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The 2017 executive summary of the Reston Annual State of the Environment Report (RASER) was accepted by the Reston Association Board of Directors last week. The summary, produced by the association’s Environmental Advisory Committee, is part of a new effort to publish an annual report on the state and management of the environment in Reston.
The RASER working group, which is comprised of nine members, has spent over 1,000 combined volunteer hours compiling data, drafting report sections and editing the 180-page document.
Last Thursday, the board directed the EAC to return in the fall of 2017 to discuss the prioritization, costs and timelines of the recommendations included in the report.
RASER has five objectives:
• Summarize existing quantitative environmental data for the Reston community in one publicly accessible document.
• Establish an environmental baseline that can be re-assessed annually to facilitate the identification of environmental trends and to evaluate the efficacy of environmental improvement and conservation programs and initiatives.
• Provide relevant and timely environmental information that can help RA and its Board of Directors in shaping future policy and programs.
• Help educate and inform Reston residents and other interested parties about Reston’s environmental health.
• Create a living document that can be revised and expanded as deemed appropriate to meet future environmental challenges and information needs.
Click here to read the executive summary of the report or click here to download the full report.
OTHER BOARD ACTIONS
In other board actions from the July 27 meeting, the following motion was passed related to the Reston Town Center paid parking situation:
“Moved to authorize Reston Association Board President, Sherri Hebert, Vice President, David Bobzien, and CEO Cate Fulkerson to engage with representatives of Boston Properties and Reston Town Center to inform and discuss with them the pressing requests from RA members that further consideration be given to RTC’s paid parking system.”
While the association does not have jurisdiction in town center, RA members have asked the association to get involved in an effort to find resolution to the new paid parking system, which many local residents and businesses have opposed. Until several months ago, parking in town center was free.
The board also moved to deny the appeal of a property owner at 11103 Lake Chapel Lane, and enforce the maximum boat length standard (18 feet) as stated in the Reston Deed and supported by the Covenants Committee.
Appeals of Covenants Committee decisions may be submitted in writing by any aggrieved party to the board, which will consider the appeal. In this case, the board decided not to grant a waiver to the boat length rule.