Environmental Planning Principles for Reston
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.