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Leading the model community where all can Live, Work, Play and Get Involved.™
To preserve and enhance the Reston community through outstanding leadership, service and stewardship of our resources.
Reston Association (RA) is a not-for-profit corporation that serves a community of about 60,000 people and is one of the largest community associations in the United States. Reston Association sustains and protects the community’s quality of life by caring for Reston’s natural environment and recreational facilities, and administering its architectural and maintenance covenants. As prescribed by law and set forth in the Reston Documents, the purpose of the association is to:
Reston’s membership is comprised of 21,346 residential units. All residential property owners and renters subject to the Reston Deed are automatically members of the Reston Association. With membership come certain rights and obligations, including the right to elect the Association’s directors, the right to serve as a director and/or officer, and the right to use association property. Property owners also have the right to vote on certain matters that might potentially affect the value of their property. As well, members are required to uphold protective covenants and regulations, comply with association rules, and pay an annual assessment that funds most of the association’s operations.
Reston Association’s bylaws provide for a nine-member Board of Directors that is responsible to the membership for determining and implementing broad organizational goals. The board sets RA policy in all matters - finance and budget, personnel and compensation policies, and planning and program strategies. In carrying out its duties, the board looks to its committees to advise on important aspects of community life and the management of association recreational facilities, open space and other assets.
The RA Board of Directors relies on the Covenants Committee and the Design Review Board for design, use and maintenance issues. Only the Design Review Board has the power to interpret, administer and render decisions involving design covenants and guidelines as provided in the Reston Deed and Association Bylaws.
Unlike other sizable community-interest associations across the country, RA does not include local businesses in its membership, and thus does not collect assessment income from that source. Nonetheless, the association’s policies and practices have considerable impact on the business community. Reston's attractiveness and the amenities provided by the association play an important role in attracting and retaining environmentally friendly commercial enterprises.
As the community’s steward, RA is responsible for maintaining the quality of life in Reston, chiefly by caring for and administering the community's most precious asset - its real property. As a steward, RA has three major roles:
On a day-to-day basis, RA is managed by a Chief Executive Officer supported by a staff of about 78 full-time employees who bring a wide variety of knowledge and skills to jobs as varied as environmental biology, auto mechanics, and public administration. In the summer months, the full-time staff is augmented by nearly 300 seasonal employees who maintain outdoor facilities, provide services and conduct programs.