Fairfax news in brief

January 18, 2013
Supervisors approve Reston’s Spectrum redevelopment plan

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved updated plans for the Spectrum at Reston Town Center, paving the way for the big box shopping center to be converted to a complex of high- and mid-rise office and residential buildings.

The two shopping centers are on the west side of the much denser Reston Town Center. Land-use plans for that area have always envisioned the Spectrum area serving as a buffer between the Town Center high-rises and the lower-density areas beyond them, Spectrum representative Mark Looney said.

Having the plan “gives the community an idea of what its future looks like,” said Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill), who represents Reston.

The plan calls for more than 1,400 homes, 540 hotel rooms, more than 528,000 square feet of offices and about 4,700 square feet of retail. The proposed buildings range in height from seven to 15 stories.

Herrity proposes license plate to honor Fairfax County

Fairfax County might soon have its own specialty license plate, provided that county leaders can convince at least 350 people to promise to purchase the plate.

On Tuesday, Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) brought a motion to kick off the initiative, which the board unanimously approved.

Money from the sale of the plates initially would help finance the World Police and Fire Games, which the county is hosting in 2015, and thereafter would go to Visit Fairfax, the county’s tourism agency.

“It gives our citizens a low-cost way to demonstrate pride in our community, as well as support the World Police and Fire Games and our tourism industry,” Herrity said.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ rules for creating license plate designs require that localities collect at least 350 prepaid applications from people interested in displaying that design before it will begin manufacturing and issuing the plates.

Park Authority to discuss Riverbend Park master plan

The Fairfax County Park Authority has scheduled a public comment meeting for proposed updates to the Riverbend Park master plan.

The plan was last updated in 1975. But many park users have said they don’t think anything needs to change at the 400-acre natural park, which bounds the Potomac River.

A portion of the park property is developed with two homes, which the Park Authority had identified as an opportunity area for more active uses, and potentially uses that could generate revenue. Riverbend features hiking trails, a nature center, picnic areas and a boat launch. The majority of the park is a protected nature preserve.

After a nearly yearlong process of collecting community input and revising the proposal, the draft master plan calls for:

3Building a visitors center that has space for offices, a classroom/meeting room, exhibits and a sales area.

3An outdoor classroom pavilion.

3A campsite.

3Adding parking spaces and updating the entrance to improve vehicle circulation.

3A playground

Residents can learn about the plan and provide comments at a meeting at 7 p.m. next Thursday in the Great Falls Grange, 9818 Georgetown Pike. The plan is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/plandev/riverbend.htm, and people can e-mail comments to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

— Fairfax County Times

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