PRC Zoning Amendment

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PRC Zoning Amendment


Fairfax County is seeking to amend the Zoning Ordinance to allow for an increase in the number of residential units permitted within the Planned Residential Community (PRC) district. The current Reston PRC Zoning Ordinance limits the population to 13 people per acre for properties within this zoning district. When the updated Reston Master Plan was adopted by the County in 2015, additional residential development was allocated in Reston, primarily in the areas along the Dulles Corridor where residential development was not previously planned to exist. Fairfax County staff is pursuing an increase the zoning ordinance population cap within the PRC district to allow up to 16 persons per acre to add the additional 12,257 multifamily residential units recommended by the Reston Master Plan amendment. This growth is focused in the Town Center, Village Centers, and the Transit Station Areas (TSA) around the three Metro Stations.

On Aug. 28, 2017 Fairfax County provided a letter to Reston Association, justifying the proposed increase to 16 persons per acre. This letter and supplemental materials can be found on the right hand side of this page. The letter was sent in response to a Board of Directors resolution passed May 25, 2017 (available on right hand column of this page), which requested that Fairfax County staff provide additional information on the decision for the 16 persons per acre increase so that the Reston community can have all the information it needs to make informed decisions regarding whether to support the proposed PRC amendment.

The board resolution also requested one additional community meeting closer to the Board of Supervisors decision date. Previous community meetings on the topic were held in May 2017. The presentation from the May 3, 2017 meeting and additional information from the county on the proposed ordinance can be found by visiting their PRC Amendment website. The presentation can also be found on the right hand side of this web page. The current timeline for the proposed ordinance amendment is included below. Reston Association will continue to update this page as additional information becomes available.