On Wednesday evening the Planning Commission voted to recommend that the Fairfax Board of Supervisors not approve the proposed zoning amendment to increase the density cap for the Reston Planned Residential Community (PRC) areas. While the Board of Supervisors has the discretion to ignore the Planning Commission’s recommendation, CPR is hopeful that the Board of Supervisors will agree, and implement recommendations by the Commission to engage the public further.
The Planning Commission’ recommendations reflect the sense of the Reston community, through your letters, emails, phone calls, and direct participation in opposition to the density increase. Clearly the future of Reston as a planned community relies on engaged citizens. CPR will continue to keep you informed about the density cap issue and appreciates the commitment of Restonians to the values of our community: diversity, environmental stewardship, and quality of life for all.
This week the Fairfax County Planning Commission will vote on a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors regarding a zoning change to increase density in Reston. On January 23 nearly two dozen Reston residents spoke at a public hearing in opposition to the proposed increase in density in Reston’s residential areas.
Although the public will not have an opportunity to participate in the Commission’s February 13 meeting, you are welcome to show your “colors” in person. The meeting will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA in the Board Auditorium, beginning at 7:30 pm.
The public comments underscored deficiencies in the County’s calculation Continue reading “Planning Commission to Vote on Wednesday (13 Feb)”
On January 23, the Fairfax County Planning Commission is holding a Public Hearing on the proposed amendment to raise the Reston zoning density cap. This amendment will facilitate high-rise growth in the Village Centers and other established residential neighborhoods in our community.
Please demonstrate your opposition by attending!
Where: Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA in the Board Auditorium
Date: January 23, 2019
What to Wear: Yellow shirts (to purchase a yellow t-shirt, please contact CPR at email@example.com)
Articles: The Folly of Fifteen; Rise Up Reston
Fairfax County: December 2018 Fairfax County Staff Report, which advocates increasing density: Fairfax County Reston Zoning Amendment-Staff Report
As Fairfax County moves forward with the process to approve an amendment to increase the density cap in Reston, CPR asks that you write to the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commissioners (contact info provided below) and plan to attend the January 23 meeting of the Planning Commission at the Fairfax County Government Center at 7:00 pm. If possible, please wear YELLOW. (Yellow CPR t-shirts can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.) More details about this meeting will be shared in the coming days.
The following Reston Now article by Reston Citizens Association President Dennis Hays provides CPR’s view on why the amendment is unnecessary and damaging to Reston. Feel free to borrow in your email and letters to County officials.
Ten Reasons to Keep PRC cap at 13
Fairfax County has proposed to increase the population cap of the Reston Planned Residential Community district (PRC) from the long-standing 13 persons per acre (ppa) to as many as 15 persons per acre — which, when combined with already approved projects, would add an additional 30,000 people above our current population for the established, primarily residential areas of Reston. Please keep in mind this doesn’t include the areas around the Metro, where the county is on track to authorize building enough high rises to add an additional 80,000 residents.
Here are 10 reasons why the cap should be left alone. There Continue reading “Write to the Board, attend the Plan Comm meeting”