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Golf Course Zoning Appeal Moved to May 22

Hearing was scheduled for Jan. 30, but owners of Reston National Golf Course will have to wait until spring before getting answer.

Update, Jan. 7 - The hearing was postponed at the request of the applicant, RN Golf Management.

Original Story: The Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals hearings for the owners of Reston National Golf Course has been moved from Jan. 30 to May 22.

This is the second time the hearing has been postponed. It originally was scheduled for Oct. 30. The Board of Zoning Appeals did not say which side asked for this most recent postponement.

The issue dates back to last April, when RN Golf Management, which is owned by a subsidiary of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, asked county zoning officials if the Reston golf course was zoned residential.

When the zoning officials said the golf course was not residential and to designate it residential would involve a change to the county master plan, the owners filed the zoning appeal.

The looming appeal  which are adamant the 166-acre golf course should remain open space. Reston Association and Reston Citizens Association have vowed to fight redevelopment, and a grassroots organization, Rescue Reston, has mobilized since July.

No plans for potential residential development at the course have been made public yet.

Meanwhile, Rescue Reston is still collecting petition signatures and holding a fundraising gala on Jan. 26.

To see RN Golf Management LLC's appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals — as well as other documents pertaining to this issue — click here.

To see all stories related to the Reston National Golf Course rezoning fight, click here.

John Farrell January 11, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Jim There are so many misstatements and misconceptions in your comment, it may take 2 comments to cover them all: Getting a BZA to overrule a Zoning Administrator is hard. I've done it but most cases fail. Getting a Circuit Court to overrule the BZA when it sides with the Zoning Administrator is even harder. Even getting the Va. Supreme Court to hear an appeal where the Circuit Court sided with the BZA and the Zoning Administrator is exceptional. So assuming Lerner loses, they would have to get a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and a rezoning approved by the Board of Supervisors, after a Planning Commission hearing. There is no reason to expect that to happen. A landowner is only entitled to some reasonable use which the County gets to choose. A golf on that property is a reasonable use. Especially given its profitability. The County can require that no change in use occur. Could the Lerner's abandon operation of the course? Sure, but why would they when its profitable? Spite? btw I am a zoning lawyer and you'd lose your bet. ;-)
Uncle Smartypants January 11, 2013 at 06:17 PM
I thought high self-esteem bordering on narcissism was the essence of Reston. You learn something every day ...
Catherine Baum January 11, 2013 at 10:36 PM
the lakes are "storm water management ponds" and cannot be developed
Joe C. January 17, 2013 at 07:59 PM
That doesn't seem to be the case,Sally.Maybe you should take some lessons.
Sally Singer Brodsky January 27, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Laura, you are a voice of reason. I asked a simple question and one person assumed she knew what I wished for. Another told me to take some lessons. As I read the cynicism and vitriol expressed here, I am turned off. Larry Butler's memo was instructive insofar as it was able to look at some of the implications of this redevelopment. In the last paragraph, though, he mentioned something that does worry me about the golf course...the use of water from Lake Audubon and run-off into Lake Thoreau of whatever they use to keep the grass green. I'd like to have reasonable conversations here, but it's hard because of the "it's all about the money" group.


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