County leaders will continue to tweak the plan that will guide future development around three future Metro stations in Reston.
With major Reston organizations continuing to express concerns about aspects of the plan during a Tuesday public hearing, the Board of Supervisors voted to defer its decision to Feb. 11.
Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) said “there are some unfinshed things” that she would like to see addressed before signing off on the land use plan. She did not specify what aspects she will be looking at over the next two weeks.
The master plan covers, in great detail, matters such as development levels, architectural styles, transportation and infrastructure, environmental protections, and affordable housing requirements for the station areas.
County staff and the Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force have been developing the new master plan since 2009.
“There has been a certain amount of disagreement on the details, but not about what we are trying to accomplish here,” said Bob Simon, the founder of Reston, saying that the plan builds on his original vision for Reston.
The current version of the plan has the support of the business and development communities, which are eager for the redevelopment process to get under way.
However, some residents and citizen groups remain concerned about issues like traffic congestion associated with redevelopment, the amount and location of parks and other undeveloped spaces, and linking such infrastructure needs to the pace of development.
Others, including major stakeholder Reston Association, want a clearer implementation process for the new master plan.
The RA in particular wants to ensure that it has a seat at the table in reviewing land use cases and architectural styles. The association, as well as some other Restonians, also wants to ensure that any new properties become members of the RA or the Reston Town Center Association. The current version of the plan strongly suggests this but does not make it mandatory.
“One of Reston’s most distinguishing characteristics is its strong sense of community,” said Gerald Volloy, president of the Alliance of Reston Clusters and Homeowners.
Having new development become a part of one of the existing associations, which act as something of a cross between a homeowners association and a town council, “is essential to maintaining our community’s integrity, cohesiveness and our property values,” Volloy said.
Hudgins agreed that “the implementation is really going to be the critical part,” although she sounded more confident than some others that could be accomplished once the master plan is adopted.