Additional Meeting Scheduled on Proposed Change to Population Density Limit

by Dave Emke May 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm 22 Comments

A plan by the Fairfax County Department of Planning & Zoning to increase the population density limit in the Reston Planned Residential Community District by three people per acre will go before the public another time.

The DPZ will share information about the proposal during a community meeting Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Lake Anne Elementary School (11510 North Shore Drive). In addition, the public is invited to see the proposal presented to Reston’s Planning & Zoning Committee on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the North County Governmental Center (1801 Cameron Glen Drive).

Residents first had a chance to hear about the plan during a public meeting on the proposal on May 3.

The DPZ says the current limitation of 13 persons per acre “cannot support the amended Master Plan.” It is planning to recommend the Board of Supervisors change that limit to 16 persons per acre. It says that would allow for 18,737 more people in the long term.

“The adopted Comprehensive Plan, which includes the Master Plan for Reston, cannot be implemented without also updating the density limits contained in the Zoning Ordinance to support the Plan,” the DPZ says.

According to the presentation, the proposal is to “increase the overall persons per acre limitation to continue to accommodate planned development in accordance with Plan.” To make that happen, the department is “recommending that the Board be able to approve individual developments in excess of 50 [dwelling units/acre] in TSAs and when in accordance with Comprehensive Plan recommendations.”

Changes to the Comprehensive Plan and Master Plan made in 2014 and 2015 focused growth around Reston’s three Transit Station Areas, Reston Town Center and the community’s village centers.

Reston is currently at about 11.9 persons per acre, according to information provided by the DPZ. The plan does not propose to change the persons-per-acre limitations in low-density (3.8), medium-density (14) or high-density (60) residential areas; nor does it propose changing the dwelling units-per-acre limitations on individual properties in low-density (5) or medium-density (20) residential areas.

Anyone seeking further information about the proposal is encouraged to contact the DPZ’s Zoning Administration Division at 703-324-1314 or [email protected].

Reston PRC District map via Fairfax County Planning & Zoning

  • Terry Maynard

    Regretably, the revised Reston Master Plan for the transit station areas no way reflects the wishes of the people of Reston. It is a developer’s plan. Of the two dozen people on the Reston Task Force that put this plan together, only two were representatives elected by Restonians–the reps of RA and RCA. I happened to be the one from RCA for most of the task force period. Many, maybe most, of the rest were developers or their attorneys. The others were appointed by Supervisor Hudgins.

    So now the Board and County zoning staff are trying to force feed Restonians a zoning ordinance amendment for the PRC that would enable massive residential development in the “high” density areas of the PRC and Reston Town Center in particular, including UNLIMITED residential development in its “urban core” consistent with the plan–basically Boston Properties turf.

    In doing so, the County has not even tried to look at the impacts on congestion, environment, livability, schools, emergency services, etc. Just take it and go about your business. Even Supervisor Hudgins tried to shame the audience into supporting this proposal at the May 3 meeting.

    Come, listen, and express your views at the May 15, 7:30PM, RP&Z meeting on this topic at the North County Government Center or at the newly created third meeting on May 24, 7PM, at Lake Anne Elementary School.

  • 40yearsinreston

    Hudgins should be impeached for incompetence
    She makes Trump look like Einstein

  • soren

    Looks like the areas affected include the St Johns Wood apartments and North Point Village center. So much for tabling the SJW proposal.

  • Donald

    Frightening. Where are the grass roots advocacy groups? Or, are they just interested in saving their own back yards at Reston National Golf Course, St. John’s Wood, Tall Oaks, Browns Chapel, etc.?


    • 40yearsinreston


      • Donald

        The meeting on the 15th should be a mass of yellow t-shirts.

    • cRAzy

      Where are you???

      • Donald

        Actually, I have attended as many of these meetings as possible, certainly not all of them. But, my point — I see possibly 50 or so yellow shirts when it involves a specific property, yet, rarely do I see any of the shirts when the issues involve Reston as a whole.

        It appears to me they are fair weather friends. When the matter affects their back yard, they claim the world has come to an end. When it affects the density limit by three additional people they go — huh???


        • cRAzy

          More than 100 people from across Reston showed up last week from all its various groups and some not from any group, all expressing their displeasure with the proposed zoning amendment.

          Expect more of the same Monday night at the RP&Z meeting.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Make it 4 more per acre, and Reston will be approaching the population density of China.

    • Willie Reston

      What if I told you that Reston already has 10x the density of China?

    • Jenny Gibbers

      I think this calls for an RA sponsored trip for a committee to go to China and investigate. Density is an issue that is dealt with much more effectively elsewhere and we have a lot to learn from the East.

      As for the committee, it should be assembled by the board and also comprised of highly ranking community organizers and volunteers. Yellow shirts are accepted also but only if they yield influence over their disciples.

      All others stay posted for updates (after the trip has been completed).

    • John Farrell

      Reston doesn’t have the density of Arlington, Alexandria, DC or Manhattan; never mind the cities of China.

      That said, Reston’s density is more than twice the Fairfax County average.

    • Edward Calvert

      I don’t get it. I’ve been to nyc and Beijing and they’re both very dense.

  • Big Drop

    The current tallest building in the world is more than a half mile high and in Dubai. I have seen it in person. When I did I thought it would be appropriate as the centerpiece of Town Center. It just seemed like the kind of signature tower that Boston Properties would trumpet around the world. Literally a “vertical city,” it is the next generation for Town Center.

    Of course it would still be a half mile walk from the future Metro station and then there is the issue of paid parking. A 160 story building would have a lot of paid parking spaces. And then there is the need for several hundred “parking enforcers” to write tickets.

    Maybe they could even license the name, Trump Tower for Reston Town Center…

    • 40yearsinreston

      Dubai is pest hole full of beggars and trinket peddlers

  • John Farrell

    Since none of the TSA’s are zoned PRC and the Phase II Comp Plan for the PRC area calls for continuation of the existing stable neighborhoods, where exactly will the extra density go?

    And while we’re at it, can the DPZ insert languge to clarify the ambiguity that Northwestern/Lerner tried to exploit to claim that FDPs in the PRC are an administrative act not a legislative act?

    • cRAzy

      Reston Town Center north of the toll road is PRC as well as the Reston Heights area of RTC on the south side.

      In the neighborhoods, all the village centers and several “hot spot” apartment complexes (including Saint Johns Wood) are proposed for additional development.

  • Hieronymus Bosch

    Regarding the “tabled” SJW development…did anyone really believe they had given up? So they wait until the higher density proposal for Reston approved and then come back with a 13-story building that dwarfs the original proposal – everyone is unhappy and Bozzuto literally pulls a rabbit out of their corporate hat.

    • 40yearsinreston

      Wonder who gave them the heads up ?
      Ms Hudgins or Bulova ?

      • Hieronymus Bosch

        They were probably all at the same meetings or had their representatives there to make sure they are all the same page.

        Doesn’t Bozzuto have another Apartment complex just down the street from SJW….Harbor Park? Anyone care to wager how long it will take once SJW gets approved that they go for Harbor Park rezoning as well.

  • Hunter

    Hudgins has sold Reston out…. I used to love this place, now it’s being carved up and sold right out from under us.


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