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Alcorn Board Matter Could Have Big Impact On Reston

Patch logo Patch 1/14/2020 Michael O'Connell
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RESTON, VA -- Walter Alcorn, who was elected to his first term as Hunter Mill District Supervisor in November and sworn in just two weeks ago, introduced his first board matter Tuesday and it's a big one for residents of Reston, according to a Fairfax County press release.

Alcorn's board matter kicks off a public participation process that would amend the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan for Reston. The Board of Supervisors approved his motion.

“It has been five years since the current Comprehensive Plan for Reston was adopted,” Alcorn said. “And the time is right to review key elements of that plan, including the balance of existing and planned development, infrastructure and the environment across all of Reston.”

The whole plan review and community engagement process could take 12-18 months, according to Alcorn. The process will include the establishment of a community task force and opportunities for the public to provide feedback.

Here is the full text of Alcorn's amendment:

On February 11, 2014, the Board adopted an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan for the Transit Station Areas in Reston. This act was the culmination of a multi-year effort that included a Task Force and other forms of citizen outreach and engagement.

Following that, on June 2, 2015, the Reston Phase II Plan amendment (for Village Centers and Residential areas) was adopted by the Board. That second Plan Amendment sought to align the recommendations in the Comprehensive Plan with the existing development in Reston.

Since that time, more than 30 rezonings have been approved including millions of square feet of development in Reston’s transit station areas. And there has been a lot of discussion in the community about how Reston is changing, and how Reston should and should not change in the future. In reviewing the existing Comprehensive Plan, I believe that there are a few areas that would benefit from additional study and community input.

As such, I move that the Board authorize a Plan amendment for Reston that focuses on the following areas:

  • 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
I further move that staff work closely with me to develop an approach and timeline for the Plan Amendment.


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