Reston Area Study - About the Study
About the Study
Welcome to the Phase II of the Reston Master Plan Special Study. This phase of the Study will establish a general vision for the village centers throughout Reston and enhance guidance for preserving Reston's stable neighborhoods. In addition, the study will review and provide guidance for Reston's convenience centers, and the commercial area north of Baron Cameron (just north of Reston Town Center).
The Board of Supervisors authorized the Reston Master Plan Special Study on May 18, 2009 and directed staff to initiate Phase 1 of the study, which was a review of Comprehensive Plan recommendations pertaining to the areas around the three planned Reston Metrorail stations: Reston Town Center Station, Wiehle-Reston East Station and the Herndon Station. Phase II of the Reston Master Plan Special Study is a review of the wider Reston community including the Village Centers and selected commercial areas.
Reason for Reviewing and Revising the Comprehensive Plan
The current Comprehensive Plan recommendations for Reston require revision for three primary reasons:
Summary of Phase I
In October 2009, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established the Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force to work with County planning staff to review current plan guidance related to the community of Reston in the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan and make recommendations to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors regarding appropriate changes to the Comprehensive Plan. The Task Force developed the Vision statement and Planning Principles currently in the Reston Plan to help guide future development in Reston. In addition, the Task Force published its seminal document, the Report of the Task Force, which provides the Task Force's findings and recommendations for development in the Phase I Study Area.
The Phase I planning effort resulted in the first amendment to the Reston Master Plan. The Fairfax Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the recommended Reston Transit Stations Comprehensive Plan Amendment on February 11, 2014. The second proposed amendment to the Reston Master Plan is being developed as Phase II.
Goals for Phase II
The primary goals for Phase II of the Study are to (1) update the Reston land use map and (2) to evaluate and provide Comprehensive Plan guidance for the following types of places within Reston: (a) Residential neighborhoods (b) Village Centers (c) Commercial area north of Baron Cameron Avenue (adjacent to Reston Town Center), and (d) four Convenience centers. These goals are to be accomplished within a timeline of a little over a year starting from April 2014 (when staff begun preperations for the Study).
Create a New Reston Land Use Map
The current Master Plan for Reston is comprised of three black and white maps (last approved in 1989) that depict a land use plan, community facilities plan, and a transportation plan. The transportation plans, currently incorporated in the Countywide Transportation Plan, contain the latest transportation information. In contrast, the land use and community facilities plans must be updated to correspond to present development and land use within Reston. The Comprehensive Plan amendment will incorporate updated land use, community facility, transportation, and a variety of other existing elements in a series of maps.
Evaluate and Provide Guidance for Residential NeighborhoodsThe Comprehensive Plan amendment will provide parameters and guidance for protecting stable residential neighborhoods that provide predictability and certainty now that Reston is a mature community.
The vast majority of Reston neighborhoods seek reassurances in the Comprehensive Plan that their communities will remained as envisioned by community members. In contrast, other neighborhoods seek flexibility to evolve as the needs of the residents evolve. For these neighborhoods, the Comprehensive Plan amendment will provide a structured process for the consideration of redevelopment proposals. Phase II will not plan neighborhoods. It is only creating a process by which development, if it occurs, must align the Vision and Principles of Reston, include community involvement, and function within exsting residential neighborhood redevelopment criteria.
Evaluate and Provide Guidance for Village Centers
The Comprehensive Plan amendment will provide an overall framework
for redeveloping the village centers by establishing general guidance
for conceptualizing a Village Center vision and creating expectations
on how a village center should function. The end result of this study
will not be the replanning of each Village Center. The Comprehensive
Plan will not provide a vision and plan for individual village
centers. The exception is Lake Anne Village Center,
which progressed through a separate Comprehensive
Plan amendment process from 2006-2009. Developers will still need
to apply for rezoning and concurrent Plan amendment to redevelop a