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We're in a fight to save some important green space in Reston, VA -- seriously needed to counterbalance the development that will happen around the new metro. This is over 150 acres of green space on a Certified Audubon International Sanctuary Golf Course that if paved over will flow directly into our Reston Lakes & on to the Chesapeake.

Thanks, Constance. What, exactly, is being proposed for this 150 acres, and who is proposing it?

Tom Pelton - just got back to this and see your question.
Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company (NWM), which is the larger shareholder/owner of the golf course, claims that they have the right to develop it as residential property, a claim that is unsupported by the zoning history of the land and is being opposed vigorously by Reston Association (RA) and Rescue Reston. This is the central issue before the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). NWM's land use attorneys have twice delayed the BZA hearing. The position of the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning, RA and Rescue Reston is that the golf course land is restricted to use as open space, such as a golf course or park.

We have reason to fear that they would look to build thousands of mid-rise apartments (see

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