Culpeper County

Culpeper County

PEC's Culpeper County office supports our land use and land conservation activities in the County. PEC is dedicated to promoting healthy communities and the preservation of Culpeper's rural character, environment and historic resources.

  • 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.
  • Over 750 acres of land in Culpeper County were protected by conservation easements in 2014. This brings the total of protected land in the county to approximately 16,759 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
Pablo Teodoro stands outside of his store, Great Harvest Bread Co., in Old Town Warrenton.
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.

Farmer-Chef Express

Sep 15, 2014
Local chef Justin Garrison
The Piedmont Environmental Council is always looking for ways to strengthen our local food economy. After a lot of brain­storming, developing and website testing, Farmer-Chef Express was launched this past August!

Food for Thought

Sep 15, 2014
This summer we kicked off Food for Thought: A local food and farm speaker series, which showcased farms and food businesses close to downtown Culpeper. The events address topics suchas the challenges of farming, the innovations made by a new generation of farmers and the important role of consumers in sustaining local food-based businesses.

Spectra Energy Gas Pipeline Suspended

Dec 11, 2013
If you're not on our email list, you may have missed that there was some welcome news on the proposed Spectra Energy gas pipeline, which affected Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties.

Coming Together to Save the Historic Waterloo Bridge

Jun 17, 2014
Last fall, VDOT announced plans to possibly close the Waterloo Bridge to vehicular traffic due to safety concerns. PEC shared the news with local community groups and historic preservation advocates, which sparked overwhelming sup­port for the bridge’s rehabilitation—support that transcended the usual demographics and organization affiliations.

More Local Issues

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    May 27, 2015

    Weigh in on Culpeper's Comprehensive Plan

    This summer, Culpeper County is going through the process of updating its plan for future growth and development and its important that you weigh in on this vision. Five community meetings have been scheduled to allow for the public to weigh in with the Planning Commission and county staff.Wednesday, May 27, 7 pm Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Dept. 19601 Church Rd. Brandy Station, VAThursday, May 28, 7 pm Reva Volunteer Fire Dept. 18230 Birmingham Rd. Culpeper, VAMonday, June 1, 7 pm Mitchells Presbyterian Church 12229 Mitchell Rd. Mitchells, VAWednesday, June 3, 7 pm Board of Supervisors Meeting Room 302 North Main St. Culpeper, VAThursday, June 4, 7 pm Jeffersonton Community Center 5073 Jeffersonton Rd. Jeffersonton, VA The following text was taken from an email alert we sent out on May 27, 2015: One of the many beautiful places found in Culpeper County. Photo by Annie WilliamsA Comprehensive VisionCulpeper is a beautiful and unique place to live, but it hasn't happened by chance. County residents have worked hard to ensure desired growth does not diminish Culpeper's natural, cultural or historic resources.Much of this work is reflected in the County's Comprehensive Plan, a locality's vision statement and road map for the future. It is the community's most important document regarding land use, transportation and resource utilization; and it is the basis for decisions and regulations regarding development. Localities are required by state law to periodically update their Comprehensive Plans (the last update was in 2010).After the Planning Commission and County staff gather public comment and hold a public hearing, the Commission will vote to recommend a version of the draft plan to the Board of Supervisors. Photo by Katherine VanceOur TakeCulpeper's draft update to its Comprehensive Plan has some great goals and objectives, but here are some areas where it falls short :1. Growth should be directed into Village Centers. Infrastructure is planned for in the Village Centers, so there should be stronger language that encourages growth there. This has the added benefit of keeping our rural areas rural.2. We need more specific strategies to protect and take advantage of the green infrastructure in the County. There should be a plan to identify and protect the natural, historic and scenic resources that make our county such a special place to live in. These features are also a big reason people visit Culpeper, so a green infrastructure plan is integral to ensuring a robust tourism sector.3. Design standards for Village Centers should be maintained. Design standards, including the scale of infrastructure, should fit with the look and feel of the neighborhood. This often means narrower roads, on-street parking and sidewalks, which also makes Village Centers safer places to travel in and through.4. Rural roads matter. Culpeper's rural roads help define this community's character and a plan for maintainance is important. Paving them might be necessary in some cases, but is not always the best option.5. Pedestrian/bike accommodations should be implemented as roads are built or improved. The County is spending a lot of money on new roads to address traffic problems, but conflicts between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists will increase if good ped/bike amenities are not incorporated.The current Culpeper County Comprehensive Plan is available online. There are community meetings tonight, tomorrow and next Monday, Wednesday and Thursday around the county. The location details are up on our website.Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you can make it out to one of the meetings.Sincerely,David Holtzman Culpeper County Land Use Officer The Piedmont Environmental Council This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Read More
  • Dec 11, 2014

    Culpeper Update -- Dec 2014

    Text from our Dec 2014 Member Newsletter: The Planning Commission may soon have a public hearing on the proposed changes to the Clevengers Village development, which was approved for the north end of the county in 2005. The new urbanist street layout, including pedestrian/bicycle infrastructure, would be removed from the plans. Read More
  • Jun 13, 2013

    Conservation Easements in Culpeper

    Virginia’s Piedmont is a unique place with exceptional natural resources, productive farms and forests, and a landscape steeped in history. The farms and forests in Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District’s five-county region are vital to the financial well-being of the regional and state economy, and each year hundreds of thousands of tourists come to experience our natural wonders and historic heritage. This article was written for the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District's Spring 2013 newsletter. Read More
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    Dec 13, 2011

    Ordinance Would Fast-Track Development in Culpeper's Rural Areas

    Culpeper County is considering a new zoning ordinance that would encourage sprawl, lower property values, and dramatically change the scenic character of our rural areas. The Planning Commission will hold a second public hearing on December 14th, 2011 to review the proposed change -- known as ''cluster zoning." Please take a moment to read about this issue and contact the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors with your comments. Read More
  • Dec 13, 2011

    Developer Still Considering 275 Homes in Clevenger's Corner

    Update: At its April public hearing, the Culpeper County Planning Commission made a recommendation to deny the rezoning by a vote of 9-0. With the resignation of Supervisor Tom Underwood and his replacement with former Supervisor John Coates, the Board of Supervisors have agreed to delay the public hearing on the rezoning until its July meeting. Read More

David Holtzman
Culpeper & Greene County
Land Use Field Officer

Maggi MacQuilliam
Culpeper & Fauquier County
Land Conservation Officer
540-347-2334 x7065

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