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Fairfax County Launching New Reston Land Use Process

by Karen Goff October 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm 10 Comments

Fairfax County logoWith multiple redevelopment and rezoning proposals hitting Reston as it transitions to a transit-oriented community, Fairfax County is introducing a new process for applications.

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins will be give an overview of a new Land Use process, Reston Land Use Launch, for the community at the Reston Planning and Zoning committee meeting on Monday, Oct. 17. The The public is invited. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at Reston Association’s offices, 12001 Sunrise Valley Dr.


Says Hudgins’ office:

The Reston Transit Station Areas (TSA) and nearby areas are experiencing a large number of development applications. It is challenging for residents to keep current with all the proposals.

This new step in the local process is an attempt to share these proposals with the larger community earlier in the land use process. The goal is to provide information on new applications after they have been filed with Fairfax County Planning Division and afford an opportunity for community engagement early in the process.

There has been community pushback recently, particularly on the redevelopment proposal for St. Johns Wood, that the public is not given adequate notice of redevelopment plans until it is deep in the process and about to get a final review by the Fairfax County Planning Commission and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

The Reston Planning and Zoning committee is an advisory committee organized by the Board of Supervisors. It evaluates the Reston land use applications and shares their comments and suggestions with the Supervisor and the Hunter Mill District representative to the Planning Commission. It does not have official approval capabilities.



  • Arielle in NoVA

    It’s not just a lack of adequate notice – it’s that just about all of the proposals seem to get approved for much higher density and height, and often much less parking and open space, than is typical in the area.

    • RunDMC

      I know right? Like what good is it going to do for us to go yell “OH HELL NO!” earlier in the process if it all gets approved anyway?

    • RestonGrandma

      Yes this is just to say the community has been involved so when they approve every ridiculous redevelopment they can say that we were informed. Still won’t have any say unless there is a large public outcry.

  • vdiv

    Hey! Who are you calling transit-oriented? I like my couch and am very much TV-oriented, thank you very much :p

  • Hank from Reston

    It seems that developers consistently ask for more than they really intend to build and then when the project is slightly scaled back, some view this as a win for the community. The Reston area is growing much faster than Phase II of the Master Plan outlined. I’ve heard that in the past 2-3 years, 38% of the development envision in Phase II is either approved or in the works. Our traffic remediation plans and infrastructure plans appear to assume a much slower ramping up of the development and all of Reston will be hurt.

  • Greg

    What are those of us who are not large or prefer to experience small numbers to do?

    “..share these proposals with the larger community…”

    “…are experiencing a large number..”


  • cRAzy

    Better idea: STOP development in Reston and stop building the Silver Line until Metro can keep all the stations open when there is demand.

  • BeenThere DoneThat

    The Reston community lost its independent voice in the land use process when the Reston Citizens Association gave up the Planning and Zoning Committee established by RCA shortly after the Reston developer fired Robert Simon in 1968. The P & Z is now a wholly controlled adjunct of the Supervisor’s Office.
    Until Reston Planning and Zoning is again given independence from the Supervisor, the Reston community will have no meaningful voice in land-use decisions within Reston.
    I expect the “new Land Use process” to be announced by Supervisor Hudgins Monday evening will be more of the same.
    Hope some residents will come out to decry the new sham, and demand a return to independence from her office and the developers.

    • Greg

      Doubtful many of us want to return to the ways of ’60’s, and even more doubtful that Hudgins’ effort will be little more than lipstick on the development pig.

      The only true remedy is for Reston to become a city or town, and the likelihood of that is very remote these days. Moreover, of the nearby towns, Vienna, Herndon, and Fairfax — none of them offer anything more compelling than does Reston — especially in their so-called downtowns. Even worse, taxes are higher in the towns for dubious benefits (special police, water and trash services do not add much, if any, value).

    • cRAzy

      Yep. There may be a change in the process, but there will be no change in the outcome: Build, damn it, build NOW, and screw the residents!


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