Saturday, May 20, 2017

Population density increase: Fairfax County's new plan

Residents of Reston will be impacted by the proposal

RESTON, Va. - Residents in Virginia may be affected by a new development plan proposed by Fairfax County.
As part of the development plan, Fairfax County's Department of Planning and Zoning intends to increase the overall population density of the area.
According to the president of the Reston Citizen's Association, this means they will increase the density per acre in terms of the number of people from 13 to 16.
The president added that this means the effect of the proposal could be as high as 30,000 new people being added to the area. This could create a serious problem for drivers.
"A bigger problem for us already here is transportation. To get across the Dulles Toll Road takes a very long time [during] peak time [in the] morning as well as the evening on both sides going across Wiehle [and] Reston Parkway as well as Fairfax County Parkway. Now, imagine adding another 30,000 or 40,000 people to that," said Sridhar Ganesan, President, Reston Citizen's Association. 
The Reston Citizen's Association will meet on May 24 for a public hearing held by the county. After that, recommendations will be sent to the Board of Supervisors.

[Minor clarification: May 24th is the date for a third public hearing to be held at Lake Anne Elementary school in Reston. On May 22nd, the RCA Board will meet with Supervisor Cathy Hudgins at its regular board meeting and RCA will have an opportunity to discuss the PRC amendment and other issues.]

DRAFT Agenda - RCA Board of Directors Meeting

May 22, 2017
7:30 - 9:30 pm

National Realty/Hartke Building, 11890 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA


7:30 PM
Supervisor Cathy Hudgins

Potential Topics:
·      Communications
·      PRC Amendment
·      RTCN & Library
·      Transportation
·      LA Redevelopment
·      Parking
·      Other

Supervisor Hudgins
RCA Board

8:30 PM
Adopt Agenda
RCA Board

8:35 PM
Approve April 24, 2017 Minutes
RCA Board

8:40 PM
Approve Treasurer’s Report
RCA Board

8:45 PM
RCA Elections Committee
Update/ Discussion
Moira Callaghan, Nick Georgas/ RCA Board

9:00 PM
PRC Amendment Follow up
Sridhar Ganesan/ Dennis Hays

9:05 PM
Reston National Golf Course
Connie Hartke

9:10 PM
Reston Town Center Parking
Sridhar Ganesan

9:15 PM
Other Business
RCA Board

9:29 PM
Time of Next Meeting; Adjourn
RCA Board

Friday, May 19, 2017

Call for Candidates for RCA Board

Reston Citizens Association (RCA) announces elections will be held from June 7 to June 22 for four district seats and two at-large seats for its Board of Directors. Restonians interested in joining the RCA Board are invited to file completed candidate forms by May 30, 2017. 

The Reston Citizens Association (RCA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) 3 corporation serving over 60,000 people who live in Reston. Founded in 1967, RCA is the only community-wide, non-partisan, and action-oriented organization in which everyone that lives, works and plays in Reston has a voice.  RCA comprises a 13-member Board of Directors elected by Reston residents with the directors serving three-year terms.

“This upcoming year is going to be another exciting one for RCA, as we continue to focus on educating and engaging the community and reflecting their voice,” said Sridhar Ganesan, President, RCA. “New development, re-development, transportation and other Reston infrastructure, open spaces and other issues like Reston Town Center pay parking have been at the forefront for Reston and RCA during the last two months and will continue to be important for the people that live here.”

If you want to take an active role in the future of Reston, please consider running for a seat on the RCA board!

As a member on the Board of RCA, you interact with the community on the issues that impact them, meet with County and other local officials including Reston Association and attend public meetings.  You will collect information, provide analysis and, based upon feedback received from the public, inform the various local organizations such as Fairfax County or Reston Association about public expectations for outcomes on various issues that affect Reston. 

There are six seats up in the 2017 elections – for Hunters Woods District, Town Center/Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District, South Lakes District, North Point District and one At-Large seats, all for three (3) year terms each, and a second At-Large seat is open for a one-year term to replace a director who resigned during 2016.

To run for a director seat, you must live in Small Tax District 5, be a Reston resident, be 18 years or older, and vote in designated precincts/polling places within Reston districts. 
If you want to actively promote Reston’s vision and planning principles, sustain and enhance its quality of life, please download an application from our website and fill it out.

Your completed application must be sent to by May 30th.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Reston Citizens Association Election Committee at

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Reston Town Center debacle - report by WHAG-TV News Reporter Elina Shirazi

Suzanne Zurn, Reston Town Center Parking Petition leader and RCA President Sridhar Ganesan are among the people included in this interview. 

The news story covers "Why the shopping center has been fairly empty recently"

Read and watch the report at

Follow WHAG-TV News Reporter Elina Shirazi on Twitter -  @elinashirazi

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Reston Planned Residential Community District (PRC) Zoning Ordinance Amendment

Next meeting on this subject is Wednesday, May 24, at Lake Anne Elementary School cafeteria, 11510 North Shore Drive, Reston – starting 7:00 pm.

Comments at Reston Planning & Zoning Meeting, May 15, 2017

Good Evening.  

My name is Sridhar Ganesan.  I am president of Reston Citizens Association and have been based in Reston since 1998.  

I believe that many speakers from the community have spoken or are scheduled to speak on many aspects of the proposed PRC amendment, so I will limit my comments to some specific items that I think are important before we go headlong into this zoning ordinance that would change the density from 13 person per acre to 16.

A basic premise before we proceed - We are not against development per se, but anything that we do must be:

  1. Consistent with Reston founding principles and vision and not lead to Reston becoming an urban sprawl
  2. Planned well in all respects, such as
    1. Open and green space, and
    2. Various infrastructure that we need to support development, including transportation.
We must have that planned and in place before we start the development.
I recognize that the Reston Master Plan is providing the guidelines for this amendment, but that was an outcome that does not have wide support from the people that live in Reston.  Many believe that the actual residents did not have much say in that process.  Now the plan that the public did not feel was responsive to their concerns is guiding this proposed amendment?
Why the rush to get this amendment through in such a short time?
There are a lot of things that are missing from this plan.  Where is the demand and economic analysis to support this?  
What we would like to see first is a side-by-side comparison of demand projections that were made 10 years before the current build-out that we are seeing today and the take-up so far of both commercial and residential developments that have come up since then.
Does that analysis indicate a strong demand?
We ask that the County perform a detailed demand analysis as a precursor to any new zoning ordinance.  
Such demand projections should cover residential and commercial development and that report should be widely circulated and debated within the community.  
Because, it is our landscape and lifestyle that will be changed.  
Currently, all we have is a projection for expanding residential capacity in Reston.  That was capacity was pegged at a high of about 72,000 by a 2010 GMU study.  And mind you, that 72,000 size was a “high” estimate for all of Reston.  
Using the simple of math of increasing the density per acre from 13 persons to 16 persons per acre, the County is proposing that just the PRC areas of Reston can support a population of nearly 103,000 in Reston.  Again, this does not include the TSA areas including Reston Town Center.  
Where is the analysis that shows that Reston can support that kind of capacity?
And most of all, do people that live here today want such high densities that would change the Reston as we know and bought into?
Our ask is as follows:
  1. We don’t think there is such pressing demand that we have to rush this process through so quickly.
  2. Lets slow down and look at this is in more detail from all aspects and all the ways in which it can impact the community.
  3. Lets get more feedback from the people before we open the gates for developers to drop 40 to 50 more high-density buildings within PRC zones.
Because the developers may build even on speculation, make money or for that matter, take their losses and move on.
But we as a community have to live with high-density implications forever.
Thank you for taking the time.  
For more remarks, read

Reston 20/20 Statement to RP&Z on County Reston PRC Proposal, May 15, 2017