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RA Shares Letter Sent to County Supervisors Opposing PRC Density Cap Increase

by RestonNow.com November 1, 2017 at 11:00 am 11 Comments

Reston Association staff posted a copy of a letter sent to Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins officially opposing the county’s proposed increase in the Planned Residential Community (PRC) District Residential Density Zoning Ordinance Amendment, following last week’s community meeting.

The amendment would increase the maximum allowed population per acre in the Reston PRC from 13 persons up to 16.

The zoning change could also open up Reston’s village centers to increased major residential development. The proposal would allow the Board of Supervisors to approve developments above 50 residential units per acre within the district’s Transit Station Areas (TSAs) — so long as the projects comply with the area’s master plan that guides development.

The letter comes in response to spirited opposition from several hundred people who attended a public meeting on Monday, Oct. 23 at Reston’s South Lakes High School. Passionate residents spoke out for roughly two hours against the proposal. The auditorium’s 600+ seats were full, with a solid perimeter of standing audience members as well, plus an overflow room nearby was full of even more people, following along on video. A video of the meeting is available to watch on RA’s YouTube channel.

The letter thanks Sup. Hudgins and the other board members for providing detailed information and holding the community meeting, which RA staff said were “crucial in order to reach an informed decision regarding whether or not to support the amendment, proposed by County staff.”

“The Community Meeting held at South Lakes High School on October 23, 2017, with well over 900 in attendance, was informative. Based on both the County staff panel discussion and the community comment, the Reston Association Board of Directors opposes the County Staff’s proposed PRC District Residential Density Zoning Ordinance Amendment,” the letter reads.

In the letter, the RA staff also asks county supervisors to hold off on any further consideration of the PRC density cap increase until RA staff and county staff together can examine the Reston Master Plan portion of the county’s Comprehensive Plan:

“The Reston Association Board acknowledges and greatly appreciates your willingness, as stated at the conclusion of the Community Meeting on October 23, to initiate a review of certain elements of the Reston Master Plan portion of the Comprehensive Plan. Accordingly, the Association respectfully requests that the County defer further consideration of the proposed PRC amendment until certain elements in the Reston Master Plan portion of the Comprehensive Plan can be reviewed.

Next month, the Association will provide you with a detailed outline of the important areas the Reston community believes need to be reviewed in the Reston Master Plan before the PRC Ordinance matter is again considered by County staff and the Reston community.”

In conclusion, RA staff said they would like to work collaboratively with supervisors and county staff on matters that affect Restonians’ futures.

“Your reply to these requests is eagerly awaited by Reston Association and its members. We look forward to hearing back from you
soon on next steps,” the letter concludes.

RA President Sherri Hebert signed the letter, and said in a statement regarding it on the RA website, “The sustainability of Reston’s unique planned community structure is everyone’s goal. Because we share this common goal, I am confident we can work together to attain it.”

In addition, the statement said that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has voted to direct RA staff to “work with Fairfax County staff to exclude Reston from the proposed Building Repurposing Comprehensive Plan amendment as it applies to the conversion of office to residential.”

Read a full copy of the letter on the RA website.

Documentation regarding the Land Use Agreement and Board discussion is available on the RA website.

  • 40yearsinreston

    Hudgins has already binned it

    • OneReally

      You know its in her junk folder.

      She reminds me of Stu Gibson from the school board years ago. Both don’t care what the individual or groups think.

      • John Farrell

        And yet Mr. Gibson was one of the speakers at the forum on the 23rd in opposition to this Amendment.

  • Why do you bother?

    Finally, RA gets something right!

    • John Farrell

      Don’t hurt yourself. It obviously took a great deal of effort.

  • Walter Hadlock

    Headline says Supervisors (plural) while article says it was sent to Supervisor Hudgins. Here’s hoping RA sent it to all members of the board.

    • Conservative Senior

      I sent it to Pat Herrity & asked that he share it.

  • Nancy

    Increasing the density cap is a terrible idea. We residents don’t want “increased major residential development” near OUR village centers. The proposed “growth” is being driven by investment GREED.

  • John Farrell

    Yea and . . . .

  • Ray Wedell

    Doing what they had to do, finally.

    Thank you to all the 900 people plus others who contributed to this effort but did not attend that meeting.

    As Dennis Hays mentioned in one of the preliminary informational sessions, there is ample evidence that an overwhelming opposition voice, in unison, has proven to be the one effective strategic method of getting reform done in situations like this. Overwhelming opposition is certainly the case on this issue.

    I could care less if RA is dragged along or actually walking in unison, as long as they jump into the proper lane and stay there. So let’s kept this train running smoothly, since we all know the proper lane.

  • Michael G

    I’ve lived in Reston for over 10 years now. I understand that traffic is a concern and the need to preserve open space like the golf courses and parks but am also kind of stumped why so many people have come out to oppose new development here. There are so many under-utilized areas in Reston – ugly low-rise office buildings surrounded by parking – like Isaac Newton Square (right near metro) is one example. Lake Anne Plaza and Tall Oaks certainly would also benefit from more vitality. I’d love not to have to go to Tysons or Fairfax for more shopping and restaurants as well. And there is ample evidence that denser development can overall reduce traffic by creating more options for walking and biking, more local retail, and so more people can live near jobs in Reston rather than driving from Ashburn and places like that to get here. We need to protect the beautiful green space but i feel like new development that replaces the ugly, desolate places here would enhance the quality of life in Reston.

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