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Environmental Planning Principles for Reston, Environmental Work Group, RCA Reston 2020 Committee

Environmental Planning Principles for Reston, Environmental Work Group, RCA Reston 2020 Committee

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"Living in Reston is like living in a park.""
"Living in Reston is like living in a park.""

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Environmental Planning Principles for Reston
“Living in Reston is like living in a park.”
The Nature of Reston, Charles A. Veatch
Prepared forThe Reston Master Plan Special Study Task ForceJune 1, 2010
ByThe Environmental Work GroupReston 2020 CommitteeReston Citizens AssociationEnvironmental Work GroupDiane Blust, principle authorCJ BasikDave EdwardsFran LovaasJohn Lovaas
Environmental Planning Principles for Reston
Executive Summary 
All future development within Reston and the RCIG area must be carried out in amanner which protects and complements Reston Association’s renowned naturalareas, one of the key assets of the community. Future development provides anopportunity to preserve and enhance natural areas and open space byconcentrating residential, retail and office spaces in vibrant TOD areas. Newconstruction should be built to achieve LEED gold certification for commercialand LEED silver certification for residential buildings, employ state of the artstormwater management features, and be surrounded by sustainablelandscaping composed of native plants.
The Comprehensive Plan section dealing with Reston should include a separateenvironmental section addressing preservation of natural areas and open space,green building technology and stormwater management specific to Reston andthe RCIG.
Sunrise Valley Nature Park, located near the future Herndon Monroe MetroStation, is the site of a wetland/marsh habitat unique in this part of Fairfax Countyand should be preserved as a feature of the Herndon-Monroe Metro Station.
Key Findings and RecommendationsOpen Space and Natural Areas:
Reston Association’s (RA) open spaces and natural areas, which compriseapproximately 33% of RA’s common land, are one of the key assets of the community.These areas, including the renowned trail network, provide essential recreationalopportunities to residents. More importantly, Reston’s natural areas perform criticalenvironmental and ecological functions for Reston as a whole (planned residentialcommunity –PRC – and the Reston Center for Industry and Government - RCIG): treesprovide shade to cool our buildings and pathways, reduce air pollution, reduce levels ofstormwater runoff; stream valleys and natural areas provide important wildlife habitatsand provide additional stormwater control, improving water quality. The privately ownedSunrise Valley Nature Park (subject of a separate paper) is a unique wetland/marshhabitat used for birding and educational programs.The paved pathway network in Reston is an important element of the community’smulti-modal transportation system, allowing residents to reduce reliance on cars.1. The area covered by Reston Association should continue to be comprised ofapproximately 33% open space. Future development in the RCIG and non-RA PRCshould contain 25% open space.2. There should be no incursions, with the exception of pathways, benches, smallchildren’s recreation areas, and small educational signs, into Reston’s natural areas.3. Approvals for future development or redevelopment should be granted only afterenvironmental impact studies demonstrate that there will be no negative impacts onsurrounding open space and natural areas.4. Stands of mature trees must be preserved in the development or redevelopmentprocesses. Reston’s tree canopy should be maintained at current levels andincreased where possible.5. Trails linking new neighborhoods in the RCIG and non-RA PRC to RA’s establishedtrail network should be built concurrently with new residences to ensure trailconnections prior to the arrival of new residents.6. In order to ensure adequate funding levels for RA’s open space and natural areasmanagement programs, all new residential units in newly developed areas of theRCIG should be required to participate in the Reston Association on a par with allother community segments. All new residential units the Town Center that are notgoverned by existing relationships to Reston Town Center Association should be

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