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Friday, November 21, 2014

. . . stop this insanity . . .

From: Ray Wedell
To: raywedell@comcast.net
Subject: Fwd: Petition update – Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals, Virginia:Stop the proposed development of Reston National Golf Course in Reston, VA
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:44:57 +0000 (UTC)
 
I am forwarding this email because the entire community could use your support in this issue which will have a dramatic impact on life in Reston: your lives; your family's lives; your friends and future residents of Reston and the entire Northern Virginia community.
 
Most of us are aware that the owners of the Reston National Golf Course are diligently attempting to have a zoning change which will allow this critical open space to be re-zoned, so that it can be put to supposedly higher economic use. I will not even attempt to outline the disastrous effects that would have on residents, the environment, the life style, and the negative impact economically, as Reston loses its cache as one of the ten best places to live in America.
 
Those who know me know that I am not a "tree hugger." I come to you with that rarest of modern-day commodities: common sense. I am drawn to issues in which there should be 100% agreement, and these are few and far between. The issue of beating down this re-zoning application once and for all is one of those rare occurrences. It is one of critical and immediate importance to you and your neighbors. Better yet, it is one in which your voice DOES matter. Your voice WILL be heard. We are not fighting global warming, solving world peace, or taking a stand against or for gay marriage here. No, this is a no-brainer which we can all agree on, in which time is of the essence, and an issue which, nonetheless, can and will likely be ramrodded through the Fairfax County Board unless we continue with strong community opposition.
 
Previous efforts to stop this insanity have been successful. In withdrawing its request for a hearing on this matter last year, the development interests realized that they did not have the power or authority to overcome common sense and community unity at that time. In having this proposal recast on short notice and in the midst of the holiday season, this has every indication of a well-timed effort to sneak an approval through in the darkness of night. They believe that residents have already fought this fight and are likely to be be either weary or complacent now, or both. They believe that residents will be too pre-occupied with the holiday season. Is there any doubt that those who seek to make a mockery of the Reston Master Plan and the Reston way of life in exchange for personal financial gain have been regrouping with exceptional legal teams to overturn this open space designation? Is there any doubt that they will have a well-prepared, super-slick, faux-passionate plea planned, telling the Board and others how their wonderful proposal will lead to a more idyllic Reston community? Of course they will do this! And it will be a Hollywood-perfect presentation.
 
The bottom line is this..... support Rescue Reston. The organization is well organized and needs people to line up in full support and walk with them in doing what is right for Reston and Northern Virginia.  The task is not easy, and Rescue Reston should be commended for their efforts.
 
There is a preliminary rally scheduled for January 10. Show your elected officials that you expect their support in this matter (by all means contact them directly as well. They are elected to support YOU). 
 
The hearing is at the Fairfax Government Center on January 21 at 9:00 am. Yes, these important matters are taken up during times when most of us work. However, for those who can attend, mark the calendars and show up! Actual physical presence at the location and time for this hearing is likely to have a major impact.
 
It is your life, your community, your family....... this is a rare local issue of dramatic importance in which you CAN and SHOULD make a difference.
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you in advance for your support.
 
 
Ray Wedell
RE/MAX Gateway
703-855-7299
www.raymaxteam.com
 

From: "Reston, Rescue"
To: "Wedell, Ray"
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:09:19 PM
Subject: Petition update – Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals, Virginia: Stop the proposed development of Reston National Golf Course in Reston, VA
 
Petition update

Hold the Date – We Need YOU There!

Nov 20, 2014 — The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 9:00am, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 801, Fairfax, VA 22035. Reston needs to... Read more
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