To all the wonderful Restonians and other neighbors in our broader Fairfax community, we want to extend our deepest appreciation for your support over the past two years against the proposed zoning amendment that would have increased the density cap in our Planned Residential Community (PRC) area. Your many letters and phone calls to members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission, your participation in the community meetings held in Reston, including the pivotal October 2017 public meeting at South Lakes High School, and your attendance at the February meeting of the Fairfax County Planning Commission were absolutely critical in demonstrating to our elected officials the community’s resolve in opposing the density increase.
We also applaud the unfailing support of our partners in this fight, Reston Association and the RA Board, which have been unanimous in their support. RA staffers put in days of work to research the details of proposals and zoning regulations and to speak at public hearings in defense of our planned community.
Other key partners include Rescue Reston and its North Course Committee, established to protect Reston’s two 18-hole golf courses. Their vigilance and experience were invaluable in broadening community awareness and monitoring the ongoing effort to redevelop the Hidden Creek Golf Course. And Rescue Reston has worked diligently to protect both golf courses as an ecological, zero-density counter-balance to increased development, particularly in terms of preserving our all-important tree canopy, wildlife habitats, and flood plains—protection validated by Supervisor Hudgins in her statement withdrawing the zoning amendment.
The proposed zoning amendment was indefinitely deferred at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, a positive outcome that would never have happened without the extensive involvement of everyone. However, the battle is far from over. The Planning Commission has recommended that the Board establish a new task force to review the Reston Master Plan, a task force that would include members of the Reston community as well as local business representatives. We will all need to follow this development carefully and to participate fully in all community meetings convened to review and discuss possible changes.
With your continued support and involvement, together we can help shepherd a good plan for the future of Reston and ensure a healthy and functioning planned community for our children, our grandchildren and our planet.Thank you again!
With gratitude, Coalition for a Planned Reston
(Reston Citizens Association, Reston 20/20, Reclaim Reston)