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The Reston Master Plan Special Study  

Reston Area Study  

The Reston Master Plan Special Study is a two-phase planning study to identify appropriate changes to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan to help guide future development in the planned community of Reston and adjoining areas located along the Dulles Airport Access and Toll Road (the Dulles Corridor). Phase I of the Study proposed updates to the Comprehensive Plan for the Reston-Herndon Suburban Center and the areas around the planned Wiehle-Reston East, Reston Town Center and Herndon Metrorail stations. Phase I concluded with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisor's adoption of the Reston Transit Stations Comprehensive Plan amendment on February 11, 2014. Learn more about the first phase of the Study by reading this fantastic Phase I summary brochure and then visiting the Phase I website.

Phase II of the Study will propose Fairfax Comprehensive Plan text pertaining to the wider Reston community including the residential neigborhoods, Village Centers, Convenience Centers, and commercial area north of Baron Cameron (just north of Reston Town Center). See the Phase II study area.

The Study is now in Phase II. Fairfax County staff and the Office of Supervisor Hudgins hosted an Open House on Saturday, June 7th to introduce the Phase II planning process, accept community comments, and provide the community with an opportunity to ask questions of staff from numerous county agencies. Agencies represented included Planning Division, Transportation Planning Division, Fairfax Park Authority, and the Office of Community Revitalization.

Additional meetings have been conducted to present and discuss draft Reston Master Plan text. Visit the Meetings page to learn more.


Reston Master Plan Phase II ST09-III-UP1(B)

On May 13th, the Planning Commission recommends to the Board of Supervisors adoption of the Reston Plan, as submitted with Staff Report, with several changes. The Board of Supervisors Public Hearing is scheduled for June 2, 2015 @ 4:00 PM



  • At their May 13th meeting, the Planning Commission recommended to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adoption of the Staff Report's proposed Plan guidance, with several changes shown in the PC Mark-up document (large file size of 40+ MB). PC recommended changes to the Staff Report Plan text are mainly editorial in nature, with the exception of several substantive changes:
    •   Removal of the requirement for Village Centers to undergo Plan Amendments, in order to promote their redevelopment. Applicable redevelopment proposals will go through the rezoning process, which includes community input opportunities.
    •  Addition of language for Tall Oaks Village Center to recognize that the redevelopment plan may include a significantly reduced non-residential component and that any redevelopment should emphasize quality design and and the creation of a neighborhood gathering place.
    • Addition of language permitting redevelopment of St. Johns Wood apartments, in line with the applicants proposal that was submitted during the study's open comment period. This will allow for the development proposal, currently under review, to be considered.


The PLANNING COMMISSION PACKET, which comprises the Staff Report and proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments within the appedices, was published April 1, 2015.

  1. Read the Complete Planning Commission (PC) Packet (304 color pages)  Also, read a 7-page clarification of the PC Packet, mainly meant to better explain which sections of proposed Plan text are being carried forward from already adopted Comprehensive Plan guidance.

  2. Read individual sections
  3. Read the 3rd Version of the Working Draft Comprehensive Plan Text that shows the changes between Version 2 and 3. A "clean" version of the Working draft (one with changes incorporated) is reflected in Appendix A of the Planning Commission Packet.



The 2ND VERSION OF THE WORKING DRAFT Comprehensive Plan Text and Draft Land Use map was published On-line December 22, 2014 (for discussion at the January 29, 2015 Community Meeting)

The 1st Version of the Working Draft Comprehensive Plan Text and Draft Land Use map was published On-line Sept. 5, 2014 (for discussion at the Sept 13th Community Meeting and October 18th Community Meeting)



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Learn more about Phase II of the Reston Master Plan Special Study with these informational videos and visit the About the Study page.

Supervisor Cathy Hudgins discusses Phase II of the Reston Master Plan Special Study with Patty Nicoson, chairman of Phase 1, and County Planners Faheem Darab and Richard Lambert. (27 minute On-Demand Video)

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County Planner Richard Lambert provides a brief summary of Phase II of the Reston Master Plan Special Study.

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Land Use Recommendation Form Results

Read the submissions and print the brochure.

The submission period for site-specific land use changes within the Reston Master Plan Phase II study area closed July 11, 2014.

General Comprehensive Plan comments are continuously being accepted up until the Planning Commission hearing on April 22, 2015. Please email general comments to the  Reston Master Plan mailbox.

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