Write to the Board, attend the Plan Comm meeting

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 reclaimreston1@gmail.com.) 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”

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Reston resident: Density is the core issue, @fairfaxcounty!

To paraphrase President Bill Clinton, it’s the density, @fairfaxcounty!

The Washington Post published this letter to the editor from Charles Wright, who pointed out that the issue concerning many residents is the explosion in density. The full text of his letter is reprinted below. (You can read Charles’s letter earlier this year to Supervisor Cathy Hudgins here.)

Don’t let overdevelopment ruin Reston

The April 23 Metro section article “Growth along Silver Line splits town” indicated that Reston is split regarding proposed growth along the Silver Line. I suggest that any “split” is between Reston’s residents and Fairfax County. The split relates to density rather than development.

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Quality in our backyard: the Portland experience

Terrific article from Livable Portland on balancing development and quality — exactly what CPR has been advocating since its foundation in 2017!

Key points:

  1. If you propose a major project, it is incumbent on you to show how it will actually meet our regional needs, and not bring more negatives than positives.
  2. “All new things being built must be built with the idea of pursuing the beauty of the community and adding to it.” (A.E. Doyle, 1906) New construction should be beautiful, livable, and desirable, from the neighbors’ point of view.
  3. We don’t address our regional challenges by damaging the already-successful places.
  4. Follow a proactive approach, building collaboration, trust, and multilateral solutions from the outset — don’t attack critics and throw them under the bus.

Click here to read more!

 

Washingtonian: “Boom” coming to Reston

According to Patch, Washingtonian Magazine has flagged Reston as among the areas in the metropolitan area that will be seeing a development boom. The most interesting (disturbing?) comment in the paragraph on Reston was this: With the second phase of the Silver Line inching closer to completion, a slew of new development is on track to keep Reston relevant into the future.

The Patch article also includes an artist’s rendition of one of the proposed new buildings:

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Thanks to Reston resident Craig C. for flagging this article to our attention!