In my previous post, I posted the comments from Terry Maynard regarding the details behind the absurd insistence by Northwestern Mutual Insurance, owner of the Reston Golf Course land, to have it re-zoned for commercial use, I will allow Terry’s piece to speak volumes, but here is the message I am sending out to the local community.
The feedback from residents has been so positive, that I was asked to join the Rescue Reston Board, which I accept with honor. Key dates: January 10, 2015—- A Rescue Reston rally at Langston Hughes Middle School; January 21, 2015 (9:00 am) – Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting. at the Herrity Building Auditorium. Citizen attendance and participation is strongly encouraged.
With Terry’s piece and the above as introduction, here is the email I sent to many Reston residents and concerned parties:
“I am forwarding this email because the entire community could use your support in this issue which will have a dramatic impact on life in Reston; your lives; your family’s lives; your friends and future residents of Reston and the entire Northern Virginia community.
Most of us are aware that the out-of-town owners of the Reston National Golf Course, Northwest Mutual Life (NWM) are diligently attempting to have a zoning change which will allow this critical open space to be re-zoned, so that it can be put to supposedly higher economic use.
i will not even attempt to outline the disastrous effects that would have on residents, the environment, the life style, and the negative impact economically, as Reston loses its cache as one of the best places to live in America.
Those who know me know that I am not a “tree hugger.” I come to you with that rarest of modern-day commodities: common sense. I am drawn to issues in which there should be 100% agreement, and these are few and far between. The issue of beating down this re-zoning application once and for all is one of those rare occurrences. It is one of critical and immediate importance to you and your neighbors. Better yet, it is one in which your voice DOES matter. Your voice WILL be heard. We are not fighting global warming, solving world peace, orating a stand against or for gay marriage here. No, this is a no-brainer which we all can agree on, in which time is of the essence, and an issue which, nonetheless, can and will likely be ramrodded through the Fairfax County Regional Zoning Board unless we continue with strong community opposition.
Previous efforts to stop this insanity have been successful. In withdrawing its request for a hearing on this matter last year, the development interests realized that they did not have the power or authority to overcome common sense and community unity at that time. In having this proposal recast on short notice and in the midst of the holiday season, this has every indication of a well-timed effort to sneak an approval through in the darkness of the night.
Those advocating re-zoning believe that residents have already fought this fight and are likely to be too weary or complacent now, or both. They believe that residents will be too pre-occupied with the holiday season. Is there any doubt that they will have a well-prepared, super-slick, faux-passionate plea planned, telling the Zoning Board and others how their wonderful proposal will lead to a more idyllic Reston community? Of course they will do this! And it will likely be a Hollywood-perfect presentation.
The bottom line is this….support Rescue Reston. This organization is well organized and needs people to line up in full support and walk with them in doing what is right for Reston and Northern Virginia. The task is not easy, and rescue Reston should be commended for their efforts.
There is a preliminary rally scheduled for January 10 at Langston Hughes Middle School. Show your elected officials that you expect their support in this matter (by all means contact them directly as well. They are elected to support YOU).
The hearing is at the Herrity Building Board Auditorium at the Fairfax County Government Center. Time and date: 9:00 am on January 21, 2015. Yes, these important matters are are taken up during times when most of us work. However, for those who can attend, mark your calendars and show up! Actual physical presence at the location and time for this hearing is likely to have a major impact.
It is your life, your community, your family….this is a rare local issue of dramatic importance in which you CAN and SHOULD make a difference. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you for your support.”
Ray Wedell, Realtor