The long-awaited and much-discussed revised Reston Master Plan was approved by the Fairfax County Supervisors last week. The plan outlines matters such as: environmental protection; affordable housing requirements; architectural styles permitted; transportation and infrastructure. This has been a subject of planning and debate fro the last five years.
The plan covers the three areas around the metro Reston stations, one of which will be opening soon (Wiehle Avenue). It is an attempt to maintain the basic principles of Reston’s founder, Bob Simon, who established reston as a place in which people can “live, work, and play.” The recent trends toward more urban life styles has validated Mr. simon’s original vision for Reston.
Community input is always strong in reston, and this time was no exception. A key factor in the debate was whether the area surrounding the new metro development would be subject to Fairfax County taxing authority or be a part of the existing reston Associations: The Reston Town Center Association or the Reston association itself. For the new development to be properly funded and have funds stay within this area rather than seep into general County coffers, many felt it crucial to have this accommodation. Although not final, the winds seem to be blowing in that direction.
Developers will likely be resubmitting applications for re-zoning that will adhere to the new guidelines. Housing in the area near Wiehle Avenue Metro has gained recent strength, and this is likely to continue. The strength in reston housing and business development has been a major story for the past ten+ years. This is likely to not only remain a major story, but gather more strength over time.
Ray Wedell, Realtor
Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA