RCA newsletter updates on Reston development

The April issue of the Reston Citizens Association (RCA) newsletter has excellent information relevant to our meeting on Monday on several topics, including the new TSA (Transit Station Area) tax that is being levied on businesses and residents in the core high-rise area of Reston; more information on the road cutting through Hidden Creek Golf Course — a road that suddenly appeared on the Reston Master Plan with no explanation from Fairfax County officials; and a link to the survey on development sent out earlier this month. Worth a read!

 

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Fairfax to Reston: Heads we win, tails you lose

Reston 20/20’s op-ed (reprinted here with their permission) points out that Fairfax County has changed the Reston Master Plan (with no/no community input) since it was finalized in 2014, even though County staff now rejects requests by Reston Association and Coalition for a Planned Reston to reopen and modify the Plan to clarify ambiguities and place reasonable limits on development. Read on for more details.

The County Needs “Practice” in Telling the Truth

As a result of the County’s unwillingness to consider Reston plan amendments proposed by the community, Restonians are facing the end of their planned community, a community that has balanced people and nature to maximize quality of life for more than a half century.

County staff stated in a letter dated March 28, 2018:  “(I)t has long been the county’s practice not to amend these new plans within the first five years of their adoption. . . Staff continues to support this practice and cannot support changes to land use, density or intensity recommendations in the Reston Master Plan Continue reading “Fairfax to Reston: Heads we win, tails you lose”

CPR leaders interviewed on density concerns

This interview, posted on the Reston2020 blog and on YouTube, is with three of our key leaders in the Coalition for a Planned Reston: Bruce Ramo (Reclaim Reston), Dennis Hays (Reston Citizens Association), and Terry Maynard (Reston2020).

In this video, they explain in detail and with clarity the core issues of concern with the ongoing development and the proposal that Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors increase the density cap in Reston’s planned residential community from 13 to 16. The impact is significant on our quality of life, transportation infrastructure, school overcrowding, and loss of green space, all of which were part of Reston’s original core design values.

This is 60 minutes long but is well worth watching.

Fairfax County response to CPR, RA requests

On March 28, Fairfax County officials sent their formal response to Supervisor Cathy Hudgins regarding requests by the Coalition for a Planned Reston (CPR) and by Reston Association (RA) requesting that the vote on any increase to the density cap for Reston’s Planned Residential Community not be held until the Reston Master Plan has been amended to reflect the community’s input on density, infrastructure, and development.

In response, Fairfax Planning & Zoning staff recommends against reopening the Reston Master Plan for amendments and does not support changing land use, density or intensity in transit station areas until after 2019 and in village centers until after 2020. They are open to considering some changes to the Master Plan that clarify recommendations and correct oversights.

This letter, in full, can be linked from our new Correspondence page (under the Resources & Correspondence menu tab). (The original letters from RA and CPR to Supervisor Hudgins are also posted on the Correspondence page.)

CPR leadership is finalizing its response to Supervisor Hudgins and will release that shortly.