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The Reston Association Board of Directors unanimously voted on Monday to direct Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, PC, on behalf of RA, to coordinate with Fairfax County, its Zoning Administrator and other homeowners adjacent to the golf course, to file an appeal to the Circuit Court regarding the April 15, 2015 decision of the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals regarding Case # A2012-HM-020 RN Golf Management, LLC. One board director, Jeff Thomas, was absent.
The decision reflects RA’s position that any redevelopment of PRC zoned land within Reston, including the Reston National Golf Course, must be reviewed and compared to the existing zoning development plans, and any proffers or conditions attached to the development plans. This review and comparison is mandated under Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance Section 16-202 with the purpose of protecting the Reston community from unplanned changes to the development pattern previously approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. If the redevelopment is not in substantial conformance with the approved development plan, then a development plan amendment must be approved by the Board of Supervisors.
In the Reston National Golf Course situation, county staff did not find copies of the three development plans, which include the Reston National Golf Course and surrounding residential communities. A zoning determination for the golf course was issued in June 2012 without these three development plans being available. Because they were unavailable at that time, the golf course owner appealed to the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), seeking a “blank check” for residential redevelopment of the golf course.
While the BZA did not provide a “blank check” to the landowner in its decision on April 15, 2015, it also did not confirm that the three development plans later found by county staff in the zoning archives are, in fact, the approved development plans. As such, RA will be appealing the BZA decision. The primary purpose of appealing the BZA decision to the Circuit Court is to have the court confirm that these are the official approved development plans which, until and unless amended, govern the use and development of the golf course, as well as the residences surrounding it. These development plans clearly show golf course and open space uses.
This board firmly supports Reston remaining a planned community. It also firmly supports the evaluation of every opportunity to preserve, enhance or increase RA’s common open space and facilities.
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