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

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.

A Day to Graze

Oct 20, 2015
At a recent pasture management field day, over 25 farmers, landowners and service providers toured Over Jordan Farm in Rappahannock County with Bean Hollow Grassfed owner Michael Sands. Sands gave advice on everything from fencing layouts and watering systems to the number of animals he grazes. He runs roughly 20,000 pounds of livestock per acre per day in a pasture for two days before rotating and letting the field rest for 90 days.

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.

Look at All the Stars!

Oct 13, 2015
A few weeks ago, friends from D.C. were visiting for the weekend. As the evening wore on, we found ourselves outside discussing current events, the latest gossip, and our plans for the fall—when, inevitably, eyes turned toward the sky, and I heard something I often hear from friends visiting, “Wow! Look at all the stars.”

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

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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

Maggi MacQuilliam

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

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