Actions Prior to Board Meeting – The Board of Directors (Board) of the Reston Citizens Association (RCA) undertook the following actions prior to its monthly meeting on July 26, 2022.
Election of New Director – On July 13, 2022 President Mulston informed the Board that Director DeLucian would be stepping down as a director and taking on a project specialist position with the Board. President Mulston indicated that the Director position for the Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District was open. President Mulston requested an email motion and a second to fill this Director position with Michele Silver. On July 14, 2022 Secretary Endsley made an email motion to have Michele Silver fill the open Director position for the Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District. The motion was seconded by Director Hartke. Via email voting on July 14, 2022 eight (8) directors voted yes for Michele Silver to join the Board as a director. Two (2) directors did not vote. The motion was carried.
RCA Statement on Dulles Toll Road (DTR) Increase – As noted in the June 30, 2022 minutes Director Dory offered to draft a letter in opposition to the proposed Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) increase in DTR tolls. On July 16 and 18, 2022 Director Dory drafted a statement for review, edits and comments by the Board. Comments and edits were sent to Director Dory for consideration and a revised statement was prepared. On July 20, 2022 the revised statement was submitted to an email vote by the Board. The vote was six (6) to approve the statement with one (1) abstention. The statement was approved and submitted to MWAA on July 21, 2022. (The approved statement is included as Attachment No. 1.)
Board Meeting – On July 26, 2022 President Mulston called to order the meeting of the Board at 7:30 pm. This was a ZOOM meeting.
Individual Attendees via ZOOM were: Lynne Mulston, President; Gary Maupin, Vice-President; Joe Leighton, Treasurer; Shawn Endsley, Secretary; Scott Arwood; Vincent Dory; Connie Hartke; Yavuz Inanli and Michele Silver. Director Dennis Hays and Director Brian Steiner were absent. President Mulston determined that a quorum of 9 of 11 members was present at 7:30 pm and the meeting could proceed.
Adoption of Agenda – President Mulston asked for adoption of the agenda. Upon motion made by Director Dory, and seconded by Vice-President Maupin, the Board unanimously approved the proposed agenda.
Approval of Minutes – President Mulston asked for approval of the minutes of the June 30, 2022 Board meeting. Upon motion made by Director Arwood, and seconded by Director Silver, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of the June 30, 2022 meeting.
Approval of Treasurer’s Report – President Mulston then asked for approval of the Treasurer’s Report. Upon motion made by Secretary Endsley, and seconded by Vice-President Maupin, the Board approved the Treasurer’s Report by a vote of eight (8) Yeas and one (1) Abstention. Director Silver abstained and requested that opportunity to discuss the Treasurer’s Report with President Mulston.
Reston Comprehensive Plan (RCP) Task Force Updates – President Mulston, Vice-President Maupin and Director Hays are members of the RCP Task Force. President Mulston indicated that the last meeting of the RCP Task Force is expected this Thursday (July 28, 2022). President Mulston indicated that the various chapters are being submitted for approval to the RCP Task Force. Vice-President Maupin indicated there is an issue in the Transportation chapter regarding a connection between North Shore Drive and American Dream Way. Fairfax County (County) Staff wants to approve this connection; however, members of the Task Force are opposed. This is expected to be resolved by Thursday, July 28, 2022. Vice-President Maupin noted that President Mulston and Planning Commissioner Carter have undertaken the responsibility to pull all of the chapters together and make them presentable for public review and comment.
President Mulston indicated that all of the chapters should be voted on by members of the Task Force on Thursday, July 28, 2022 with an ultimate goal that the RCP would be completed and subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors by the end of the year.
Reston Civic Center (aka Reston Town Center North) Unsolicited Proposal – President Mulston noted that Director Hays was not present and asked Vice-President Maupin to update the Board on the recent unsolicited proposal for the Reston Civic Center area formerly known as Reston Town Center North (RTCN). Vice-President Maupin noted that a key issue associated with the unsolicited proposal from Foulger-Pratt is the treatment of the affordable housing located in the area. Vice-President Maupin noted that no information has been provided by County Staff in apparent violation of the Virginia Code. Director Hays has sent an email dated July 26, 2022 to the County Attorney noting the apparent violations of state law. In addition, there is apparently a competitive bid that has not been released for public review.
President Mulston suggested that discussions with a third-party attorney might be appropriate given Director Hays concerns and the County’s apparent lack of compliance with state law. No specific actions were further discussed.
MWAA Proposal – DTR Toll Rate Increase – As noted above a statement was approved by the Board on the DTR Toll Rate Increase. Director Dory noted that he would be monitoring MWAA to determine their response to our statement. Based on Board comments it appears that Metro will be aiming for a Halloween opening along with 7000 car series restoration. The Board will follow the status of the Silver Line opening.
Fannie Mae Rezoning – Based on current information it is expected that the Fannie Mae Rezoning proposal will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors (BoS) for approval on August 2, 2022. Director Silver noted that the proffers related to the rezoning were made available on July 21, 2022. Director Silver noted that she is in the process of reviewing the proffers and has several questions that she would like to discuss with President Mulston. Based on information from Planning Commissioner Carter once the BoS approves the rezoning the proffers cannot be changed. There is very little time for review as the approval date is scheduled for August 2, 2022.
Golf Courses Update – Reston National Golf Course (RNGC) – President Mulston asked Director Hartke to provide an update on RNGC. Director Hartke noted that the developers continue to schedule open houses for residents to communicate their redevelopment plans. Apparently, these open houses are not going well for the developers. Director Arwood attended one of the open houses and was not impressed by the presentation. Director Hartke believes that the developers will be working toward a site-specific plan amendment for development despite that this approach may be precluded by the RCP.
Hidden Creek Golf Course (HCGC) – President Mulston reported no new developments with respect to HCGC.
Other Business – President Mulston noted that Supervisor Alcorn has hired a new legislative aide.
Director Hartke noted that she would be sending the Board information on the proposed Soapstone Crossing of the DTR.
Closing – President Mulston indicated the next meeting of the Board would return to a Monday meeting with the completion of the RCP task Force meetings. Based on discussion with the Board President Mulston indicated the next meeting would be scheduled for August 29, 2022. President Mulston then asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 pm. Upon motion made by Secretary Endsley and seconded by Director Hartke, the Board unanimously agreed to adjourn.