Reston Master Plan Special Study

March 22, 2011

Reston, Virginia, a planned community more than 40 years old, has been written about by a generation of planners. The approaching arrival of Metro to Reston is a critical project for the region and will generate new opportunities as well as new challenges for the growing area.

The Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force, which began meeting in January 2010, is charged with making recommendations for amendments to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan that will help guide future development in Reston and adjoining areas located along the Dulles Airport Access and Toll Road (the Dulles Corridor).

Patty Nicoson discussed the public participation process of this important study and the scope of the project.

Patty Nicoson

Patty Nicoson

Patty Nicoson, President of DCRA and Chair of the Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force, advocates for rail in the Dulles Corridor, advises officials on transit-related issues and builds public support for the rail project. Nicoson has more than 30 years of experience as a land use and transportation planner, including a combined 22 years as Senior Transportation Planner in Arlington County and Washington, D.C. Some of her accomplishments include: leading the North Quincy Street Extension in Arlington and the Barney Circle Freeway Extension in DC; initiating Downtown DC streetscape studies leading to the redevelopment of New York Avenue; and bringing the Downtown Development District case before the DC Zoning Commission.