25 June Reston P&Z meeting notes

Cross-posting here from our Facebook group.

25 Jun P&Z mtg

These are my notes from last night’s Reston Planning & Zoning meeting on two of the three projects being discussed: 11111 Sunset Hills and Isaac Newton Square. (I left about 9:50 and so missed the Fellowship House discussion—if anyone stayed for that, please share your notes!)  And thanks to the yellow t-shirts in the audience for attending!

Biggest personal takeaway/concern for each proposal:

–11111 Sunset Hills developers have opted not to go to the Reston Design Review Board. They aren’t required to consult DRB, but the developer for one of last week’s projects (CoreSite server farm on Sunrise Valley) did take the initiative to do so and also incorporated DRB requests into the proposal. This fits my definition of being a good community neighbor by taking the time and initiative to respect Reston’s hard-earned reputation for excellence in planning. (Just my opinion here.)

–Isaac Newton Square could have as many as 3,200 new units, as permitted by the Comp Plan. With that much density, it is unclear whether the three existing small roads out of the Square (Isaac Newton Square North and South, which both open east onto Wiehle, and the third crossing south across the W&OD trail and opening onto Sunset Hills) would be sufficient to handle traffic. This could conceivably add pressure to approve the Road from Nowhere that cuts across Hidden Creek to ease traffic. (Again, just my opinion.)

If you attended and have other comments to add, please share! Thanks

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View of a Reston resident: Allow changes to the Master Plan

A.S., a concerned Reston resident, recently wrote to every member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to express objections to the proposed increase in density for Reston’s Planned Residential Community (PRC) area. The writer urged Supervisors to support CPR’s recommendations for managing growth in the PRC and reopen the Reston Master Plan for reasonable changes, and then closed by raising issues of personal importance.

Your phone calls and letters do matter. They reinforce to our elected officials that voters are indeed paying attention to an issue of critical importance to our community. Thank you, A.S., for writing and sharing this letter with us! (Please see our FAQs page for Board email addresses!)

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Dear Supervisor Hudgins,

As a resident of Fairfax County for more than twenty years, I support the recommendations made by the Coalition for a Planned Reston for managing growth Continue reading “View of a Reston resident: Allow changes to the Master Plan”

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.

I’ve lived in Reston for Continue reading “Reston resident: Density is the core issue, @fairfaxcounty!”

Reston to Fairfax: stop and listen

Thanks to all Reston residents who responded to our CPR survey in April! You gave a resounding message to the Fairfax Board of Supervisors regarding density in our community. Here is the survey, slightly reformatted from one we presented in our Reston community meeting on 23 April.  (CPR Reston survey_April 2018)

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Continue reading “Reston to Fairfax: stop and listen”