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Master Plan Meeting on Village Centers Set for Saturday

by Karen Goff October 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm 6 Comments

Hunters Woods Village CenterAffordable housing. Micro housing units. Improved trail connectivity. More architectural continuity and more parks and recreation space.

These are some of the community comments about the Reston Master Plan Phase II from a Sept. 13 community meeting.

Fairfax County planners are in the midst of obtaining community feedback for the next phase of Reston Master Plan changes.

There will be a second community meeting to discuss Reston’s Village Centers on 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at South Lakes School, 11400 South Lakes Dr.

Phase I, approved by the Board of Supervisors last winter, guides development around the Metro stations. Phase II will guide future development standards for Reston’s village centers and residential neighborhoods not located at a transit station.

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revision because Reston no longer has a master developer to update the plan for Reston; the plan for Reston has outdated elements and with population expected to grow with the arrival of Metro later this year, Reston is evolving as a community.

Fairfax County has a strawman text, which is a work in progress for now.

Read the entire 71-page document.

The Department of Planning and Zoning will take community comments online through December.

Some of the criticisms from the community so far: confusion about the map of exactly the boundaries of Reston; the plan allows too much flexibility; the plan needs more specificity about green space; traffic concerns and traffic concerns.

See a digest of community comments on the Fairfax County website.

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Photo: Hunters Woods Village Center/file photo

  • Terry Maynard

    Please note that this Saturday’s meeting will focus on Reston’s Village Centers. For the draft text on VCs only (excluding Lake Anne, which went through a lengthy process several years ago), please see this on the Reston 2020 blog: http://www.reston2020.blogspot.com/2014/10/draft-reston-master-plan-language-for.html

    And welcome back, Karen!

  • Mike M

    Affordable housing? No thanks! I sure wish the County would stop dabbling in the housing market for social engineering purposes. Of course, the affordable housing will boost both street crime AND Democratic voters.

    • Bob

      Reston is already doing way more of its share of hosting affordable housing compared to the rest of Fairfax County. I seriously doubt those “community comments” are comprehensive.

      • Mike M

        You are correct, Bob. We are a free fire zone for those programs. Is it a coincidence that Kate Hudgins fears no election? Giveaways are the grist for the Democratic Mill. Most Restonians want to receive handouts; or they want the warm smug feeling they get on the cheap when the government commits other people’s money to (not really) solve people’s personal problems. As an aside, I read the book by the notorious spy, Aldrich Ames. He said he was really proud of the work his estranged wife did helping bring bring subsidized housing to Reston. That was way back in the 1970s. I’d say he did damage at the national level and she did it at the local level.

  • Heather Greenfield

    Actually one of the lesser known items under consideration would subtract greenspace and quadruple planned density. The Hunt Club has applied for rezoning and the current language would allow the removal of a small Civil War era cemetery on the property to make way for more houses – 2 per acre. The Hunt Club is now a private rec area for weddings, picnics, etc., is adjacent to Lake Fairfax and borders Buttermilk Creek trail and the Hunt Club townhomes. Neighbors and the FCCPA are trying to get the cemetery preserved.

  • John Farrell

    Saturday’s meeting was the illusion of a public input process. Of the two and half hours allotted for the meeting, the County staff droned on for almost an hour.

    Even when the the attendees were forced to break-up into small tables, the conversation was dominated by County staff members.

    Reston 2020 please have a forum where Restonians can talk to each other about the Village Centers and the County staff can sit in the back and listen.

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