Reston Master Plan Special Study Background

Reston Town Center

March 2007

Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (Hunter Mill District) and the Board of Supervisors directed DPZ staff to review the comprehensive plan for Reston.  

Staff conclusions on approach for this review -

  • Review should begin with evaluation of the Reston Master Plan (the primary guiding document for development in Reston since its inception) and with review of relevant sections of Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan.

  • Conducting outreach to Reston community to hear from a cross-section of residents, employees and employers would provide valuable information about what type of process should be used in plan review. 

Focus Groups

July through October 2008 - Department of Planning and Zoning staff met with 9 focus groups that included participants from the following groups:

  • Alliance of Reston Clusters and Homeowners (ARCH)
  • Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce
  • Reston Association (RA) Board
  • RA Design Review Board
  • RA Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Reston Citizen Association (RCA)
  • Reston Community Center (RCC)
  • Reston Planning and Zoning Committee Working Alliance of Town Center Homeowners (WATCH)

Reston Master Plan Review Recommendation - Recommendations made to Supervisor Cathy Hudgins form Planning Division Staff

Community Input Questionnaire 

Summer and Fall of 2009

December 2010 - Fall of 2013: Phase I

  • Review Station Areas
  • GMU Center for Regional Analysis forecast
  • Station Area Committees + Vision Committee:  Establish character and ultimate vision
  • Steering Committee
    • Address inconsistencies and gaps between station area reports
    • Discuss mix & intensity as well as how Plan guidance (20 year timeframe) will be connected to Vision (50+ year timeframe)
  • County Departmental reviews
  • Task Force approves guidance for County Staff to use when drafting Comprehensive Plan text
  • Hearing of Comprehensive Plan Recommendations before Fairfax Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors

Spring of 2014 - Winter 2015: Phase II

  • Review wider community of Reston, including Village Centers and selected commercial areas

Reston History

Milestones in the Development of Reston Timeline

Reston Planning History Timeline

Planning Links 

Dulles Corridor Land Use Task Force Report (2001)

This Task Force established transit options within the Comprehensive Plan for the Dulles Corridor 

History of the Reston-Herndon Suburban Center and Transit Station Areas

The Story

History of Reston and Reston Master Plan Report (1962)

Reston Metro Access Group (RMAG) report on the “Wiehle Avenue / Reston Parkway Station Access Management Plans? (April 2008)

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