Guidelines for Development in Reston Transit Station Areas

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Upcoming Public Meeting September 24th at the Rose Gallery (see below for details).

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)

Community Input and Project Schedule:

A community meeting is scheduled for September 24, 2018 at 6 p.m., in the Rose Gallery at the Reston Community Center (1609-A Washington Plaza, Reston). Citizens and interested parties are encouraged to review the Guidelines and provide comments, either at the meeting 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 Reston Association Design Review Board, Reston Planning & Zoning Committee and the Reston Town Center Association are planned for September 2018. For more information on these meetings, check back often.

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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