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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Reston 20/20 tells County Board, Planning Commission to go back to the drawing board on its FAR 5.0 ZOA.

The following is the text of an e-mail sent to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission by Reston 20/20 Co-Chairman Terry Maynard.

Dear Board Members & Planning Commissioners,

FAR 5.0 may be appropriate zoning around one or two of the County's TSAs outside Tysons, such as the area immediately north of the Reston Town Center Metro station (but not even at Reston's Wiehle or Herndon-Monroe TSAs, much less smaller station areas, such as West Falls Church).  FAR 5.0 is absolutely NOT appropriate in any of the CRDs or CBCs which have no access to rail mass transit.

The County has tried to take the easiest possible ZOA route by putting 22 totally different localities and communities with different visions, needs, and capacities to handle high density development into one large FAR 5.0 zoning pot.  This is irresponsible legislative laziness and poor planning at its worst.  And you all know that the local plans for these localities and communities, especially combined with the egregious Fairfax Forward plan amendment railroading process, offer no protection for these localities.

Go back to the drawing board and build a series of ZOAs appropriate to the communities you are suppose to be serving.

Sincerely, but with increasing frustration,
Terry Maynard, Co-Chairman
Reston 20/20 Committee

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