Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

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703-324-5033
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12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 448 Fairfax, VA 22035

Randy Bartlett,
Director

FAQs - Reston Town Center North

A new, larger Reston Regional Library will be constructed as part of the new development.  There may be a period when a temporary library will be necessary, if it is determined that the existing library must be demolished before new construction can occur on its site.

No, the shelter provides a valuable community service for this region, and will be redeveloped to upgrade services and capacity. There may be an interim period when a temporary shelter will be necessary, if it is determined that the existing shelter must be demolished before new construction can occur on its site.

Yes, a number of affordable housing units will be included, and will be available for a range of income levels.  The exact number of units will be negotiated in the future as part of development proposal review and evaluation through the PPEA process.

The Fairfax County Park Authority has development rights for a 90,000 square foot recreation center. The future recreation center will be part of the development north of Bowman Towne Drive. The exact location will be determined as part of the master planning effort.

The existing Cameron Glen facility has been vacated, the library and shelter are both in need of renovation, and the Human Services Building is nearly 30 years old.  The community previously collaborated to create an Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan, adopted by the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 11, 2014, which recommends a grid of streets for the Town Center North District.  By partnering with Inova, the combined county and Inova properties can be reconfigured per the Comprehensive Plan guidance.  Also, creating a mixed-use development helps Fairfax County expand and diversify the tax base.

Yes, there have been several opportunities for additional public input, and there will numerous future opportunities, as listed below:

  • Hunter Mill Community Summit on Feb. 28, 2015
  • Community meetings on July 29, 2015 and Sept. 19, 2015
  • Public Hearing on Sept. 22, 2015, regarding the County-Inova “Interim Real Estate Exchange Agreement” (IREEA), otherwise known as the land swap
  • Community meeting on Nov. 4, 2015
  • Community meeting on May 31, 2017
  • Informational presentation on the overall zoning application to Reston Planning & Zoning Committee on November 20, 2017.
  • Informational presentation on the overall zoning application to Reston Design Review Board on February 20, 2018.
  • Work Session with Reston Design Review Board on May 15, 2018 and November 18, 2018
  • Public Hearing process during the zoning application review to create the street layout and blocks
  • Public Hearing processes during the zoning application review for future development of the county's blocks 1, 3, 5, 7 and 8 and/or Inova's development of Blocks 2,4 and 6
  • Additional community meetings not tied to the regulatory process

Use of Cameron Glen for potential temporary facilities has been considered, but it may not work due to the sequence of construction. Note that Cameron Glen has been vacant for several years and the building overlays the proposed new streets and all the utilities beneath those streets. It's possible that the buildings housing the new shelter and new library won't be ready for move-in when necessary utility work dictates that Cameron Glen must be removed. In that case, an undesirable second relocation would be necessary. The county understands and appreciates the community's concern about the temporary facilities and emphasizes that any temporary facility, if required, will meet all relevant criteria, regardless of location.

The parcels north of Bowman Towne Drive (Phase 2) cannot be resubdivided into developable blocks until after the overall rezoning occurs, followed by the land swap, followed by a Public Improvement plan that creates the streets and utilities. However, the parcels south of Bowman Towne Drive (Phase 1) are not part of the land swap, and enjoy frontage on an existing street. That gives the county an opportunity to get a head start on identifying a development partner, and designing mixed-use buildings that will house the library and shelter. It should also be noted that redevelopment of all county facilities at one time would create a huge disruption of services to the community, and strain the capacity of the county to administer those simultaneous changes.

That range is per the Fairfax County Public Library’s current Library Design Guidelines, as well as the Comprehensive Plan, specifically the Policy Plan for Public Facilities, pages 10 and 11.

The county received approval from voters in November of 2012 to sell bonds to design and build or renovate the Reston Regional Library. While we have not sold bonds for this purpose yet, we still have the authority to do so. As a general rule, the county doesn’t sell bonds until we need money to design or build specific projects. This prevents the county—and ultimately taxpayers—from making interest payments on the bonds before we can put the money to use. There is flexibility in bond funding. If necessary, the county may rearrange library project priorities to take advantage of the approved bond funding. Staff would request approval of these plans with the Board of Supervisors prior to proceeding.

The new enlarged Reston Police Station and Governmental Center was completed in 2016 to address the expanding needs of our regional police force.

Construction of the temporary fire station is underway along Cameron Glen Drive to allow for the planned expansion of Fire Station #25 at 1820 Wiehle Avenue. The renovated station will double in size to accommodate an increase in staff and equipment. Construction is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2019 with project completion in the Fall of 2021.

Fairfax County Public Schools projects enrollment based on a tracking of population and development data and receives financial contributions from developers based on the development’s impact on the school system. These funds are provided to Fairfax County Public Schools to fund their capital improvement program. Both agencies, public schools and public safety, are actively involved in the review of all proposed development applications.

The required transportation improvements as a result of the RTCN proposed development will be evaluated as part of the review of the zoning application. In addition, the Reston Network Analysis has evaluated and prioritized capacity enhancement improvements in the three Reston Transit Station Areas to support the 2050 build-out of the Comprehensive Plan. Refer to FCDOT website for additional information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/transportation/study/reston-network-analysis

The RTCN joint zoning application with Inova was submitted to the Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) on June 5, 2017 and resubmitted in February 9, 2018. A link to the joint zoning application is on this website under Project Documents. A hard copy of the zoning application plan set is also available at the Hunter Mill District Supervisor’s office for the public use. There will be several public meetings scheduled during the review of the application and these meeting will be posted here.

The overall zoning application for the Reston Town Center North property provides the potential to construct up to .9 Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of nonresidential uses, a significant open space feature, and up to 50 dwelling units per acre in accordance with the current Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance. The zoning application does not reflect an increase in overall residential density as outlined in the proposed zoning ordinance amendment. For further information on the proposed zoning ordinance amendment for the Reston (PRC) District, please refer to the DPZ website: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-zoning/zoning-ordinance/reston-prc-zoning-ordinance-amendment