Aug. 24, 2022


Many of us who live in the landmark planned community conceived and created in the 1960s by Robert E. Simon, Jr., like planning. And I am one of those people. My first Board Matter when I took office in January 2020 was to create a task force of Reston residents and stakeholders to study and discuss updates to the Reston Comprehensive Plan (the area outlined in blue). Even then we knew it would be a critical but gargantuan task building on the work of a similar task force that led to the first comprehensive planning effort for Reston approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2014-2015 (before then the famous Reston Master Plan more or less filled this role).

But the time was right in early 2020 to review key elements of the comprehensive plan, including the balance of existing and planned development, infrastructure and the environment across all of Reston. What we didn't know then was the imminent arrival and persistence of COVID-19. The study I had envisioned taking 12 to 18 months, began in May 2020 and ended this Monday, after more than two years and 58 meetings of the full task force – not counting at least that many more meetings of task force subgroups. 


However, I am happy to report that it was time well spent! The task force members (scroll down for list) courageously worked countless hours during the pandemic with all its challenges. The members were not always in agreement – right up to the final task force vote - but everyone shared a vested interest in Reston's future. Final edits that were discussed and voted on at Monday's meeting are underway and I will make the task force recommendations available to you as soon as possible. This has also been a collaborative effort with Hunter Mill District Planning Commissioner John Carter, as well as county staff from multiple agencies, especially the Department of Planning and Development and Department of Transportation. 


Note, however, that while the task force completion is a major milestone this is not a “done deal.”  The next steps are for the county to host multiple community outreach meetings to get feedback and additional input beginning next month, some of which will be in-person and others virtual. That schedule will also be promoted in this newsletter and in other locations (and please help us spread the word.) If you have a group that would like a presentation and the opportunity to provide feedback during the community outreach phase, please email my office at You will also be able to provide input via a county portal that should be live beginning Sept. 6 through Oct. 28 – I will get you that link as well. 

The community presentations will include the following topics areas:

  • Land Use
  • Equity
  • Transportation
  • Affordable Housing
  •  Public Art
  • Heritage Resources
  • Economic Development
  • Planning Principles
  • Environmental Stewardship 
  • Parks and Open Space
  • Public Facilities 
  • Community Health 

I would like to note that this would the first time that equity and community health are included in a comprehensive plan anywhere in Fairfax County. I am proud that Reston again will play a leading role on critical social issues! I should also note that the topic of earned density was also studied but was tabled for additional discussion and review during the community engagement process.


Following public input this fall, an updated draft of proposed changes to Reston’s Comprehensive Plan is expected to go before the Planning Commission in November, with public hearings, and then the Board of Supervisors in December, also with public hearings. 


This is an exciting opportunity for Reston as the comprehensive plan guides development and environmental protection for the coming decades. To learn more about the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study and the task force, visit the county's webpage (includes the archive of meeting details and agendas). The video archive of task force meetings can be found on my YouTube page.




COVID-19 Update

Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine

Adults 18 years of age and older who have never received a COVID-19 vaccine and are interested in getting one, can now make an appointment for the recently authorized Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted. Due to limited availability, Novavax will only be offered by appointment. Learn more.

Get Assistance at the Gas Station With App

Great news from the Fairfax County Department of Family Services and reported in the August issue of the Golden Gazette: 

For adults living with a disability, a simple task like filling your tank at a gas station can be a challenge. An app called Fuel Service is now available to help. Individuals can use the app to see which local gas station can assist them, then fuel Service tells the gas station when the individual has arrived and lets the driver know how many minutes it will be until someone assists them. The Fuel Service app is free of charge for the user, both to download and use. All costs are paid by fuel companies with any proceeds benefitting research into curing paralysis from spinal cord injuries. Learn more at or download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play. 

Blood Donations Needed 

Due to a slowdown in summer donations and an increase in trauma cases at Inova hospitals, Inova has an urgent and significant need for blood donations, especially Type-O. Right now there is less than a two-day supply of Type-O. All donors, especially Type-O, can make an appointment today or walk-in to one of Inova’s local donor centers. Schedule an appointment online at or call 866-256-6372.

Transportation Updates 

Free and Reduced Cost Connector Fares 


Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a free student bus pass to ride Fairfax Connector buses. Great for students in sports or work part-time jobs, the pass is good every day of the week, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Applications are available at your school's front office and will need parent/guardian permission. Learn more.

Older Adults and People With Disabilities:

Reduced fare Senior SmarTrip cards are available for Fairfax Connector customers who are 65 years and older. For additional details and to learn about fares and policies for older adults and people with disabilities visit or call 703-339-7200 (TTY 711) . 

What's News in Vienna

Vienna Community Center Maintenance

Please note that through Sept. 5, the town's community center lobby and bathrooms will remain open on a modified schedule while the rest of the building is closed for updates and deep cleaning. No classes or programs will be held in the building. Learn more.

Public Safety Update

3 Things to Know Today

Reston Regional Library, Aug. 26: Emotional Health Literacy 

Reston Regional Library is hosting a workshop focusing on emotional health literacy on Aug. 26, 2 to 3:30 p.m. You will learn how our emotions are made, how we can observe them and listen to their messages, and how we can change our approach to our emotions in a constructive way. To register and learn more

Hunter Mill District Volunteer Opportunities

There are several opportunities for you to serve your community and meet neighbors by volunteering for one of the Hunter Mill District's Boards, Advisories and Commissions (BAC). If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Gwenn Minton

Available openings include:

  • Citizen Corps Council
  • Reston Transportation Service District Advisory Board – Commercial or retail ownership representative
  • Transportation Advisory Commission
  • Child Care Advisory Council 

RCC Welcomes Award-Winning Theatre Artist for 2022-2023 Residency

Reston Community Center is hosting theatre artist and National Medal of Arts recipient Ping Chong at CenterStage for a 2022-2023 residency. Ping and his artists create performances featuring the stories of local communities with particular emphasis on people and communities not typically represented in theatrical works. In Reston, they will work with students to create a performance inspired by their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

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Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn
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