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Sunday, March 1, 2020

CPR endorsements for 2020 RA Board of Directors Election


 

CPR Endorsements for Reston Association
2020 Board of Directors Election

 March 2-April 3

The Reston Association Board of Directors election will bring new voices to the Board—voices that will have a significant say in the upcoming review of the Reston Master Plan that was recently announced by Fairfax County Supervisor Walter Alcorn. The future growth of Reston will be forever impacted by the review, particularly in the PRC, the established residential neighborhoods outside of the Transit Station Areas.

CPR is dedicated to support growth that welcomes new neighbors to a future Reston that maintains the values of our unique planned community: environmental stewardship, architectural excellence, and diversity. In that spirit, CPR endorses two candidates who we believe will best promote those values in the most financially transparent and responsible ways:

 

Bob Petrine   Candidate for 3 Year At Large Seat
 
Bob brings extensive community and financial experience so needed by the RA. He will “hit the ground running” as an RA Director as he is completely well versed in the RA’s governance and financial processes, and has been a leader in the community’s efforts to hold the RA and County government accountable to Reston residents. You can learn more about Bob at: https://www.facebook.com/Vote4BobPetrine/.
 

Sarah Selvaraj-Dsouza   Candidate for 1 Year At Large Seat
 
Sarah brings the experience and insights of a small business owner. She understands the challenges of setting and working within a reasonable budget, and the needs for RA to be accountable and transparent in its financial and other activities. Sarah is an advocate for preserving Reston’s open spaces and for rational development.  You can learn more about Sarah at: https://www.sarah4reston.com/.

Help maintain Reston as a welcoming and diverse community - vote for Bob and Sarah!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Vote in the RA Board of Directors Election, March 2-April 3

Re-post from the Coalition for a Planned Reston (CPR) website.


Vote in the Reston Association
2020 Board of Directors Election
March 2-April 3



The upcoming Reston Association 2020 Board of Directors election is critical for the independence and financial well-being of Reston as a planned community. CPR urges all Restonians to vote, online or by mail, beginning on March 2 and ending on April 3.

Your vote is necessary to elect candidates who are highly knowledgeable of and actively engaged in critical land use issues facing Reston. These include:
  • Keeping RA property as RA property (not transferring our parks and recreational areas to Fairfax County)
  • Maintaining the current density cap, and
  • Retaining two 18-hole golf courses as essential open space. 
Reston Association will be an important participant in the upcoming Reston Comprehensive Plan Task Force announced by Supervisor Alcorn. We need RA Board members who are committed to growing Reston as a welcoming, planned community and maintaining fiscal transparency.

CPR suggests that you listen to the candidate’s statements:
 RA Board of Directors Election Video, and attend or watch the Candidates’ Forum at Reston Association headquarters on February 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Coalition for a Planned Reston: Supervisors authorize review of Reston Master Plan, January 21, 2020

This is a re-post of an e-mail from the the Coalition for a Planned Reston (CPR).

Earlier this month the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by new Hunter Mill Supervisor Walter Alcorn initiating a public participation process and authorizing an amendment to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan for Reston. Here is a link to the motion: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/huntermill/reston-comprehensive-plan-amendment. Mr. Alcorn estimated that the process will take 12-18 months.
The motion authorized a Plan amendment for Reston that focuses on nine subjects:
  • Projected population thresholds for Reston
  • Land use in the village centers (Hunters Woods, South Lakes and North Point)
  • Additional affordable housing
  • Existing and planned pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure for accessing Silver Line stations
  • Guidance for urban-scale mobility and development design in the TSAs while protecting the stability of nearby neighborhoods
  • Transportation improvements to ensure that they are aligned with planned development
  • Enhancement of Reston’s natural environment, encouraging energy efficiency and supporting sustainable green neighborhoods
  • Monopolization of ownership in Reston, and ways to encourage diverse ownership or management
  • Whether the historic practice of promoting privately-owned and managed open space sufficiently addresses public needs.
CPR has long advocated changes to the PRC (Phase 2) portion of the Comprehensive Plan for Reston and applauds Supervisor Alcorn for his timely leadership.
CPR will work with Mr. Alcorn and the Reston community to help promote community involvement with a goal of maintaining Reston as a planned community welcome to all.

Please note that Supervisor Alcorn has made it clear that his motion does not include a change to the Reston Plan's provisions maintaining two golf courses.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Coalition for a Planned Reston: Community Action Results in Changes to Campus Commons Redevelopment Application


Six Major Wins for Reston’s Planning Principles; Challenges Remain and Community Engagement Will Continue
Reston, Va. | October 24, 2019 — Consistent with the Reston Master Plan principle of public participation in planning and zoning, Reston citizens banded together to improve a flawed redevelopment plan by TF Cornerstone, for Campus Commons, located in the Reston Transit Station Area (TSA) at Wiehle Avenue and Sunrise Valley Drive. Among several reasons, the plan failed to gain community support because it does not adequately provide safe pedestrian crossings and will add at least 6,100 daily car trips.  Community members formed the group Save Our Sunrise (SOS) and joined with Coalition for a Planned Reston (CPR) to advocate for improvements.   The plan was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on October 15, but only after multiple community-requested changes were made and follow-up resolutions approved, including instructing TF Cornerstone to work cooperatively with the community until the project is completed.

Changes that were incorporated into the plan approved by the Board include: 
  • A 50-foot set-back between Sunrise Valley Drive and TF Cornerstone’s new buildings.  This will allow TF Cornerstone to save some mature trees on their property and plant three rows of new trees.
  • Reduction in the height of the commercial building on the corner of Sunrise Valley Drive and Wiehle Avenue from 14 stories to a dual-level building of seven stories closest to Sunrise Valley and ten stories closer to the toll road.  However, the seven-story portion of the new office building will still be 99 feet high, more than five times as tall as the single-story homes across the road.
  • A proposal to plant and maintain a row of trees in the median of Sunrise Valley Drive, subject to approval by VDOT.
  • Architecture along Sunrise Valley Drive that will harmonize with the adjacent residential neighborhood.
  • A wider set-back on Wiehle that will allow for new trees and more green space.
  • An agreement by TF Cornerstone to be a Green Neighborhood, which stresses energy and environmental conservation.
”We are incredibly thankful for all the effort that went into improving the Campus Commons plan. In particular, we would like to offer our sincere appreciation to Planning Commissioner John Carter for his commitment and dedication to the Hunter Mill District,” stated Michelle Kimmel, a spokesperson for SOS.  “We want Campus Commons to succeed and we are committed to remaining engaged to ensure our neighbors can walk safely to the Metro, rely less on cars, and stay connected to the community. There is much work to be done and we are ready to take it on.”
Two key community concerns remain:
  • TF Cornerstone has proffered an ambitious 45% car trip reduction TDM program, but it still stands to add 6,100 MORE cars to the daily traffic load from this parcel, a fact stressed by VDOT in its written analyses of the negative impact of the project on congestion along Sunrise Valley Drive and Wiehle Avenue.
  • TF Cornerstone still has no VDOT-approved way to connect pedestrians and bicyclists safely to the rest of the Wiehle Avenue TSA sub-district, including the Wiehle Metro.  This is a critical gap, given written warnings from VDOT that TF Cornerstone’s two proposed crossings of Wiehle will significantly delay traffic along Wiehle and Sunrise Valley Drive, which are already gridlocked during rush hours.
In addition to approving the modified redevelopment plan, the Board of Supervisors passed three follow-on motions to address concerns raised by Reston Association, CPR, SOS, a concerned cluster, and community members: 
  • Resolution #1: Launch a thorough examination of the entire Sunset Hills/Sunrise Valley/Wiehle corridor to identify ways to better coordinate sidewalks and improve connectivity for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles.
  • Resolution #2: Identify concrete ways to improve pedestrian safety and develop an enhanced, lighted street scape along all three streets.
  • Resolution #3: Acknowledged the unresolved concerns of the adjoining Reston Planned Residential Community (PRC) area, and instructed TF Cornerstone to work cooperatively with them until the project is complete.
“These three resolutions are essential if we are to begin resolving the challenges caused by the intense development in the transit corridor in recent years that have had a negative impact on the daily lives of all Reston residents,” stated Dennis Hays, President of Reston Citizens Association.  “CPR/SOS and the entire Reston community look forward to working with the new Hunter Mill District Supervisor, Commissioner Carter, TF Cornerstone and others to ensure that these important proposals are addressed as quickly as possible for the benefit of all who live and work in our planned community of Reston.”
Note: TF Cornerstone is a for-profit developer not to be confused with Cornerstones, a local non-profit, social services support organization.
 



Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Save Our Sunrise (SOS) has joined CPR as official member.

Coalition for a Planned Reston (CPR)

 

A voluntary group of residents from the Reston Citizens Association, Reclaim Reston, and Reston 20/20


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 8, 2019

The Coalition for a Planned Reston (CPR) is proud to announce that SOS (Save Our Sunrise),
also known as Rescue Sunrise Valley, has joined CPR as an official member.

SOS quickly mobilized to protect their established neighborhood, located adjacent to the Wiehle
transit station area (TSA), from developer over-reach that would shatter their privacy and quality
of life.%SOS has endeavored to work with Campus Commons developer, TF Cornerstone*, who
initially neglected to include them in the required affected neighbor notification. SOS and all of
CPR, will continue to urge TF Cornerstone to modify its plans in order to satisfy the letter and
spirit of the Reston Master Plan.% To help attain that imperative goal, CPR’s entire membership
stands ready to address any and all Campus Common shortfalls.

CPR acknowledges that incomplete county planning has resulted in disastrous gridlock in the
entire Wiehle/Sunrise/Sunset area and that TF Cornerstone is not solely responsible for ‘fixing’
the situation.% HOWEVER, the success of their project and indeed all the Wiehle TSA depends
on their full and earnest cooperation to ameliorate the cumulative effects of huge density in a
condensed area. CPR and SOS particularly will advocate for a clear plan to enable new TSA
community members safely to access the Metro station across an already congested Wiehle
Ave.% Other major stakeholders with whom TF Cornerstone and county staff must collaborate
include Comstock, which owns the two western quadrants of the Dulles Toll Road/Wiehle and
JBG who own Midline, the NE quadrant.%

Welcome, SOS, to the CPR family.  We look forward to supporting you as we link arms to
promote a sustainable functioning One Reston!

*Note: TF Cornerstone is a for-profit developer not to be confused with Cornerstones, a local
non-profit, social services support organization.


Media Contact: Lynne Mulston, Coalition for a Planned Reston (703-662-1687)