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Wheelock to Discuss Redevelopment Plans for Hidden Creek Country Club

by Fatimah Waseem September 24, 2018 at 2:30 pm 32 Comments

Wheelock Communities, the owner of Hidden Creek Country Club, will discuss its future plans for Hidden Creek Country Club, one of two golf courses in Reston that could be slated for redevelopment.

After a series of focus group meetings with community stakeholders, the company, which has contemplated adding a residential component to the golf course since it purchased the property last year, plans to create a 100-acre “grand park” open to the public. The plan also includes a residential component, which could include a mix of housing types and housing for seniors and generate between $300,000 and $500,000 in yearly Reston Association dues.

The company has not submitted official development plans or a rezoning application to the county. Reston’s Master Plan states the golf course is designed for private recreational open space and an RA resolution commits to ensure Reston is a two-golf course community.

A zoning ordinance change would be required for the project to move forward, if proposed. At a focus group meeting last month, the company said it could build between 500 and 2,000 housing units on the property. Its partner company, Wheelock Street Capital, purchased Charter Oak Apartments, which is next to the golf course. 

A recreational village in the grand park would “accommodate people’s pursuit of physical betterment,” according to presentation materials submitted to RA. A representative of Wheelock will provide an update about development plans to Reston Association’s Board of Directors on Thursday (Sept. 27). The recreational village would serve as a “modern sports and fitness center of excellence.”

Between 2.5 and 3.5 miles of trails would be added to the grand park, as well as recreational amenities like indoor tennis, a garden of remembrance, a playground, a splash park, and a dog park. The company is also contemplating renovation of the Temporary Road Recreation Area and restoring between 3,000 and 5,000 feat of degraded streams. The park would connect with the Washington & Old Dominion Trail and other nearby destinations like Reston Town Center and Lake Anne Village Center.

Rescue Reston, a grassroots group that seeks to preserve Hidden Creek Country Club as a golf course, will offer its response to Wheelock’s presentation at the Thursday meeting. The group was created when Reston National Golf Course was threatened by development several years ago. The development plan was later abandoned in that case.

In previous meetings, members of RA’s board have expressed strong support for maintaining Hidden Creek Country Club as a golf course.

The meeting will be live-streamed on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on RA’s YouTube page.

Handout via RA

  • Amy Sue

    wow, sounds amazing!

    • Ann S

      Sure, destroy all the open space in Reston. It’s amazing.

  • 30yearsinreston

    More free houses ?
    APPROVED!

  • 30yearsinreston

    The Temporary Road Recreation Area does not need ‘improvement’ by developers
    It is already connected to Lake Anne and RTC
    Hands off!

  • Joyce W

    Why in God’s name should a private company be allowed to destroy Reston? Please explain this to me.

  • Lynne Mulston

    Keep in mind, this is Wheelock’s vision NOT a PLAN. Please show up at Reston Association’s board meeting Thursday to hear Wheelock’s vision first-hand along with Rescue Reston’s response.

    Where: Reston Association HQ, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive
    When: Thursday, September 27
    Agenda (times may vary):
    6:30 – call to order & opening remarks by RA Board
    6:45 – member comments
    7:00 – DRB design guidelines and public hearing
    7:10 – Wheelock Communities presentation (HCCC)
    7:30 – Rescue Reston presentation

    View full agenda and Wheelock’s planned presentation https://www.reston.org/Portals/3/2018%20GOVERNANCE/Final%20Packet%2009-27-18.pdf

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fa1abd34e3e98b856efa4451d537b249c613edaf579d708124f4a1d39ef13bfa.jpg

    • 30yearsinreston

      Keep believing in fairy tales and have hope in the face of reality
      They may tinker @ the edges but the goal is clear
      Unless Citizens change their tactics , the green space is gone

  • Greg

    “…a garden of remembrance…”

    Euphemism for cemetery, perhaps?

    • 30yearsinreston

      Memory of what Reston was

  • Conservative Senior

    also includes a residential component, which could include a mix of housing types and housing for seniors and generate between $300,000 and $500,000 in yearly Reston Association dues.
    Don’t believe it.RA gave huge discounts to new areas & then raised our dues!

    • 30yearsinreston

      Bring back the drone Directors
      Happy Days are here again

      The estimated dues dont come out of developers pockets and should not be a consideration

  • Umust B Kidding

    The presentation promises eternal peace and happiness without making a specific commitment to anything, least of all retaining the HCCC golf course.

    • The Original Drive By Critic

      Hidden Creek is only marginally successful as private golf courses go. There certainly are other uses for the land which are more profitable in both the short nd long-term which is how developers view this issue. And there are, in fact, many golf courses which still succeed wildly, just not this one, not right now, anyway. Should HCCC be reduced in size, repositioned in the market, or go the way of the dodo altogether, one might expect that Reston National could pick up some more business anyway. Citizen VIGILENCE is required here, don’t rely upon the RA to do much.

      • Umust B Kidding

        Why is profit so important to you? You must be a developer.

        NONE of our parks are profitable. Should they all become housing or office buildings?

  • Mike M

    I’m about done with Reston. It was a nice place to live, but that is changing. For me the big takeaway is a Master Plan and zoning ordinance mean nothing in a one Party polity. Enjoy your fake issues. The real ones are eating your community. You did it to yourselves. HHNHH 😉

    • 30yearsinreston

      Sheep will be sheep

  • Taxation w/o representation

    If Rescue Reston wants to promote Reston as a two course town they would have to promote golf. The truth is that they dont, their agenda is very narrow and mostly contained to saying no and fund raising. Here sone more observations

    . Golf the world over is declining
    . Golf sucks water out of the lake which has resulted in shortages in the past
    . Golf course requires constant maintenance some of which are considered harmful to the environment
    . Golf is becoming more technology oriented and may require less space in the future
    . Golf in some places has shrunk to 15 holes

    To add to a good debate perhaps consider these points. Too many folks in Reston just refuse to accept the reality of these talking points while making demands that are not in line with the economic projections that the county and RA has already made, making negotiation impossible.

    Further, Reston is unique in the sense that we have a strong membership of many smart people that never get consulted. Instead the county uses small work groups do shift things in their favor. RA in these matters has little to no influence.

    So the biggest job here in my mind is to revamp RA to incorporate political processes into their organization which would faciliate effective land use and governance. Ultimately the county should stay on the sidelines and the new and improved RA should call the shots, not vice versa.

    Perhaps this would be the best path to take. No golf course redevelopment until then!

    • 30yearsinreston

      Political action is the only path to take
      Start with recalling Hudgins, stop voting against your interests and campaign against Plum and the local democrats who have proven they dont have your concerns on their agenda

      • Taxation w/o representation

        A recall would set a dangerous precedent and further, without basis, be considered undemocratic.

        Although I can understand the sentiment its not something I would consider reasonable nor would I expect it to be a solution to our very problem.

        Reston as a township or an improved RA would perhaps be easier, let the membership decide by referendum.

        • Greg

          Been there; done that. Township or city stats is granted by the Commonwealth.

          Towns pay town and county taxes; cities pay only city taxes.

          http://www.virginiaplaces.org/vacities/

        • 30yearsinreston

          It is part of VA law and was used with good effect in Loudon quite recently
          Do some research

        • Greg

          It’s not nearly as simple as a (very expensive) RA referendum.

          in addition to the high cost, the RA has a long history of ignoring referendum results. See pool and tennis fee and HQ construction for examples. What’s more, the issue of township has been reviewed at least twice and was quickly quashed by, among others, Ken Plum and Hudgins.

          Then, the commonwealth, and to a lesser extent, the county have to formulate, approve and agree either status.

          If either township or city status were granted, there are an array of services (including taxes and fees, schools, courts, police, fire and rescue, streets, libraries and many more) that would have to be sorted out. Given how poorly RA executes what little its current remit authorizes, abolishing it would be the only reasonable way forward.

          Here’s a one-pager on what’s involved:

          http://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/CommissiononLocalGovernment/PDFs/function.pdf

          Wikipedia has a more detailed discussion:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Administrative_divisions_of_Virginia

          And the commonwealth’s constitution has all the legalese one would ever care to digest:

          https://law.lis.virginia.gov/constitutionexpand/article7/

          It’s unfortunate Simon didn’t start Reston as a city or town.

    • Greg

      RA can and will never be more than a property owners’ association. It is a very poorly performing one at that. What we know as “Reston” will always be under the control of the county unless city status is obtained.

      What do you mean or imply with your statement of incorporating political processes into the RA organization?

  • RVA_101

    This is what you wanted, you guys! Didn’t like big plasticky and wood frame apartment buildings for young people being built all over, now you finally get some age restricted single family homes!

  • Sam In Reston

    It’s now that the community will come to understand the devastation that has been wrought on Reston when the RA Board under the leadership of Sheri Hebert and Shridar Ganesan got rid of Cate Fulkerson as CEO. Such a damn shame for Reston.

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