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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Commentary: Fairfax Fumbles Master Plan, Reston Future-Part 2, John Lovaas, Reston Connection, September 5, 2012

As the Progressive reported last time, Fairfax Supervisor Cathy Hudgins’ Reston Master Plan Task Force has stalled, failing to complete Phase 1 of its work—i.e., plans for development in the rail corridor. With the train arriving next year and no plan in sight, the County caved and is now telling developers not to worry about a plan, just bring in their plans so construction can proceed. If you wondered why Reston should become a self-governing town, watch as the County turns planning as well as building over to developers.

What about Phase 2 of the task force’s work—revising the master plan for village center neighborhoods and all of Reston outside the rail station areas? This, too, has been set back two years so far by the stalled Phase 1. A couple of weeks ago, Master Plan Task Force Chair Patty Nicoson suggested to me that she might indeed try to move the task force immediately into Phase 2, leaving it to County staff to decide when/if they would actually complete Phase 1.
Ms. Nicoson’s idea seemed timely. But already events, namely the fearsome "free market" with developers firmly in the saddle, have overtaken the dawdling task force. . . .
Click here to read the rest of John Lovaas' critique of the Reston Task Force.

To see Part One of his critique, click here.  

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