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Friday, March 5, 2010

E-mail to Reston P&Z Committee Expresses Concern about Open Space in Comstock Wiehle Proposal, Diane Blust, March 5, 2010

Dear P&Z Members,

I am concerned about the lack of open space in the Comstock development proposal for the Wiehle Avenue metro station area. The plaza area as currently configured would be so shaded by tall buildings it would be difficult to provide any type of green space for those visiting the plaza. Indeed, the plan to route traffic around the plaza would ensure any plant life in this small area would be exposed to far too many vehicle emissions. I am also terribly concerned about the increased traffic, ergo increased pollution, at the Wiehle Station and the surrounding developments.

As a citizen of Reston and staunch supporter of RA’s renowned and valuable open spaces and natural areas, I hope your committee will continue to press for the highest levels of environmental and ecological stewardship of areas to be developed or redeveloped in Reston. New development in Reston should include features designed to decrease stormwater runoff from any given site; such features range from pervious surfaces for any paved areas to landscape features such as rain gardens/ green roofs to rainwater catchment systems designed to capture and reuse rainwater for toilets in commercial buildings. Additionally, new buildings in Reston should meet the highest environmental standards as established by the US Green Building Council.

Thank you for your service on the P&Z and your attention to these important issues.

Diane Blust
Reston, VA

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