Albemarle & Charlottesville

Albemarle County & the City of Charlottesville

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

What's Happening in Albemarle & Charlottesville

Trump Tees Up New Plan for Albemarle's Countryside

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.

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The Western Bypass Proposal

The Western Bypass just north of a Charlottesville is a $250-500 million road project that prior VDOT studies show wouldn't relieve congestion on 29 north. All the same, proponents are pushing hard to get the road built. 

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Landowners Protect Over 2,800 Acres in Albemarle in 2013

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PEC Press Release -- Jan 22, 2014

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.

“Last year was a great year for conservation here in Albemarle County. We saw projects as small as 9 acres and as large as 760 acres. These projects protected a wide range of conservation values including historic resources, scenic open space, productive farmland and critical wildlife habitat. I’m optimistic that this trend will continue, and I look forward to working with more landowners in 2014,” said Rex Linville, The Piedmont Environmental Council’s (PEC) Land Conservation Officer for Albemarle County.

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Buy Fresh Buy Local

The Piedmont Environmental Council's Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign helps consumers find local products while building relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers’ markets retailers, restaurants, and institutions.

Use our Buy Fresh Buy Local website to find farms, grocers, caterers, restaurants, CSAs, and farmers markets.

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

On the Ground

Read "On the Ground" updates for Albemarle, Clarke, Rappahannock, Fauquier, Madison, Greene, Orange and Loudoun Counties. Read More

Western Bypass Shelved

Big things are happening, or rather not happening, with the costly Western Bypass of U.S. Route 29 just north of Charlottesville. We’re enthusi­astic to report that the ineffective project has come to a halt, and we’re hoping this time it will be a permanent road block. With the Bypass off the table, we can finally get to work on fixing Route 29 for the majority of its travelers. Read More

The Great Homecoming: An Open House at the McAllister Cabin

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. Read More

Letter from PEC -- Conservation Edition Spring 2014

Here at PEC, the new year always brings new possibilities for land conservation and stewardship as we respond to a new group of landowners who want to protect the places that make our Piedmont special. This year is particularly hope-filled since Governor McAuliffe, as his two predecessors had done, has pledged to protect 400,000 acres during four years in the Governor’s mansion... Read More

VOF Stands Up to Trump

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. Read More

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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Albemarle & Charlottesville -- 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
  • Sep 16, 2013

    Help Raise $$ by Eating at Chipotle Today

    As summer comes to a close, I hope our Buy Fresh Buy Local guide has helped you or someone you know take advantage of our region's wonderful array of farmers markets, farms, and food festivals! If you would like to support the publication of next year's Charlottesville area guide, head over to Chipotle Mexican Grill this afternoon or evening at Chipotle will be donating half of today's proceeds to our Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign. This text is from an email alert sent out on September 16th, 2013. Read More
  • Apr 26, 2013

    Your Guide to Local Food & Drink in the Charlottesville Area!

    The Piedmont Environmental Council's 2013 Buy Fresh Buy Local guide for the Charlottesville Area has just been released! Keep an eye on your mailbox if you live in Charlottesville, Albemarle or Greene or take a look at the web version today! This text was taken from an email alert that was sent out on April 26th, 2013. Read More
  • 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
  • Oct 29, 2011

    October 2011-March 2012: Community Planning Workshop Series

    The City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission are hosting a series of community outreach workshops to gather community input on updates to the Charlottesville and Albemarle County Comprehensive Plans and the Long-Range Transportation Plan for the MPO region. The series began in September, and will continue to run throught March 2012, featuring one topic-specific workshop per month (with the exception of November). Read More
  • Apr 26, 2010

    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

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Elected Officials - Albemarle/Charlottesville

National Representatives
State Representatives

Albemarle County:
Board of Supervisors
Planning Commission

Charlottesville:
City Council
City Planning Commission

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 23

Jeff Werner
Charlottesville/Albemarle
Land Use Field Officer
434-977-2033 ext 29

Jessica Palmer
Buy Fresh Buy Local
434-977-2033 ext 24