Reston Guidelines

Guidelines for Development in Reston Transit Station Areas

The Community Revitalization Section of the Department of Planning and Development (Formerly: The Office of Community Revitalization), in coordination with the Reston Urban Design Advisory Group, produced the Guidelines for Development in the Reston Transit Station Areas (TSAs) to support the implementation of the Reston Comprehensive Plan amendment of 2014. The Guidelines provide detailed urban design and streetscape information to complement the existing Comprehensive Plan and apply to development proposals located within the boundaries of the three Reston Transit Station Areas (see map below). They are intended to be used by citizens, developers, land owners, designers, Fairfax County staff, the Fairfax County Planning Commission, and the Board of Supervisors when either proposing, designing or reviewing development proposals in the TSAs.


Purpose of the Guidelines:

The Guidelines for Developing in the Reston TSAs (Guidelines) build upon the Urban Design Principles found in the Plan and provide strategies for implementing these principles, direction for applicants and designers proposing to develop in the Reston TSAs, and guidance for those reviewing proposals. They are intended to further the goals of the Plan rather than prescribe specific standards.


The Guidelines build upon the urban design vision of the Comprehensive Plan for Reston including:

  • Establishing a sense of place for the TSAs while respecting surrounding neighborhoods
  • Improving connectivity and fostering walkability
  • Designing sustainable environments

The Guidelines are intended to:

  • Enhance the goals of the Comp Plan for the Reston TSA's
  • Aid developers, staff, and the community during the development process for Reston TSA applications
  • Guide the development of public projects in the Reston TSA's including streetscape and parks

The Guidelines are not intended to:

  • Act as prescriptive standards or ordinances
  • Replace established Comprehensive Plan Policies or existing HOA covenants, process or guidelines
  • Apply to areas outside of the Reston TSAs

Full copies of the document are available for review at:

  • Hunter Mill District Office (North County Government Center) – 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, VA 20190
  • Reston Association Member Services – 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191
  • Public Art Reston – 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191
  • Reston Library – 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA 20190
  • Herndon Municipal Offices – 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA 20170
  • Herndon Library – 768 Center Street, Herndon, VA 20170

Community Input and Project Schedule:

A community meeting occurred on September 24, 2018 in the Rose Gallery at the Reston Community Center. Citizens and interested parties reviewed the Guidelines and provided comments. Additional meetings with the Reston Association Design Review Board, Reston Association Board of Directors, and the Reston Town Center Association Design Review Board occurred in September and October, 2018.

Following the review of the Guidelines by the community, feedback was incorporated into the Guidelines. The revised document was reviewed and endorsed by the Board of Supervisors on December 4th, 2018.