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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Commentary: The View from Over Here, John Lovaas, Reston Patch, July 6, 2012

Just drive down Wiehle Avenue and over the Dulles Toll Road.  As you do, look first to your right, then to the left.  To your right, you now see the Wiehle Avenue Metro Station in an advanced stage of construction.  To your left, look carefully and you’ll see track construction coming fast from the east. 
Yes, indeed, the train is coming to Reston pretty much as they say — just
over a year from now.
Meanwhile, the Fairfax County planning processes to prepare for the arrival of rail continue at a pace that looks with admiration at each snail whizzing past.  For nearly three years, the Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force appointed by longtime Supervisor Catherine Hudgins, has been preparing for rail by formulating a new Master Plan to guide development, first in the areas surrounding the three planned rail stations and, then for the entire Planned Residential Community of Reston.
The most urgent phase was to be completed for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ consideration nearly two years ago.  Today, as I write this progress update, the Task Force has failed to complete even the first part of the Master Plan. . . .
Click here to read the rest of this on-the-mark critique of the Reston planning process.  Indeed, a meeting previously scheduled for July 24 to present the first draft "area plan"--sort of an overview of the more specific Phase 1 and 2 plans--has been cancelled, no doubt because the draft is not yet complete.  

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