Sept. 13, 2023


The Board of Supervisors approved a new Reston Comprehensive Plan yesterday. Here are excerpts from my statement:

I would like to thank Hunter Mill Commissioner John Carter, the whole Planning Commission, the Reston Comprehensive Plan Task Force, county staff, the Hunter Mill office staff, the Chairman's office staff, my colleagues on the Board, all the Restonians that provided input, and the cadre of citizens that spend countless hours reviewing and improving land use proposals and keeping Reston the great place it is to live, work and play.

Reston is the preeminent post-World War II planned community in the United States. The challenge is maintaining fidelity to Reston’s original vision while meeting the new challenges (and opportunities) of today.

This plan and process shows that even in times of the highest levels of community concern about growth and development, this is a consensus community plan. Focusing growth around Metrorail is not only possible, it is the reality in Reston.

Reston is not only a demonstration of a well-planned and executed planned community, now with emerging transit-oriented communities, it is also a demonstration of a successful “missing middle” development strategy undertaken decades before the term was ever conceived.

Reston was founded in the early 1960s not only as a physical community, but one that also followed 7 Planning Principles conceived by Robert E. Simon, Jr. These 7 founding principles brought a daring social twist into a large-scale development project, and some of those principles are still challenging today – including the one rather unusual principle that calls for “the focal point of all planning would be on the importance and dignity of the individual.” As the first racially open community in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the integration of social values into planning and development is in Reston’s DNA.

The challenges associated with growth in Reston are still very much with us – making sure infrastructure keeps up with development, protecting our green spaces, ensuring that new communities within Reston are great and inclusive places to live, work, and play – and while these challenges are still with us. Adoption of this updated Comprehensive plan will help us not only meet those challenges but will help Reston thrive. This plan will help achieve the ultimate goal of Reston founder Robert E Simon, Jr. – that is the goal of creating true community.

Note that approval of this comprehensive plan does not mark the end of planning in Reston, and in fact several issues raised by residents will be considered in the SSPA process which has waited for this Reston Comprehensive Plan update to conclude.

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Board of Supervisors Update

The Board of Supervisors met yesterday, Sept. 12. You can watch the meeting here and review the Board Package. In addition to the Reston Comprehensive Plan public hearing noted above, here are additional highlights of the meeting:

My Board Matters:

Board Actions for Hunter Mill District:

Land Use and Transportation Updates

Reston Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Virtual Meeting, Monday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.

The Reston P&Z meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Use this link to attend and participate. You may also call in and listen to the meeting, dial 571-429-5982 and use conference call ID: 397 752 106# For more information email [email protected] or call 703-478-0283.


Hunter Mill Land Use Committee Virtual Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.

The Hunter Mill Land Use Committee Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Use this link to attend and participate. You may also call in and listen to the meeting, dial 571-429-5982 and use conference call ID: 808 443 420# For more information email [email protected] or call 703-478-0283.

Public Safety Update

Reston Fire Station Technician Named Firefighter of the Year

Technician Julie Tomesheski, assigned to Reston Fire Station 25 has been named the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department's Firefighter of the Year. This is the highest honor given to a firefighter by the department. Technician Tomesheski was also recently awarded the Northern Virginia EMS Council award for Outstanding EMS Pre-Hospital Provider. She has multiple roles within the department and while off duty, Technician Tomesheski works with multiple local girls' basketball programs as a coach and mentor. She will be presented her award by Fire Chief Butler in a ceremony at the county's Public Safety Headquarters on Oct. 30.

What's News in Vienna

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

I was honored to join Mayor Colbert, Town Council members and American Legion Post 180 for Vienna's Sept. 11 Patriot Day ceremony. It is incredibly important that we never forget the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 and continue to honor and mourn the thousands of lives that were lost and impacted. Thank you to all the community members who participated in the event!

Health and Human Services News

COVID-19 Vaccination Updates

There is much information in the news about an updated COVID-19 vaccination shot that is being recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for most ages. If you have questions about the vaccines available to you, the Fairfax County Health Department recommends that you speak with your health care provider or call the Health Department's call center at 703-267-3511, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

3 Things to Know Today

Zero Trace Store Wins Environmental Excellence Award

Yesterday, Sept. 12, Fairfax County announced that the Zero Waste Store in Vienna (and Hunter Mill District) was the recipient of a 2023 Environmental Excellence Award. From the announcement: "While the Zero Waste Store provides products to reduce plastic waste, the store’s owner, Mala Persaud, goes above and beyond to educate residents through the Zero Waste Store’s website and community events. There is always a good turnout whenever Ms. Persaud co-hosts a “Recycling: Ask Me Anything” event with the Fairfax County Solid Waste division." Congratulations to Mala! Learn more about the awards.

Nascow is Back at Frying Pan Farm Park

The 4th Annual Nascow is scheduled for Oct. 20. Hosted by the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park, the fundraiser supports the care and well-being of the animals and farm. Find out more about how you can sponsor your favorite cow today and watch the fun on Oct. 20: learn more.

Reston Library's Big Sale is Back on Sept. 20

The Friends of the Reston Regional Library will host their Big Fall Sale this Sept. 20-24. It is one of the largest sales of the year, featuring more than 30,000 books in very gently used condition, from over 20 categories. All materials are donated – proceeds go to fund library and literacy programming and materials in the community. Please note that there will be no children's books at this sale. Learn more.

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