Suggested language for emails

Reston friends, as promised in our community update on Friday, here are suggested building blocks for email letters to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Please feel free to use one or more of the paragraphs below to customize your email letter or use your own words. Email addresses for all Board members are listed at the bottom of this post. Thank you!

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Dear Supervisor (xxx),

I am a resident of Fairfax County who is concerned by plans of the County Department of Planning & Zoning to increase the population density limit in the Reston Planned Residential Community (PRC) District. I ask the Board of Supervisors to stop all actions by County Planning and Zoning to change zoning density in the Reston PRC in order to permit more time for meaningful participation by our community.

I think that proposed changes to the Reston Master Plan put forward by Coalition for a Planned Reston will enable sensible, balanced Continue reading “Suggested language for emails”

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Community Update from CPR

Representatives of the Coalition for a Planned Reston (CPR) and the Reston Association (RA) met on Tuesday, February 13, with Supervisor Hudgins and Fairfax County government staffers to review CPR’s proposed amendments of the Reston Master Plan. Our proposal would eliminate the perceived need to raise Reston’s zoning density from 13 to 16 persons per acre. After our meeting, however, the County agreed only to delay by one month their meeting schedule for changing zoning density.

CPR believes a temporary delay does not provide adequate opportunity for the community’s recommendations to be considered. While the County Continue reading “Community Update from CPR”

CPR letter to Supervisor Cathy Hudgins

CPR leadership sent the following letter yesterday (5 February) to Supervisor Cathy Hudgins proposing amendments to the Reston Master Plan:

Coalition for a Planned Reston

A voluntary group of residents from the Reston Citizens Association, Reclaim Reston, and Reston 2020

February 5, 2018

Ms. Catherine M. Hudgins,
Hunter Mill District Supervisor, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
12000 Bowman Towne Drive
Reston, VA 20190

Re: Reston PRC District Residential Density Zoning Ordinance Amendment

Dear Supervisor Hudgins:

Thank you again for organizing and participating in the community meeting held at South Lakes High School last October 23rd on the proposed changes to Reston’s population density. The information provided Continue reading “CPR letter to Supervisor Cathy Hudgins”

Community call to action

The community’s voices are the most powerful means of assuring that Reston remains a planned, diverse, and welcoming community. Please make sure yours is heard!

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Representatives from the Coalition for a Planned Reston (CPR) and Reston Association (RA) met with Supervisor Hudgins and representatives of the Fairfax County Planning & Zoning and Transportation Departments on 24 January 2018 to discuss the county zoning amendment that would increase the density cap from 13 to 16 persons per acre in the Planned Residential Community (PRC).

  • CPR representatives proposed specific amendments to the Reston Master Plan, including the removal of an unexplained road bisecting a portion of the Hidden Creek Country Club golf course.

Our proposals:

  • Postpone Fairfax County’s review of the zoning amendment until the county can hold additional meetings with the public.
  • Improve the Reston Master Plan so as to eliminate the county’s perceived need to increase the density cap.

Where we are now:

Supervisor Hudgins appeared open to further discussions BUT the Fairfax County Zoning administrator, Leslie Johnson, is reluctant to slow down the process Continue reading “Community call to action”

Sign the petition!

Your voice counts!

Please sign our petition to temporarily slow down additional development in Reston until there is a realistic plan for additional infrastructure (roads, schools, parks) in place. This will be helpful in making our case to the Board of Supervisors in the coming weeks.

And after you’ve signed, please forward the link to friends and neighbors and encourage them to sign as well.

Thank you!

https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/reston-zoning-moratorium

More development, stagnant home prices?

The latest statistics on real estate sales in Reston show stagnant prices, despite a relatively strong real estate market in 2017 (which normally would translate to a seller’s market and rising prices). Check out this article in The Patch that cites data by realtor Eve Thompson and suggests that the flood of new development may be behind it. (Here’s her original post in Reston Now with more details.)

PRC Zoning Amendment Update

This is a message from the Coalition for a Planned Reston (CPR), a volunteer group of residents from the Reston Citizens Association, Reclaim Reston, and Reston 20/20, who are concerned with planning and zoning issues that threaten our planned, diverse and welcoming community. 

Winter has arrived with a fury and the struggle continues to stop Fairfax County’s effort to pass a zoning amendment increasing the density of Reston. Here is an update of what you may have missed during the holidays:

What we didn’t hear:

  • No word from Supervisor Hudgins on her commitment to meet with the community to discuss possible amendments to the Reston Master Plan. Remember, at the October 23, 2017 community meeting attended by more than 900 Reston residents, Supervisor Hudgins said, “I want to listen and hear your views. I want to make sure I hear and understand your views with any kind of change that we make. . . . I’m willing to hear the concerns. I want to mitigate the concerns. And I want to work with you to do that.”
  • No response from Supervisor Hudgins to a letter from the Reston Association.  The RA’s letter outlined areas to amend the Reston Master Plan that might alleviate the County staff’s felt need to increase the density increase for the Planned Community area of Reston (PRC).
  • Not a peep from Fairfax County planning staff in response to a letter from the Reston Association.  The RA requested information about the source of a road on the map of the grid of streets that would link Isaac Newton Square with American Dream Way; the road would destroy the Hidden Creek Country Club golf course.
  • Silence from Supervisor Hudgins in response to requests from CPR. CPR asked to meet to discuss possible amendments to the Reston Master Plan following the beginning of the term of the new Hunters Mill Planning Commissioner, John Carter, on January 10.

Continue reading “PRC Zoning Amendment Update”