About the Study Group
The 168-acre Reston National Golf Course is the largest property in a neighborhood that includes townhouses, single-family houses, apartments, condominiums, office buildings, recreational space, and the multi-purpose Hunters Woods Village Center.
With rapid change happening all around us in Reston, it’s essential for our community to keep Reston values in mind and how they’ve shaped our community for the first 50 years. This is one reason we’ve established the Reston National Neighborhood Study Group.
The Reston National Neighborhood Study Group has been launched by the owners of Reston National Golf Course in recognition of the fact that all of us, not just the golf course, are affected by change.   The Neighborhood Study Group will draw on the best ideas of property owners, local leaders, and some of the leading experts to fully understand the challenges and opportunities facing our Neighborhood.  We welcome participation by all of our neighbors as we seek to understand:
What were the goals for our neighborhood and the values that shaped Reston’s development these past 50 years?
How well does current growth align with Reston’s well-established principles of balance and cooperative planning? What issues and challenges should we be concerned about?     
How do we protect the quality of life in our neighborhood as the community changes?  How can basic Reston priorities, including open space, tree canopy, walkability, amenities and diversity be best served?   
Study Group Focus Areas
Open space is a key Reston value. How do we ensure that open space and shared property lines are managed properly and improved?
With rising crime concerns, how can we make changes to the neighborhood that enhance safety for everybody?
Reston is defined by healthy and robust tree canopies. How do we arrest the damage caused by invasive plant species and restore this essential Reston amenity?
Can sound strategies for managing drainage and stormwater runoff help precious resources like Lake Thoreau thrive again?
Reston was intended to be an inclusive community, but housing costs have priced many who work here out of our community. Does our neighborhood have a role in solving this problem?
Many of Reston’s amenities are over five decades old.  Some are showing their age. How can we restore our parks, shopping, and public spaces to improve the quality of life and enhance the value of our neighborhood?
Our Commitment:
Reston is changing and our neighborhood is changing too. The last 50 years have presented the course, as well as many of our neighbors, with environmental and economic challenges due to age and decades of deferred investment.

The studies that we undertake together will begin a timely and fact-based discussion by understanding our past and looking clearly at the present.

Looking to the future, the mission of the Neighborhood Study Group is to produce facts as a basis for discussion.  However, any options for the future must be guided by 3 principles.  They must:
Follow the seven principles that have defined Reston for half a century;
Be created through an inclusive process with neighbors, government and other stakeholders;
Be embraced by the Reston National Neighborhood and have support in the community.

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