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The Fairfax County Circuit Court vacated and voided the April 15, 2015 county Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) decision concerning the Reston National Golf Course. This motion for summary judgment was supported by the Reston Association as well as individual homeowners and cluster associations abutting the golf course. Click here to read more about the golf course issue and to download related legal documents.
The circuit court ruling on Friday, Nov. 6 is considered a defeat for the owner of the golf course and is significant because any redevelopment of the course must now be preceded by the filing of specific plans with the county, which will then be compared with the "Development Plans" approved in 1971, said RA’s legal counsel. These plans are in the county zoning files and clearly limit use of the land to a golf course, open space and driving range. Any change to these approved plans will require amendment approval by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The golf course owner had sought to avoid this requirement for a plan amendment by seeking by-right use status for a number of residential and other uses.
"The association is pleased with the circuit court's ruling," said RA's CEO, Cate Fulkerson. "Now, if pursued by the owner of the golf course, any proposed redevelopment of the golf course property or any portion thereof will have to go through the proper county and community review process."
Since 2012, RA has been challenging attempts by the owners of the property to have the course rezoned for residential development. Other community and grassroots groups, such as Rescue Reston, are also involved in the fight to preserve the course and the open space.
“We are pleased with the court’s ruling which requires that RN Golf must go through a formal plan process before it can redevelop the golf course,” stated Connie Hartke, President of Rescue Reston. “However, while we have won this round, the fight is not over and RN Golf still has other options available to it including appealing today’s ruling or attempting to amend the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan. We must remain prepared to continue the fight so long as RN Golf remains committed to its attempts to destroy our community’s valuable open space.”