New Year's Resolutions in Reston

One Goal, One Number, This Year

Terry Maynard: The number is "13" – as in "13 persons per acre," the current density cap for the Reston Planned Residential Community (PRC) zoning area. Number "13” is the current cap on PRC-wide density for the PRC, a number the county and specifically Supervisor Hudgins wants to increase to 15 p/ac. My New Year's goal is to preserve the 13-p/ac value to sustain Reston as a planned community rather than a morass of high-density housing.

Lynne Mulston: My goal: Protect Reston’s two golf courses which have land use designations of private recreation use, more specifically to remain as golf courses. As Chairperson of Rescue Reston’s North Course Committee and Vice President of Reston Citizens Association, I will: Continue to work to maintain Reston’s PRC cap at 13 persons per acre. An increase will embolden developers who want to put housing on these open spaces. Stay vigilant in watching the actions of the owners of these two parcels and communicate alerts to the community as needed. Take steps to ensure that all who are running for election as Fairfax County District Supervisors and the Chair of the Board of Supervisors take a very clear stand that they support and respect the existing land use designation of Reston’s two golf courses.

Kevin Barbera of Reston: One of my goals this year is to organize various charitable initiatives to gather 10,000 handwritten notes for people who are less fortunate. These notes can be for disabled veterans, children in hospitals, active duty military, etc. A simple note can go a long way in making someone's day, and I look forward to accomplishing this goal in 2019.

Gwyn Whittaker, vendor at Reston Farmers Market: I am organizing the first Fairfax Veg Fest, planned this year on Sunday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Northwest Federal Credit Union parking area in Herndon... They were kind enough to offer this space for the Fairfax Veg Fest, which will be focused on the benefits of whole food, plant-based (vegan) lifestyle from a health, environment and compassion perspective. My goal this year is to host more than 5,000 people at this event to spread the awareness of the benefits of this lifestyle for people and the planet. There is no charge to attend this event, and we are currently seeking additional sponsors and vendors.

Jason Sickels of Herndon: Number 50 represents the number of families that a new nonprofit organization would like to help in 2019 with their basic cycling transportation needs. The foundation aims to introduce cycling to all in the community, including children and people who rely on cycling for transportation, adaptive sports and therapy. The foundation will repair or replace as needed bicycles and safety equipment to provide the best and safest cycling experience.

Gene Wiley, President of the Board of Directors of The Closet: The Closet’s big goal for 2019 is to add an addition to the back of the store to protect our intake staff from the elements while they are receiving donations from the public. It is going to be 550 square feet. There’s a step-by-step process involved, town and county approval, bidding for a contractor, temporary alternate donation receiving area, construction, and Grand Re-opening benefiting families in western Fairfax County and nearby areas.

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