Thursday, May 9, 2019

Reston Citizens Association hosts meeting with We Are Golf Executive Director Steve Mona ahead of National Golf Day


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Reston Citizens Association hosts meeting with We Are Golf Executive Director Steve Mona ahead of National Golf Day
May 7, 2019 – Representatives from WE ARE GOLF, a coalition of golf’s leading organizations, converged in Washington, DC last week to celebrate National Golf Day and the many benefits that golf contributes to communities and individuals. Prior to the National Golf Day celebration, Executive Director Steve Mona met with representatives from Reston Citizens Association, Rescue Reston and Reston Association to discuss the vibrance of golf in Reston’s community and the unprecedented attacks by developers that our two golf courses are facing.
Connie Hartke, President of Rescue Reston provided an overview of Rescue Reston’s success to date in fending off attempts to develop Reston National (the south course), citing community efforts that extend beyond Reston for this very popular public course. Rescue Reston’s co-founder John Pinkman described the early days of mobilizing this grassroots campaign. Ms. Hartke shared recent collaboration with Bardmoor Golf & Tennis Club in Pinellas County, Florida. That community is fighting a battle with the same developer who wants to put housing on Hidden Creek (Reston’s north course.)  
(L-R: John Pinkman, Connie Hartke, Robin Hogan, Steve Mona,
Dennis Hays, Lynne Mulston, Julie Bitzer.)
Steve Mona shared ideas for growing the game in the Reston community and offered to share important research that busts the myth that golf is a dying sport. “The golf industry impacts 2 million jobs in the U.S. and total wage income of $55.6 billion, and is larger than the performing arts and spectator sports industries. Golf facilities provide a vital community service in offering a place to recreate and socialize, serving as a hub of community social interaction.  A golf course is a healthy natural environment. Nearly 15,000 U.S. golf facilities provide communities with 2 million acres of green space.”
Lynne Mulston, Chair of Rescue Reston’s North Course Committee, shared the rich history of golf in Reston and the importance that both golf courses play in supporting local high school golf teams from South Lakes and McLean High Schools. Ms. Mulston previously served as Coach of the South Lakes Girls’ Golf Team. This August 12, Hidden Creek will host the Annual George Pavlis Memorial Golf tournament for 18-20 High School golf teams competing from Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Arlington Counties.
About National Golf Day
Coordinated by a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners under the banner of WE ARE GOLF, National Golf Day brings together more than 275 industry leaders from across the U.S. to support the game’s $84.1 billion economy, nearly $4 billion annual charitable impact, close to 15,000 diverse businesses and two million jobs impacted.
About Reston Citizens Association
Reston Citizens Association (RCA) is the only community-wide, non-partisan, and action-oriented organization in which everyone who lives, works and plays in Reston has a voice. RCA's mission is to promote Reston’s vision and planning principles and to sustain and enhance our quality of life now and in the future, by serving as a non-partisan, action-oriented organization for all Restonians.  RCA serves as the umbrella organization for Rescue Reston (focused on preserving Reston’s two golf course open spaces) and the Reston Accessibility Committee (partnering with businesses to improve access for persons with mobility impairments).

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Media Inquiries: Lynne Mulston, Vice President, Reston Citizens Association (703) 662-1687

Thursday, March 28, 2019

RCA hosts Hunter Mill Supervisor Candidates' Forum, April 23, 2019

UPDATE for those who cannot attend tonight
Forum will NOT be aired live. We will post on social media as it becomes available and it will be broadcast in its entirety on Channel 28 at the following times:

Friday, April 26th at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 27th at Noon
Sunday, April 28th at Noon



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Reston Citizens Association Announces Candidate Forum to be held April 23 at Lake Anne Community Center

March 26, 2019 - Reston, VA - Reston Citizens Association (RCA) will be hosting the candidates for the Hunters Mill Supervisor’s seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in a Community Forum.
When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019, from 7 PM – 9 PM
Where: Lake Anne Community Center, 1609-A Washington Plaza N, Reston, VA 20190

For the first time in many years, RCA is proud to resume its tradition of hosting a Candidate Forum. This Forum will allow Restonians to learn their potential supervisor’s positions and plans first-hand.
The Candidate Forum will be free to the public and take place in the Jo Ann Rose Gallery at the Lake Anne Community Center.
“RCA is very excited to resume our long tradition of connecting the citizens of Reston and the Hunter Mill district with their local leaders and with the information they need to make informed decisions,” says Dennis Hays, President of the Reston Citizens’ Association. “We expect this to be the first of many such forums.”

About Reston Citizens Association
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.

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Media Inquiries: Lynne Mulston, Vice President, Reston Citizens Association (703) 662-1687

Friday, February 15, 2019

Coalition for a Planned Reston Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2019

The Coalition for a Planned Reston (CPR) appreciates the thoroughness and thoughtfulness with which the Fairfax County Planning Commission has dealt with the proposal to raise the population cap of Reston’s Planned Residential Community (PRC.) 

CPR leadership is pleased with the Planning Commission’s determination that several of CPR's core positions are valid and in the best interest of the community. 

Specifically:
·      The Commission voted unanimously to recommend the Board of Supervisors reject the proposed density increase (and keep the cap at 13);
·      The Commission reaffirmed the need to link zoning to the Comprehensive Plan; and 
·      The Commission encouraged the formation of a Task Force to work on these issues with appropriate independent citizen participation.   

All of this has been accomplished by the involvement and action of thousands of Restonians and Reston well-wishers who have written letters, made phone calls, attended meetings, spoken to officials and helped CPR raise awareness in the community.   This was the decisive factor in achieving this result.    

While we are pleased with the Planning Commission's considered decisions, we note that this is not the end of attempts to diminish the uniqueness of Reston.  The matter now goes to the Board of Supervisors who have the final say.  While we believe the Supervisors should accept the Commissioners' recommendations, they have no obligation to do so.  The proposal on the density increase is on the calendar for Supervisors' meeting of March 5th.   We thus will continue to work to inform all the Supervisors about this issue and the destructive impact it would have if passed.   

Further, if the proposal to create a new Task Force is approved, a great deal of work will need to be done to ensure citizens' voices are heard and that the guiding principles of Reston are not pushed aside for short-term, self-interested gain.

CPR wishes to thank everyone who pitched in to preserve a functioning planned Reston. Please stay alert and informed.  Your continued passion is needed.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Sample Information to Organize Your Neighbors to Attend the 1/23 Public Hearing

A meeting we should all attend:

WHAT: Fairfax County Planning and Zoning Commission Hearing Regarding Proposed Increase in Population Density

WHEN: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 7:00pm [NOTE: meeting is starting earlier than usual to accommodate the number of people who are expected to speak]

WHERE: Fairfax County Government Center – Board Auditorium, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA (map)

WHY: There is strength in numbers – your presence makes a statement

PARKING/CARPOOLING: Parking is free, but carpooling is suggested

WHEN TO GET THERE: Try to arrive no later than 6:45pm; suggest you leave Reston at 5:45pm to deal with rush-hour traffic, find a parking place, and get a seat in the auditorium.

WHAT TO WEAR:  A yellow shirt/sweater/jacket (to purchase a Reclaim Reston t-shirt, please contact CPR at plannedreston@gmail.com) 


CARPOOLING: Please contact xxx at phone# or [email] if you want to carpool.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Attend the January 23 Public Hearing on Reston Density

On January 23, the Fairfax County Planning Commission is holding a Public Hearing on the proposed amendment to raise the Reston zoning density cap outside of the metro transit station areas.  This amendment will facilitate high-rise growth in the Village Centers and other established residential neighborhoods in our community.
At the January 10 Planning Commission workshop on the subject, the Commissioners made it very clear that they want to hear from the public at this hearing. 
Show up wearing yellow to send a strong message  
Where: Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA in the Board Auditorium
Time: 7:00pm (arrive 6:45 to get parked (free) and settled)
Date: January 23, 2019
What to Wear: Yellow shirts (to purchase a yellow t-shirt, please contact CPR at plannedreston@gmail.com)
Learn More:
Articles:  The Folly of FifteenRise Up Reston
Fairfax County:  December 2018 Fairfax County Staff Report, which advocates increasing density: Fairfax County Reston Zoning Amendment-Staff Report
Letter to the Editor: Why You Should Care About the Reston Zoning Cap