Introduction 3shops, activities) to attract residents, employees and businesses in a transit- and pedestrian-oriented setting. The Wiehle Reston East Station is scheduled to open late 2013, while the other two stations are projected to open in 2018.
Another significant opportunity, which will be addressed in Phase II of the Task Force’s
work, is to transform each of the five village centers into dynamic focal points of civic activityfor the surrounding neighborhoods. The character of the existing residential neighborhoods willremain.
Reston should be a complete community designed for the 21st century. An increasinglydiverse residential population will have broad choices in jobs, housing, and lifestyles. To achievethis vision:
Excellence in planning, urban design, and architecture will be community hallmarks.
Planning will take full advantage of the Metrorail Silver Line through transit-orienteddevelopment (TOD) near each of the three Reston Metro stations, including a strong busnetwork, complete streets serving pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users, and a network of trails.
The Reston’s greatest densities will be at th
e three Metro
”, which extend
up to roughly one-
half mile from the stations’ entrances unless restricted sooner by
geographic or neighborhood limitaions. A broad mix of regional retail and other attractions will be part of an enhanced urban center at the Town Center; local retail and avariety of amenities will characterize the other Metro station areas and village centers.
The station areas will have a balance of residential uses, employment opportunities andretail support, as well as road improvements and pedestrian- and bike-friendlyenvironments.
Connectivity and mobility will be strengthened. A range of high-quality transportationfacilities will link the residential areas with activity centers, employment, open spaces, parks, schools, and civic, cultural and recreational facilities.
Employment opportunities will expand upon the existing mix of international andnational corporations, professional associations, centers for advanced technology,research and development companies, and local services.
A range of housing choices will be provided for households of varying incomes andneeds.
A strong institutional component will include a major hospital center, a regionalgovernment center, a new regional public library, a major performing arts center, a newrecreation center, other civic and cultural uses, and public and private educationalinstitutions of higher learning. An array of cultural, educational and recreationalopportunities will be developed.
Planning must provide for environmental sustainability and green technology.
Natural areas and the environment will be protected and new outdoor amenities
parks, plazas, wide sidewalks, public art and trees
will be created. High quality, public openspaces will be available within a reasonable distance of all Reston residents, including