The Fairfax County Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously agreed to send proposed changes in the Reston Master Plan on to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for approva.
The plan — which was formulated after nearby four years of discussion and numerous draft changes by the Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force — was sent on with a few line item changes and last-minute motions. . .
. . . (A)t Thursday’s meeting, (Hunter Mill Commissioner) de le Fe verbally added these conditions, which were also unanimously passed:A couple of comments on de le Fe's changes:
- A recommendation to direct planning staff to review with Reston stakeholders how to incorporate Reston design specifics into future planning. “Special attention to design has been a hallmark of Reston from beginning,” said de le Fe.
- A recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to develop an inclusive process to prepare a funding plan for transportation improvements. “The planning commission strongly believes public and private investment in Reston is crucial,” he said.
- A recommendation to conduct a detailed valuation and analysis of an enhanced street network, prioritize improvements and develop an implementation strategy for it.The Board of Supervisors is slated to discuss the plan on Jan. 28.
- The recommendation to look closely at design issues appears to be intended to mitigate de le Fe's amendment not to require review by RA's Design Review Board. It is a weak improvement.
- Funding transportation improvements is a major and critical issue for redevelopment around Reston's stations. If Tysons is any indicator, we could see a special tax district incorporating the area covered by this revision created to address the $1-2 billion in transportation needs (current dollars; double that over 40 years--not including interest on bonds). Worse, the Board could decide all of Reston should pay the price even though the development will provide no advantage--and huge traffic delays--to most current Reston properties.
- Implementation is the most massive missing ingredient in this plan. As Reston 2020 has said for years, "Planning without Implementation is Empty." And that's what this plan is.