Thursday, May 18, 2017


Common Area surrounding Hickory Cluster Goodman Houses is not just land left over after construction.  Architect Charles M. Goodman FAIA purposefully integrated landscape with his buildings as part of projects like Hickory Cluster, reflecting a modern vision of simplicity, continuity, and human interaction.  To maintain this legacy, Reston Association vested legal authority to maintain, improve, and beautify Common Area in the HCA Board of Directors through original Articles of Incorporation and Deed of Dedication founding documents.  Through at least 1975, HCA allowed limited private planting on Common Area, but reserved the right to take out any plantings on cluster property that did not harmonize with general cluster landscaping or that were poorly maintained.  And in 1988 and 1998, HCA developed and partially implemented clusterwide Common Area changes through professional landscape plans. 

More recently, HCA has discussed entrance enhancement concepts at public Board meetings and other meetings with individual Members since 2013, including at the May 2016 Annual Meeting.  Member and commercial architecture, landscape, and art professionals developed those concepts to complement HCA Goodman Houses and Common Area; to enhance cluster appearance and property values consistent with original Goodman designs and Modern Landscape Architecture principles; and to provide Block 1 and Block 3 Affected Neighbors with enhanced street privacy.  HCA received RA DRB approval for related single tree removal earlier this year, more than 2/3 Affected Neighbor approvals per HCA Bylaws, and extensive related guidance from HCA legal counsel.  HCA also advised an Affected Neighbor on April 19 in person and in writing of the tentative project schedule, and of related HCA Common Area and fence standards compliance requirements.  For more information, refer to the October 2016 HCA website post and/or contact project lead HCA Director Blake Travis.  UPDATES ... May 19:  HCA advised all Affected Neighbors via surface mail and emailed letters that work may begin as early as June 1, but most likely on June 15; HCA advised all Affected Neighbors to remove their private property from related HCA Common Areas no later than June 1, and to ensure compliance with HCA General Resolution 6 Fence Standards.  June 1:  The contractor just advised HCA that entrance project work will start on Friday, June 9, 2017, a change from the previous June 15 start date; HCA again advised Affected Neighbors via email messages to remove their private property from related HCA Common Areas, and to ensure compliance with HCA Fence Standards.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Reston RELAC appears to be posting timely system operation status updates on their official company website, in addition to emails they send directly to hundreds of customers and cluster homeowner associations.  So for the most up-to-date information, please visit the RELAC website.

Friday, May 12, 2017


From RA this morning:  "Members of Reston Association's Board of Directors will host four district meetings.  Residents in each district will be able to provide feedback and hear updates on a variety of district and community-related topics.  Lake Anne / Tall Oaks District (meeting will be) hosted by (RA Board of Directors President) Sherri Hebert (on) Wednesday, June 7; 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Reston Community Center - Jo Ann Rose Gallery, 1609-A Washington Plaza."

Monday, May 8, 2017


As advised in the May 1, 2017 Common Area Parking notice, parking hang tags and hang tag numbers must be visible at all times.  Vehicles without visible hang tags or numbers are subject to citation and towing.  In addition, 2015 hang tags lost and replaced, or otherwise unaccounted for, with the following numbers are now invalid and cannot be used for HCA parking:  Original or replacement tags 101113, 115, 116 125, 126, 127, 128, 133, 134, 159, 160, 191, 203, 204, 216, 225, 226, 237, 238, 253, 254, 281, 282, 285, 286 and 293 reported as lost; and replacement tags 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 294 and 295 unaccounted for due to clerical error.  Members who see these invalid HCA hang tags should report the vehicle description, license plate number, and location to a Director or TWC.  UPDATES ... May 10:  Hang tag 294 identified as Block 1 lost tag 216 replacement, list revised.  May 11:  Hang tag 292 identified as in use by Block 1 resident pending corresponding lost tag number, list revised.  June 27:  Block 3 lost tag 113 found, replacement tag 293 lost, list revised.  July 11:  Block 3 lost tag 101 replaced with tag 295 found at TWC, Block 3 lost tags 115-116 replaced with tags 309-10.  October 11:  Block 2 replacement tags 285-286 reported as lost in the mail and replaced with tags 287-288.