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More Community Charrettes Suggested on Population Density Proposal

by RestonNow.com April 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm 35 Comments

More community meetings about a controversial plan to increase Reston’s population density may be forthcoming.

In an April 23 letter to the Coalition for a Planned Reston, a community group opposing the increase, Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins suggested holding more meetings to discuss issues related to the proposal, which would increase population density from 13 to 16 people per acre in Reston’s Planned Residential Community areas.

Hudgins pitched the idea of holding another group meeting with CPR, Reston Association and the county’s planning staff. Work sessions in small groups would follow based on topics like infrastructure implementation, transportation, schools and parks.

CPR and RA declined to meet on April 2 to discuss the county’s response to their concerns. County planning staff reiterated the need to pursue the proposal in order to effectively implement Reston’s master plan. Staff affirmed their commitment to ensuring infrastructure matches the pace of development, but did not accept a number of amendments suggested by both parties.

In her letter, Hudgins acknowledged the county’s response was “slow in coming.”

“But a commitment was made to respond and the planning staff did so in a detailed and thoughtful manner. It is unfortunate that CPR and RA declined to meet on April 2 and to discuss the staff’s response and to outline next steps and the process going forward,” she wrote.

Hudgins also noted that Reston’s master plan includes protections for existing residential communities and Reston’s golf course.

Most of the potential growth is slated for village centers, St. Johns Wood apartments, the retail area north of Baron Cameron avenue near Home Depot, Reston Town Center North, parts of Reston Town Center and other parcels in Reston’s Transit Station Areas.

“As was evident again this year at the Founder’s Day celebration, Reston is a special place that we all love and I am confident that we can all work together to resolve the issue of the maximum density allowed in the PRC zoned area and the concerns of the community regarding the Reston Master Plan,” Hudgins said.

CPR met on Monday to discuss the county’s response. In a statement, Bruce Ramo of CPR said the opposition group is disappointed with the county’s response.

It is evident that in the absence of leadership by the Supervisor, Restonians must step forward directly to convince the Board of Supervisors of the need for changes in the Master Plan,” Ramo wrote.

Dates regarding when the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will officially introduce the legislative proposal have not yet been announced.

  • cosmo

    More meetings is always the best answer. Let’s have a meeting to plan more meetings.

    • 30yearsinreston

      We need more woonfers to handle the traffic

      • Why do you bother?

        WTH is a woonfer???

        • 30yearsinreston

          Ask the County Planners who bought you bike lanes as the solution to increased density and resultant traffic woes
          Its from the Dutch and means ‘living streets’
          Look it up

        • Woonfers

          A woonfer, it is a type of street that makes everyone happy:

          Pedestrian, furry friends, bikes, roller blades, automobiles, trucks, drones etc. Instead of streets and sidewalks a single slab of asphalt will be used with plenty of perimeter marked by paint.

          The upside of woonfer are: lower taxes and more respect for gravitational forces. The downside is a reduction of lifespan: 5 years on average.

    • Umust B Kidding

      The meetings reflect CPR’s strategy of continuing the dialogue with Hudgins while keeping the community involved and informed. The longer we’re talking with Hudgins, the later any possible zoning change occurs.

      • 30yearsinreston

        The facts and history refute that argument
        Talking to a deaf zealot is a waste of time

  • Chuck Morningwood

    The only way to resolve this issue, Hudgins, is to stop adding more people. The more people you add, the worse the problem gets. There is no amount of development which is going to improve the situation.

    • Chuck Morningwood

      Actually, that’s not true. If all of this development were to occur in Lorton or Springfield, our situation would improve significantly,

  • Bill Wells

    Hudgins (politician~ allowed to change sides at the last minute) and charrettes are a process. Thinking that just by following the process you will get change is a dream. Went through the same process at Tall Oaks last year. The developer got what they wanted.

  • SuperCoop1280

    I find this to be so tragic – our elected supervisor, who should be a voice for us is schooling us instead of fellow county supervisors on this proposal. Talk about reverse democracy.

    • 30yearsinreston

      This is typical of her
      We arent’t surprised

  • 30yearsinreston

    This is the expected Hudgins response to any community issue

    This is just serves to distract, obfuscate and provide cover for her unilateral actions
    The FC Planning Department works under her direction and would not propose these actions unless she had agreed prior publication
    Anyone who thinks that these “charrettes” will change anything is deluded

    Since she she has proven that she cannot be trusted to be a responsible steward of orderly well planned Reston development, the time for giving her a pass is over

  • Why do you bother?

    Hold all the meetings you want, Cathy. We all know that they won’t change a danged thing. You’re going to do what YOU want to do, regardless of whether the people you are supposed to represent want it.

  • Umust B Kidding

    Wow, we’re now at the “charrette” stage. Reston history has shown (many times) that that follows a series of community meetings when the community is not persuaded the people of the wisdom, neigh righteousness, of the Board of Supervisor’s planning and zoning desires. It happened at Lake Anne a decade ago and it has happened several times since. If these charrettes don’t work to either persuade or numb the masses, Hudgins will refer the matter to an official county committee (such as FCREVIT) more under the Board’s thumb. In the end, Hudgins will shove the density increase through the Board and up our arses.

    • Ray Wedell

      There is much truth to this analysis.

  • Conservative Senior

    Hudgins needs to go. She does not represent us & doesn’t care what we want.

    • 30yearsinreston

      She never has

      • Why do you bother?

        And yet, she keeps getting re-elected…

        • Greg

          Because she sends buses to places like Shadowood on voting days to get voters to the polls…

          • E

            I would enjoy seeing proof of this.

          • Mike M

            Well, you know the DNC gets behind this nationwide. So you shouldn’t be surprised. They seek to separate minorities and women with constant pandering so they can get elected then impose their will. Just look at her public statements and Ken Plum’s. It’s as if we don’t all have the same core interests!

          • Greg

            Then you will have to go to Shadowood to see it on election day.

            While it may not be Hudgins herself that sends the buses there, sent they are!

        • 20000 Households

          Out of 20,000 households there are maybe a handful of people that attended the meeting and 31 that viewed the youtube posting that “u must be kidding” promoted.

          So regardless of who got elected it appears the majority of people are quite happy with how Reston is transforming???

          And if they are not happy they are heavily relying on RA to represent them and do the right thing!!! If only an HOA had that much power.

          My guess, Reston will look like lower Manhattan 5 years from now, no surprise.

          • Donald

            The Reston Board appears to be still trying to sort out its position in all this. Ganesan’s introduction was lackluster at best. A few board members showed up, but remained in the back of the room. There was no RA press release. Not a lot of commitment, other than offering a meeting room.

            Ramo comes across weak and disjointed. If he remains spokesperson, this effort will wane before it gets out of the blocks.

            To me, CPR looks like a grand reunion of RCA types. I believe Hudgins and the county see the same.


          • Umust B Kidding

            Thank you, Donald, for your usual “helpful” insights. Get a life!

          • Greg

            You may be right, but most people are too busy, working, happy, raising kids or living their lives to have time or interest to fight this Sisyphean battle. We know the county is moving forward, and the faster they can get it done, the faster they will.

            These meetings, for the tiny minority who have the time and interest in attending, are little more than lip service.

            RA has wasted gobs of assessment-payer money (hundreds of thousands of dollars) on land planning. As you see, it’s ineffective and has left us with ugly structures like the VY and BLVD eyesores.

            While the RA is commencing a long-overdue house cleaning and getting rid of overpaid and incompetent staff, it’s not government and is has little, it any, authority to do more than write letters that are promptly binned.

            Reston won’t be as dense as Manhattan, but it will be developed and redeveloped. That’s been the plan since the first Reston days. Always.

            Many of us may not be here to see it, but I predict that to justify the ever-higher cost of the silver line, the toll road will be decked over near the stations and filled with towers.

            RA certainly has no jurisdiction there and the county may not have much either, but it will certainly support dense development especially is “workforce” housing is included.

  • FLEABttn

    Should remove the density cap entirely!

  • 30yearsinreston

    Hudgins needs to be impeached for gross negligence and dereliction ASAP

    • Greg

      Which means fewer lanes for the 99% of us who drive.

  • Greendayer

    It would be easier if Hudgins just said the density is going up and there is nothing you can do about it. It would save people a lot of time instead of attending pointless meetings.

  • Greg

    More “charrettes”? So much good they didn’t do for Lake Anne.

    We all know that the density is a done deal. Bulova carelessly told us so and then attempted to walk it back.

    Our only hope is to try to get attractive redevelopment, but with the fickle DRB, that’s a moon shot at best.

  • Umust B Kidding

    Please note that (a) Supervisor Hudgins was NOT at Monday’s meeting and (b) neither was the reporter who wrote. And that’s why this article doesn’t say anything about what happened at the meeting.

    If you want to see what happened at Monday’s meeting, see the video at either YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IjpLIuWLQM&t=22s) or on the Reston 20/20 blog (https://reston2020.blogspot.com/2018/04/video-cpr-community-meeting-on-prc.html)

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