It's surprising that a filthy "web log" that focuses so extensively on breathtakingly stupid criminals and mocking arbitrary design regulations would attract serious, impassioned debates about development and the long-term outlook for our favorite beige community. Go to the comments section on any silly post, though, and chances are you'll find a mixture of opinions about redevelopment, ad hominem political arguments, and thinly veiled racist screeds. Well, at least the comments about redevelopment are often well thought out!
As Metro's awesome Silver Line slouches towards
Bethlehem Ashburn, Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins is holding a series of those nice "town hall" meetings people seem to enjoy so much to discuss revisions to the Reston Master Plan, which, depending on your perspective, could create a blueprint for mixed-use development around mass transit -- or a dystopian nightmare of high-rise buildings, no open space, and dogs and cats living together:
What will the Reston community be like in 45 years? Will the community be able to retain its amenities and quality of life? What will traffic be like? Where will the future businesses, homes and roadways be located? Will the open spaces remain?Might not be the worst idea in the world to attend one or both of these meetings. We'd leave the funny signs at home, though.
The answer to those questions begin on December 1, 2009.
With the coming of metro, there’s a special county planning process that will affect the way that Reston community will develop over the next 30 to 40 years.
Because you care about our community, you will want to make the time to attend two important meetings, hosted by Fairfax County Supervisor Catherine Hudgins and the county department of planning and zoning.
Kickoff Meeting: Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 7 p.m., at South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston. This meeting, co-hosted by my office and the Department of Planning and Zoning, will cover 1) description of the study approach, 2) description of the study schedule, 3) discussion of the review process for deferred APR items, 4) introduce Task Force, 5) release current conditions report, and 6) discussion of general planning principals for Reston.
Task Force Meeting: Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 7 p.m. at Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609A Washington Plaza, Reston. On the agenda is 1) discussion of task force policies, procedures and ground rules, 2) presentation of special study scope and schedule, and 3) overview of task force responsibilities.