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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Supervisor Hudgins Reneges on Commitment

Supervisor Hudgins Reneges on Commitment to Reston Residents – Announces Unilateral Move to Massively Increase Density 

Supervisor Hudgins announced on Monday her decision to proceed with the process for Fairfax Board of Supervisor approval of a zoning amendment to increase the zoning density in the Reston Planned Residential Community (PRC) District.  Despite a commitment to complete engagement with the Reston community before commencing the formal zoning approval process, Supervisor Hudgins requested that the proposed zoning amendment be presented to the Board of Supervisors on December 4, 2018 as the initial step for final approval early in 2019.

The zoning amendment originally called for 16 persons per acre. Hudgins’ announcement states that the zoning amendment will be advertised as from 13-15 persons per acre. The amendment also would permit higher density in Continue reading “Supervisor Hudgins Reneges on Commitment”

Support these P&Z recommendations

The Fairfax County Planning Commission will vote on Thursday, 3 May 2018, at 7:30 pm on an application by TH Holding which proposes to build a hotel at the southern edge of Business Center Drive, just north of the hockey rink and W&OD trail.

Fairfax Planning & Zoning staff is recommending that the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors deny several portions of this application because TH Holding wants to cut its funding contributions to both the Reston Road Fund and to Reston recreational and athletic facilities by two-thirds, for a net reduction of $741,375, a significant loss given that our Reston resources in both areas are already stretched thin. (Here are the P&Z recommendations: Fairfax P&Z analysis_TH Holding_May 2018)

It is important that we back the P&Z staff recommendation to deny these requests.  If the Planning Commission and, subsequently, the Board of Supervisors approve the application over staff objections, this will set a troubling precedent for all future development in Reston, whether in the Transit Station Area next to the Toll Road or in the Planned Residential Community areas where we live. Continue reading “Support these P&Z recommendations”

Thanks for attending the CPR meeting!

Many thanks to the 150-plus Reston and Fairfax residents who attended last night’s community meeting on CPR and RA’s efforts against the proposal to raise the PRC density cap in Reston and ways for the community to be even more involved.

We’ve created a new Volunteer Resources section to share information and resources for becoming more involved. This section will expand quickly as we add the CPR survey results and information on upcoming volunteer working groups.

As promised in last night’s meeting, here is suggested language to use in writing letters to the Fairfax Board of Supervisors: Suggested building blocks for email-letters to BOS (UPDATED) 4.15.18

Here’s the list of the email addresses for the Board of Supervisors: BOS email addresses. We recommend sending Continue reading “Thanks for attending the CPR meeting!”