Ever wonder how the community you live in evolved into its current shape and form, or what it might look like in 10, 20 or 50 years? Communities grow and evolve over time, even master planned communities like Reston. While Robert Simon formulated a masterful plan for a multi-faceted and multi-use community, functionality and changes in demographics, housing trends, commuting patterns, lifestyles, and other factors, dictate that community master plans be re-visited and updated. An update to the Reston Master Plan was completed in February 2014 when the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted the Reston Phase I Comprehensive Plan for the areas surrounding the three Silver Line Metrorail Stations.
The Reston Phase I Comprehensive Plan developed new guidance for mixed use development focused around the future Silver Line Metrorail Stations. To understand what is needed to support transportation to and from these new developments, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) has initiated the Reston Network Analysis.
The Network Analysis will evaluate the conceptual grid of streets in the Reston Transit Station Areas (TSAs) adopted in the Reston Phase I Plan Amendment. It takes into account the future demand for travel associated with the development around the three Metrorail Stations.
The analysis will identify what roadway features are necessary to support acceptable traffic conditions and a walkable and bikeable environment in the TSAs. The end result will be a street network that is cost effective and requires the minimum right-of-way, with the least impacts to adjacent properties while addressing the future travel demand. It will take into consideration the provisions of the Reston Phase I Master Plan. The study is scheduled be completed late 2016.
FCDOT wants this analysis to be as inclusive as possible. Your input is encouraged! An Advisory Committee, appointed by the Supervisor and comprised of landowners and citizens, meets regularly. The meetings are open to the public; feel free to attend. Meeting announcements for Advisory Group Meetings, Stakeholder Meetings and Public Meetings can be found on the project website: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/restonnetworkanalysis.
There is also a comment box on the webpage if you have any thoughts or questions about the project!
Kristen is a Senior Transportation Planner for the Fairfax County Department of Transportation.