreston.com.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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Want to take an active role in the future of Reston? Run for a seat on the RCA board or join a committee.


- Connie Hartke, Joe Leighton, Moira Callaghan, Colin Mils
2018 RCA Election Committee

Get Active with
Reston Citizens Association

As a member of the RCA Board of Directors, you will interact with our community on the issues that impact them, meet with County and other local officials, and report on public meetings.  You will collect information, provide analysis and, based upon feedback received from the public, inform various local organizations directly and news outlets about public expectations for outcomes on issues that affect Reston.

To run for a director seat, you must live in Small Tax District 5, be a Reston resident 18 years or older, and live in the district which you plan to represent.

There are eight seats available in the 2018 elections. Download an application at http://bit.ly/2018RCAapp.

Your completed application must be sent to elections@rcareston.com by May 30th. Terms begin at the June 25 board meeting.

Founded in 1967, RCA is the only community-wide, non-partisan, and action-oriented organization in which everyone that lives, works and plays in Reston has a voice. A 13-member Board of Directors elected by Reston residents with the directors serving three-year terms governs RCA. One year seats may be appointed in uncontested races. Elections will be held from June 7 to June 22 for four district seats and four at-large seats for its Board of Directors.

Sign up to learn more on how you can become involved on a committee at https://goo.gl/7PA14tWe especially welcome volunteers who are not RA members. We are all OneReston and every group's input is valued.

Questions? Contact the Reston Citizens Association Election Committee at elections@rcareston.com.  Read about RCA in the latest issue of AroundReston Magazine. Learn more at RCAreston.com.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Opposition to Developer's Request has Partial Victory

Update from Coalition for a Planned Reston:

Posting here the revisions made after the Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, May 3. The applicant (TH Holding) has now agreed to pay its full fair-share contribution to the Reston Road Fund. Thanks to all who wrote in!


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

RCA letter to Planning Commission Opposing Develpers' Request to Shortchange Road Fund, Athletic Field Contributions

Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 10:39 AM
To: Planning Commission <PlanningCommission@fairfaxcounty.gov>; Hunter Mill BOS Email <HunterMillBOSEmail@fairfaxcounty.gov>; FCPA Parkmail <Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov>
Cc: info@rcareston.com
Subject: Comments regarding Request by TH Holding Company, LLC - Hunter Mill District

Planning Commissioners, Planning Commissioner Carter, Supervisor Hudgins and Mr. Bouie (FCPA Chairman),

RE: Proffered Condition Amendments, Rezoning, and Special Exception Applications PCA 79-C-090-02/PCA 91-H-001/RZ 2017-HM-019/ SE 2017-HM-016 — TH HOLDING COMPANY, LLC

Please support county staff's recommendation for denial of this land use application for a hotel in the Reston TSA that will be coming before the Planning Commission on May 3. The staff is to be commended for enforcing County rules evenly.

Giving in on either of these items will set a precedent that Reston cannot afford:

1.  This applicant is seeking to provide less funding than is suggested for Reston athletic fields. This would result in a loss of $109,442.
  • The applicant's justification of providing paid summer internships to high school students over 5 years equals a $100,000 contribution. Although this is a valuable benefit to students and appreciated, the $109,442 contribution to athletic fields will stay and contribute to Reston forever.
  • The Comprehensive Plan language stating a need for the "equivalent of" 12 athletic fields is already less than County Service Level Standards based on population.  Do not accept less, especially for this community founded on recreation.
2.  This applicant is suggesting to pay less into the Reston Road Fund than required which would result in a loss of $632,233. 
  • Traffic is consistently brought up as a top concern of Reston citizens. Do not accept anything less than full contribution to the road fund. Residents within the TSAs and business property owners who cannot afford a large law firm to craft their exceptions are set to begin paying this tax this year. Do not set a precedent that those with big dollars can gain exemptions.

If this applicant balks at contributing to its surrounding world-renown planned community and it is accepted, it sets the stage for this to occur with every forthcoming application.  The end result would be a huge loss for Reston.
 
This applicant is knowingly seeking to contribute less in two key areas. Do not accept anything less for Reston.  Keep Reston as a model planned community.  The plan includes athletic field and road tax contributions.

Please support your county staff and deny this application. 
Thank you.

Dennis Hays, President
     via Connie Hartke, Board Member

Reston Citizens Association (RCA)
A non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, founded in 1967.  RCA promotes and protects Reston's founding principles in the political arena by serving as a non-partisan forum for all residents and as an advocate for the community with County and State government.


FOR REFERENCE

Here is the application:
 http://ldsnet.fairfaxcounty.gov/ldsnet/ldsdwf/4613720.PDF (road fund comments pg 14-16)
Here are Cooley's comments re: the contribution to athletic fields

Monday, April 30, 2018

RCA Board of Directors Meeting - Agenda

April 30, 2018
7:30 - 8:45 pm                                                    link to Call for RCA Board Candidates
National Realty/Hartke Building
11890 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA



ITEM                                                   TOPIC                                                    PRESENTER
1.                                                ADOPT AGENDA                                               Board
2.                                                APPROVE MARCH MINUTES                          Board
3.                                                APPROVE TREASURERS REPORT                  Leighton
4.                                                FEDERATION MEMBERSHIP/DUES                 Leighton
5.                                                 RESCUE RESTON/HIDDEN CREEK                 Hartke/Mulston        
    
6.                                                 WEBSITE                                                           Inanli
7.                                                 PRC/HUDGINS MEETING                                 Hays  
8.                                                 ELECTION COMMITTEE                                    Board
  
9.                                                 COMMITTEES                                                    Board 
10.                                               OTHER BUSINESS                                             Board
11.                                               ADJOURN 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Call for Candidates for RCA Board

If you want to take an active role in the future of Reston, please consider running for a seat on the RCA board!                                                                             
                                                                                         
April 26, 2018 

Reston Citizens Association (RCA) announces elections will be held from June 7 to June 22 for four district seats and four at-large seats for its Board of Directors. Restonians interested in joining the RCA Board are invited to file completed candidate forms by May 30, 2018. 

The Reston Citizens Association (RCA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) 3 corporation serving over 60,000 people who live in Reston. Founded in 1967, RCA is the only community-wide, non-partisan, and action-oriented organization in which everyone that lives, works and plays in Reston has a voice.  RCA is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors elected by Reston residents with the directors serving three-year terms.

“Reston is unique.   We are a welcoming planned community that balances development, infrastructure, and natural open spaces.  Maintaining this delicate balance has been the key objective of the Reston Citizens Association for the past half century,” said Dennis Hays, President, RCA.  “In the coming year we expect to continue to deal with important issues like the density cap, the preservation and expansion of open space, and focusing the County’s attention on quality of life matters.  We believe an educated and informed community is vital and we rely on dedicated individuals who work together and with other organizations to help us preserve Reston as Reston.  We have a number of positions up for election this year and we always have space for volunteers on our committees.  I hope you will consider joining us by running for the Board and/or joining one of our committees.”

If you want to take an active role in the future of Reston, please consider running for a seat on the RCA board!

As a member of the RCA Board of Directors, you will interact with the community on the issues that impact them, meet with County and other local officials including RA & RTCA, and attend public meetings.  You will collect information, provide analysis and, based upon feedback received from the public, inform various local organizations directly and news outlets about public expectations for outcomes on issues that affect Reston. 
There are eight seats up in the 2018 elections, all for three-year terms unless otherwise stated: Town Center/Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District Director, four (4) At-Large Directors, South Lakes District Director (two-year term), and two (2) North Point Directors (one-year term and a two-year term).  Terms begin at the June board meeting. 
To run for a director seat, you must live in Small Tax District 5, be a Reston resident 18 years or older, and vote in designated precincts/polling places within Reston districts. 
If you want to actively promote Reston’s vision and planning principles and to sustain and enhance its quality of life, please download an application from our website and fill it out.

Your completed application must be sent to elections@rcareston.com by May 30th.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Reston Citizens Association Election Committee at elections@rcareston.com.