Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn kicked off his first Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ meeting today (Tuesday) by calling for a review of Reston’s Comprehensive Plan.
The proposal, which was approved by the board, initiatives a 12 to 18 month period of public engagement to update the plan, which was last updated five years ago.
In a statement, Alcorn noted that more than 30 rezoning applications have been approved in Reston’s transit station areas since the last plan was last reviewed. He hopes to set up a community task force and start a series of public meetings.
Alcorn hopes to tackle the following topic areas, which were presented to the board today (Tuesday):
- Projected population thresholds for Reston, and how to ensure that population, infrastructure and the environment are all in balance
- Land use in the village centers (Hunters Woods, South Lakes and North Point) – including clarification of what type of future redevelopment proposals might require an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan
- The adequacy of existing plan language to generate additional affordable housing, and improvements to plan language to encourage preservation and enhancement of existing communities that now provide affordable housing
- The adequacy of existing and planned pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure for accessing Silver Line stations
- The adequacy of existing Comprehensive Plan guidance to facilitate urban-scale mobility and development design in the TSAs while protecting the stability of nearby neighborhoods
- Existing Comprehensive Plan transportation improvements to ensure that they are aligned with planned development
- How the Comprehensive Plan could better facilitate enhancement of Reston’s natural environment, encourage energy efficiency and support sustainable green neighborhoods
- How the Comprehensive Plan could address concerns about monopolization of ownership in Reston, and ways to encourage diverse ownership and/or management over the long term
- Whether the historic practice of promoting privately-owned and managed open space sufficiently addresses public needs during the next 50 years of Reston
In a previous interview with Reston Now, Alcorn said he hopes updates to the plan will help better manage growth and infrastructure in the rapidly changing community.