Last session, legislation was introduced in the Virginia General Assembly that would allow a casino to be established at a Metro stop along the Silver Line in Fairfax County. Although the bill was withdrawn, the bill's sponsors and supporters have said to reporters that they intend to reintroduce the bill. It has also been reported in the media that the developer of the Wiehle Metro Station, Comstock, is behind this legislative effort and has its sights set on the Wiehle Metro Station as the location for a casino.
A casino is not in line with the community's vision for the future of Fairfax County.
Over the past three years, thirty members of our community, including representatives from developers, worked with County staff, interest groups, and the public to craft a Comprehensive Plan for the next decade of Reston's growth. In the community's plan that was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Wiehle Metro Station area is envisioned to be an urban neighborhood with encouragement for higher education, research and development, and tech uses. Since setting their sites on Reston, the bill (SB 675) has been amended to specifically target Tysons Corner as a casino location.
A casino would drastically change the vision for Fairfax County.
Despite years of open, public work, at no time during this effort did Comstock put forth the idea of a casino for Reston or Fairfax County citizens to consider. And now this important decision is no longer in the hands of our local community. Instead, this will be decided by legislators in Richmond who could pave the way for a Fairfax County-wide referendum on a casino.
We are a coalition of Reston community organizations unanimous in our opposition to a casino in our community.
We have united with other Fairfax County citizen and business organizations in opposition to SB 675.
Contact us if your group is interested in joining the campaign.
CITIZENS OPPOSED TO RESTON CASINO
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