Orange County

Orange County

PEC's Orange County office supports our land use and land conservation activities in the County. PEC is dedicated to promoting healthy communities and the preservation of Orange'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.
  • Landowners Protect Over 1,450 Acres in Orange in 2013 This brings the total of protected land to over 34,075 acres in the county.

From the Piedmont View

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

Letter from the President- Fall 2014 Edition

Sep 15, 2014
One of the important characteristics of PEC is that we are relevant. Our mission, our programs, our actions, and our words are taken seriously, both within our communities and by theoutside world. And even though PEC gets the most attention for our stances in oppositionto questionable or poorly conceived projects such as the Dominion Transmission Line projector the Charlottesville Western Bypass, the reality is that the bulk of our work is proactive and positive in nature, and it matters

Farmer-Chef Express

Sep 15, 2014
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!

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.

On the Ground

Sep 15, 2014
Read On the Ground updates for Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties.

More Local Issues

  • Aug 20, 2013

    Sept 8th: Meet the Farmer Dinner at Historic Annadale Farm

    As part of our Meet the Farmer dinner series, I'd like to invite you attend a wonderful event at Annadale Farm in Orange, Virginia on September 8th, 2013. Join us in celebrating locally grown food and wine in a beautiful outdoor setting. Proceeds will go to benefit PEC's Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign. This text was taken from an email sent out on August 20, 2013. Read More
  • Jul 26, 2013

    Orange County Comp Plan Public Hearing Set for August 1, 2013

    Update 8/1: Roughly 50 people attended the Planning Commission public hearing on the comprehensive plan. 20 of the 24 citizens who spoke at the hearing were advocating to retain our rural character, speaking to issues ranging from the over-sized Route 3 growth area to allowing for incompatible development in agricultural areas. Despite numerous suggestions that the plan failed to represent the citizens vision and was not ready, the Planning Commission voted to forward the plan to the Board of Supervisors. Only one member (Andy Hutchison - District One) voted nay. The Board will now take up the plan and will likely set a hearing date for September, if they feel comfortable with the draft. Attend the Hearing and Add Your Voice What: Public Hearing on the Comprehensive Plan - Planning Commission When: Thursday, August 1st at 7:15pm Where: 235 Warren St., Town Of Orange, Community Meeting Room, Orange Read More
  • May 03, 2013

    Orange County Planning Commission Hearing Summary, May 2nd

    Last night, the Orange County Planning Commission voted unanimously to table the Comprehensive Plan in order to address some of the comments they had received from the public. Over thirty people spoke with the vast majority calling for a plan that recognized the agricultural nature and beauty of the County. Concerns raised included, the lack of public input, methodology used to create the future land use map, designation of Route 20 and 15 as Potential Economic Development, an agricultural designation (A-2) geared for residential development, and a vision statement that allows for development to trump agriculture. Read More
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    May 01, 2013

    Hearing this Thursday: Orange Unveils Sprawling Vision

    As I mentioned last month, the Planning Commission has released a draft plan for the future of Orange County that takes a startling turn from the plan previously approved by residents of Orange. It includes a map that lays out what the county would look like in 2035 -- including major development along Route 20 and increased residential and commercial development on agriculturally zoned land, among other things. Making matters worse, they scheduled the public information session (where people are supposed to learn about the proposal) on the same night as the public hearing (where people are supposed to weigh in on the proposal). This text was taken from an email alert we sent out on April 30th, 2013. Read More
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    Mar 29, 2013

    Orange County Unveils Sprawling Vision

    Just last week, the County Planning Commission put out a pretty shocking map. The maps and accompanying lays out what Orange would look like in 2025 -- including major development along Route 20 and increased residential and commercial development in agriculturally zoned land, among other things. This text is from an email alert sent out on March 29th, 2013. Read More
  • Feb 14, 2013

    Signature Station Rezoning

    Taxpayers asked to subsidize developer profits for speculative rezoning - 230 townhomes and 220,000ft2 of commercial retail - In 2006, Signature Series LLC proposed to rezone 75.8 acres from Agricultural (A) to multifamily residential (R-4) and general commercial (C-2), allowing for 230 townhomes and some 240,000 ft2 of commercial retail. The proffers associated with that proposal were $7,000 less than what our proffer policy calls for. Proffers are offered by a developer to a county to offset the costs for infrastructure (schools, fire, police, etc.). Now, some 6-1/2 years after being denied that request, they are proposing roughly the same speculative rezoning request. Only this time, they are asking the citizens to pony up and subsidize their potential profits at even a greater rate. Read More
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    Oct 02, 2012

    County Discusses Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan Overhaul

    The Orange County Circuit Court ruled that the County does not have the authority to enact a subdivision ordinance with time-phased divisions of land. This invalidates the current ordinance and allows for the immediate division of all agricultural lands into 2 acre lots unless the Board takes action immediately to establish protections of the rural area. Please speak at the Oct. 4th public comment period on proposed changes and send your concerns to the Planning Commission and your representative on the Board of Supervisors. Read More
  • Sep 13, 2012

    A Tactical Training Facility in Orange?

    A proposal is before the Planning Commission for a tactical training facility along with new zoning language that will allow such uses in agricultural and industrial zoning districts. The Commission is holding a public hearing on Sept. 20 at 7:15pm to discuss the change to the zoning language. In the name of economic development, this complex amendment is being fast-tracked through the process to pave the path for the Global Dynamics Security application. Fortunately the Global Dynamics Security applicant has asked for an extension to the Oct. 18th Planning Commission meeting. The specific application will not be considered at the Sept. 20th meeting.Update: Residents showed up in droves protesting the zoning text amendment on September 20th. After residents had expressed their concern about the proposed change, the Planning Commission voted to recommend denial. On September 25th the Board of Supervisors voted to deny the zoning amendment. At this time, we believe there will be no further consideration of the Global Security Applicaiton or related changes to the ordinance. Read More
  • Feb 10, 2012

    Subdivision Ordinance Changes Being Considered

    On June 7th the Orange County Planning Commission voted unanimously to retain the time-phased component of the subdivision ordinance until an alternative is in place. We will keep you informed as this issue progresses. Read More

PEC's Orange Office
11395 Constitution Highway
PO Box 195
Montpelier Station, VA 22957 

PEC Staff
Dan Holmes
Director of State Policy &
Land Use Field Officer
571-213-4250

Peter Hujik
Orange & Madison County
Land Conservation Officer
540-395-2911

 

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