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Hudgins Says Reston Transit-Oriented Development A ‘Success Model’ for County

by Dave Emke — March 31, 2017 at 10:15 am 26 Comments

Speaking to community business leaders Thursday in Herndon, Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins said the amount of development taking place within Reston’s Transit Station Areas has surpassed expectations and has positioned Reston as an economic driver for the county, region and state.

At the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s legislative panel event, Hudgins said she and others believed Tysons Corner would grow faster than Reston when their respective plans were first laid out.

“I think it’s the reverse of that now, and I think it’s the reverse of it because Reston is a very stable community,” Hudgins said. “[It is] a community well-established, different from this [transit-oriented] development but very much in concert with it.”

Hudgins showed her audience a map featuring the three Reston TSAs — encompassing the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station as well as the future Reston Town Center and Herndon stations — and pointed out more than 40 development projects that are in the works within those boundaries.

“This would not be happening if we had not approved the transit that is coming to the area,” she said. “It’s working.”

Hudgins said the Tax Service Districts that have been established in Reston and Tysons in order to help fund transportation improvements in the community were “a lot of work” to develop, but they represent a “success model” for the county. She said increasing public transit and making more walkable communities around the stations is “a creative, very smart way to approach how we develop and keep economic development going.”

“Many folks — not just millenials, but seniors — find it important to be able to live in a community where everything is at their fingertips,” Hudgins said. “[With transit-oriented development], they feel that there is housing that fits for them, there’s recreation that fits for them, and there are restaurants and the thriving other services that they need. They aren’t getting in their car. They want to be able to walk or take transit, and that’s what’s happening here.”

Hudgins said that when the Reston Plan was approved over 50 years ago, it said “Fairfax County would be wise if they would establish these areas, preserving more open space for single-family homes and others, but bringing these more dense areas to concentrate things.”

“Fifty years later, we’re getting there,” she said. “I think it’s going to be the story about how Fairfax County continues to thrive.”

  • Mike M

    Well, there you have it. Our Dear Most Socialist Leader has decreed success. We must bow our heads in appreciation.

    The next time it takes you 45 minutes to get across Reston have no doubt who is responsible.

    • Southreston

      I laughed at this article. Apparently Mrs. Hudgins definition of success is amount of development it is. more development=more success.

      • 30yearsinreston

        It was successful in garnering more campaign donations

    • Greg

      And her “leadership” on the metro board has brought just as much success there. Ever worsening and diminishing service, costing much more, but white-painted Brutalist vaults.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2017/03/30/metro-decision-to-paint-union-station-vault-rubs-some-the-wrong-way/

      • 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 ____

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        “White is purity, innocence, wholeness and completion. The color white is color at its most complete and pure, the color of perfection. The psychological meaning of white is purity, innocence, wholeness and completion. In color psychology white is the color of new beginnings, of wiping the slate clean, so to speak.”

      • Bernie Supporter

        Yeah, but you must admit. Her performance is consistent.

    • June Smith

      Yet …. no one will run against her and enough voters do not turn out to remove her from office.

  • Ann S

    Is Cathy Hudgins blind or is she delusional?

    • 30yearsinreston

      Delusional

      • Lynn

        She is actually very OK. Her full time job is nights at Harris Teeter, most people don’t know but she is a customer service superstar. This thing with the county I think its just part time.

    • Why do you bother?

      Yes.

    • Mike M

      Ann, I think she is a politician who knows exactly what she is doing – holding the community down while the developers do their thing. Sorry, but like a true-to-form Democrat, her “rescuing the oppressed” theme is merely an outdated smoke screen that somehow works wonders around these parts. She surely receives “payment” for her support. Is she satisfied with campaign donations? Or does it go farther. I wish I had some evidence, but I suspect that I could, in fact, afford to be a Supervisor, if I tilted in the right direction.

  • Odin

    It’s time Cathy to move on. We need someone who is interested in representing Reston rather than increasing the Fairfax County business model.

    • 30yearsinreston

      She will never move on unless pushed

    • Why do you bother?

      Someone would have to run against her, first.

  • 30yearsinreston

    Commissar Hudgins has spoken
    No more dissent is possible
    After Comrade Plums assertions yesterday, I smell more taxes on the way.

    • Bernie Supporter

      That smell isn’t just taxes. that’s our representatives.

  • Why do you bother?

    How ironic that she said “driver.” Drivers aren’t making much headway given the huge increase in development without a corresponding increase in road infrastructure.

    • Bernie Supporter

      Get with the program, bother. They don’t want to increase road infrastructure. They want to put us on “road diets” that turn four lanes of traffic into two.

  • New Reston

    Way to go Cathy! Reston is only beginning to reach its potential.

    • Bernie Supporter

      yeah, just like Jurassic Park. Nothing can go wrong.

  • June Smith

    Cathy Hudgins won’t be happy until every of green is covered with concrete and Reston looks like Tysons.

    • Bernie Supporter

      truer words have never been spoken

  • G F

    She’s doing a good job. The fact is, there will always be development and redvelopment – especially in Fairfax County and more particularly Reston given its location and desirability for quality of life. She is doing what she can to ensure that the redevelopment is responsible and sustainable. The haters will always hate. It’s easier to hate than do. I salute her.

    • Bernie Supporter

      I don’t hate her as much as all the loser Democrats who let her run unopposed, giving voters a real choice in how their lives are mismanaged.

  • RVA_101

    Good job I say. Most of you miserable losers can move out to Leesburg where you’ll get all the free parking in the world. I’m glad finally someone’s recognizing the benefits of Metro and transit-oriented, dense, mixed-use development. It’s matching with the principles of New Urbanism. The ”golden age” of car culture is over. Get over it

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