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The Reston Master Plan Special Study  

Reston Area Study  

The Reston Master Plan Special Study was 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 study began in 2009 and concluded in June 2015 after robust and thoughtful community discussions and participation.


Phase I of the Study proposed updates to the Comprehensive Plan for the Reston Transit Station Areas. The Reston Transit Station Areas include the Reston Town Center, as well as the areas along the Dulles Toll Road adjacent to existing (Wiehle-Reston East) and planned (Reston Town Center & Herndon) Silver Line Metro stations. Phase I concluded with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors' adoption of the Reston Transit Station Areas Comprehensive Plan amendment on February 11, 2014. Learn more about the first phase of the Study by reading this Phase I summary brochure or visiting the Phase I website.


Phase II of the Study concluded with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors' adoption of the Reston Plan and other associated Comprehensive Plan guidance on June 02, 2015. Phase II proposed updates to the Comprehensive Plan for the remainder of Reston, including the residential neigborhoods, Village Centers, Convenience Centers, and other commercial areas. The amendment integrates the guidance for these areas with the guidance for the Reston Transit Station Areas adopted in February 2014. The adopted Phase II Plan amendment consolidated guidance for Reston into one location, a new "Reston" tab section of the Area III PLan. The amendment focuses growth in the Transit Station Areas and Village Centers while preserving Reston's residential neighborhoods.



The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted the Reston Plan and several related changes to the Comprehensive Plan for the Reston area.  

  1. Access the adopted Plan and all the associated Plan changes in one document here: /dpz/comprehensiveplan/adoptedtext/2013-22.pdf
  2. Access just the adopted Reston Plan here: /dpz/comprehensiveplan/area3/reston.pdf
  3. Access UP5 Greater Reston Community Planning Sector (peripheral areas surrounding Reston) here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/comprehensiveplan/area3/upperpotomac.pdf#page=87


 To learn more about the adopted Reston Plan, read this short summary (2 pages), watch this video (2 minutes), or visit the Reston Master Plan Special Study's About the Study page.


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