Monday, September 8, 2014

Reston Master Plan Phase II Meeting - Review the "Strawman" Sat. 9/13/14

RCA received a press release notice from Supervisor Hudgin's office on Friday that contains an important reminder for the community:

"Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning are hosting a community meeting to present a working draft of Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan text pertaining to the Reston community.  The meeting will be held on Saturday morning, September 13, 2014, from 8:45 – 11:30 a.m., at Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m.

The working draft text will address the residential areas of Reston, the Village Centers, and other commercial areas located outside of the Town Center or Transit Station Areas.  This first meeting will focus on understanding the plan guidance designed to preserve the existing residential neighborhoods, the Convenience Centers and the commercial area north of Baron Cameron Avenue and west of Reston Parkway.  The draft text will be reviewed at the meeting and the community is invited to offer comments on the ideas contained in the document."

According to the notice, the second community meeting on October 18, 2014 will focus on the Village Centers. Reston Citizens Association is pleased to learn that a third meeting will be held in November for additional community discussion of the draft, an encouraging response to our request to Supervisor Hudgins on August 2, 2014.

We strongly suggest that each and every interested citizen of Reston plan to attend the upcoming community meetings.

In the meantime, you can prepare for the upcoming meeting by reviewing the Working Draft that is located on the Fairfax County website's Reston Master Plan Special Study page at this link.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Reston Community Center (RCC) Candidates Forum on September 8

All Reston property owners in Small Tax District 5 will be asked to cast votes for your preference on who will represent us on the RCC Board of Governors. Voting starts September 12 and ends October 3.  The County Board of Supervisors then appoints the new members.

What is Small Tax District 5 and how does our Reston Community Center fit in with other Fairfax County RECenters?  Get up to speed on the RCC by reading the first two segments of our Reston 411 Series. Click on the 411 tab above or go to http://bit.ly/rca-411

Attend the candidate forum being held at the RCC Hunters Woods at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 8.  These folks are asking to represent your interests – make sure they do!

Monday, August 25, 2014

DRAFT AGENDA - 8/25/2014 Board Meeting

RCA Board of Directors Meeting

August 25, 2014
National Realty Building

Item
Time
Topic
Disposition
Presenters
  1.  
7:30 PM
Adopt Agenda
Action
RCA Board
  1.  
7:35 PM
Approve June 30, 2014 Minutes
Approve July 28, 2014 Minutes
Action
Nick Georgas
  1.  
7:45 PM
Approve Treasurer’s Report
Action
Joe Leighton
  1.  
7:50 PM
Library Update/Committee Constitution
Discussion/ Action
Tammi Petrine, Sridhar Ganesan
  1.  
8:00 PM
Lake Anne Fellowship House
Discussion/ Action
Connie Hartke, Terry Maynard,
Tammi Petrine
  1.  
8:20 PM
Reston Master Plan Phase 2, Cathy Hudgins Letter Follow-Up
Discussion/ Action
Sridhar Ganesan, RCA Board, Terry Maynard (via phone)
  1.  
8:40 PM
Approve RCA Mission & Goals
Action
Sridhar Ganesan, Annmarie Swope
  1.  
8:50 PM
Finalize Priorities for New RCA Board Year
Discussion/ Action
RCA Board
  1.  
9:10 PM
RCA Speaker Forums, Potential Schedule for Fall
Discussion
Robin Hogan, Tammi Petrine
  1.  
9:25 PM
Other Business
Discussion
RCA Board
  1.  
9:30 PM
Location and Time of Next Meeting; Adjourn
Action
RCA Board

Monday, August 4, 2014

RCA Letter to Supervisors Hudgins, Chairman Bulova on Reston Master Plan Process, August 2, 2014

                                                                                                   August 2, 2014
Ms. Cathy Hudgins
Hunter Mill District Supervisor, Fairfax County
12000 Bowman Towne Dr.

Reston, VA 20190

Dear Supervisor Hudgins,
After consultations with many Reston residents and my colleagues on the Board of Reston Citizens Association (RCA), I am proposing that the County amend the Phase II of the Reston Master Plan (RMPII) planning process. 
Though we had been given many assurances that there would be strong public involvement, the recent presentations (June 7 and July 21) of the County's plans for the future of our community appeared to be a very general, top-down, pre-determined exercise on what is to be done.  While the public was able to ask questions in one-on-one interactions with County officials and submit disconnected comments, we believe that these briefings lacked the interactivity, responsiveness and accountability that a presentation of proposals in a group setting, followed by question and answer/comment format, would normally provide.
Without collaborative discussions early in the process, we believe that the citizens of Reston would be left out of the process and the ideas from residents and those that might be affected would be lost or presented entirely out of context or ignored with limited or no accountability. We cannot see how the process so far has allowed us or other citizens groups to participate in a constructive manner.
We suggest that after the “strawman” is released in September, the County holds additional three or four meetings with community representatives to identify and address, among others, the following key issues in re-planning suburban Reston, including how or whether this needs to be done. 
·      What should be the future of the Village Centers? 
·      How do we protect developed Reston neighborhoods? 
·      What should be the future role of the Baron Cameron North area and the Convenience Centers? 
We believe that the additional meetings would also help the Planning Staff to understand the minefields in front of it as it tries to develop a responsive and constructive plan. 
We understand that you are trying to work within tight schedules, and we all wish to avoid the time-consuming, frustrating exercise that was Reston Master Plan Task Force, but it is important that you facilitate interactive public involvement on crucial decisions that will directly affect the neighborhoods where we live. 
I also have two other questions that we would like to get your responses on:
1.    During one-on-one and email exchanges with the County staff, we have been led to understand that the goal of RMPII is to stabilize the density and mix of use at village centers at their current levels, which in fact will be even lower than the previously planned (and zoned) levels.  I am requesting you to please confirm that that is in fact the case. 
2.    We would also like to understand the parties that have directly participated in the RMPII process thus far – Is it just the County staff and officials?  Or have external parties such as real estate developers, commercial landowners, brokers and agents had direct one-on-one opportunities to participate in the process and if so, why? 

Given the aggressive timetable for this process, I am requesting that you please respond to our proposals and questions above at the earliest.  I will also be happy to meet with you to discuss how we can improve the process to make it more interactive and accountable. You can reach me on my email or via my phone, +1-202-409-2722. 

Thank you and yours sincerely,
/s/
Sridhar Ganesan
President, RCA
Email:  sridharganesan1 @ gmail.com
Tel: +1-202-409-2722


cc:  Ms. Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors