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Supervisors Approve Expansion for Reston Church Parking Lot

by Karen Goff — August 3, 2015 at 9:00 am 9 Comments

Map of Church of Latter-Day Saints location/Credit: Fairfax CountyThe Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved a request for a North Reston church to add nearly 40 spots to its parking lot.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 1515 Poplar Grove Dr. seeks to increase parking from 121 to 160 spaces and replace an existing shed.

The proposal is a continuation of a quest that began two years ago.

In 2013, the church inquired with Reston Association about buying three parcels of land on Fox Mill Road. RA did not formally consider selling the land.

RA’s Design Review Board (DRB) did, however, give the church permission in February of 2014 to expand the lot.

That decision did not sit well with neighbors in the Birchfield Woods Cluster.

Birchfield Woods residents appealed the decision, saying it will result “in a net loss of over 80 trees which serve as a buffer between the church and the Birchfield Woods Cluster.”

The DRB initially voted down the church’s proposal in November 2013, with specifics on how the church could revise their plan: reduce the number of proposed parking spaces, reduce the number of impacted trees, and produce a traffic study.

The original proposal offered adding 51 spaces, new light poles and removing 117 trees.

The new plan calls for planting of replacement trees and shrubs to provide a 25-foot buffer, as well as a tree preservation plan.

  • MJay

    “That decision did not sit well with neighbors in the Birchfield Woods Cluster”
    I have no clue why the Birchfield residents are upset… Don’t they know that RA just took out a loan for millions of dollars for the Tetra property? That purchase will protect trees and open spaces! Sure, it only benefits a handful of lakefront property owners, but Birchfield should be happy for those owners and stop lamenting the loss of their tree buffers for a parking lot.

    • Rational Reston

      All trees are created equal, but some trees are more equal than others

  • Chuck Morningwood

    If they moved the chuch to Tall Oaks Village Center, that already has all of the parking that they could possibly want and doesn’t add any to rush hour traffic. It’s a win-win situation for everybody.

  • Black Bart

    Just plant some bamboo that has runners and you will have an instant “tree buffer”. The RA will loose its mind trying to eradicate it, and eventually give up.

  • Cluster Tycoon

    It’s obvious Jesus wants this. Jesus wants less foxes and more concrete and more runoff into the bay. And although we already hAve a lot of temples we can not share them because Jesus wants you to hAve a shört commute. Do what Jesus wants. Good for RA to approve Jesus’ plan – thanks. Kingdom come, glory etc

    • CE

      ah, was that supposed to be funny or do you just hate Christians? I’m sure if someone was to say something similar about Islam you would be the first to pulpit out ‘intolerance or bigotry. Cluster Tycoon, your crap is getting old.

  • cRAzy

    Just wondering if RA made the same requirement for the redevelopment of Tall Oaks VC and St. Johns Woods complex. I think I see “selective enforcement”: Beat up on the little guy, but let the big dogs run.

    • Karen Goff

      Too early for development conditions on either of those projects. Right now in the concept stage.

      • cRAzy

        Shouldn’t the concept recognize the fact that both developers will have to replace a bunch of trees? And just where will they do that and when? Certainly the DRB needs to know that before they can provide a “thumbs up” to the concept or any other level of redevelopment planning.

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