In light of rumors circulating about a possible deal involving the proposed redevelopment of the Reston National Golf Course, the Reston Association has written a letter saying it is not aware of any "meetings or discussions," but that it should be part of any conversations if they are happening. The letter states:
The Reston Association is not aware of any such negotiations or meetings. It has not been invited to in any such discussions. We have been told by County staff and Park Authority staff that they are unaware of any such discussions.The letter also reiterates the RA board's opposition to redevelopment of the golf course, saying "the Board has heard, overwhelmingly, from Reston Association members, that redevelopment of the golf course to other than open space and recreational uses would have significant detrimental consequences on its members and on the Reston life-style."
The Reston Association Board is hopeful that these are merely rumors; because this issue is far too important for secretive meetings among a select few. Any re-planning and redevelopment of the Reston National Golf Course needs to be openly discussed and involve the entire Reston community. The Reston Association, on behalf of its members and itself, has a very real interest at stake in any re-planning and redevelopment of the golf course. Any such discussions should include a Reston Association representative, as well as other members of the community. It should be an open and transparent process.
Update: Supervisor Cathy Hudgins has issued her own statement pointing out that she, like the RA, is not involved in any discussions with the developers or any other party. She says:
Contrary to the Reston Patch and Reston 2020 reports, I have not been involved with any discussions with RNGC owners, Reston Association, Fairfax County Park Authority or others regarding any activity associated with this property… Let’s remember that Reston’s original planning and development required open space for active and passive recreation and I feel confident that will continue.In a RESTONIAN WORLD EXCLUSIVE, we have obtained grainy cellphone footage of what the "secret negotiations" just might have sounded like: