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The Fairfax County Planning Commission will ask the county Board of Supervisors to deny approval of a zoning ordinance amendment that would increase the maximum allowed population per acre in Reston’s Planned Residential Community (PRC). The county supervisors are scheduled to hold a public hearing on the matter March 5 and could potentially vote on the planning commission’s recommendations at next month’s meeting.
Reston Association, along with several citizens’ groups, has not the supported the PRC zoning ordinance amendment, which would increase to the number of people per acre from 13 to 15, or somewhere in between. Ultimately, the decision to accept or deny the proposal lies with the county supervisors, but RA considers the ruling of the planning commission this week to be a positive one.
“Reston Association is pleased that the commission, in a unanimous vote, denied the PRC zoning ordinance amendment proposal and is recommending that the Board of Supervisors withdraw its authorization and not hold a public hearing on the matter at this time,” said RA President, Andy Sigle. “We believe the commission conveyed a position shared by many RA members, who, even with this milestone, should continue to stay engaged in this important issue.”
At its Feb. 14 meeting, the planning commission also decided to recommend the establishment of a task force to explore a PRC zoning amendment. The task force would include members of the Reston community as well as local industry. Additionally, the commission is asking for staff to authorize a Comprehensive Plan amendment that would be reviewed concurrently with an ordinance update.
Commissioners are requesting local residents to stay engaged in the PRC process and thanked the various citizens’ groups for their participation and testimony. A large contingent of RA members and staff attended the planning commission public hearing at the government center on Jan. 23. Many of the speakers, including those from RA, stated their reasons for opposing the PRC zoning ordinance amendment.