Female teen charged with causing $30,000 damage in Reston car fires

This is a bit outside our normal territory, but the scope of this crime is unusual, as well as the gender of the suspect. From Fairfax County police:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department fire investigators charged a female teen with setting fire to three vehicles Thursday, April 10, 2014, in the 11600 block of North Shore Drive, Reston.

The 17 year-old was charged with Virginia Fire Code, 18.2-86, setting a fire capable of spreading; and 18.2-81, intentionally burning personal property with a value greater than $200.

Damage is estimated at $30,000.

Celebrate Reston’s first fifty years, and Robert E. Simon’s 100th birthday

Robert E. Simon, the founder of Reston, is still alive and turns 100 this week. Celebrate his birthday and the 50th anniversary of Reston’s founding this weekend. Tickets however are a bit pricey and may be sold out.

Reston Anniversary Celebration: Come celebrate Reston’s first half century and Robert E. Simon’s 100thbirthday. The Reston Museum will hold free activities from noon to 3 p.m. at Lake Anne and the Reston Community Center will host an evening reception for the premier showing of the “Reston Story” documentary. General admission tickets for the event, from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Community Room of the Reston Community Center, are $50/Reston residents and employees of Reston businesses and $100/others. For more information and to order tickets call 703-476-4500, x2236.


Police: Drunk Reston Woman Shows Up Naked To Visit Jailed Husband

Just when we think all the snow is making news impossible, comes this story from Reston Now:

A 26-year-old Reston woman was arrested Saturday night after allegedly showing up naked at the Arlington Magistrate’s Office.

She was drunk, completely naked and refused to get dressed or leave in a cab, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

Reston Association to Mormons: our property is not for sale

At least that seems to be the message from the Reston Association based on this article on restonnow.com. The property is near Fox Mill Road and Steeplechase Drive. It may have something to be with being miffed that the group representing the LDS church failed twice to appear before the Reston Association Board.

“The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints requested the opportunity to present a proposal to purchase three parcels of land on Fox Mill Road to build a new church,” Fulkerson said. “As it is a request which requires board action, staff placed the item for discussion on the agenda for the board planning committee on two different occasions.  As the requesting party has yet to be in attendance the item has been removed from the board agenda indefinitely.

“Staff’s opinion, however, is to not sell the parcels in question.”

30 million square feet of construction expected in Reston over next 40 years

The Silver Line bring metro closer to Oak Hill and will transform Reston into a fully urban community, based on plans approved by the Fairfax Board of Supervisors this weekend.

In the areas closest to the three Silver Line Metro stations, Reston will become even more urban, walkable and bike friendly than before. Planned changes to Herndon will of course affect Oak Hill, as it sits south of Herndon but construction is likely to be more modest at about 2.1 million feet of office space. It’s likely that the Silver Line will continue to urbanize our area and increase real estate prices.

From the news release:

At its Feb. 11 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a new land use plan that calls for transit-oriented development in the areas within a half mile from the stationsThe plan was created based on recommendations by a 40-plus member task force of Reston residents, developers, and civic association representatives.

Over the next 40 years, new development will be centered around the Wiehle-Reston East, Reston Town Center and Herndon rail stations. In the future, the three station areas could become home to a total of 30 million square feet in offices and 28,000 housing units, counting existing, approved and new development.

While Reston continues to be a very livable, economically successful community, the plan significantly calls for a shift from suburban office parks to mixed used development, and it envisions more new housing. Residential development can grow from 14.1 to almost 33.5 million square feet.

Offices will be concentrated within a quarter mile from the three Metro stations. This makes them an easy three to six minute walk from the stops. The plan aims for equal amounts of office and residential uses within this quarter mile radius. Housing is planned to make up 75 percent of the development between a quarter and half mile from each rail stop.

Because the three station areas combined already make up the second largest office market in the county, the plan emphasizes residential development. It allows for up to 27,900 new units compared to 14,695 units under the previous plan. Housing is critical for successful transit-oriented development. It helps to reduce traffic, and it leads to more active, vibrant neighborhoods, day and night.

This increase in housing cuts the imbalance in the jobs-to-housing ratio in half. Under the plan, this ratio would be 4.3 jobs to 1 household compared to 8.8 to 1 today. Urban planners say that the ideal target for TOD areas is 3 to 6 jobs per household.

The three station areas are envisioned to have distinct characters, as well as the neighborhoods surrounding these TOD districts:

  • Wiehle-Reston East: The plan aims to make this station area an education-focused neighborhood with housing that is well-connected to transit by new walkable streets. It’s planned for up to 4 million square feet of office and 3,400 housing units, counting existing, approved or new development. North of the Dulles Toll Road, the area will be anchored by a new “main street,” Reston Station Boulevard. Northern Virginia Community College and Marymount University currently have campuses in the area.
  • Reston Town Center: The area will become Reston’s “downtown” Metro stop, offering lots of shopping and housing. It could be home to 5.5 million square feet in office development and 5,600 housing units in total, counting existing, approved or new development. Urban plazas and a larger park are planned for festivals, community gathering spots and recreation. This new area will complement the existing development in the Reston Town Center urban core.
  • Herndon: The vision for this station area is a moderate-intensity, urban, mixed use neighborhood that includes offices, residential, hotels and retail. This area will have the lowest amount of office development—2.1 million square feet, including existing, approved or new projects. The area can include up to 2,000 residential units. Because Sunrise Valley Wetlands Nature Park abuts this station area, the plan also includes trails and walkways to link this existing park to new, semi-urban parks.

This updates to the Reston land use plan were developed to capitalize on Metro’s Silver Line. Since the early 90s, the county’s land use plan called for mixed use development in Reston, anticipating the future rail line. However, Fairfax decided to relook at the area when the Silver Line became a reality.

To move the new plan forward, county staff will be refining Reston-specific urban design guidelines, creating a funding plan for transportation improvements, and analyzing the enhanced street network described in the document.

The Board of Supervisors authorized the planning study for Reston in 2009. The study focused specifically on the three areas surrounding the Silver Line stations.

Starting this spring, the county will begin a new study looking at areas beyond these stations, including the Village Center, convenience centers and commercial areas north of Baron Cameron adjacent to Reston Town Center. The study will also revise Reston’s land use plan and residential categories to better reflect existing development and align development processes with the existing Countywide Guidelines for Neighborhood Redevelopment.

For more information, visit the Reston Master Plan Web pages.