These were some of the concepts that representatives from Reston Association (RA), Reston Citizens Association (RCA) and the Alliance of Reston Clusters and Homeowners (ARCH) discussed with a standing-room only crowd at a community forum at RA Headquarters Thursday.
While the representatives did not have specific answers, they have a vision of what Reston of the future should be. Reston's first Metro Silver Line Station (Wiehle-Reston East) is slated to open in the next few months, with Reston Parkway and Herndon Monroe to follow in about five years.
With the Metro stations will come major Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), and the community organizations want to make sure Fairfax County, developers and the Master Plan Special Study Task Force get it right.
The panel said that Reston may grow by as much as 22,000 new housing units, 32,000 new jobs, 37 million square feet of commercial space and tens of thousands of residents.
The groups have similar opinions on some aspects and differing opinions on others, they said. But they are united on this mission statement:
Ensuring proper transitions from the newer urban designed developments in the TODs to existing suburban neighborhoods.
These transitions will be key for maintaining the integrity and fabric of our mature neighborhoods, while encouraging integration between older and newer communities.
The proper combination of our existing neighborhoods and new development in the TSAs will give rise to an even better Reston.
One major point emerged from the opening presentation by Patty Nicoson, chair of the Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force. That group has been working for more than three years on standards that will define the new Reston.
Nicoson said now is prime opportunity for Reston to get what it needs from developer proffers and other agreements. The task force would like to see a performing arts center, street grids, a memorial garden, an indoor recreation center, public art, all types of housing, green building technology, and additional crossings of the Dulles Toll Road to mitigate traffic on Reston roads.
Reston is being looked at as 12 districts, with the highest density levels within a quarter-mile of the transit stations, Nicoson said.
Developers could get additional density by contributing amenities, she said.
"They would have to meet basic standards," she said. "If they want [density at the] higher end, then they could contribute to performing arts center, toll road crossing, rec center. To qualify for bonus density, the developer would have to make a very significant contribution."
Meanwhile, the community organization reps say their guiding principles involve
PARKS, & RECREATION
To read more about what they would like to see in these categories, CLICK HERE or see the document attached to this article.
Reston Master Plan Special Study: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/reston/
Reston Association: http://www.reston.org
Reston Citizens Association: http://www.rcareston.com
RCA Reston 20/20 Committee: http://reston2020.blogspot.com/