On Wednesday evening the Planning Commission voted to recommend that the Fairfax Board of Supervisors not approve the proposed zoning amendment to increase the density cap for the Reston Planned Residential Community (PRC) areas. While the Board of Supervisors has the discretion to ignore the Planning Commission’s recommendation, CPR is hopeful that the Board of Supervisors will agree, and implement recommendations by the Commission to engage the public further.
The Planning Commission’ recommendations reflect the sense of the Reston community, through your letters, emails, phone calls, and direct participation in opposition to the density increase. Clearly the future of Reston as a planned community relies on engaged citizens. CPR will continue to keep you informed about the density cap issue and appreciates the commitment of Restonians to the values of our community: diversity, environmental stewardship, and quality of life for all.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.) 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”
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”
This letter was sent by the Coalition for a Planned Reston to Supervisor Hudgins to urge her to continue suspending further action on a zoning amendment to increase the density of Reston’s Planned Residential Community (PRC) area while discussions and information-sharing efforts are ongoing between the Reston community and Fairfax County staff.
CPR letter to Supervisor Hudgins-1 Aug 2018
Dear Madam Supervisor:
On Monday evening we completed the initial round of four small group public meetings to discuss areas of citizens’ concerns with the County’s proposal to increase the overall person per acre limitation for the Reston Planned Residential Community (PRC) from 13 to16 persons per acre, and to provide authority for the Board of Supervisors to approve individual development in excess of 50 dwelling units per acre Continue reading “CPR letter to Supervisor Hudgins (1 Aug 2018)”