Reston Citizens Association

Reston Citizens Association Founded in 1967, the Reston Citizens Association (RCA) represents the citizens of Reston on political and social issues, including planning, development, transportation, education, environment, accessibility, and more.
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Reston Now
05/28/2020
Reston Now

Reston Now

Attention book lovers: Library patrons can pick up holds and return items through contactless services beginning Monday

Your input wanted!! Two subjects: Accessory Dwelling Units (watch the video, read the FAQs and answer the survey!!) and ...
05/27/2020
Fairfax County Zoning

Your input wanted!! Two subjects: Accessory Dwelling Units (watch the video, read the FAQs and answer the survey!!) and Home-Based Businesses. Don't wait until legislation is passed and it's IN your backyard to say "how did this happen?" BTW, you might decide that you are for some or all of this! Deadline on survey is 5/31.

Have you submitted your thoughts about the proposed regulatory changes for accessory dwelling units and home-based businesses in Fairfax County?

There are just a few days left to take the surveys and share your input! https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/zmod

Another out-of-state developer attempting to press for a density increase within the greenbelt buffer between Reston and...
05/22/2020
RCA Strongly Opposes Brookfield Residential Properties’ Hunter Mill Assemblage Plans | Reston Citizens Association

Another out-of-state developer attempting to press for a density increase within the greenbelt buffer between Reston and Vienna, north of the toll road around Hunter Mill Rd. The developer wants TSA-like density, up to 351 homes where the existing zoning only allows for no more than 31.

RCA Strongly Opposes Brookfield Residential Properties’ Hunter Mill Assemblage Plans by RCAReston | May 22, 2020 | Updates May 21, 2020 via email: Supervisor Walter AlcornHunter Mill DistrictNorth County Governmental Center1801 Cameron Glen DriveReston, VA 20190 Subject: Preserve Low Density Resid...

Reston Association
05/18/2020

Reston Association

Looking to enjoy some delicious takeout food? Here is a list of local Reston restaurants open and offering carry-out and/or delivery service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Help support our local restaurant community.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3cJKSRA

#Reston #EnjoyReston Reston Citizens Association

Thank you to Supervisor Alcorn for not being rushed into a decision. From the article:“Most of the parking reduction the...
05/15/2020
Alcorn Denies Boston Properties’ Pitch for Parking Drop Near RTC Metro Station

Thank you to Supervisor Alcorn for not being rushed into a decision. From the article:
“Most of the parking reduction they requested would not be applied until phase two of their project,” Alcorn told Reston Now. “Let’s see how the parking demand looks after the first phase of the project is completed and occupied, then whether there is adequate parking capacity will be a much less theoretical question.”

Boston Properties will have to wait if it wants to reduce parking at Reston Gateway, a major mixed-use project currently under construction next to the Reston Town Center Metro Station. Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn said he will not move forward with the company's proposed parking r

05/14/2020
Fairfax County Land Use Planning

The Reston Comprehensive Plan Task Force kicked-off Monday evening. RCA representatives assigned to the Task Force by Supervisor Walter Alcorn include Vice President, Lynne Mulston as primary and President, Dennis Hays as alternate.

The official page for Fairfax County’s long-range planning studies. Keep up with the county’s latest planning projects and other innovative trends. Comments policy: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/social-hub/

The first meeting is being held virtually next Monday. It is refreshing to see the list of members consists mostly of Re...
05/07/2020
Members & Agenda for First Reston Master Plan Review Virtual Meeting

The first meeting is being held virtually next Monday. It is refreshing to see the list of members consists mostly of Reston citizens!

A community Task Force made up of 24 members of the Reston Area was formed in May 2020 to discuss and analyze any potential ch...

RCA has lost another valued member (nothing to do with the virus). John Hanley served on the RCA board from 2009 - 2020....
05/04/2020
In Memoriam | Reston Citizens Association

RCA has lost another valued member (nothing to do with the virus). John Hanley served on the RCA board from 2009 - 2020. We will miss him.
https://rcareston.org/john-hanley/

In Memoriam by Colin Mills | May 4, 2020 | Updates John Hanley (1942-2020) RCA mourns one of our longtime Board members, John Hanley, who passed away at his home in April.  John joined RCA in November 2009 and continued to serve until his passing.  He served for many years as RCA’s Vice Presid...

Reston Association's board members for the next year. Congratulations to the new folks and thanks to all willing to serv...
05/01/2020

Reston Association's board members for the next year. Congratulations to the new folks and thanks to all willing to serve as volunteers.

7 pm tonight is the RA Annual Meeting and announcements of the winners of the recent election. For Zoom - the Meeting ID...
04/30/2020

7 pm tonight is the RA Annual Meeting and announcements of the winners of the recent election. For Zoom - the Meeting ID: 793-234-203 and Password: Reston2020, or watch on YouTube.

Reminder: Tomorrow, April 30 is the Annual Members' Meeting and it will begin at 7 p.m. The Annual Members' Meeting will be held electronically this year through Zoom. We will also be streaming the meeting through YouTube.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/35flyzW

Watch here: https://bit.ly/2yaaUOP

#Reston

Be sure to attend this Lunchtime Virtual Town Hall meeting Friday, April 24, hosted by Supervisor Walter Alcorn. School ...
04/23/2020
Alcorn Hosts Virtual Town Hall On Proposed FY 2021 Budget

Be sure to attend this Lunchtime Virtual Town Hall meeting Friday, April 24, hosted by Supervisor Walter Alcorn. School Board member Melanie Meren (Hunter Mill) and Christina Jackson, the director of the county's Department of Management and Budget, will join, as well.

Channel 16 (Cox Channel 1016; Verizon/Comcast Channel 16) will televise the town hall, which will also be streamed and available for viewing on Alcorn's page.

Hunter Mill residents can participate in the town hall in a number of ways:
- Email questions to [email protected] before and during the town hall. Include "town hall" in the subject line.
- Ask questions during the town hall via Facebook Live comments.
- Residents can call 703-324-1020 during the town hall to ask questions.

Hunter Mill residents can provide feedback on the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Proposal Friday during a virtual town hall.

Have a question? Go ahead and tweet it with the hashtag #askChairMcKay.
04/13/2020
Jeff McKay on Twitter

Have a question? Go ahead and tweet it with the hashtag #askChairMcKay.

“Don’t forget to RT, share, and ask your questions to Chairman @JeffreyCMcKay for a Twitter Q&A Tues. April 14 from 10-11 am! Tweet your questions now with #askChairMcKay.”

Hi everyone -please be sure to signup for tonight's Hunter Mill District Virtual Budget Town Hall from 7PM - 9PM. Superv...
04/08/2020
Hunter Mill District Virtual Budget Town Hall - Crowdcast

Hi everyone -please be sure to signup for tonight's Hunter Mill District Virtual Budget Town Hall from 7PM - 9PM. Supervisor Alcorn will be joined by Christina Jackson, Director of the Department of Management and Budget to answer your questions. From Supervisor Alcorn, "The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have dramatically shifted our projections and outlook related to county operations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. County Executive Bryan Hill has revised his proposed budget that he presented at the end of February and the revised proposed budget information can be found here.

You can view the event live via Crowdcast at the link below. You'll be able to ask questions live over video (you will need headphones/earphones) or submit written questions during the discussion.

Register Now:
https://www.crowdcast.io/e/hunter-mill-district/register

Not Able to Attend?
If you are not able to attend you can still submit your questions by email to [email protected] and you can watch the recording, which will be posted on the Hunter Mill District web page on Thursday, April 9."

Register now for Amanda's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Wednesday April 08, 2020 at 7:00 pm EDT.

Alternatives for your yard waste in the link below.
04/07/2020

Alternatives for your yard waste in the link below.

Residents are strongly discouraged from taking their yard waste to the I-66 Transfer Station or I-95 Landfill. Our public works officials say they’ve seen a substantial increase in trips to these two facilities following the temporary suspension of curbside pickup of yard waste last week.

Yard waste is adding a strain on the system when there’s been a dramatic increase in the amount of trash and recycling generated. There are also are fewer workers available to collect, transport and process the material.

Please consider the alternatives outlined here: https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/04/07/residents-discouraged-from-taking-yard-waste-to-fairfax-county-transfer-station-or-landfill/

Hunters Woods Neighborhood Coalition
03/30/2020

Hunters Woods Neighborhood Coalition

If you are well and able, here is an opportunity to help Fellowship Square residents (low-income seniors at Lake Anne and Hunters Woods Fellowship Houses).
https://www.fellowshipsquare.org/volunteers/

Let your neighbors know about this!
03/26/2020

Let your neighbors know about this!

As we continue to respond to COVID-19, a number of key government services are available online so you can still conduct business.

📱💻: https://bit.ly/2Je0AqT

Very pleased that Supervisor Alcorn did not just waive this through, but rather is going to take the time to understand ...
03/11/2020
Fairfax County Board Defers Decision on Parking Drop at Reston Gateway Project

Very pleased that Supervisor Alcorn did not just waive this through, but rather is going to take the time to understand the justification for the request.
https://www.restonnow.com/2020/03/11/fairfax-county-board-defers-decision-on-parking-drop-at-reston-gateway-project

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted in favor of deferring a decision on a request to reduce parking at a major mixed-use project near the future Reston Town Center Metro Station. Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn (D) motioned that the board postpone a decision on t

E-news from Rescue Reston:Frequently Asked Questions Updated and RA Election Information - https://mailchi.mp/rescuerest...
02/26/2020
Frequently Asked Questions Updated and RA Election Information

E-news from Rescue Reston:
Frequently Asked Questions Updated and RA Election Information - https://mailchi.mp/rescuereston/faq-ra_election

If you are an RA member and Rescue Reston Supporter, you will want to clearly understand the candidates' positions on the golf courses.  [ hint: click  to expand the section.] The Reston Association holds elections every spring to fill vacancies on its nine-member Board of Directors. According...

Rescue Reston
01/29/2020
Rescue Reston

Rescue Reston

Please stay very tuned in to this election. Reston Association has been a firm supporter of Reston's two Open Space, no-density golf courses. Only vote for candidates who will keep the RA Land Use Resolution 6; Golf Course Policy. You can read it in our notes section.

A very informative article about our new @SupervisorWalterAlcorn's first actions. Please read and share.
01/27/2020
County initiates Reston comprehensive plan amendment process

A very informative article about our new @SupervisorWalterAlcorn's first actions. Please read and share.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is ready to revisit its vision for Reston, voting on Jan. 14 to authorize the first major amendment to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Alcorn talks more about his first motion on the Board. Read and share this with your nei...
01/18/2020
Alcorn Elaborates On Reston Plan Review, 2020 Priorities

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Alcorn talks more about his first motion on the Board. Read and share this with your neighbors. Good news should be spread far and wide.

Supervisor Walter Alcorn (D-Hunter Mill) provides more details on his recent board motion to amend the Reston Comprehensive Plan.

You also might want to pop over to the Rescue Reston page to read a post about citizen activists who saved 122 Acres of ...
01/12/2020
City parks aren't luxuries. They are critical infrastructure.

You also might want to pop over to the Rescue Reston page to read a post about citizen activists who saved 122 Acres of green in perpetuity in Winter Park, FL! It can be done!

Urban parks aren’t extra amenities for cities—they provide fundamental roles that improve quality of life and save money.

Good reporting by Mercia Hobson on the 12/17/2019 informational meeting regarding a "Historic Resources Survey" happenin...
01/08/2020
Capturing Reston Heritage

Good reporting by Mercia Hobson on the 12/17/2019 informational meeting regarding a "Historic Resources Survey" happening in Reston. We'll add a bit more detail in the comments below, but start with her story.

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Are you curious about Reston's early days? Constance Rue Hartke (Connie) visited the Reston Museum last Saturday and pag...
01/07/2020

Are you curious about Reston's early days? Constance Rue Hartke (Connie) visited the Reston Museum last Saturday and paged through "The Reston Story." This temporary case exhibit is on display through February 26. What we now call the Transit Station Areas (TSAs) used to be the RCIG (Reston Center for Industry and Governmental Agencies).

On our reading list:
12/24/2019
Reston Now

On our reading list:

New CIP address new high school, Silver Line elementary school

An educational article!
12/16/2019
Rescue Reston

An educational article!

Here is an article worth reading!

An important opportunity folks!!
12/05/2019
Fairfax County Land Use Planning

An important opportunity folks!!

Preservationists will survey Reston this fall and winter as part of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources’ Survey. To begin the survey process, Fairfax County and VDHR are holding a joint public information meeting at Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center Lake Anne on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.

Updated Press Release: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicaffairs/fairfax-county-kicks-historic-resources-survey-reston-dec-17

Thanks to citizen involvement, we got these 6 improvements at the Campus Commons development:A 50-foot set-back between ...
12/01/2019

Thanks to citizen involvement, we got these 6 improvements at the Campus Commons development:

A 50-foot set-back between Sunrise Valley Drive and TF Cornerstone’s new buildings. This will allow TF Cornerstone to save some mature trees on their property and plant three rows of new trees.

Reduction in the height of the commercial building on the corner of Sunrise Valley Drive and Wiehle Avenue from 14 stories to a dual-level building of seven stories closest to Sunrise Valley and ten stories closer to the toll road. However, the seven-story portion of the new office building will still be 99 feet high, more than five times as tall as the single-story homes across the road.

A proposal to plant and maintain a row of trees in the median of Sunrise Valley Drive, subject to approval by VDOT.

Architecture along Sunrise Valley Drive that will harmonize with the adjacent residential neighborhood.

A wider set-back on Wiehle that will allow for new trees and more green space.

An agreement by TF Cornerstone to be a Green Neighborhood, which stresses energy and environmental conservation.

11/18/2019
Reston Citizens Association

Tonight - 7:30. The address is 1801 Cameron Glen Dr, Reston.

The Department of Planning and Development will be providing an update on the ZMOD project at the Reston Planning and Zoning meeting on November 18, 2019. The meeting starts at 7:30 at the North County Government Center in Reston. This is a major initiative to modernize the County Zoning Ordinance. There will be a short presentation first on one block of the Halley Rising development (where Wegman's is going), so it should also be of interest to many.

An interview with our incoming Hunter Mill District Supervisor, Walter Alcorn. He is taking a fresh look at things in Re...
11/15/2019
Can this man return Reston Town Center to its former glory? | Reston Citizens Association

An interview with our incoming Hunter Mill District Supervisor, Walter Alcorn. He is taking a fresh look at things in Reston.

Can this man return Reston Town Center to its former glory? by RCAReston | Nov 15, 2019 | Updates Washington Business Journal Article Featuring Walter Alcorn by Alex Koma, Reporter, Economic Development Reprinted/posted with permission of the author, click here to read the article.

11/11/2019

The Department of Planning and Development will be providing an update on the ZMOD project at the Reston Planning and Zoning meeting on November 18, 2019. The meeting starts at 7:30 at the North County Government Center in Reston. This is a major initiative to modernize the County Zoning Ordinance. There will be a short presentation first on one block of the Halley Rising development (where Wegman's is going), so it should also be of interest to many.

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Reston Citizens Association (RCA)

RCA is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 corporation, founded in 1967. RCA’s mission is to promote Reston’s vision and planning principles, to sustain and enhance its quality of life now and in the future, by serving as a non-partisan, action-oriented organization for all Restonians. Its goal is to educate and engage the community on issues affecting Reston and its future and to facilitate the voice of the citizens by representing the community at local, county and state level meetings and forums.

RCA is a member of the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations.

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What happened to my post from last night? Did you delete it?
There is a Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Public Hearing to "Permit Residential Use with an overall density of 100 dwelling units per acre" to build a 20 story luxury condo building TOMORROW. The building is 1801 Reston Parkway across from RTC at the corner of Temporary Road. From the posted agenda, it looks like they will address this beginning at 3:30 pm at the Fairfax County Government Center Board Auditorium at the Fairfax County Govt Center. There are no road improvements that I can see from the plans but there will be several hundred more people and cars not to mention the aesthetics. I, for one, am going to be there to give my voice and I think as many of us that can, should go and fight these developers & RTC high rises that are pushing out and now hopping over Reston Parkway! This is an "east elevation" I snagged from the submitted plans:
I received this email and it raised a concern. Will the citizens of Reston be represented at this meeting? Is there a plan for anyone from the Reston citizen groups (i.e. Reston Now, 20/20 Reston, etc.) to attend? I think this might be important and Reston should have a voice at this meeting. There is also a survey you can fill out on the webpage to submit your opinions.
OK - You ALL know how passionate I am about protecting our green space . . . and especially our golf courses, in Reston. Please plan to listen to the Kojo Nnamdi Show tomorrow from 12:00PM to 12:30PM.
Please vote in this poll about the announced changes to parking rates at RTC.
Reston Citizens Association hears and represents the voice of the community in Reston.
Another opportunity to let your voice be heard. Especially if you're not a supporter of Reston being "quickly urbanized".