At a standing-room-only meeting last night, the Reston Association reiterated its opposition to any proposed redevelopment of Reston National Golf Course. More importantly, the RA put
The board, which called a special meeting on Aug. 22 to organize its position, announced it has hired Odin, Feldman, Pittleman PC to represent RA in the golf course matter.Good on them.
The law firm will advise and provide counsel - and litigate if necessary - to the Board of Directors with respect to RN Golf Management appeal before the [Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals] and advocate on behalf of the RA and its Board of Directors in opposition to any proposed or suggested development or re-development of the golf course.
The board will also establish a special committee comprised of President Ken Knueven; Directors Donna Miller Rostant, Mike Sanio, Andy Sigle; and CEO Milton Matthews to work with staff and special counsel on the matter.
Rescue Reston also announced this week that it has retained its own legal counsel to fight the property owner's appeal before the BZA.
The organization has retained the land use law firm of Greehan, Taves, Pandak and Stoner, PLLC. Pinkman confirmed that the search contacted seven law firms who specialize in land use matters. Led by former land use attorney Dave Stroh and David Burns, Esq., the Rescue Reston internal legal committee conducted a thorough and detailed interview process.Rescue Reston is also readying these awesome high-contrast lawn signs, although they "have been hung up in a size discussion with RA," the organization says. Oh, RA, you never fail to not surprise us!
Mr. Burns will continue to interface with the firm as Rescue Reston prepares to assist Fairfax County, Reston Association, and the Reston Community Association to prevent redevelopment of Reston National Golf Course into medium density housing (townhouses). The Board of Zoning Appeal will meet during day time business hours October 24 to consider an appeal from the owners of the Golf Course who “by right” believe they can redevelop the 166 acres of the golf course open space in Reston. The Fairfax County Zoning Administrator has ruled against the Golf Course owners, holding that any such redevelopment would require an amendment to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan.
Meanwhile, opponents of the redevelopment presumably did a little Google searching, discovered that RN Golf Management received a $6,700 fine from the EPA earlier this year as part of a consent decree involving an underground storage tank on the golf course property, and forwarded PDFs of the agreement to the media (and this web log). So, um, there's that.
So this is the part where you're expecting to see another hilarious clip from that classic land-use documentary, Caddyshack. Given all the lawyering up that's going on, somehow this seems more appropriate:
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