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 2,786 acres of land in Albemarle County were protected by conservation easements in 2014. This brings the total of protected land in the county to approximately 92,886 acres.

From the Piedmont View

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

President's Letter - Fall 2015

Oct 20, 2015
Family at Hollin Farms in Delaplane. Photo by Debby Taylor.
We all love the Piedmont region. For many of us, that emotional connection stems from specific places. Our home. Our land. Our yard. Our familiar routes along byways and trails. A particular view, or a special stretch of stream. That strong, direct connection has motivated thousands of families to volunteer to conserve their land.

What a Summer!

Oct 20, 2015
The Fellowship group of 2015, selected from a competitive national pool of applicants, took advantage of the incredible opportunities made available by PEC and its partners. From visiting the Jones Nature Preserve to participating in a mock Board of Supervisors meeting to harvesting organic garlic at Sunnyside Farm, the fellows immersed themselves in learning about the Piedmont region’s land conservation, watershed health, sustainable agriculture, historic preservation, land use issues and more.

A Trail of History

Oct 20, 2015
Hikers walk along the Montpelier-Grelen Trail.  Photo by Peter Hujik
Walking downhill through the open meadow, one gets a sense of liberty that comes when exploring this tranquil, rural place. At the bottom of the hill, there’s an historic log structure, which provides a glimpse into the property’s past. Once the pathway leads into the forest, you begin ascending the mountain to find spectacular views of the Blue Ridge.

A Quest for Wildlife Habitat Restoration at Home

Jun 10, 2015
When you first visit Bruce Jones’ property, you’re apt to get overwhelmed. Everywhere you turn, something is fluttering, flowers are blooming, and life is happening. “Once you get it in your blood,” Bruce says, “it’s hard to switch to TV.”

Finding a Place to Grow

Jun 10, 2015
Access to affordable tillable farmland and pasture is one of the primary barriers for next-generation farmers and a healthy evolution of the agricultural economy in the Virginia Piedmont. Many next-generation farmers from non-farming backgrounds have contacted PEC seeking access to available farmland. Conversely, many non-farming landowners are interested in agricultural land use, but the process of leasing land for this purpose can be daunting.

More Local Issues

  • Dec 13, 2014

    Albemarle & Cville Update -- Dec 2014

    Text from our Dec 2014 Member Newsletter: The light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter as VDOT continues to move forward with real solutions for Route 29 just north of Charlottesville. VDOT has received approval to release all of the property acquired to build the proposed Western Bypass, and they are taking steps to sell the land. Read More
  • 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


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

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

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

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