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Saturday, December 22, 2018

CPR calls for suspending PRC zoning ordinance amendment process

Coalition for a Planned Reston
A voluntary group of residents from the Reston Citizens Association,
Reclaim Reston, and Reston 20/20


December 19, 2018

Coalition for a Planned Reston (CPR) calls for suspension of Fairfax County’s schedule to amend zoning to authorize increased density in the Reston Planned Residential Community (PRC). CPR rejects as “form over substance” the County’s belated response to community questions after moving forward with formal approval by the Board of Supervisors.

In a letter to County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, CPR acknowledged receipt of a portion of the long-delayed information promised by County staff in community meetings in June and July, 2018. However, CPR advised Supervisor Hudgins that “the County’s belated information ‘dump’ provides little responsive information despite its volume, some of which is not relevant or is outdated or inaccurate.” Further, the letter points out that the County’s December 11 submission appears to have been provided only “in a face-saving effort” in light of concerns expressed by the Board of Supervisors when the zoning amendment was discussed in their December 4, 2018 meeting. The CPR letter states, “In short, the timing, substance and motivation for the County’s long-delayed responses to CPR and Reston Association appear to be form over substance.”

CPR asked Supervisor Hudgins to request that the Reston PRC zoning amendment be withdrawn from the Board of Supervisors’ calendar, and “to re-engage in the process for meaningful dialogue with the community, to which you previously committed.”

Currently the PRC zoning amendment is scheduled for a Fairfax County Zoning Commission workshop on January 10, 2018, but no community input will be permitted. A Planning Commission Public Hearing is on the calendar for January 23, 2019 at 7:00pm. A large public turnout is planned for that Public Hearing and, if necessary, a Board of Supervisors Public Hearing on or about March 5, 2018.

Letter to Supervisor Cathy Hudgins

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