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Reston was designed to retain a high level of open space, in actual land use and in its character. That is achieved in part by having higher-density housing and multifamily housing. Higher-density housing allows land for parks, lakes, swimming pools, tennis courts, play fields, tot lots, pathways and the other amenities that make Reston special. Design review considers the possible effects of changes on neighboring properties within the context of Reston's overall development.
The open space environment of single family housing contributes significantly to the character of Reston, and the Design Guidelines are written to sustain this particularly attractive feature of our community. In following its guidelines, the DRB gives special consideration to maintaining and enhancing the open character of detached property. The DRB will closely consider the overall architectural and environmental context within a detached-property neighborhood when reviewing applications. This is particularly important for applications involving colors, architectural details and fencing. However, because there is more variation of architectural styles in single family detached housing, there is also more opportunity for case-by-case review of applications.
To inquire about changes to exterior of your property or to contact your property advisor, please email Covstaff@Reston.org or click here to find the phone number of your advisor.