The Reston Planning and Zoning Committee Seeks to Fill Five Vacancies for Three-Year Terms Commencing Jan. 1, 2014 and Three Vacancies for Associate Members One-Year Terms
All residents of Reston, Virginia over 18 years of age are eligible to serve on the Reston Planning & Zoning Committee. The P&Z Committee consists of fifteen (15) members with five (5) positions expiring each year, and three (3) associate members that serve one year terms. Members’ terms run for three years beginning January 1st, 2014. Associate members terms run for one year, also beginning on January 1st. Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room, North County Government Center, 12000 Bowman Towne Drive.
The primary purpose of the Reston Planning and Zoning Committee is to provide a vehicle whereby the community can ensure that the development of Reston as a planned residential community (PRC) follows the founding principles. Its primary focus is the appropriate development of land use within the legal constraints of the PRC Zoning Law, county and state ordinances and laws. The P&Z Committee is a community advisory body without statutory authority; however, it is looked to and listened to by local government authorities for its opinions and advice on land use matters. Currently the P&Z is authorized to be made up of fifteen (15) members and three (3) associate members. There is a vital need for community input into the continuing development and redevelopment of Reston. There is an equally important need to ensure that development organizations be treated with consideration given to their resources and rights. While the initial residential development activity is fairly complete, future actions will more probably focus on redevelopment activity.
Community awareness and interest, plus accurate and timely information, are necessary for the orderly development, and now, redevelopment of Reston. Members of the community that have questions or opinions on an application being reviewed by P&Z are encouraged to present their questions and opinions to the Committee for its consideration. The Planning and Zoning Committee can and should continue to serve as a valuable resource for citizen input and opinion on land use matters brought before it.
The Committee has established relationships with several departments of Fairfax County that deal with land use matters. These include the departments of Planning and Zoning, the Planning Commissioner and the County Supervisor for the Hunter Mill District. Occasionally members attend hearings of various County Boards to deliver the official opinion of the P&Z Committee with respect to the matter under consideration. The Committee also strives for close working relationships with other community organizations that have an interest in matters concerned with land use. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the Reston P&Z Committee, please fill out an application and return it with your resume, as per the instructions on the application, no later than Monday, December 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM. Applications may be downloaded from the P&Z page located in the Explore Reston Section of www.reston.org or from the P&Z website: http://RPZ.myreston.org. Michael Romeo (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jared Willcox (email@example.com) may also be contacted for applications.