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”

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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

Thanks, CPR supporters! (Plus, another P&Z meeting!)

Hello CPR supporters!

I’m posting the agenda for Monday evening’s Reston P&Z meeting (6.25.18 P and Z agenda) but wanted to share some additional thoughts.

First, for all who attended last Monday’s P&Z meeting (18 June), please accept our heartfelt thanks. Someone who attends regularly said there are usually only 4-5 residents present at these meetings. But Monday at least 15 people were there, including several up on the front Continue reading “Thanks, CPR supporters! (Plus, another P&Z meeting!)”

The CPR Update, June 2018

On May 14, 2018, representatives of Coalition for a Planned Reston (CPR) and Reston Association (RA) met with Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and Fairfax County staff to resume discussions of the modifications to the Reston Master Plan that CPR had proposed in February. CPR believes that these reasonable changes to the Master Plan will eliminate the perceived need for the County’s proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance to raise the density cap of the Reston Planned Residential Community (PRC) district.

CPR and RA representatives and the County reached agreement to engage in small group working sessions on four subjects of great significance to the future of Reston:

  1. Transportation,
  2. Schools and Public Facilities,
  3. Parks, Recreation and Open Space, and
  4. Planning (Neighborhoods, Village Centers, Town Center).

Mr. Fred Selden, Fairfax County Director of Continue reading “The CPR Update, June 2018”