Thursday, December 4, 2014

Leslie Mills Speaks to the Importance of Civic Volunteers

by Connie Hartke and Tammi Petrine

The RCA Board held an appreciation dessert and coffee for three board members who resigned earlier this year: Colin Mills, Terry Maynard and Dick Rogers. These members made very active contributions during their time on our Board of Directors, and continue to contribute volunteer time and research to the Reston Community.

Significant others were invited of course. No volunteer for an active community organization can be effective without the support of his or her family, and we knew there was one young person who also must be invited. Colin Mills’ 8th grade daughter Leslie made significant sacrifices during the eight years she shared her father with the Reston Citizens Association.

It was a fun evening of camaraderie and speeches. One speech stood out and we’d like to share these encouraging words with all civic volunteers in Reston:

“I just want everyone to know that they are planning my generation's future, and the going may get tough, but you have to keep going if you ever want to get anything done. Also remember that having your voices heard will always be important! You are all important, and teachers and students everyday. I really appreciate the hard work that you have put in to help my and Reston's future. Never stop trying because it takes hard work and dedication to make a bright future.” - Leslie Mills

Leslie’s Dad, Colin Mills, was recently appointed as Chair of Reston Association’s Community Engagement Advisory Committee. Terry Maynard and Dick Rogers continue as contributing members of the RCA Reston 2020 committee.


We look forward to hearing more from them, and from Leslie too!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Agenda RCA Board of Directors Meeting December 1, 2014



Item
Time
Topic
Disposition
Presenters

  1.  
7:30 PM
Adopt Agenda
Action
RCA Board

  1.  
7:35 PM
Approve October 27, 2014 Minutes
Action
Nick Georgas

  1.  
7:45 PM
Approve Treasurer’s Report
Action
Joe Leighton

  1.  
7:50 PM
Guest: John Lovaas on RELAC and upcoming RA referendum
Interactive Conversation
RCA Board

  1.  
8:15 PM
Reston National Golf Course
Discussion
Connie Hartke

  1.  
8:30 PM
Lake Anne Fellowship House Update
Discussion
Tammi Petrine,
Connie Hartke

  1.  
8:45 PM
RA –  Conflict of Interest Statement and Ethics Committee Update
Discussion
Dennis Hays
Tammi Petrine
Connie Hartke

  1.  
9:00 PM
Library Update
Discussion
Tammi Petrine

  1.  
9:10 PM
RCA Citizen of the Year
Discussion
RCA Board

  1.  
9:25 PM
Other Business
Discussion
RCA Board

  1.  
9:30 PM
Location and Time of Next Meeting; Adjourn
Action
RCA Board

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving and Empathy in Reston

by RCA Board Member Connie Hartke

This is the week Americans are expected to especially count our blessings.

It is a time for family. For some, their community is their family. Several of us at RCA have gotten to know residents at Lake Anne Fellowship House (LAFH), the senior, low income apartments that went through turmoil recently due to proposed redevelopment. This has taken a recent good turn of events -- more news to come on that soon, we expect. The cultural sub-groups who live there have united into a vibrant community with the goal of ensuring that no one will lose their home. Those who were “safe” united with those who were threatened, creating community. Empathy was the catalyst.

Empathy.  Merriam-Webster defines this as “the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions: the ability to share someone else's feelings.”

While counting your blessings this Thanksgiving, please take a few moments to imagine you are a senior who has lived at LAFH for 10+ years after living as a contributing Restonian for 30+ years. You are told that your home may not be the permanent place that you had expected. Putting aside other thoughts, can you fathom how you would feel if you were faced with this situation? Empathize.

Now imagine for a moment that you purchased a home on Reston National Golf Course.  Picture your view changing from rolling greens surrounded by edge habitat to anything else.  I say “anything” because many like to speculate how the land could change to this or that …  I ask you to EMPATHIZE.  Take 5 minutes to imagine this is YOU. Personally.

RCA, along with Reston Association and Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, supports our Fairfax County Zoning Administrator’s determination that the privately owned 166 acres of Reston National Golf Course is zoned as permanent open recreational space.  Developers coming in to Reston need to hear one message loud and clear – respect our Reston Master Plan.

On Thanksgiving I will take a few moments to think about the folks at LAFH and hope for continued blessings for them. I will be thankful for our County Planning staff who added wording to the Master Plan to strengthen the place of both of our Reston golf courses. I will be grateful for the army of volunteers who live in this special place called Reston.

Please read Rescue Reston volunteer Ray Wedell’s stirring call to action regarding Reston’s latest recreational open space crisis:


Monday, November 17, 2014

Reston Citizens Association Reiterates That Reston National Golf Course Must Be Preserved As Open Space

The owner of the Reston National Golf Course (RNGC), RN Golf Management, LLC (RN Golf) is reactivating its appeal for rezoning the golf course. Reston Citizens Association (RCA) reiterates its position that the use of RNGC land should be preserved as a golf course.

In response to RN Golf’s bid in Summer 2012 to explore rezoning of RNGC land for non-open space uses including residential development, RCA passed a resolution on August 27, 2012 rejecting the use of the land for anything other than its current use as open space, specifically its current use a golf course or as open space dedicated to parks and recreation.

RN Golf requested an indefinite deferral of its hearing before the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals in July, 2013. That hearing was in regards to RN Golf’s appeal of the Fairfax County Zoning Administrator’s determination that the golf course could not be developed without an amendment to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan.

With more development contemplated in Reston due to the adoption of the Reston Transit Areas Master Plan Amendment to the Fairfax County Comprehensive , preserving open space dedicated to parks and recreation is critically important, and RNGC is integral to Reston’s longstanding vision and plan as a diverse “planned” community in which people are able to live, work and play.

The planning principles as envisaged in the currently ongoing Reston Master Plan Phase II planning process (Reston Master Plan Phase II Working Draft Document) are explicit in stating that Reston continue to have two golf courses (RNGC and Hidden Creek Country Club).

Sridhar Ganesan, President, RCA said: “Just as in 2012, Reston organizations such as Reston Association (RA), Rescue Reston (RR) and RCA are aligned in their opposition to any potential rezoning of the land.  Fairfax County Supervisor Ms. Cathy Hudgins, Hunter Mill District (which covers RNGC land), has also said that she continues to support the Fairfax County Zoning Administrator’s determination with regards to RNGC and RCA thanks her for publicly stating her support for the original zoning determination.”
RCA continues to support RR’s efforts (RR RNGC Release) to defend Reston’s open spaces and encourages Restonians to actively support its efforts during the public hearings on RN Golf’s appeal.
RCA also strongly endorses RA’s opposition to any redevelopment (RA's RNGC Release) and like RA, RCA believes that RNGC can remain as it is today and operate profitably. RCA also supports RA’s willingness to consider purchasing the golf course if needed to continue to maintain it as a Reston recreational asset. 

RCA will continue to follow the developments with regard to RN Golf’s appeal and work with RR, RA and Fairfax County governmental leaders and agencies to ensure that RNGC land is preserved as open space and as a golf course.  We encourage Restonians to remain actively engaged and attend the public hearing at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21, to express their support for this important Reston recreational asset.