Reston 20/20 is an independent Reston citizens committee dedicated to sustaining Reston's quality of life through excellence in community planning, zoning, and development.
Monday, September 2, 2019
Massive Redevelopment of Campus Commons
Reston needs your
Stop the destruction of our South Reston neighborhoods!
Reston Planning & Zoning Committee (RP&Z) rejected a proposal for a
massive redevelopment of the Campus Commons site at the corner of Wiehle
Avenue and Sunrise Valley Drive. However, the developer is pushing ahead
to fast-track the addition of 1.1 million square feet of multi-family
residential and office space. The proposed project is directly across
Sunrise Valley Drive from neighborhoods of single-family homes and
The proposal is currently slated to come before the Fairfax County Planning
Commission for a public hearing on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 and
proceed to the Board of Supervisors in October 2019.
Figure 1: Aerial View from the Corner of Wiehle and the
Toll Road Looking Southeast
The Proposed Plan:
Two 29-story and 8-story
residential buildings with over 600 units for an estimated 1,300
A 14-story office
building capable of housing at least 1,240 employees.
No reasonable approach for
the traffic that will be generated on Wiehle Avenue and all along
Sunrise Valley Drive, an area that is already heavily congested at
peak travel times. Their only solution? Re-stripe one block of
Sunrise Valley Drive and two blocks of Wiehle, then re-time the
traffic lights to ease congestion.
Significant Impact to Established Neighborhoods, Cross-Reston
Traffic/Safety and Tree Canopy:
The developer rejected
proposals from RP&Z and Reston Association to build a tunnel under
Wiehle Avenue so people could move quickly and safely to and from the
Metro station. Instead, they have proffered a new crosswalk
across Wiehle at the Dulles Toll Road that will be accessible from
Campus Commons up a steep embankment, impeding access to those with
Figure 2: Proposed access to
crosswalk across Wiehle Avenue from Campus Commons
The developer’s proposal
offers only the absolute minimum amount of parking legally required
for the more than 2,500 people who will live and work there, which
will lead to overflow into the neighboring residential areas.
All the mature trees on the
site will be removed, violating Reston’s Planning Principles which
state, “Natural resources and ecosystems, including natural areas,
will be protected . . . Tree canopy will continue to be an important
component of the Reston visual experience.”
What can you do?Three
Attend the community meeting on Thursday, 5
September, at 7:00 pm at the North County Government Center. Wear
Ask the developer questions. Challenge their assumptions and
statements. Stand up for Reston’s values of green space, tree cover,
and quality of life.
Write to the Fairfax County Planning Commission (Plancom@fairfaxcounty.gov) to express
your opposition to this project that will add thousands more vehicles
to roads already badly stressed and congested. (We’re attaching a
letter already sent by one Reston resident as an example.)
Attend the Planning Commission meeting on 25
as a show of support to the many South Reston residents whose quality
of life will be adversely affected by this over-development.
background information, please go to Rescue Sunrise Valley’s website. This is a
group started by nearby residents. The site provides explanations about the
many issues raised by this proposal and the developers’ reluctance to
engage in a meaningful dialogue with the community.
This deeply flawed
development proposal may be in a Transit Station Area, but its failings
will affect the lives of everyone who lives, works, or travels