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Applications for Development Overview

Applications for Development


Reston turned 50 years old in 2014, and if its first half-century is any predictor of the future, Reston is set to become an even more vibrant and diverse community.  Fairfax County, with support from the Reston community, has adopted a new Comprehensive Plan for Reston, which includes the Dulles Toll Road corridor and Transit Station Areas, Town Center, the village centers and all of the residential areas of the community.  These changes will support the expansion of rail beyond Reston’s first station at Wiehle-Reston East, which opened in July 2014. The original seven goals laid out by Reston’s founder, Robert E. Simon, were instrumental in how Reston was successfully developed and will continue to shape how it will re-develop into the future.

Future Vision

The vision for Reston’s future is well articulated in the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan:

“Reston will be a complete community designed for the 21st century with broad choices in jobs, housing, and lifestyles for an increasingly diverse residential population.”

Achieving this vision will require the following:

  • Planning will take full advantage of the Metrorail Silver Line extension
  • The community’s greatest densities will be at the three Metro station areas and the Reston Town Center core area
  • A full range of housing choices will be provided for households of all incomes and needs
  • Employment opportunities will build upon the existing mix of international and national corporations, professional associations, centers for advanced technology, research and development companies, and local services
  • Institutional amenities will include a major hospital center, a regional government center, a new 21st century regional public library, a major fine and performing arts center, other civic and cultural uses, and public and private educational institutions of higher learning
  • Planning will emphasize protection of natural areas and the environment and the development of an array of cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities.

Reston Association's Role

In development, every project includes a long list of stakeholders: the property owner/developer, current occupants and users of the land to be developed, surrounding neighbors, the Reston Planning & Zoning Committee, and Fairfax County are just a few. But what is Reston Association’s (RA) role in the process?

RA’s role in a development project varies depending on whether the land being developed is “covenanted” land, meaning legally under the jurisdiction of the association, or not. To view a map of parcels in Reston currently under Reston Association's jurisdiction here

In 2014, the RA Board of Directors passed a land use resolution, drafted in coordination with Fairfax County, outlining the process of development and redevelopment in the Reston community under both circumstances. In cases where the land is covenanted, one of the several bodies that must review and approve the developer’s plans is RA’s Design Review Board (DRB), which holds open comment periods for members of the association. In cases where the land is not covenanted, RA and its members are invited to participate in a community input forum held by the Reston Planning & Zoning Committee, as well as at public hearings held by the Fairfax County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.

In both cases, one of the most significant advantages to the process laid out in Land Use Resolution 1 is that developers are encouraged to come to RA and its members early on the process to gather input. This gives RA and its members an opportunity to share concerns and suggestions in the formative stages of a development plan and influence the future landscape of Reston.

RA’s comments and suggestions to developers are guided by the Essential Elements of Reston, which serve to codify the expectations for future development and redevelopment.

Current & Future Development

To learn more about current and future development in Reston, visit the web pages with links located in the left menu or on the right side of this page. On these pages you will find information about proposed development in the Dulles Toll Road corridor and beyond.

Please note these web pages and documents serve to educate and inform RA’s members on the future of Reston. RA staff will work to keep the information on these pages as accurate and up-to-date as possible, but readers should keep in mind that development is ever-changing and unfixed by nature.

Development Resources

RA Jurisdiction Map

Fairfax County Project Map

Other Development in Reston

Projects Scheduled for Public Hearing

RA Proffers & Conditions