Reston Citizens Association Board of Directors Resolution Regarding JBG’s Fairway Apartments Re-development Proposal May 23, 2011

Whereas, on April 18, 2011, the Reston Planning and Zoning Committee approved the design proposal by JBG to re-develop the apartment complex know as Fairway Apartments along Reston’s North Shore Drive on legalistic grounds, that is, the proposal does not violate existing County zoning ordinances; and Whereas, the proposed redevelopment of Fairway Apartments would increase the number of dwelling units from 342 to 804 dwelling units, a 135 percent increase in density, contrary to:  The lower density suggested by the County planning staff in its 2010 staff report on JBG’s previously rejected development proposal, and  Reston planning principles adopted by the Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force on March 15, 2011 to maintain the character of existing residential/suburban neighborhoods; and Whereas, the redevelopment proposal fails to address adequately the unacceptable impact this redevelopment would have on already substantial local traffic congestion, because the development:  Is not within any Reston village center area, town center, or half-mile walking distance of a Metrorail station, and  Is inconsistent with the adopted Reston planning principle calling for development to be phased with infrastructure; and Whereas, the redevelopment proposal actually allows for only 87 units of workforce housing and no affordable housing, which does not meet County workforce/affordable housing policy standards nor Reston’s adopted planning principle for housing diversity; and Whereas, the proposed 500’ unbroken facade design of the principal residential structure, the “Texas doughnut” design of another residential structure, the 50’-high three-story townhomes in a neighborhood of two-story homes, and the overall excessive density of the redevelopment proposal are “un-Reston like”, according to RA’s Design Review Board; Therefore, be it resolved that: The Reston Citizens Association—  Strongly opposes Fairfax County approval of the JBG Fairway Apartments re-development proposal as presented to and approved by the Reston Planning and Zoning Committee on April 18, 2011, and  Will continue to oppose any redevelopment proposals for Fairway Apartments until they are consistent in their entirety with County policy, standing County staff recommendations, Reston’s adopted planning principles, RA design guidelines, and DRB committee design recommendations.

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