Membership Offerings for New Development

Membership Offerings for New Development

Overview

The recently adopted Reston Comprehensive Plan strongly encourages any new residential development or redevelopment to be integrated into the Reston community by bringing the new residences into Reston Association through a supplementary declaration. As outlined below, there are various options to consider when subjecting properties to RA covenants.  Properties already subject to RA covenants are described at the bottom of this section.

Model 1: Non-PRC Land

On property that is not already subject to the Reston Deed of Dedication, developers interested in obtaining membership with Reston Association may consider the following options:

  1. Project/development owner pays a lump sum (often pursuant to proffer) and/or other initiation fee.
  2. Development may be subject to some or all of the provisions of the RA Deed through a Supplemental Declaration.
  3. Owner will pay annual assessment per residential unit owned, as negotiated.
  4. Residents of residential units may become members of Reston Association depending upon whether they are rental units, owned such as individual condominiums and to what extent of membership the developer/owner elects in the supplementary declaration.
  5. For an annual fee, RA administers the development’s Design Guidelines under a separate architectural board of review.
  6. For an annual fee, RA could agree to provide development owner with onsite common area maintenance/landscaping/snow-removal services and/or recreational programming.

Options 1 and 5 are considered standard for any agreement made with developers of property that is not already subject to the Reston Deed.

Model 2: PRC Land

Developers of property that is already subject to the Reston Deed will follow the process of adding real property to the Association as outlined in Section II.2 of the Reston Deed. Specifically, with the written consent of the fee simple Owner and any holder of a deed of trust on such real estate, and a two-thirds vote of the RA Board of Directors during a meeting in which a quorum is present, the Association may submit real estate to the provisions of the Reston Deed and the jurisdiction of the Association

Under this model, owners and occupants of the property are considered Category A or B or C Members of the association with all rights and responsibilities delineated in the Reston Deed. The owner will pay the full annual assessment for each unit, and design guidelines for development will be administered by the RA Design Review Board.