Planning Commission to Vote on Wednesday (13 Feb)

This week the Fairfax County Planning Commission will vote on a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors regarding a zoning change to increase density in Reston. On January 23 nearly two dozen Reston residents spoke at a public hearing in opposition to the proposed increase in density in Reston’s residential areas.

Although the public will not have an opportunity to participate in the Commission’s February 13 meeting, you are welcome to show your “colors” in person. The meeting will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA in the Board Auditorium, beginning at 7:30 pm.

The public comments underscored deficiencies in the County’s calculation Continue reading “Planning Commission to Vote on Wednesday (13 Feb)”

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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”

CPR formally objects to PRC zoning ordinance plans

Yesterday, the Coalition for a Planned Reston sent the following letter to Supervisor Hudgins, as well as to the other members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, formally objecting to the Supervisor’s plan to bring the proposed increase in Reston’s PRC zoning density before the Board on Tuesday, 4 December. (A pdf of the letter can be downloaded from the Correspondence section of this website.) The Reston Association Board of Directors has also sent a separate letter, reiterating identical concerns.

November 29, 2018

Dear Supervisor Hudgins:

The Coalition for a Planned Reston (CPR) is deeply concerned and dismayed by the announcement that you have requested County staff to move forward with the proposed PRC Zoning Ordinance Amendment.  For the reasons explained below, we strongly urge you to withdraw your request immediately and to complete the community dialogue to which you committed.

This past summer your staff, County officials and representatives from the Reston Association (RA) and CPR met in four working groups to examine significant issues arising from the Revised Reston Master Plan, which Continue reading “CPR formally objects to PRC zoning ordinance plans”

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”