Autumn on Lake Audobon

Autumn on Lake Audobon
Autumn on Lake Audubon, Photo by Alison Kamat

Monday, March 23, 2015

Rescue Reston reports on "what's next" in the RNGC Board of Zoning Appeals case.

Board of Zoning Appeals Decision April 15
What Will Happen Next?

 
We will win a major victory in the battle if the BZA rules in favor of our County Zoning Administrator. Ideally, Northwestern Mutual, RN Golf Management and their attorneys will accept “3 strikes and you’re out.” The April 15 BZA meeting will start at 9 am and can be viewed live on the TV Channel 16.

The losing side has 30 days after the decision to petition for appeal to the Circuit Court. This would not be a jury trial, although there may be oral arguments before the judge by the attorneys. The Circuit Court judge usually takes 6-8 months to release his or her ruling. Whichever side loses at the Circuit Court level may appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court, which may choose to either hear the appeal or not (meaning the Circuit Court ruling would stand). It may be a year or more until we have a final resolution.

This means additional months of litigation and legal fees. Those who watched the January 21, 2015 BZA hearing know how often the filing made by our legal counsel, Randy Greehan of Greehan, Taves, Pandak & Stoner, PLLC was referenced during the 6 hour long hearing.

Rescue Reston needs to continue to be involved in the legal process to provide the voice of all who support the open space that makes Reston unique. If you own property adjacent to the golf course and wish to be a party in the appeals process, contact us.

We have until April 1 to submit more documentation for the BZA to consider. Randy Greehan will be present on April 15 to represent us. Whichever side wins, we fully expect the process to continue through appeals.

Rescue Reston is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization. Please click on the donation link at RescueReston.org to contribute to protecting open space in Reston.

Connie Hartke & the Rescue Reston Team

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