Reston Citizens Association

Reston Citizens Association Founded in 1967, the Reston Citizens Association (RCA) represents the citizens of Reston on political
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RCA is excited to support Reston Association’s first Winterfest as a sponsor of the Enchanted Forest! Come stroll the be...
11/28/2023

RCA is excited to support Reston Association’s first Winterfest as a sponsor of the Enchanted Forest! Come stroll the beautiful trail and join the winter merrymaking this Thursday through Friday from 5-9 p.m.

Winterfest 2023 Overview An exciting new winter themed family event with activities targeted towards families and friends celebrating the holiday season. Reston Association Winterfest will include a 0.41 mile lighted trail walk through our Enchanted Forest and visit to the Vendor Village with lumina...

Planned and expected, as it should be in a Planned Community.
11/02/2023

Planned and expected, as it should be in a Planned Community.

First block of major Isaac Newtown Square redevelopment in Reston approved Fatimah Waseem Today at 11:00am A seven-story apartment building is planned on the site at Isaac Newton Square in Reston (via Fairfax County) The first of 10 blocks slated to redevelop Isaac Newton Square in Reston is officia...

RCA Introduces Our Latest Special Project : Citizens Opposed to a Reston Casino
10/28/2023

RCA Introduces Our Latest Special Project : Citizens Opposed to a Reston Casino

Over the past month, news reports surfaced of renewed interest and efforts by Comstock to develop a casino in Reston. The Patch has done extensive reporting on the issue, and take my word for it, the threat is real!

Have you signed the petition? Shared it with someone? Donated so we can get the petition out to more people?
10/27/2023

Have you signed the petition? Shared it with someone? Donated so we can get the petition out to more people?

Lynne Mulston of Citizens Opposed to Reston Casino calls on all residents of Reston to join their efforts to stop Comstock's casino plans.

10/06/2023

A majority of the 917 respondents to Patch's online survey said they would not support a casino in Reston or on the Silver Line in Fairfax.

RCA urges you to ask anyone you know in the entire state of Virginia to sign this petition. Comstock (the developer)is t...
09/29/2023

RCA urges you to ask anyone you know in the entire state of Virginia to sign this petition. Comstock (the developer)is taking their $$ to out-of-Reston politicians. (see news link in the comments). A casino does not belong near neighborhoods - it appears they want to put it south of the toll road, west of Wiehle Avenue.

Say No to a Reston Casino!

Well deserved! Lake Anne House, serving seniors in Reston, Virginia, wins overall best development from Affordable Housi...
09/19/2023

Well deserved! Lake Anne House, serving seniors in Reston, Virginia, wins overall best development from Affordable Housing Finance magazine.

Lake Anne House, serving seniors in Reston, Virginia, wins overall best development.

Supervisor Walter Alcorn's 9/13/2023 email about our newly adopted Comprehensive Plan for Reston:Neighbors,The Board of ...
09/14/2023

Supervisor Walter Alcorn's 9/13/2023 email about our newly adopted Comprehensive Plan for Reston:

Neighbors,

The Board of Supervisors approved a new Reston Comprehensive Plan yesterday. Here are excerpts from my statement:

I would like to thank Hunter Mill Commissioner John Carter, the whole Planning Commission, the Reston Comprehensive Plan Task Force, county staff, the Hunter Mill office staff, the Chairman's office staff, my colleagues on the Board, all the Restonians that provided input, and the cadre of citizens that spend countless hours reviewing and improving land use proposals and keeping Reston the great place it is to live, work and play.

Reston is the preeminent post-World War II planned community in the United States. The challenge is maintaining fidelity to Reston’s original vision while meeting the new challenges (and opportunities) of today.

This plan and process shows that even in times of the highest levels of community concern about growth and development, this is a consensus community plan. Focusing growth around Metrorail is not only possible, it is the reality in Reston.

Reston is not only a demonstration of a well-planned and executed planned community, now with emerging transit-oriented communities, it is also a demonstration of a successful “missing middle” development strategy undertaken decades before the term was ever conceived.

Reston was founded in the early 1960s not only as a physical community, but one that also followed 7 Planning Principles conceived by Robert E. Simon, Jr. These 7 founding principles brought a daring social twist into a large-scale development project, and some of those principles are still challenging today – including the one rather unusual principle that calls for “the focal point of all planning would be on the importance and dignity of the individual.” As the first racially open community in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the integration of social values into planning and development is in Reston’s DNA.

The challenges associated with growth in Reston are still very much with us – making sure infrastructure keeps up with development, protecting our green spaces, ensuring that new communities within Reston are great and inclusive places to live, work, and play – and while these challenges are still with us. Adoption of this updated Comprehensive plan will help us not only meet those challenges but will help Reston thrive. This plan will help achieve the ultimate goal of Reston founder Robert E Simon, Jr. – that is the goal of creating true community.

Note that approval of this comprehensive plan does not mark the end of planning in Reston, and in fact several issues raised by residents will be considered in the SSPA process which has waited for this Reston Comprehensive Plan update to conclude.

Regards,
Walter

(photo credit: Kahlil Dover)

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11890 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA
20191

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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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