Thursday, May 7, 2015

Call for Candidates for RCA Board

Download Candidate Form Here


The annual Reston Citizens Association election for its Board of Directors is again gearing up!

2014-15 has been a very eventful year for Reston and RCA.  We had Reston Master Plan Phase II planning process that got underway in the middle of the year and RCA actively participated in it and helped the community stay abreast of the developments. 

We had other meaningful issues that came up during the year such as potential Lake Anne Fellowship House redevelopment and continuing issues like Reston National Golf Course or Fairfax County Public Library system or an indoor recreation center in Reston. 

This upcoming year is going to be another exciting one for RCA, as we continue to focus on educating and engaging the community and representing their voice.

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


There are five seats up for election for the 2015-16 year, one seat for Town Center/Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District Director and four At-Large Director positions.  

To run for Town Center/Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District Director seat, you must live in SMALL TAX DISTRICT 5, be a Reston resident, and vote in designated precincts/polling places within Reston districts.  Those precincts for the Town Center/Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District are Reston I, Reston II, Reston III or Cameron Glen Precinct and the corresponding polling places are Forest Edge Elementary or Lake Anne Elementary schools. The elected director for this position will serve for one year.

For the At-Large Director position, you may live anywhere in SMALL TAX DISTRICT 5. All of the At-Large Directors will serve 3-year terms. That’s it. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve lived in Reston for 30 days or 30 years, whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, what political party you belong to (RCA is non-partisan), or whether you’re younger or older (as long as you’re at least 18). 

If you want to actively promote Reston’s vision and planning principles, sustain and enhance its quality of life, please fill out an application for our election, which will be held this year between June 7 and June 22nd. The RCA application is available online here.   Your completed application must be received by RCA by May 23rd by email or by mail (2033 Approach Lane, Reston, VA 20191).  

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Agenda RCA Board of Directors Meeting April 27, 2015

Location: National Realty/Hartke Building, 11890 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Item
Time
Topic
Disposition
Presenters

  1.  
7:30 PM
Adopt Agenda
Action
RCA Board

  1.  
7:35 PM
Approve March 30, 2015 Minutes
Discussion and Action
Nick Georgas

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

  1.  
7:50 PM
Noise Abatement
Presentation, Q&A
Moira Callaghan

  1.  
8:05 PM
RA Tetra Acquisition/RA Board
Discussion
RCA Board


  1.  
8:20 PM
St. John Woods
Update/ Discussion
Tammi Petrine

  1.  
8:30 PM
RCA Elections
Discussion
Sridhar Ganesan

  1.  
8:40 PM
501 (c) 3 Application
Update
Yavuz Inanli

  1.  
8:50 PM
Citizen of the Year
Update
Robin Hogan

  1.  
9:00 PM
Library
Update
Dennis Hays

  1.  
9:05 PM
Rescue Reston/BZA Decision
Update
Connie Hartke/ RCA Board

  1.  
9:15 PM
License Plate
Update/ Action
Joe Leighton

  1.  
9:20 PM
Hunter Woods Neighborhood Coalition
Update
Connie Hartke

  1.  
9:30 PM
Other Business
Discussion
RCA Board

  1.  
9:35 PM
Location and Time of Next Meeting; Adjourn
Action
RCA Board

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Reston Citizen of the Year Award Ceremony Recap and Thanks

Last Thursday, April 16, 2015 Reston Citizens Association hosted our annual Citizen of the Year Award Ceremony and Reception honoring Marion Stillson, 2014 Reston Citizen of the Year.

Little did we know that Marion is one of the most popular folks in our community! This probably has something to do with her over 40 years of service to others in her roles as an activist, an attorney and a leader in local, regional, national and international causes.

Over 60 fellow citizens, family and friends gathered at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods’ Community Room to celebrate Marion’s numerous contributions to making our town, our county and our nation a better place. You can learn more about her over 40 years of service to others in this post written before the event.

Couldn’t join us this year? We invite you to view our picture gallery from the event. See a friend pictured? Let them know! Kathy Kaplan, RCA’s 2013 Reston Citizen of the Year, took a set of gorgeous pictures at the event, which can be viewed here. We thank you Kathy!

We are so very appreciative of the speakers who helped make the event special for us, and for Marion:
  • Mike Collins, Rep. Gerry Connolly's Office, who also presented Marion with a Congressional Commendation
  • Nancy Joyner, Dean and Executive Director of the Lutheran College Washington Semester, former Virginia President and former national Vice President, American Association of University Women
  • Ken Fredgren, Chair, Reston Accessibility Committee (RAC), who also presented Marion with RAC's Community Partner Award
  • Colin Mills, former President, Reston Citizens Association
  • Connie Hartke, SmokiesCabins.com

We’d also like to give special thanks to those who supported the Reston Citizen of the Year event this year via sponsorships and donations. We could not have held the event without their support:

  • Leila Gordon and the Reston Community Center for hosting the reception
  • The JBG Companies and Bleevit Interactive for their corporate donations
  • Harris Teeter (Reston) and Wegmans (Fairfax) for gift card donations for refreshments
  • National Realty for printing services
  • Tammi & Bob Petrine, for the incredible work they performed in hand preparing all of the refreshments for the reception
  • Community members for their individual financial donations and service
  • All those who nominated someone for the Citizen of the Year Award
  • The three amigos of the RCA Citizen of the Year Committee, Tammi Petrine, Connie Hartke and John Hanley for their time, effort and support of this year’s Chair (Robin Hogan), who could not have planned the event without their knowledge and able assistance.
If you'd like to learn more about Reston Citizens Association and the work we do to promote and protect Reston's founding principles, we'd be pleased to speak with you, your cluster association or group about your priorities for Reston and our ongoing projects. You can email our President, Sridhar Ganesan and we will respond quickly to your request.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The BZA Erred on the Comprehensive Plan Requirement for Development of Reston National Golf Course


The BZA got it wrong on the Comprehensive Plan issue. The Planned Residential Community (PRC) ordinance is unique to only 3 geographic areas in Fairfax County, all of which have green open space as an integral factor in the planning. It is complicated to those who do not deal with it often or ever, and this includes members of the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).

The last time the BZA made a ruling in a PRC District (it was Reston) was in 1992 when they were later overruled by the Supreme court - see http://reston2020.blogspot.com/2015/04/a-1990s-virginia-supreme-court-opinion.html

On April 15, 2015 the BZA essentially turned the clock back to the fall of 2012 and ruled based only on the evidence in hand in 2012 - almost 3 years ago. They stated they were ignoring all of the evidence presented since the Zoning Administrator's 2012 determination letter.  

Rescue Reston expects to take this case to the Circuit Court where all of the evidence will be considered. Your support and donations are needed to challenge this threat to Reston's most important defining characteristic -- its open space.  More info at RescueReston.org.

The implications of this BZA decision reach far beyond these 166 acres of recreational open space. If Reston National Golf Course falls to development, the Hidden Creek Golf Course on the north side could be next. And what if the U.S. Government decides some day to sell the 105 acre U.S. Geological Survey property in Reston? These are key pillars in the Reston Master Plan that the citizens of Reston and all of Fairfax County must not allow to fall.

RCA has written a one-page information sheet to explain these unique PRC Districts - please read and share:

What is a PRC (Planned Residential Community) District?

“PRC Zoning Districts are established to encourage innovative and creative design for land development; to provide ample and efficient use of open space; to promote a balance in the mix of land uses, housing types, and intensity of development; and to allow maximum flexibility in order to achieve excellence in physical, social and economic planning and development of a site.”[1]

Fairfax County has only 3 of these unique PRC Districts and they all have green open space as an integral factor in their design.  

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