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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Even higher Reston density limits?

The community has been following along and participating in the meetings put together by the County's Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) to address changes in the "Phase 2" non-transit station areas of Reston--basically our neighborhoods and local shopping areas.  Still unmentioned, but apparently on the County's agenda, is the County's apparent plan to increase the overall allowed density per acre in Reston--currently capped at 13 persons per acre or about 80,000 people--revealed in a recent Reston 2020 Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA) request.

There are actually two documents that point to the County's intention to amend or get rid of the limits on density in Reston:
  • A presentation made internally to DPZ and other county staffers concerning the zoning ordinance amendment (ZOA).laying out the arithmetic (which is based on assumptions about the size of households in various categories of homes)
  • An issue outline that discusses how the County could proceed to raise or eliminate the density constraint.
We provide these two documents for all Restonians to read and understand.



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