14, 2019

Coalition for a Planned Reston (CPR) appreciates the thoroughness and
thoughtfulness with which the Fairfax County Planning Commission has dealt with
the proposal to raise the population cap of Reston’s

Planned Residential Community (PRC.)
CPR leadership is pleased with the Planning Commission’s determination
that several of CPR’s core positions are valid and in the best interest of the
The Commission voted unanimously to recommend the Board of
Supervisors reject the proposed density increase (and keep the cap at 13);
The Commission reaffirmed the need to link zoning to the
Comprehensive Plan; and 
The Commission encouraged the formation of a Task Force to work on
these issues with appropriate independent citizen participation.   

All of this has been accomplished by the involvement and action of thousands of
Restonians and Reston well-wishers who have written letters, made phone calls,
attended meetings, spoken to officials and helped CPR raise awareness in the
community.   This was the decisive factor in achieving this
While we are pleased with the Planning Commission’s considered
decisions, we note that this is not the end of attempts to diminish the
uniqueness of Reston.  The matter now goes to the Board of Supervisors who
have the final say.  While we believe the Supervisors should accept the
Commissioners’ recommendations, they have no obligation to do so.  The
proposal on the density increase is on the calendar for Supervisors’ meeting of
March 5th.   We thus will continue to work to inform all the
Supervisors about this issue and the destructive impact it would have if
Further, if the proposal to create a new Task Force is approved, a
great deal of work will need to be done to ensure citizens’ voices are heard
and that the guiding principles of Reston are not pushed aside for short-term,
self-interested gain.
CPR wishes to thank everyone who pitched in to preserve a
functioning planned Reston. Please stay alert and informed.  Your continued
passion is needed.