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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Restonians, listen up! Here are your instructions from the County on re-planning Reston.

The following is an e-mail sent by the County's Planning Staff providing the Reston community instructions on how the re-planning of the established suburban Reston will proceed.
From: RestonMasterPlanSpecialStudy <RestonMasterPlanSpecialStudy@FAIRFAXCOUNTY.GOV>
To: <RESTONMASTERPLANSPECIALSTUDY@LISTSERV.FAIRFAXCOUNTY.GOV>
Subject: Reston Master Plan Special Study (Phase II) Open House and On-line Submission

Restonians,

The Reston community is invited to a Phase II Open House on June 7th <http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/reston/publicmeetings-2014/06-07-2014_open_house.htm>where information will be provided on this effort to update the Reston MasterPlan, including the scope, schedule and opportunities for public input.

Information regarding existing conditions will also be provided. This event is a "walk about", so feel free to come anytime between 8:30am and 10:30am to peruse the displays and ask questions of staff.

In September, the community will have an opportunity to review draft "strawman" Comprehensive Plan text for Reston that will specifically address preserving stable residential neighborhoods by better aligning the plan with existing development. The draft "strawman" text will also establish a general vision for Village Centers that will guide future development and outline the community engagement process that should be conducted with any proposed redevelopment of a Village Center.

Phase II Online Submission Form
Phase II of the Reston Master Plan Special Study also provides an opportunity for individuals to submit a property-specific land use proposals to be considered by staff and the community during this planning process.
Submissions will be accepted from May 22, 2014 through July 11, 2014.
Proposed changes should be submitted for consideration via the on-line submission form <http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/reston/submissionform.htm> provided on the Reston Master Plan Special Study website.

Scope of the Phase II Online Submission
Submissions made through the Phase II process should be limited to site-specific land use recommendations.  General policy or other types of recommendations will not be accepted for review.

A nominator may submit only one suggestion for the specific land area that he or she proposes for consideration. The land area may consist of one or many parcels.

In addition to a completed submission form, the proposal package must also include a description of what development under this new Plan would look like, and a written justification. The justification should either explain how the proposal would achieve the Reston Plan's Vision and Principles <http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/projects/reston/vision_principles/vision_planning_princ_03_15_2011.pdf> or explain how there are oversights or land use related inequities in the currently adopted UP5 Reston Community Planning Sector<http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/comprehensiveplan/area3/upperpotomac.pdf> text.

Proposal Review
As proposals are received, they will be placed on the website<http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/reston/submissionform.htm> to allow for the community to view.  Staff review of proposed changes will begin at the close of the July 11, 2014 submission deadline.  All proposals will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Proposed plan changes that are supported by staff will be reflected in the draft "strawman" Comprehensive Plan text.
Staff will provide a summary matrix that will summarize each proposal and provide reasons for the proposal's inclusion or exclusion from the draft plan text.

The draft "strawmen" will be posted on the project website in September, along with the summary matrix  evaluating the proposals.
Thank you for your time. We hope to see you at the June 7th Open House. If your neighbors would also like to receive information, please have them visit our email distribution page<http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/reston/listservsubscribe.htm> to sign up for continued updates.

Sincerely,

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Richard A Lambert Jr
Planner II
Department of Planning & Zoning
County of Fairfax, Virginia
P:  703-324-1497
F:  703-324-3056

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