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.

Operating as usual

Here is what's coming along Sunset Hills Rd, east of Wiehle.
09/21/2020
Construction begins on massive housing development in Reston | Virginia Business

Here is what's coming along Sunset Hills Rd, east of Wiehle.

Construction began last week on “The Midline,” a residential and commercial community to be located two blocks from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station (Silver Line) in Fairfax County, EYA Development LLC announced Sept. 8. It’s anticipated that 80 townhouses will be completed by early 2021, ...

Beware of a phone call or text you may receive about taking a "Reston Survey." It's paid for by a developer, and very sl...
09/18/2020

Beware of a phone call or text you may receive about taking a "Reston Survey." It's paid for by a developer, and very slanted to get the answers they want. UPDATE - we have just learned that the survey calls are going into zip code 22182. These speculators who want to develop Reston's open space golf courses plan to build "amenities" that will attract patrons from all over the region. Map is of zip 22181.

You can learn a lot by watching and reach out to us if you have questions - we'll try to answer or direct your to a good...
09/15/2020
Fairfax County Land Use Planning

You can learn a lot by watching and reach out to us if you have questions - we'll try to answer or direct your to a good source!

Do you live or work in the Reston area? If so, we invite you to stay informed about the Reston Area study currently underway to review key elements of the Comprehensive Plan for Reston. There are a few ways you can get involved:

#1: Learn more about the study and get details on upcoming meetings: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/reston-area-study.

#2: Watch previous task force meetings: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWbX8rCIEBPIkdF-7QGKmdw.

#3: Sign up for email updates by visiting the county's email subscription page and selecting Reston Study & Plan Amendment News: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/mailinglist/

Fight Hunger, Feed Hope: “Stuff the Bus” Food Drive Sept. 12 and 26 - Fairfax County Emergency Information
09/04/2020
Fight Hunger, Feed Hope: “Stuff the Bus” Food Drive Sept. 12 and 26 - Fairfax County Emergency Information

Fight Hunger, Feed Hope: “Stuff the Bus” Food Drive Sept. 12 and 26 - Fairfax County Emergency Information

Posted at 3:13 p.m. For the past nine years, Stuff the Bus has held food drives twice a year during times when donations often drop off – after the winter holidays and during the summer. Hosting drives during these critical times ensured that area nonprofits were able to meet the needs of hungry p...

Contact us for more information and insight if interested in running for the RCC Board of Governors. The deadline to fil...
08/06/2020

Contact us for more information and insight if interested in running for the RCC Board of Governors. The deadline to file is 8/15 at 5 p.m. email [email protected]

Serve your community by becoming a candidate in RCC’s 2020 Preference Poll. Residents of Small District 5 (ages 18 and older) may file to fill three three-year terms on the nine-member Board of Governors. The board helps guide programming, policy and RCC’s budget. Filing is open through August 15 at 5:00 p.m., and the poll will run September 11 – October 2. Find more information in the 2020 Candidate Handbook: https://bit.ly/2020PrefPollCandidate

Community voices matter.
08/04/2020

Community voices matter.

Reston is not alone in the battle to save golf course open space from Wheelock Communities' bulldozers. A group in Florida recently saved their golf course from unplanned density in a deal the prior owner of Hidden Creek was hoping to close with Wheelock. We can save our open space from these same wheeler-dealers, too. Join the cause: rescuereston.org/action-center #TruthTuesday

Rescue Reston
07/15/2020

Rescue Reston

#WisdomWednesday from David Ramer: "The Reston community has been a leading model community in the nation and the world. This leadership depends on the proper balance of open space. Reston’s leadership Enhances Fairfax County. The two golf courses are critical to this leadership. Please do not allow Reston’s golf courses to be destroyed." #RestonVoices

Have you shared your wisdom with Supervisor Alcorn yet? We must continue to let him know how we feel about maintaining this open space. Send your message: https://www.rescuereston.org/action-center

Rescue Reston
07/13/2020

Rescue Reston

What can you do to make a difference today? We have a few ideas that would help save Reston's open space! #monday

Helpful Links:
Write a letter: rescuereston.org/action-center
Donate: rescuereston.org/donate
Volunteer: [email protected]

Reston Now
07/10/2020
Reston Now

Reston Now

A critical project to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow in Reston has received $15 million in funding from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority

Rescue Reston
07/09/2020

Rescue Reston

Doug Britt shares 100+ reasons to be thankful for Hidden Creek's open space as currently maintained. Share your thoughts about what you appreciate at RescueReston.org/action-center #ThankfulThursday #RestonVoices

We'll be interested in hearing what the community thinks.
07/06/2020
Reston Now

We'll be interested in hearing what the community thinks.

Craftmark Homes hopes to redevelop the pool, which has been closed for the last seven years, into a site with 31 townhouses

Rescue Reston
07/03/2020

Rescue Reston

Fact: Golf is not dead. Those who say otherwise are peddling fiction. #RestonVoices #FictionFriday Add your voice at: RescueReston.org/action-center

06/29/2020
Rescue Reston

Vote for our local art!!

Just one click can help Public Art Reston's "Thoreau's Ensemble" installation by Ben Volta win the coveted CODA Award. Voting ends June 30th! Currently in 8th place --let's help vote them up to 1st! Vote here: https://bit.ly/codareston

RCA VP Lynne Mulston is on this task force.
06/25/2020
Alcorn Pleased with Progress of Comprehensive Plan Review Committee

RCA VP Lynne Mulston is on this task force.

Though the work to update Reston's comprehensive plan was slowed by COVID-19, Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn said that a new committee created to find solutions to issues and demands is still making progress. The roughly 28-person task force started meeting in early April, a month

Rescue Reston
06/24/2020

Rescue Reston

SHARE THIS! Your voice can have a larger impact by sharing this post to your page. Together we can save Hidden Creek open space. Click to take action: https://www.rescuereston.org/action-center/

Rescue Reston news ...
06/19/2020

Rescue Reston news ...

We are launching a new Advocacy Action Center to enhance and extend our capabilities as the leading advocacy organization dedicated to preserving Reston's open space. You're invited to learn more and update your contact information at https://www.rescuereston.org/action-center-update/.

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/

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Reston, VA
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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".