The Reston Citizens Association Perspective

RCA Reston 2020 Committee

February 15, 2013

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Three PPP efforts in recent years around Reston
◦ The Comstock Wiehle station effort. ◦ An affordable housing project in a commuter parking lot. ◦ The Dulles Greenway

Key issues:
◦ Excessive SECRECY ◦ Driven by political agendas ◦ Costly/infeasible projects

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Phase 1 focuses on the rail corridor. Phase 2 covers the rest of Reston, particularly its Village Centers.

After three years, we are still on Phase 1!

Phase 1 is in the darker green.
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Goals
◦ Continue and enhance the vision and principles of our founder. ◦ Create attractive urban areas around our new Metrorail stations.  Balance jobs and housing to encourage transit use.  Provide all appropriate infrastructure and amenities.

Strategy and approach
◦ Define vision for each of three station areas consistent with Reston’s overall vision and planning principles. ◦ Incentivize development with adequate growth opportunities. ◦ Sustain if not improve quality of life for the rest of Reston.
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Transportation
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Density and mix in TOD station areas

Contain traffic congestion on key north-south arteries. Develop robust transit system to link with Metro Complete Reston’s bike and pedestrian pathways Develop & apply a rigorous transportation demand management (TDM) program

Amenities and infrastructure

◦ Reston’s roads can not support too much density, even with major added roadway improvements. ◦ Mix (more residential) is a great way to contain congestion. ◦ Sustain if not improve the richness of Reston’s amenities ◦ Seeking major performing arts center, large central park, major university campus ◦ “Planning without implementation is empty.” ◦ Extremely complex issue set that the task force has not and generally refuses to address.

Implementation

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Traffic congestion is the most critical problem.
◦ Only three crossings of the Dulles Corridor—and room for only three more. ◦ Developers reluctant to reduce development levels & change mix to point where traffic can be accommodated.

Landowners are unwilling to provide space needed for infrastructure & amenities within TOD areas.
◦ Open space for parks and recreation. ◦ Schools for added children.

A big, new problem: Redevelopment of a golf course near 2 stations into 7,900 or more housing units.
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Participate actively on Task Force and its sub-committees. Extensive published research on plan issues.
◦ Working group papers on all key Metro-related community issues. ◦ Own vision for Reston Town Center and commentary on other areas. ◦ Analyses of Dulles Toll Road toll increases and their impacts.

Provide detailed testimony at County public hearings and meetings. Also, sponsor our own community meetings. Numerous interviews and press releases with TV, radio, and newspapers Maintain our own blog, Reston 20/20: Citizens Envisioning Reston’s Future (http://www.reston2020.blogspot.com/) Use social media (Twitter, Facebook) to reach audience quickly

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RMAG, a County-appointed panel, proposed numerous roadway and other improvements in 2008. RCA Reston 2020’s Transportation Working Group provided additional input in 2010 in a major transportation paper. Very few of the known needed improvements have been made.
Latest Reston 2020 paper:

Available at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/f cdot/sam_study.htm

Wiehle Metro Station Access: Congestion Ahead
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