RCA Reston 2020 Committeeii
RCA’s Reston 2020 Committee proposes
changes in the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan forthe Reston Town Center study area that would enable it, as part of the a broader Restoncommunity, to achieve substantial development balanced with the development of vibrant
public infrastructure and amenities consistent with Reston’s goal of being a world
-class plannedcommunity. These changes would:
Create space for approximately 15,000 more residents and 20,000 more jobs, nearlyquadrupling the existing residential population and increasing the local workforce byabout 43 percent.
Permit an 86% increase in overall development from 17 million gross square feet (GSF)to 33 million GSF, raising the existing FAR from 0.5 to more than 0.9 overall.
Allow more than one-third of total development space to be residential, almost half to beoffice, and the remaining sixth devoted to other uses.
Require that 25% of the land area
about 200 acres
be set aside as usable open space,including ground-level, publicly accessible parks, recreational fields, malls, plazas, andnatural areas.
Create a substantial central park between New Dominion and Baron Cameron west ofFountain Drive, incorporating a cascading water park in the current FCPA property.
Call for the construction of a large 21
century public library and transfer of the NorthCounty Government Center to the northeast corner of the central park in Town CenterNorth.
Call for the construction of at least one elementary school at the south end of the central
park, and possibly significant expansions at Reston’s existing middle and high schools.
Call for the building of a major fine and/or performing arts center in the immediateMetrorail station area with a large adjoining plaza/park through major incentives.
Call for the construction of a tunnel under the Dulles Corridor extending Town CenterDrive to Edmund Halley Drive and a pedestrian/bicycle bridge south across the DullesCorridor from Plaza America.
Provide substantial FAR incentives for providing open space in excess of 25%, buildingto LEED Gold standard, incorporating universal design, providing more than 12%workforce housing, and earning national or international awards for design.