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County Schedule for Proposal to Increase Population Density in Reston Delayed

by Fatimah Waseem March 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm 21 Comments

A zoning ordinance change to raise Reston’s population cap of 13 people per acre to 16 has been delayed.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors was expected to officially introduce the proposal, which would increase population density in Planned Residential Community districts, today.

New dates have not yet been announced. Earlier this year, representatives for community organizations, including Reston Association, suggested pushing forward the county’s schedule to allow more time to review the proposal.

Brian Worthy, a county spokesman, said Hunter Mills District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins continues to discuss “the proposed amendment with the community, and the county is continuing it work on it.”

County officials have said the zoning change implements updates to Reston’s Comprehensive Plan in 2014 and 2015 that calls for targeted, increased growth in Reston Town Center, the village centers and TSAs around the three Metro Stations. The proposal has drawn vehement opposition from residents at two standing-room-only community meetings.

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  • Robert Mowbray

    Hardly a day goes by without an example of the need for proofreading before posting the latest edition of “Reston Now”.

    “Brian Worthy, a county spokesman, said Hunter Mills District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins continues to ‘the proposed amendment with the community, and the county is continuing it work on it.’ “

    • cRAzy

      Do you not understand what she is saying?

      • Why do you bother?

        Not the point.

        It’s kind of like a basic requirement to be called a singer is to be able to carry a tune.

        • I’d rather post as a guest

          It’s kinda like in order to be called a troll there doesn’t need to be a point

  • Why do you bother?

    Permanently, I hope.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    I don’t know which is worse: higher density or a higher RE tax rate. The BoD just approved a increase of $0.025/$100 of assessed value on our homes.

    Oh, Hudge baby. I am so going to run against you.

    • Donald

      The good news is this board sent a letter to the Supervisors many months back. That should fix it.


      • Tom

        A lot better then you’ll ever do.

      • guest

        More has been done than simply sending a letter. Were you aware that there have been meetings with county staff and the Supervisor? Did you know Reston Association spoke at the Board of Supervisors meeting a few weeks back? How are you involved?


        • Donald

          I’m sorry. Where’s RA again?

          About Us

          The community-wide organizations Reclaim Reston, Reston 20/20 and Reston Citizens Association,which have advocated for fair and effective Fairfax County land use policies, have joined forces to help keep Reston a planned community. Working together we are Coalition for a Planned Reston, or simply referred to as CPR.


          • guest

            Did you read the link? Did you see the video? What are you doing other than criticizing, Donald?

            “Representatives of the Coalition for a Planned Reston (CPR) AND THE RESTON ASSOCIATION (RA) met on Tuesday, February 13, with Supervisor Hudgins and Fairfax County government staffers to review CPR’s proposed amendments of the Reston Master Plan.”

            see RESTON ASSOCIATION (8:01:30)

    • Mike M

      I am quite certain we don’t have to choose between the two. We can have it all!

    • cRAzy

      It’s not either/or. If the PRC zoning ordinance density is increased, you’ll get both–higher density and higher taxes.

      • 40yearsinreston

        Someone has to pay for the schools increased enrolment
        No prizes for correctly guessing who

  • Terry Maynard

    This is good news for Reston. It gives the CPR and RA the opportunity to sit down with Supervisor Hudgins and county staff for serious discussion about the merits of CPR’s Reston plan amendment proposals. I would like to thank Supervisor Hudgins for seeing that Board of Supervisors action on this zoning proposal has been delayed for the time being. I would also like to thank the Department of Planning & Zoning for making the commitment to thoroughly review CPR’s proposals and discuss their thoughts with CPR & RA.

    • SuperCoop1280

      It is sad that anyone needs to sit down with our elected Commissioner to explain our position by now. She should be at the forefront advocating against this on our behalf. Our position has been very clear. I have seen out of touch elected officials in my day but this is probably the tops.

    • 40yearsinreston

      I would hold off praising Hudgins
      She hasnt done anything

  • Donald

    Interesting read, and yes, I’m still reading it.

    RPA Releases Fourth Regional Plan for NY-NJ-CT Region.




  • Why do you bother?

    Community activism wins again!

  • Greg

    Lip service. This is as good as a done deal. Just see the message from Bulova!

    • Mike M

      Agreed. When a running back is confronted with an opposing player diving at him, he sometimes stops to effect a dodge. He will resume his advance as soon as the opposition tumbles past.


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