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.

Fairfax County Land Use Planning
07/02/2019

Fairfax County Land Use Planning

‼️NEW NAME ALERT‼️
The Department of Planning and Zoning is now the
💚💙Department of Planning and Development💙💚
All of our functions and responsibilities are still in place but we have joined forces with the Office of Community Revitalization to provide well-rounded services to the Fairfax County community. Check out our website for more information.
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/

Reston Now
06/10/2019
Reston Now

Reston Now

In this opinion piece, Lynne Mulston of the Reston Citizens Association says that it's clear Wheelock is betting their $14 million investment for a return of $250 million

Very good news!
06/06/2019
Reston Now

Very good news!

The project received $700,000 in state gap funding to develop affordable housing for seniors

Read Rescue Reston's newsletter that went out today. Talk with your network and make your plan to VOTE. Reston has no Ma...
06/06/2019

Read Rescue Reston's newsletter that went out today. Talk with your network and make your plan to VOTE. Reston has no Mayor -- the Supervisor is the head of our ship. Votes matter.

YOU Need to ACT Now or this could be our future. Read latest newsletter - https://mailchi.mp/rescuereston/vote_june_11_notice

Rescue Reston
05/31/2019
Rescue Reston

Rescue Reston

There has been a lot of talk lately about the "greenbelts" in Reston. In this article, long-time Restonian Nan Ernst talks about her cluster, Charter Oak Townhouses, and the need to preserve and extend Reston's heritage as it leaps into the future.

Environmental Approval Still Pending for $170 Million Soapstone Connector Project
05/16/2019
Environmental Approval Still Pending for $170 Million Soapstone Connector Project

Environmental Approval Still Pending for $170 Million Soapstone Connector Project

State and local transportation officials have been working for more than a year on clearing the Soapstone Connector through the environmental approval phase -- one of the latest hurdles for the roughly $170 million project. The connector -- which extends Soapstone Drive from Sunrise Valley Drive o

Thanks to the Hunter Mill District Supervisor candidates for all attending last night's Candidate Forum and for the comm...
04/25/2019

Thanks to the Hunter Mill District Supervisor candidates for all attending last night's Candidate Forum and for the community who filled the room to over-capacity. Apologies that we were unable to accommodate everyone. The Candidate Forum was filmed by Comcast and 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

Meeting is Thursday, March 28 at Armstrong Elementary School (11900 Lake Newport Road) at 7 pm.
03/25/2019
Reston Now

Meeting is Thursday, March 28 at Armstrong Elementary School (11900 Lake Newport Road) at 7 pm.

Locals in Reston will have a chance to provide feedback Thursday to the Fairfax County Department of Transportation on a study looking at the Fairfax County Parkway from Route 7 to Route 1

Citizens participating at tonight’s Reston Planning & Zoning meeting.
03/19/2019

Citizens participating at tonight’s Reston Planning & Zoning meeting.

03/05/2019

It's official - Supervisor Hudgins just deferred indefinitely the PRC Zoning Density Amendment. No need to go to the Government Center this afternoon/evening. Good news! More to come in the future - who is ready to volunteer with RCA to follow the process?

03/04/2019

Breaking news - RESTON PRC CAP HEARING CALLED OFF FOR TUESDAY, March 5. Supervisor Hudgins expected to withdraw her motion to raise Reston's PRC Cap tomorrow. Watch this feed in case there is a change. More info to follow.

The Planning Commissioners decision is a good one, but there is still much work to be done.
02/15/2019
Coalition for a Planned Reston Press Release

The Planning Commissioners decision is a good one, but there is still much work to be done.

Reston Citizens Association, non-profit corporation. RCA was founded in 1967. A non-partisan organization where every citizen has a voice.

It's not over, but we've got a good start.
02/14/2019
Planning Commission Suggests County Board Deny PRC Proposal

It's not over, but we've got a good start.

Fairfax County's Planning Commission finally weighed in on a controversial zoning ordinance proposal for Reston by recommending that the county's Board of Supervisors deny the specific proposal, yet take steps to resolve PRC issues with the use of a taskforce. The zoning ordinance would increase

02/11/2019

This clip is from the Planning Commission's 1/23/2019 public hearing. Speaking is Josh Ververka of NVAR - Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® . Questions for all you #realestate folks out there -
*How do you feel about him calling Reston's "live, work, play" a cliche?
*Did you receive a questionnaire from NVAR asking if you agree that North Point, Hunters Woods and South Lakes Village Centers are walkable to the metros and thus should be allowed the high density which is approved and expected within a mile of Reston's 3 metro stations? If you'd like to write an email to the Planning Commissioners, send to [email protected] and copy [email protected].

Take the short survey that you'll find on this site:
02/08/2019
Countywide Strategic Plan | Strategic Plan

Take the short survey that you'll find on this site:

Fairfax County, Virginia - Fairfax County has begun a strategic planning process with the community to shape the future together for 2020 and beyond.

02/04/2019
Reston Association

Key points from the 1/23 Planning Commission Hearing.

The Reston community speaks out against the plan to increase the cap on residential density: http://bit.ly/2D6NPuL

#Reston #EnjoyReston

A response from RCA President Dennis Hays: "The Chamber president presumably has to represent the interests of that sliv...
01/23/2019
Reston and the Comprehensive Plan: Myth and Reality

A response from RCA President Dennis Hays: "The Chamber president presumably has to represent the interests of that sliver of his membership that supports unrestricted growth, but perhaps he could also serve the wider community by explaining to that sliver that if Reston stops being Reston, the attraction many have for this community will evaporate."

The President of the Reston Chamber of Commerce has written in support of significantly increasing the population density of Reston. He appears to base his support on two pillars: that

01/17/2019
Reston Association

Reston Association

Fairfax County is holding an important Planning Commission Meeting discussing the potential increase in residential density in Reston.

7PM Wednesday, January 23 at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax.

An online survey and public meetings - let your thoughts be known now!
01/15/2019
FCDOT Seeks Input on Fairfax Connector Service in Herndon, Reston

An online survey and public meetings - let your thoughts be known now!

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) is seeking public input on the Fairfax Connector in the Herndon-Reston area as it looks toward improvements for the local bus service. Future recommended improvements will also consider connecting the planned Metrorail Silver Line Phase 2 st

Reston's #openspaces are one of the key defining features of living in #Reston.
01/13/2019

Reston's #openspaces are one of the key defining features of living in #Reston.

Hidden Creek golf course is one of the few places left in Reston where you can still experience expansive vistas of a beautiful snowfall. Under the Wheelock proposal, the area in these photos is slated for housing.

All photos were taken from Reston Association pathways.

Representatives of Coalition for a Planned Reston (attendees from RCA, Reston 20/20 Committee, Reclaim Reston), Rescue R...
01/11/2019

Representatives of Coalition for a Planned Reston (attendees from RCA, Reston 20/20 Committee, Reclaim Reston), Rescue Reston and several candidates for Hunter Mill District Supervisor attended the January 10 Planning Commission Workshop. It was 2 hours and 15 minutes well spent for those of us in attendance to directly hear the Commissioners' thought process. Although no comments were allowed from the gallery, the Commissioners had read and noted several times the MANY emails they have received. Read RCA's last comments to the Commissioners ahead of the meeting at
https://restoncitizensassociation.blogspot.com/2019/01/letter-to-planning-commissioners-re-prc.html

"A new elementary school along the Metro’s Silver Line also remains unfunded." -- not only unfunded, no one is offering ...
01/03/2019
School CIP Leaves New High School and Additions Unfunded

"A new elementary school along the Metro’s Silver Line also remains unfunded." -- not only unfunded, no one is offering up a location for it.

The Fairfax County Public School's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), scheduled for review later this month, still leaves a planned nearby high school unfunded as local crowding increases. The new high school is planned for somewhere along the Dulles Suburban Corridor to take students coming up thro

Letter: The Folly of 15
01/03/2019
Letter: The Folly of 15

Letter: The Folly of 15

This letter was submitted by Dennis K. Hays, the president of the Reston Citizens Association. It does not reflect the opinions of Reston Now. We publish article and opinion contributions of specific interest to the Reston community. Contributions may be edited for length or content. Fairfax Coun

Terry Maynard's comment and reference to the Lerner/Spectrum development is helpful for getting a grasp of the enormity ...
12/14/2018
Reston Association Continues Opposition to Proposed Zoning Changes

Terry Maynard's comment and reference to the Lerner/Spectrum development is helpful for getting a grasp of the enormity of the potential impact. Bravo to RA for holding the line!

Reston Association's Board of Directors unanimously voted to continue its opposition to a proposed zoning amendment, which would increase Reston's population density, at last night's meeting. The proposal would increase the maximum allowed population per acre in the Planned Residential Community

Mark your calendars for January 23 and March 5!!
12/04/2018
Board of Supervisors Clash Over Community Input for Proposed Zoning Changes

Mark your calendars for January 23 and March 5!!

Fairfax County's Board of Supervisors disagreed over community input on contentious proposed zoning changes, before authorizing public hearings early next year on the changes at their meeting today.

The proposal, which would increase the population density in Reston, has sparked a backlash from c

Coalition for a Planned Reston's letter to Supervisor Hudgins, opposing her plan to bring the increase in Reston's PRC c...
11/30/2018
Correspondence

Coalition for a Planned Reston's letter to Supervisor Hudgins, opposing her plan to bring the increase in Reston's PRC cap before the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, 4 December.

These links provide CPR and RA’s letters and statements regarding Supervisor Hudgins’ proposal to increase the density cap for Reston’s Planned Residential Community (PRC), includ…

This is important, folks. Know what it means to be part of Small Tax District 5 and care about how your tax dollars are ...
10/17/2018
New Members Appointed to Reston Community Center's Board of Governors

This is important, folks. Know what it means to be part of Small Tax District 5 and care about how your tax dollars are spent - read our information paper on our website under the 411 series tab.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed three members to Reston Community Center's Board of Governors Tuesday (Oct. 16). Incumbents Lisa Sechrest-Ehrhardt and William G. Bouie were appointed to the board alongside newcomer Richard Stillson. Sechrest-Ehrhardt had the most votes in this yea

Hunters Woods Neighborhood Coalition
09/20/2018

Hunters Woods Neighborhood Coalition

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Five Candidates Seek Seats on Reston Community Center's Board of Governors
08/25/2018
Five Candidates Seek Seats on Reston Community Center's Board of Governors

Five Candidates Seek Seats on Reston Community Center's Board of Governors

Five candidates are running for three seats on Reston Community Center's Board of Governors. This year's candidates are incumbents William Bouie, Gerald Zavala, and Lisa Sechrest-Ehrhardt, along with Richard Stillson and April Tan. Voting -- known as the preference poll -- will begin on September 7

Videos of RA/CPR meetings with Fairfax
08/13/2018
Videos of RA/CPR meetings with Fairfax

Videos of RA/CPR meetings with Fairfax

We have added links to the videos of all four working group meetings held in July between RA/CPR and Fairfax County staff on key issues of concern to Reston residents related to the proposed increa…

Please read and SHARE - the top 10 takeaways from recent work session on the impact of increased density in Reston and s...
08/02/2018
Reston Schools Meeting of 24 July

Please read and SHARE - the top 10 takeaways from recent work session on the impact of increased density in Reston and schools:

This letter was drafted by CPR Discussion Participant Stuart Gibson after last week’s joint RA/CPR/Fairfax County working group meeting to discuss the status of schools and school planning. It has …

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