RA News
Nov. 7, 2014
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter





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Reston's paths are one of the community's greatest joys. Set as your goal to explore all 55 miles of paved and natural surface pathways winding throughout Reston's open spaces. Not only do these paths provide a great place to exercise and get some fresh air, they also connect neighborhoods, recreation areas and shopping centers.


Reston Station
The new Silver Line will provide transportation from Dulles International Airport to downtown Washington. The first phase of the Silver Line opened on July 26, 2014. Click here for more information on the Silver Line and the Wiehle-Reston East station.

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boardAssessment Revision Proposed

  The Reston Association Board Planning Committee will recommend to the Board of Directors that it consider setting a 50 percent assessment rate reduction for members who receive real estate tax relief from Fairfax County. The full board will review the budget resolution at its next regular meeting/public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 20.


Reductions in annual assessment fees for residents who qualify for real estate tax relief have always existed within RA. However, no specific percentage rate for those reductions is stated in the Reston Deed. Reductions have arbitrarily hovered at approximately 50 percent of the general assessment paid by the vast majority of RA members in recent years. The proposal that will be brought to the board in November will simply specify the exact reduction rate, setting it at 50 percent of the $642 general assessment rate.


Approximately 450 out of the 17,000 residential units in Reston are projected to receive county tax relief in 2015 and therefore would qualify for the 50 percent reduction.


Additionally, there are projected to be approximately 120 residential units in Reston with real estate values at or below $128,400 that currently are charged assessments at 0.5 percent of property value. No changes are proposed for properties that fall into this category, nor are there plans related to the redistribution or restructuring of how assessments are levied.


Two other RA residential groups currently receive $10 assessment reductions with no changes proposed for 2015. They include:

  • State or federally subsidized apartment units.
  • Housing for the elderly and/or assisted living facilities.

The Board Planning Committee heard comments from members about the assessment issue on Monday, Nov. 3 and decided to move forward with the proposal.


"We appreciate the public coming to the committee meeting and encourage members to attend the public hearing in November," said the association's CEO, Cate Fulkerson. "The goal is to have an ongoing, community-wide discussion about the annual assessment. Over the short and long terms, it is essential for RA to hear from its members about changes they would like to see in the way assessments are determined."


Fulkerson went on to say that more significant, wide-ranging changes to the assessment structure - such as pro-rating assessments based entirely on real estate value -- would have to go to a referendum. "The board can't act independently on how assessments are determined."


With the few exceptions outlined above, RA uses a flat-rate system that charges all homeowners the same annual fee regardless of property value.


For more about the annual assessment structure, projections and other 2015 budget planning information, click here or visit the Budget & Finance pages on www.reston.org.  

workshopCommunity Workshop Video
The Healthy Community Design Workshop was held at Reston Association headquarters last week. You can watch the entire recorded presentation on the RA YouTube channel.

Look for another RA-produced video, Reston Today, in next week's edition of this newsletter.
inputPhase II Public Meeting
Saturday, Nov. 8
8:30 a.m.
Aldrin Elementary School, Reston.

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The next Fairfax County meeting on the Phase II Comprehensive Plan is scheduled for tomorrow.

Three meetings have been held to date to discuss the wider Reston community including the residential neighborhoods, village centers, convenience centers, and commercial area north of Baron Cameron (near Reston Town Center).


Click here to read Reston Association comments on the draft of the Phase II Comprehensive Plan as well as related development and redevelopment information.


Download a related Nov. 5 letter from RA to the county planning and zoning department. 

chipCheeky Chipmunks
Wednesday, Nov. 19
10-11 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
$7/child RA members, $9/child non-members.
Ages 3-5 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Nov. 14. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Chipmunks spend their summer preparing for winter. Find out what they like to eat, where they store their food and how long they stay underground during the cold winter months. Make a chipmunk puppet and then go looking to see if our chipmunk friends are still awake.
publichearingPublic Hearing on Two Issues
Thursday, Nov. 20
6 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

The Reston Association Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on the following issues:
  • A draft referendum question to be mailed to those RA members who are required to use the Reston Lake Anne air-conditioning system and are authorized to vote on the subject of removing from the Reston Deed, VI.2(b)(15) on air-conditioning units, which prohibits the use of individual air-cooling systems.
  • Proposed 2015 budget updates and 2015 Reston Association Assessment amount.

For more information, please call 703-435-6530. Click here to pre-register to speak at the board meeting.   

ThanksThanksgiving Centerpieces
Friday, Nov. 21
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
$20/centerpiece RA members,  $25/centerpiece non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Nov. 18. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Start your holiday season with this festive workshop. Make a beautiful centerpiece with native plant materials and some simple napkin rings for your Thanksgiving table. Enjoy music, mulled cider and seasonal treats as we work. All supplies provided. When making reservations, include the number of people and how many centerpieces you wish to make.
turkeyTurkey Trail
Saturday, Nov. 29
11 a.m.-Noon
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
$5/person RA members, $7/person non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Nov. 24. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Let's get moving after your big Thanksgiving meal. Sharpen your skills of logic as you follow the clues left from a "wild" turkey to see where they lead you. Discover more about these fascinating birds.
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 RA's volunteer program consists of members in our community working in a variety of capacities. Volunteers are RA's strongest line of communication with the community. Each year a diverse group of RA members donates thousands of hours to the association. Through their dedication, we are able to provide a wide range of high-quality programs, services and events that make Reston a great place to Live, Work, Play and Get Involved

ivyStop the Choking Hazard
Saturday, Nov. 22
10 a.m.-noon
Please park at the cul-de-sac on Sanibel Drive. Walk down the asphalt path turning behind the houses to the left.

Help protect the natural area by Sanibel Drive by removing the English ivy that is battling native plants for a place to grow. We have had immense success in the past and invite you to join us in protecting the woods at Sanibel Drive natural area. Thick ivy can accelerate rot by holding in moisture, which can also attract mosquitoes. There is poison ivy at this site.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Ha Brock, RA volunteer and community outreach coordinator, at habrock@reston.org or 703-435-7986.

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