Autumn on Lake Audobon

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

Friday, October 30, 2015

RNGC Press Release: Potential Redevelopment of RNGC

Press Release:

Reston, VA  October 29, 2015 -
In January of this year, more than 500 landowners and others concerned about the future of Reston National Golf Course, a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program golf course, rallied at the Board of Zoning Appeals hearing in support of maintaining the 166-acre tract of land as open space.  However, in April the BZA returned a decision that may have eased the path to redevelopment. That decision will be challenged in Fairfax County Circuit Court on Friday, November 6, at 2 p.m.

The outcome of this hearing will affect all properties abutting or near the golf course. Home and business owners stand to lose scenic views, privacy and substantial value and will face years of construction trucks, dirt and noise in their backyards, and worsening congestion on local roads. Our community may lose 166 acres of wildlife habitat and scenic beauty.  All of Reston faces the loss of control over its future.

Lawyers for Fairfax County, Reston Association and individual homeowners and clusters (together, the Home Team) have been preparing an appeal of the BZA’s ruling. Homeowners and clusters that are part of the Home Team are represented by Randy Greehan of Greehan, Taves, Pandak & Stoner, PLLC, the land use law firm that has counseled Rescue Reston since 2012.

The loophole that the original RN Golf land use attorney thought he had found when the investor-owners undertook this battle in 2012 has been closed: Fairfax County has certified all documents. Therefore, if the Home Team wins in Circuit Court in November, the investor-owners of RNGC will have a much harder time achieving their goal of transforming this treasured open space into anything other than recreational open space.

The legal effort to challenge the BZA’s ruling has been substantial and costly.
Right now, the key support required to keep this tract of land green is to help pay the legal bills! The most recent brief filed on behalf of the petitioners can be read at http://www.rescuereston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/10-26-15-Reply-Brief-of-Adjacent-Owners-in-Support-of-Summary-Judgment-Motion.pdf

Many homeowners and other concerned individuals and businesses have already donated this calendar year, but a surge of donations this coming week will send the message that we will not be outdone by the deep pockets of the golf course’s investor-owners, Northwestern Mutual. The end of the legal battle is in sight.