Guidelines for Development in Reston Transit Station Areas

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General Overview:

The Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization, in coordination with the Reston Urban Design Advisory Group, produced the draft Guidelines for Development in the Reston Transit Station Areas (TSAs) to support the implementation of the Reston Comprehensive Plan amendment of 2014. The Guidelines will provide detailed urban design and streetscape information to complement the existing Comprehensive Plan and will apply to development proposals for all properties located within the boundaries of the three Reston Transit Station Areas (see map below). They are intended to be used by citizens, developers, land owners, designers, Fairfax County staff, the Fairfax County Planning Commission, and the Board of Supervisors when either proposing, designing or reviewing development proposals in the TSAs.

Map of Reston TSA's

Purpose of the Guidelines:

The proposed Guidelines for Developing in the Reston TSAs (Guidelines) build upon the Urban Design Principles found in the Plan and provide strategies for implementing these Principles, direction for applicants and designers proposing to develop in the Reston TSAs, and guidance for those reviewing proposals. They are intended to further the goals of the Plan rather than prescribe specific standards.

The Guidelines build upon the urban design vision of the Comprehensive Plan for Reston including:

Establishing a sense of place for the TSAs while respecting surrounding neighborhoods
Improving connectivity and fostering walkability
Designing sustainable environments

The Guidelines are intended to:

  • Enhance the goals of the Comp Plan for the Reston TSA's
  • Aid developers, staff, and the community during the development process for Reston TSA applications
  • Guide the development of public projects in the Reston TSA's including streetscape and parks.

  • The Guidelines are not intended to:

  • Act as prescriptive standards or ordinances
  • Replace established Comprehensive Plan Policies or existing HOA covenants, process or guidelines
  • Apply to areas outside of the Reston TSAs.

  • Draft Guidelines:

    The Guidelines are divided into six chapters and an appendix.

    For a short introduction to the content of each chapter within the document, a summary brochure is provided here.

    For a more detailed review of the document, the chapters are provided in their entirety here:

    Link to the full document
    Link to Chapter 1 Introduction
    Link to Chapter 2 Development Framework & Vision
    Link to Chapter 3 TSA Character
    Link to Chapter 4 Site Design
    Link to Chapter 5 Building Design
    Link to Chapter 6 - Streetscape
    Link to Chapter 7 Appendix
    (The appendix contains a glossary, tree planting details, and resources referenced throughout the document)

    Full copies of the document are available for review at:

      Hunter Mill District Office (North County Government Center) 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, VA 20190
      Reston Association Member Services 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191
      Public Art Reston 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191
      Reston Library 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA 20190
      Herndon Municipal Offices 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA 20170
      Herndon Library 768 Center Street, Herndon, VA 20170

    Community Input and Project Schedule:

    A community meeting is scheduled for September 24, 2018 at 6 - 8 pm, in the Rose Gallery at the Reston Community Center – Lake Anne (1609-A Washington Plaza, Reston). The meeting will be an open-house style of interaction between citizens and county staff – no formal presentations. Citizens and interested parties are encouraged to review the Guidelines and provide comments; either at the meeting, through a brief survey that will remain active through November 2, 2018 or via email to Lauren Murphy, at the email below.

    Please provide your feedback to Lauren Murphy, Reston Revitalization Program Manager, at

    Additional meetings with the following organizations throughout the Reston Community are also planned:

    Reston Association Design Review Board
    Reston Town Center Association Design Review Board
    Reston Association Board of Directors
    Reston Planning and Zoning

    Following the review of the Guidelines by the community, the entire document will be presented for review and endorsement by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

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