RESTON HISTORY AND PLANNING
In 1961, Robert Simon purchased 6,750 acres in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC and began plans for a “new town” or planned community that would bear his initials RESton.
The Reston Historic Trust and Museum
Planned Community Archives at George Mason University houses much of the archival material about Reston and its founding. This collection and a special virtual exhibition entitled “Reston@50” can be accessed through the Reston Museum’s website.
Reston is not a city or a town. It is a community located in Fairfax County, Virginia. Public education, fire and police protection, social services and public works are provided by Fairfax County and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is Reston’s governing body; Supervisor Cathy Hudgins represents Reston on the board.
PLANNING AND ZONING
Robert Simon’s vision for Reston was implemented through the Reston Master Plan and the new zoning amendment adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 1962 called Residential Planned Community.
In 2014, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted significant revisions to the Reston Master Plan governing the Dulles Corridor areas of the community. Further revisions (Phase 2) governing the Village Centers, Neighborhoods and other areas will be adopted in 2015.
The Reston Master Plan Special Study
Necessity is the mother of invention. Because Reston is a planned community built from scratch – without an incorporated government – its civic organizations and their volunteers work together to create and maintain the institutions that provide facilities and services that Restonians need and want. Many of civic organizations were created by volunteers.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Public art and a wide offering of visual and performing arts have been part of Reston’s tradition from the beginning.
- Classical Ballet Theater
- Fairfax Loudoun Music Fellowship
- Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE)
- Initiative for Public Art-Reston
- League of Reston Artists
- Ravel Dance Studio
- Reston Art Gallery and Studios
- Reston Chorale
- Reston Community Center
- Reston Community Orchestra
- Reston Community Players
- Reston Conservatory Ballet
Offering a wide variety of recreational facilities and opportunities was part of the Reston vision from the beginning.