Fauquier County

Fauquier County

PEC works to help citizens in Fauquier build better communities and protect cherished resources--scenic views, working farms, historic heritage, clean water, and healthy air. 

Ask Governor McAuliffe to Drop the Bi-County Parkway

It is crucial for the McAuliffe administration to decide against building the Bi-County Parkway. Help protect the environment by speaking out against this unnecessary road.  Weigh in with Governor McAuliffe  >>

What's Happening In and Around Fauquier

Save the Waterloo Bridge!

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Update: Thanks to all of you, we have raised the needed funds to complete a study of rehabilitation options for the Waterloo Bridge! The results of the study will provide extremely important information for our local officials and VDOT as they discuss rehabilitation options for this unique and precious historical resource. 

The Waterloo Bridge is a valuable piece of the history of Culpeper and Fauquier Counties that was recently closed to traffic by the Virginia Department of Transportation due to safety concerns. Let VDOT and our County leaders know that this historic bridge should be rehabilitated and remain open for vehicle traffic.   Sign the Petition >>
 

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County Rewriting Telecommunications Plan

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Thursday August 28th, 2014 the Planning Commission will be reviewing a new version of the Commercial Wireless Telecommunications Facilities plan. This plan is an important aspect of the Fauquier County Comprehensive Plan which sets the policies and goals of County regarding telecommunications facilities. The County's draft plan and the associated staff report can be found here.

Piedmont Environmental Council recognizes the importance of wireless service in the growing communities of Fauquier. We encourage policies that allow for increased and improved coverage while minimizing unnecessary visual impact on communities and important historic and scenic vistas that support local tourism and quality of life in Fauquier County.
 

Read about our specific concerns regarding the proposed changes...

 

Comprehensive Plan Amendments Happening in Fauquier

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It is easy to tune out these updates, but revisions to the 'Comp Plan' can mean drastic changes to the look, feel, and functionality of your county, town and day-to-day life. This is because the Comp Plan is the community's most important document regarding land use, growth, development, transportation, and resource utilization. 

 

Current Fauquier County Comprehensive Plan Updates:

Natural and Historic Resources Plan, Chapter 2 Update
The Plan for Commercial Wireless Facilities
New Baltimore Service District Transportation Plan

 

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Landowners Protect 1,142 Acres in Fauquier in 2013

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PEC Press Release -- Jan 22, 2014

Over 1,140 acres in Fauquier County were protected by conservation easements in 2013. This brings the total of conserved land in the county to approximately 97,748 acres.

“Fauquier County has long been a leader in recognizing the importance of protecting its natural, scenic and cultural resources,” says Maggi MacQuilliam, Land Conservation Officer at The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC). “It’s also important that while Fauquier is a statewide leader in land conservation, the conservation done here is complementary to the service districts which are planned for development and will allow our community to grow and thrive well into the future.”

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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.

Visit our Buy Fresh Buy Local website

 

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

Area Residents Give to Greenway Expansion

Give Local Piedmont was a community-wide online giving challenge that sought to inspire folks to make donations of $10 or more to local nonprofits for 24 hours on May 6. Part of a national campaign, Give Local Piedmont supported the effort for Cul­peper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock Counties. And the good news is—it worked! Read More

Making Progress at the Piedmont Overlook

It’s been busy at the Overlook these past few months! PEC is in the final year of a cost-share agreement with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to improve the property’s habitat and increase its biodiversity. The mar­quee part of this grant is the creation of a 17-acre native grass and wildflower meadow on land that was formerly a pasture dominated by tall fescue. Read More

Coming Together to Save the Historic Waterloo Bridge

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. Read More

Remembering Stewards of the Land

Learn more about the contributions to conservation made by Robert Tier Dennis and Janet Ketchum Grayson Whitehouse. 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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Fauquier -- More Local Issues

  • Jul 29, 2014

    County Rewriting Telecommunication Plan

    Piedmont Environmental Council has concern about some of the changes being proposed in Fauquier County's rewrite of the Plan for Commercial Wireless Facilities. This section of the County Comprehensive plan sets the policies and goals regarding how telecommunications facilities should be integrated into the landscape. Our two major concerns are about the vague language proposed and the fact that a new telecommunication zoning ordinance is being proposed at the same time. Read More
  • Apr 08, 2014

    Waterloo Bridge Letter to BOS

    The Fauquier Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on April 10th, 2014 regarding the Six Year Plan for Secondary Roads. The Six Year Plan outlines planned spending for transportation projects proposed for construction, development, or study for the next six years and is updated each year. The letter below is a request submitted by Piedmont Environmental Council that the long term rehabiliation of the Waterloo Bridge be included in the 2014-2015 through 2019-2020 Six Year Plan. Read More
  • Mar 10, 2014

    National Trails Weekend

    Join The Piedmont Environmental Council, Fauquier Trails Coalition, and Fauquier County's Department Parks and Recreation in extending National Trails Day for an entire weekend of events! Below is a tentative schedule of events. PEC will be updating the schedule as details become finalized. Read More
  • Nov 20, 2013

    Cultural and Natural Resources Comp Plan Update

    The County is updating the Cultural and Natural Resource sections of the Comprehensive Plan and they need your input to establish a real community vision. Read More
  • Nov 08, 2013

    Concerns Regarding Opal Service District Draft Plan

    The Opal Steering Committee has been meeting for about a year and has developed a plan that is ready for public review. Although PEC supports aspects of the plan, we also have several concerns about what the plan proposes. Read More
  • Oct 17, 2013

    Comprehensive Plan Amendments Happening in Fauquier

    It can be easy to tune out these updates, but revisions to the ‘Comp Plan’ can mean drastic changes to the look, feel, and functionality of your county, town, and day-to-day life. This is because the Comp Plan is the community’s most important document regarding land use, growth, development, transportation, and resource utilization. Read More
  • Oct 16, 2013

    Facts about the Opal Gateway Project

    The day before the Board of Supervisors November 14th public hearing the applicant proposed changes that were only made available to the public hours before the hearing. The changes are peripheral in nature. Although the amount of land being added to the service district and rezoned commercial has decreased, the project layout is the same. Instead of the RV Park being a part of the service district and the commercial rezoning, the rural agricultural (RA) zoning will be modified to allow a travel trailer park with water and sewer still being supplied from the service district public infrastructure. Read More
  • Oct 07, 2013

    Re: Sprawling devleopment in Opal

    body a h2 h3 A few months ago, I told you about a proposal for sprawling development along Rt. 17 in Opal. The "Opal Gateway" project, is now coming up for a vote at the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors on Thursday, January 9th. Despite some minor changes to the proposal, the applicant is still asking to open up more than 80 acres of agricultural land to strip-commercial development. What's more, the transportation concerns that VDOT expressed have not been addressed (see our May alert). This text was taken from an alert sent out on January 9th, 2014. Read More
  • Sep 30, 2013

    Busy October -- Including an Important Comp Plan Rewrite

    Happy Friday! It's officially fall, and there's a lot going on throughout the region and in Fauquier County in particular. There are rezonings and zoning amendments under consideration, we've also got tabling at Fauquier Heritage Day in Warrenton this weekend, Outer Beltway public hearings next week, and PEC's Meeting at Galemont on October 12th (the online registration is up!), as well as the 15th Anniversary of the Warrenton Branch Greenway. This text was taken from an email alert sent out on September 27th, 2013. Read More
  • Sep 10, 2013

    Sustainable Landscaping Workshop Presentations September 2013

    These four presentations were given at our Sustainable Landscaping Workshop hosted at Brookside Community Center in Warrenton on September 7th, 2013. We had a packed room with more than 50 people in attendance! Read More
  • Sep 04, 2013

    Landscaping Workshop this Saturday

    Ever wondered if there was a better way to landscape your yard? Join us for this Saturday (September 7th) at Brookside Community Center in New Baltimore to find out! PEC has invited experts from Master Gardeners, Virginia Department of Forestry, Hill House Farm and Native Plant Nursery, and John Marshall Soil and Water District who will share information about yard care practices, urban tree care and maintenance, benefits of using native plants, and other landscaping practices that benefit wildlife and the environment. This email alert was sent out on September 4, 2013. Read More
  • Aug 30, 2013

    Thanks! Over $2,000 raised at Chipotle for the Trail

    We wanted to thank everyone who came out to Chipotle last Wednesday in support of the Warrenton Branch Greenway Trail! The line was out the door and many people waited a long time to get their food, but it was a great success. Due to overwhelming support from the Fauquier community, the Warrenton Chipotle was able to donate $1,027.82 (fifty percent of the proceeds for the night) and that amount was matched by a PEC supporter. This email was sent out on August 30, 2013: Read More
  • Aug 15, 2013

    Eat Chipotle, Extend the Warrenton Greenway

    If you hadn't heard, the popular Warrenton Branch Greenway Trail is now on its way to being extended! Hopefully many of you have had a chance to enjoy this great local resource. PEC recently committed to fundraise the $30,000 needed to extend the trail -- connecting downtown Warrenton to Lord Fairfax Community College and the Fauquier Education Farm, an important resource in the community that promotes agriculture, agricultural education, and social responsibility. Encouraging public access to natural resources is essential to cultivating and maintaining thriving communities. This email alert was sent out on August 15, 2013. Read More
  • May 28, 2013

    Sprawling Development Proposed on Outskirts of Opal

    Most everyone who travels south of Warrenton on Rt. 29 ends up stopping (at least momentarily) in Opal. On weekday mornings and weekend afternoons traffic gets backed up in both directions, with drivers struggling to turn on to Rt. 17 or get in and out of existing businesses. This Thursday, the Fauquier County Planning Commission will consider a development proposal that would make the traffic situation worse. The proposal would open up more than 80 acres of agricultural land to strip-commercial development -- putting a burden on County services like water, and ultimately detracting from future economic opportunities in the area. This text is from an email alert sent out on May 27th, 2013. Read More
  • Feb 15, 2013

    Fauquier Farm Winery Ordinance

    On February 14th the Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the amended special exception application for Barrel Oak. The vote was 4 to 1 with Supervisor Holder Trumbo voting in opposition. Read More
  • Jan 10, 2013

    There's a lot going on in Fauquier

    The following email alert went out to our Fauquier County email list on December 9, 2013. body There's a lot going onFriend,Fauquier Farm in Winter Photo by Scott FillingHappy 2013! We had a busy 2012, but the new year brings its own challenges, many of which you should be aware of as Fauquier County residents. Read More
  • Jan 03, 2013

    Adaptive Reuse Ordinance

    Update: An alternative amendment has been drafted that alleviates our concerns about this undermining rural zoning in Fauquier. The changes are carefully crafted to support innovative small businesses who reuse historic structures, differentiate between the use of reception and restaurant, and addresses what happens if the structure is destroyed. The Board will be voting on this amendment at their March 14th public hearing starting at 6:30pm in the Warren Green Building. Please ask the Board of Supervisors to adopt the alternative language that would ensure that the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance continues to be used for its intended purpose of preserving historic structures by incentivizing their reuse. Read More
  • Sep 14, 2012

    Business Parks?

    Update: On December 13th the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pass the new Business Park zoning district. Nothing has changed since November, the vote was only put off to December due to a procedural issue. The district although envisioned to be utilized primarily in the Service District, can still be approved for sites in Villages. Read More
  • Apr 16, 2012

    Alternative Onsite Septic Systems Forum

    Alternative Onsite Septic Systems or AOSS is a term that has become increasingly better known as more developments include these systems in areas where septic was historically impossible. Understandably many citizens are concerned about this new technology and the regulations controlling their use and maintenance. Come out Wednesday night at 6pm to the John Barton Payne Building to learn more about these systems! Read More
  • Feb 16, 2012

    Speaking at Fauquier Public Hearings

    Board of Supervisor public hearing meetings are the second Thursday of the month at 6:30pm. Generally the Planning Commission public hearing meetings are the last Thursday of each month at 6:30pm but these dates can change, see the Planning Commission meeting schedule for up to date information. Both Board of Supervisor and Planning Commission meetings are held in the Board Room of the Warren Green Building Meeting Room, 10 Hotel Street, Warrenton. Read More
  • Feb 13, 2012

    Mintbrook Proposal Passes

    Update: The Mintbrook proposal was up for public hearing April 12th. Although there were a number of community members present who spoke against the proposal, it was approved with a 3-2 vote. Read More
  • Feb 13, 2012

    "Village of Catlett" Proposal

    Update: After years of consideration and seven public hearings, the Village of Catlett proposal was finally voted down. This over-sized development never made very much sense, but it was kept alive based on a promise from the developer to provide sewer to Catlett at no cost to taxpayers. In the end, the Board realized that was not likely, and turned the project down on a 3 to 2 vote. However, the developer has decided to challenge the denial, so the county and the developer are currently in litigation. We will keep you updated as we find out more. Read More
  • Dec 12, 2011

    Tri-County Feeds to "Reinvest" in Conservation & Preservation in the Piedmont

    Tri-County Feeds, Etc.(TCFE) proudly announces TCFE Horse Feeds, an equine feed line specifically developed to benefit the horse industry of the Northern Piedmont region. In an effort to "Reinvest" in the beloved Piedmont Region, TCFE will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of TCFE Horse Feeds to the conservation and preservation efforts of the Goose Creek Association and the Piedmont Environmental Council. For more information, please visit the Tri-County Feeds website, call 540-364-1891 or stop by their retail store in Marshall, VA. Read More

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Warrenton, VA 20187
540-347-2334

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Warrenton, VA 20186
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Warrenton, VA 20188 

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Julie Bolthouse
Fauquier County
Land Use Field Officer
540-347-2334

Maggi MacQuilliam
Fauquier County
Land Conservation Officer
540-347-2334