In what our BFFs at Reston 2020 are calling an unpublicized "surprise," the five-time-revised proposal to redevelop Fairway Apartments will go before the DRB tomorrow evening. This, after the RA Board of Directors wrote a letter to Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins asking that a July planning commission meeting on the proposal be deferred until the DRB had a chance to weigh in. The last-minute addition of the proposal to the DRB's plate is likely a sign that the RA didn't get its requested deferral, meaning that this is the DRB's one chance to comment before the project is placed in the hands of the county.
The DRB is being asked to give the JBG proposal "conceptual approval" before it goes to the County Planning Commission. According to people within the DRB, the proposal remains essentially the same as presented to the DRB and Reston P&Z committees earlier this year.The P&Z committee approved that proposal in April by a 10-1 margin, calling the revisions an "improvement" over past iterations, which included a mauvescraper and whatnot and were roundly recommended for denial by county officials. More recent proposals eliminated the mauvescraper, reduced the number of residential units to 804 and added more green space, but the Reston Citizens Association is still urging county officials to reject it.
Reston 2020 is urging people to speak at tomorrow's DRB meeting, which will be held at 7pm at RA Headquarters. Here's hoping the DRB has more feedback to offer than a warning that any sprinkles on the complex's Texas doughnut should be appropriate earth tones, the end.
Update: RCA President Marion Stillson points out one possible scenario in a fancy "news-paper" article:
Stillson worries, however, that should the DRB continue to oppose the development, JBG could legally challenge the authority of the DRB.
"There are bigger bucks at stake now with Metro set to come through," she said.