Tuesday, October 29, 2013

RCA Resolution Opposing Current Comp Plan

Whereas a draft Reston Comprehensive Plan, including text regarding the Reston community’s vision and planning principles as well as more specific planning language for the development of its Transit Station Areas (TSAs), will soon be submitted to the County’s Planning Commission for consideration, and

Whereas the draft plan attempts to provide development guidance for transit-oriented development (TOD), including specified overall densities and mixes of use, around the community’s new Silver Line Metrorail stations, and

Whereas the draft plan provides extremely limited guidance on assuring reasonable mobility throughout the Reston community, especially by autos at gateway intersections along its principal north-south and east-west corridors in the TSAs, and

Whereas the draft plan provides no significant planning guidance for the development of parks and recreation facilities, especially athletic fields, consistent with the County’s limited standards and Reston’s expectations, and

Whereas the draft plan provides little guidance into the implementation of any of its plan objectives, including phasing infrastructure improvements with development, financing necessary infrastructure, or providing reasonable community oversight to sustain the plan’s vision, and

Whereas the language in the draft plan focuses on “flexibility” in its execution that brings the achievement of the plans development density and mix goals as laid out in the Preferred Development Scenario (Scenario G) into serious doubt,

We, therefore, resolve that:
  • The Board opposes the adoption of the draft Comprehensive Plan in its current form;
  • The Board requests that the Task Force and the County redress the major shortcomings laid out above; and
  • The Board directs its Task Force representative to vote against endorsing the current draft Reston Comprehensive Plan text.

Approved by the RCA Board of Directors by a unanimous vote of those present at its October 28, 2013, regular board meeting.

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