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.
At last night's Reston Master Planning Task Force meeting George Mason (John McLain and Lisa Stutavent) presented preliminary population estimates for the Reston TOD areas for 2050. They projected 19,600 new households in the TOD areas. Using the standard FCPS "yield ratio" for high rise housing, that means 1,529 new students. In my opinion that probably underestimates what we will see: --ignores changing social values (the generation Y issue.) --assumes all new residential units will be in small high rise condos/apartments. --ignores the impact of the existing neighborhoods (gen Yers leaving those high rises for adjacent town and detached houses) --does not take into account possible redevelopment elsewhere in the PRC or--apparently--already approved or planned development (Fairways, Spectrum). The point here is not precise figures, they will change. What is important is protecting potential school sites in North Town Center, Baron Cameron and elsewhere.Dick Rogers
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