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The Reston Association Design Review Board (DRB) develops design criteria with the following objectives in mind:
Two other considerations that may be important to property owners are safety and security:
Reston has many types of homes and a variety of other properties. There is great diversity in architectural design, location and surroundings. Some homes are part of housing clusters, while others are not. Reston was originally planned to have 21,346 residential units, including single family detached homes, townhouses, apartments, patio homes and condominiums. Commercial properties, schools, churches, parks and recreation facilities make for a balanced community.
It follows that the guidelines and the review considerations differ in accordance with the type of property involved and its context. For example, a design solution that may be appropriate for a contemporary-style single family home on a wooded lot may not be appropriate for a cluster of traditional-style townhouses.
Achieving the objectives of the Design Guidelines while balancing the rights and expectations of property owners with those of their neighbors in a community as diverse as Reston requires guidelines that are appropriate for the situation.