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Shuttle Buses, TV Broadcast To Be Offered for Reston Density Cap Meeting Monday

by Dave Emke October 18, 2017 at 10:15 am 25 Comments

Citing the great interest the community has shown in the topic, Supervisor Cathy Hudgins’ office has announced additional arrangements for Monday’s meeting on a Fairfax County proposal to increase Reston’s density cap.

The meeting, scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at South Lakes High School (11400 South Lakes Drive), will be streamed live on Fairfax County’s Channel 16. In addition to being available online, that channel can be found on Comcast, Verizon Fios and Cox cable services on channel 16, as well as through digital television (with QAM tuner) on channel 34-16.

To accommodate for parking difficulties at the school, the county will also be offering a pair of shuttle buses from the parking lot at the Human Services building (1850 Cameron Glen Drive) to the school. The first will leave and 6 p.m. and the last will go at 6:30. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, and each trip can take 39 riders.

See the full announcement from Hudgins’ office here.

Next week’s meeting was scheduled after a planned meeting last month at Lake Anne Elementary School was called off when a large number of people — estimated at more than 400 — showed up to oppose the plan, which county officials said breached the fire code.

The occupancy limit for the SLHS cafeteria is 668 when tables are present, though it can hold up to 1,280 if the several dozen large tables are removed.

The proposal from the county would bump the overall limit on people per acre in Reston’s Planned Residential Community (PRC) District from 13 to 16. (The density is currently about 11.9 people per acre.) The PRC District does not include any of the fast-growing Transit Station Area property surrounding the Wiehle-Reston East and Herndon Metro stations, nor does it include most of the property in the Reston Town Center Metro station TSA south of the Dulles Toll Road.

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. Those areas that would be marked for possible major residential development include all of Reston’s village centers.

Citizen activists warn that the combined effect of these changes could see the population of Reston tripled by 2050.

The county’s Department of Planning and Zoning says the change to the density cap is necessary to make way for growth that is expected after Reston’s Master Plan was updated by Fairfax County in 2014 and 2015 to guide redevelopment in Transit Station Areas, Town Center and village centers.

“A full buildout would not necessarily ever be reached, and if it even approaches that point, it wouldn’t do so quickly,” said Cathy Belgin of the county DPZ’s Zoning Administration Division, of the potential population growth, at a meeting in May. “But staff feels it is important, because the Master Plan takes a long look forward in time, that the regulations should be aligned accordingly for there to be the opportunity.”

More information about the proposal is available at Fairfax County’s website.

File photo from Sept. 25 meeting

  • TheRealMikeSapupello

    Cathy Hudgins is THE WORST!!!

    • Arlene Krieger

      But the next one could be even more evil. It’s the process for picking the supervisor that has to be changed. Right now the process is deeply flawed and does not represent We The People.

      • Reston Realist

        what ts the process for choosing the supervisor?

        • John Farrell

          Probably a June primary.

        • 40yearsinreston

          The fix is already in
          Look at Plum

      • John Farrell

        How is the process “deeply flawed?” How does it not represent “We The People?”

        Demagogue much?

        • Onereally

          John have you secretly become the Deputy Supervisor? You are like her guard dog on this website.

          Patiently awaiting your self loathing response………

          • John Farrell

            Actually, I’d like the energy expended on false allegations of corruption refocused on defeating the PRC proposal.

            These false accusations make it too easy for the opponents of the amendments to be dismissed as Republican cranks.

            There are plenty of good reasons to oppose these amendments.

      • Cubsfan6116

        Just because you don’t like your elected representative doesn’t mean “the process is deeply flawed.” It just means that more people disagree with you than agree with you. That’s how democracy works.

        And before you comment about someone running unopposed, it’s not the elected official’s fault that no one else ran.

  • cRAzy

    Now we learn that Hudgins’ office isn’t even going to try to fit everyone in one room for the Oct. 23 meeting, according to Reston 2020 on twitter. https://twitter.com/Reston2020/status/920674480145526784 Her staff is setting up a second overflow room at SLHS which will be served by the video feed.

    So just exactly how do citizens participate in a community meeting when they are forced to watch this intentionally created fiasco from another room????

    Hudgins couldn’t organize a dinner for two. Why is she trying to represent Reston’s interests as an elected official?

    • Reston Realist

      I will be there for sure…but my kids are grown and I’m close to retirement and will be in out of the area by the time the results of this ill-conceived proposal are manifest…. I would really like to encourage all the younger residents to go to this meeting so you can understand how Reston will be destroyed by this proposal.

  • 40yearsinreston

    We should put Hudgins on The bus and get her off the gravy train

    • John Farrell

      Which gravy? Which train?

      • 40yearsinreston

        The FCBOS/WMAA boards for starters

        • John Farrell

          She was elected to the FCBOS so that won’t change until 2019.

          WMAA is building the Silver Line through her district. She better be on that body

  • Mike M

    Please don’t throw a shoe at the supe!

    • John Farrell

      Incitement to riot is crime.

      • Mike M

        And your point is . . .

        Frankly, I think your degree of desperation ought to be a crime. Not even the Ninth Circuit would agree that my statement is an incitement. Sometimes I pity you.

        • John Farrell

          Save your pity for those who need it, like the suffering souls in Puerto Rico.

          • Mike M

            Oligarch?

  • Big Drop

    Somebody must ask how much housing has appreciated in Reston since 2006? Answer is zero. How much are Town Center condos selling for this year vs last? Answer is ten or more per cent less. And, the effect of the 30 per cent State department cutback under Trump on Reston office leasing? Answer is catastrophic.

    Then, who exactly is going to move into the offices and housing that is being proposed?

    • Cubsfan6116

      Picking a single data point isn’t statistically relevant, especially when you pick the height of the housing bubble. Reston has rebounded well from the crash. I’m no Trump fan, but the sequester was 7 years ago and hurt all of Northern VA. Trump is hurting us too. Yet Northern Virginia’s private employment sectors are growing. If they weren’t, home prices would be dropping since 2010, not rising.

  • TheKingJAK

    Listening to Cathy Belgin try to sell this debacle is hilarious.

  • Greendayer

    It would be nice to have some younger people in attendance. They will be most impacted by this decision.

  • Hieronymus Bosch

    So now they are using buses to get people to a Density Cap Meeting?

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