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Reston 2020 Has Vision For Master Plan Phase 2

by Karen Goff — July 11, 2014 at 2:45 pm 5 Comments

Hunters Woods Village CenterAdvocacy group Reston 2020 says Reston village centers should be be planned in a compact manner to prevent creeping urbanism where it does not need to be.

Fairfax County planners have begun Phase 2 of the process to revise the Reston Master Plan for the areas around Reston’s Village Centers. Phase 1, which looked at the areas surrounding the future transit stations, was completed earlier this year.

In a paper titled “Ideas for Development of the Phase 2 Reston Master Plan,” Reston 2020 co chair Terry Maynard writes that “the village centers are important community gathering spaces that include a mix of locally serving retail, a residential component, and employment opportunities.”

“Redevelopment to augment and enhance the village centers will be pedestrian-oriented, should include a plaza as a central element and provide adequate transition to surrounding neighborhoods. Convenient  public transportation options should link the village centers and the transit stations,” the paper states.

The group says that only the core of the village center areas — the Central Mixed Use Areas (CMUA) — should be allowed to add low-rise dwelling units, above ground-level retail and other business. The new development should also taper withareas of trees and shrubbery, as well as ave no surface parking.

Reston 2020 also suggests that the convenience centers (smaller retail strips) be planned and zoned, “as built,” as should residential neighborhoods.

Fairfax County officials say the the current comprehensive plan, last updated in 1989, requires revision because Reston no longer has a master developer to update the plan for Reston; the plan for Reston has outdated elements; and with population expected to grow with the arrival of Metro this summer, Reston is evolving as a community.

Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins said neighborhoods will largely remain untouched. The general plan is to preserve existing development but institute some guidelines in case of future development opportunities.

The county is currently accepting feedback from citizens about Phase 2. A series of community meetings will be held this fall. The county hopes to have a plan framework early next year.

Photo: Hunters Woods Village Center/file photo

  • Melissa Silverman

    Hunters Crossing neighborhood better stay and NOT be taken over by eminent domain! I love my condo and will be so angry if it gets taken over by the County!

    • Karen Goff

      Melissa – Nothing is going to be taken over by eminent domain and most likely nothing at all is going to happen in residential neighborhoods. If you own your condo or home, the only way for the neighborhood to be redeveloped is if a developer made an offer and pretty much everyone in the neighborhood agreed to sell. Apartments are a different story, since they are owned by one company.

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    Fairfax County officials say the the current comprehensive plan, last
    updated in 1989, requires revision because Reston no longer has a master
    developer to update the plan for Reston; the plan for Reston has
    outdated elements; and with population expected to grow with the arrival
    of Metro this summer, Reston is evolving as a community.

    Translation: we plan to build a crapload of highrises, and if the existing residents don’t like it, we will shove it down their throats anyway.

  • Terry Maynard

    For the record, while I was “the pen” for the Reston 2020 contribution, it had numerous inputs from a half-dozen Reston 2020 Coordinating Committee members, most of them members of the RCA Board of Directors. It was a constructive group effort that tried to be reasonably comprehensive, yet concise, in representing Reston community needs.

  • Constance (Connie) Hartke

    Terry Maynard summed it up well in his cover email to the County Dept. of Planning and Zoning: “A theme that runs throughout these coordinated comments is that Restonians generally like suburban Reston the way that it is and believe few changes should be made. We offer some flexibility in the village center mixed-use areas. We also lay out some general requirements for any future redevelopment. All of our ideas are driven by the Reston Vision and Planning Principles approved by the Reston Task Force and incorporated in the Comprehensive Plan.”

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