My "cautious optimism" about the Task Force revising Reston’s Master Plan is fraying a bit. At last Tuesday’ meeting of the Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force, lines were drawn in the sand among members, and county staff discouraged communication with the community.
The main flashpoint exposing fissures in the Task Force was a proposal from Reston 2020, a group facilitating citizen participation in and support for the Task Force. The notion of citizen working groups had been endorsed recently by Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill). But, after the citizen proposal to create the groups was introduced by Task Force (TF) member Mike Corrigan, founder Bob Simon ripped into it calling it "asinine" and telling Reston 2020 to "go take a shower."
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