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Reston Comprehensive Plan hearings slated for spring

The area surrounding te Reston Town Center Metro station is slated for more activity and development (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

The next step in a major rewrite of Reston’s Comprehensive Plan is on the horizon.

At a media briefing earlier this week, Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn said that the draft plan is slated for public hearings before the Fairfax County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors in April and May.

Because of the nature of the update, Alcorn expects county planners to hold one or more workshops on the update.

Despite some concerns about the ambition of the rewrite, Alcorn said he expects the draft to include tweaks.

The task force approved draft recommendations on Aug. 28 after 58 public meetings, significant public feedback and rigorous debate. Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn convened the task force after he took office in 2020.

“What I’m hoping for is any additional improvements to the plan language, where there might things that either need tightening up or maybe need additional attention,” Alcorn said.

Last month, the board’s land use policy committee asked county staff to incorporate the equity and community health focuses of the draft into a countywide policy plan. The county already has a policy broadly related to equity — One Fairfax.

Because of this direction, Alcorn noted that the plan will likely be rewritten in some areas to apply the ideas directly to Reston.

“Once again, Reston is leading the county on those social issues, which certainly we’ve seen before,” Alcorn said.