Albemarle & Charlottesville

Albemarle County & the City of Charlottesville

The staff in PEC's Charlottesville office works with citizens to solve the many land use and conservation challenges facing the Charlottesville and Albemarle area.

  • Our Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign helps people find local food and drink options!The campaign also builds relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers’ markets, retailers, restaurants, and institutions.
  • The Western Bypass project has been shelved Now we can finally get back to fixing Rt. 29 North!
  • Over 2,819 acres of land in Albemarle County were protected by conservation easements in 2013. This brings the total of protected land in the county to approximately 90,100 acres.

From the Piedmont View

The following articles appeared in PEC's Membership Newsletter -- The Piedmont View

A Tale of Two Alums

Dec 12, 2014
Since 2009, PEC has offered the Exploring the Small Farm Dream course to aspiring farmers—helping them take a long hard look at their dreams and to answer the question, “Is starting a farm business a good fit for me?” As the title of the course suggests, every partici­pant comes to the course with their own unique dream—an idea that they want to explore. It is these dreams that form the starting point of the course, which evaluates student’s goals, skills, interests, physical and financial resources, and the merits of their ideas in order to settle on a course of action.

Letter from the President- Winter 2014

Dec 12, 2014
One of the most exciting things to observe over the past year has been examples of reinvestment in our communities. At PEC, our hope is to encourage sustained efforts to make Piedmont towns, farms and open spaces even better. We want to be a part of broader community efforts, both as a direct investor and by supporting the investment of others. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of individual investments in time, resources, and effort that makes a community great. And, it is the sum of all of your investments in PEC and its programs that advances the common vision for the Piedmont region.

Route 29 Improvements on Track in Charlottesville

Sep 15, 2014
In our last newsletter, we shared great news regarding the demise of the ill-conceived Western Bypass. As you might recall, a major blow to the project had been delivered back in February, when the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced serious reservations about the viability of the project. It made it clear that the necessary federal approvals were indoubt unless VDOT reevaluated the entire project, including a new review of alternatives.

The Great Homecoming: An Open House at the McAllister Cabin

Jun 17, 2014
Despite some rainy weather, nearly 250 people visited the McAllister Home as part of an event that celebrated Albemarle’s Mountain Heritage. Bob and Carroll Gilges, who own the building and surrounding land, graciously opened their property to the commu­nity for the event. PEC sponsored and organized the celebration with help from Doug Decker, Phil James, and Larry and Debbie Lamb, who had family connections to Sugar Hollow and throughout Albemarle County.

VOF Stands Up to Trump

Dec 11, 2013
ALBEMARLE-- Donald Trump seems to be a man who’s used to getting his way, but he may be in for a surprise when it comes to his proposed golf course in Albemarle County. The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) holds a conservation easement on the majority of the property where Trump is hoping to tee up, and the state agency has taken a firm stance against this proposal.

More Local Issues

  • Sep 27, 2013

    Trump Tees Up New Plan for Albemarle's Countryside

    Photo by Tord Sollie. In late September 2013, Donald Trump's Trump Virginia Acquisitions LLC submitted a plan to develop a property in the Albemarle County Rural Area south of Monticello. They want to develop the property -- which is protected by a conservation easement -- into a commercial golf course called the Trump National Golf Club. We have major concerns about its potential impacts on the surrounding community. Read More
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    Mar 21, 2013

    The Future of Albemarle County

    We had a great response to the update I gave last week about the Western Bypass, with more than 140 people already sending emails to our U.S. Senators with their concerns. I encourage you to write if you haven't already. Today though, I want to update you about another important process going on in Albemarle County -- a process that impacts County and City residents alike. This text is from a March 21st email alert. Read More
  • Dec 13, 2011

    PEC Initiates Community Discussion on Rt. 22/231 Corridor

    During the week of April 12th, 2010, PEC hosted Ian Lockwood, a nationally renowned transportation engineer and designer, who initiated a community discussion on the future of the Rt. 22/231 corridor. Read More

Charlottesville Office:
410 East Water Street, Suite 700
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: 434-977-2033

Staff:

Rex Linville
Albemarle/Greene County
Land Conservation Officer
434-977-2033 ext 7064

 

Jeff Werner
Charlottesville/Albemarle
Land Use Field Officer
434-977-2033 ext 7046

 

Jessica Palmer
Buy Fresh Buy Local
434-977-2033 ext 7081

Find Events Near You

There are always a ton of great conservation-themed events happening throughout the Piedmont. Whatever your interests -- local food, nature, history, getting outdoors or learning something new -- there is sure to be an interesting event on the horizon!

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