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Community Organizations Work Together to Set Up Informational Meeting on Density Ordinance

by Dave Emke September 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm 20 Comments

Three community advocacy organizations have combined efforts to plan an informational forum about Fairfax County’s proposed zoning ordinance amendment that would increase the density cap in Reston’s Planned Residential Community (PRC) district.

Reston 20/20, Reclaim Reston and the Reston Citizens Association will present the forum Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 7-9 p.m. at Reston Association headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive). This is being held in advance of the fourth public meeting on the proposal, being presented by Supervisor Cathy Hudgins at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 at Lake Anne Elementary School (11510 North Shore Drive).

The proposal from the county’s Department of Planning and Zoning would bump the overall limit on people per acre in Reston’s PRC from 13 to 16. (The density is currently about 11.9 people per acre. The ordinance amendment would also allow for the Board of Supervisors to be able to approve individual developments in excess of 50 dwelling units per acre in TSAs within the PRC and when in accordance with Comprehensive Plan recommendations.

“We will share with you why these changes are being proposed and the impact on our open space, traffic, schools and other public facilities. We invite you to ask questions, and share your views and concerns,” reads an invitation being distributed for the forum. “Let’s come together to ensure we can continue to say ‘Reston is a planned community,’ and NOT ‘Reston was a planned community.'”

Information was first shared by the county with the community in three public meetings in May. At May’s meetings, residents expressed their concern that the county was trying to rush the amendment through the approval process. They were especially upset when the third meeting was held in an open-house format rather than as a question-and-answer session.

The DPZ had originally hoped to bring the plan before the Board of Supervisors in July, followed by a Planning Commission public hearing in September and the Board public hearing in October. It now has those projected dates pushed back to November, December and January, respectively.

For more information about the Sept. 20 informational meeting, contact members of Reston 20/20, Reclaim Reston and/or the Reston Citizens Association.

  • Mike M

    It’s high time we had some meetings and ordinance on the level of density around here. This area has some of the densest people ever!

    • Donald

      Agree. Too dense.

      Donald

    • Thomas Day

      Sorry I missed this one earlier. You’re commenting pretty quickly today. Day off work perhaps?

      • Mike M

        Density is a problem in Reston. Take Thomas Day, for example.

  • 40yearsinreston

    Has Hudgins been consulted on this rebellion ?

    • Donald

      Does she really care about Reston 20/20, Reclaim Reston and the Reston Citizens Association? Really? Does she? At all?

      I’m sorry to say this, but, RA and RTC are the dominant voices (RTC unlikely to help however). Rescue Reston has done a good job representing itself as an affected party as well. Leverage them.

      Donald

      • Conservative Senior

        Where was RA when the BOS started raping Reston along the Toll Rd/Sunset Hills/Sunrise Valley. No objection was uttered. The excessive density (FARR?) is insane.Many years ago, Hudgins spent $100K on a traffic impact study & did nothing. RA was courting Reston Station to become RA members @ reduced dues that would be subsidized by dues paying members. All show..no real action!

        • Donald

          If you feel that way, tell the board. They work for you and legally represent you. Tell them.

  • IllegallyLivingInReston

    Yes but how many parking lots per acre will this take? How many innocent tennis courts will suffer?

  • Ray Wedell

    This is an excellent consortium of intelligent and committed people, trying to fight the good fight for us. If other groups are not officially part of this (maybe afraid of offending a politician or developer?) then they can quietly watch from the sidelines. I particularly welcome the new leadership at RCC for jumping headlong into this valuable alliance, and I commend all of you for the diliigent and difficult volunteer work you are doing. Restonians should get behind them 100%.

    • Donald

      Mr. Wedell, I believe you meant RCA, not RCC. Regardless, you miss the point. Politicians and developers could care less about RCA, or 20/20, or Reclaim Reston. Have you read their responses, more importantly, the lack thereof.

      Rescue Reston did the right thing at the time, by representing itself as an affected party against the golf course redevelopment. It combined its legal efforts with those of RA’s (which was also an affected party – representing some 20,000 households). Affected parties have clout and are listened to by officials and courts (especially in large numbers).

      With regard to the density issue, the Reston Association, the Reston Town Center Association and even the Reston Community Center have not only the official numbers, but also the clout.

      Again, I say leverage them officially.

      Unfortunately, the RTCA and RCC are unlikely to participate, so the Reston Association will have to fight this fight alone. Members need to get behind RA, push hard on the Board. Leverage its legal resources.

      Now!

      Donald

      • Ray Wedell

        Support the people who have the guts and intelligence to support you. Five years ago everybody told me we were wasting our time at Rescue Reston. Never underestimate the power of committed, passionate people organized toward achieving the same goal. Right makes might if enough people commit to it. I will attend and will support these people in whatever way they need me. I admire their moxey.

        • Donald

          You missed my point.

          If you learned anything from the successful movements of the past, it’s this. Screaming and waving signs will get you some “B-Roll” recognition. Learning to leverage the system, by participating in the system, will create solutions.

          Leverage the entities that are officially a part of the system. If you chose not to, be prepared for the response — or the lack thereof.

          Donald

          • Donald

            Mr. Higgins, it amazes me Reston is so confused.

            It amazes me, given there are so many entities, from governments to non-profits that have their own best interests, their own identity, and mission in mind. All under the guise of helping Reston. It’s sad.

            Imagine if these entities truly partnered with RA and agreed to specific tasks and outcomes that supported the organization (i.e., its Members).

            Unfortunately, it appears to me everyone wants to be in the limelight for their own reasons.

            Donald

          • MCallaghan

            Donald,

            The proposed change in law affects every Reston resident.

            This event is hosted by RA with three community groups presenting on this matter.

          • Donald

            Agree — it affects every Reston resident.

            Question: What have RCA, 20/20 or Reclaim Reston accomplished to date partnering with Reston (the entity that legally represents all residents in the PRC)?

            Please list them.

            Donald

          • MCallaghan

            Donald,

            Let’s move forward together on this matter. Now is the time.

          • Donald

            Actually I am Ms. Callaghan.

      • John Higgins

        Whoops, you slipped on the same oil slick you pointed out to Ray. Your first sentence was correct, the RCC (a component of the county government) is not the organization he had in mind. And it’s not the one you have in mind in the remainder of your comments.

        • Donald

          Agree, it was poorly written on my part.

          Yes, I meant to clarify RCA vs. RCC.

          In addition, I was trying to highlight an excellent working example of entities like Rescue Reston, who executed well with their mission and outcome. They actually represented affected parties and did something about it legally. They also teamed with RA.

          RA is legal entity that represents a very large community of members. It too, can be in a good place to legally represent the members as affected parties.

          The RCAs, 20/20s, and Reclaim Restons of the world would do better to team with RA, versus continually fighting against it.

          Donald

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