Bri West

Bri West is the director of outreach and communications for The Piedmont Environmental Council.
Action Alert: Righting a Wrong – Help Bring Untold Histories to Light

Action Alert: Righting a Wrong – Help Bring Untold Histories to Light

Preserving historic resources is crucial to understanding our nation’s history. However, historic resources related to African-American and indigenous communities are woefully underrepresented in Virginia’s state database. This has resulted in important resources being overlooked or worse yet, irretrievably lost, and has meant these communities are rarely included as part of larger historic district conversations.

PEC in Albemarle & Charlottesville – A Local Approach

PEC in Albemarle & Charlottesville – A Local Approach

From soaring mountaintops high on the Blue Ridge to the bustling Downtown Mall, Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville are rich with beauty, history and life.

At The Piedmont Environmental Council, we are advocates, planners, organizers, and watchdogs – a voice for land conservation and responsible land use policies. We are a voice for historic preservation. We are a voice for smart growth, public and active transit, and sustainability. 

View the Ablemarle & Charlottesville Story Map fullscreen to learn more >>

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Zoning Changes Proposed in Advance of a New Warrenton Master Plan

Back in July, we told you about the Town of Warrenton rushing through a new master plan. In response to concerns raised by residents like you, the town planning commission formed a subcommittee to redraft the plan. We were heartened by the pause and have been waiting on an updated draft. However, in a truly “cart before the horse” move, the planning commission is now set to consider related (and somewhat controversial) zoning changes at a public hearing this coming Tuesday, December 15.

Julian Scheer Fauquier Land Conservation Fund

The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Julian Scheer Fauquier Land Conservation Fund (the “Fauquier Fund”) is dedicated to protecting land with important natural, historic, scenic, and agricultural resources in Fauquier County, Virginia. An advisory committee, composed of local residents and PEC staff, helps identify potential projects and provide information to landowners about protecting their land.

Adam Gillenwater

Senior Policy Manager & Field Representative. Culpeper, Madison, & Greene Counties. Adam joined the staff of The Piedmont Environmental Council in October 2020, serving in the dual roles of field representative and senior policy manager. Locally, Adam coordinates PEC’s response to land use projects in Culpeper, Madison, and Greene counties. At the state level, he supports the organization’s advocacy efforts on a wide range of land conservation, historic preservation, and land use policy issues.

PEC Requests Denial of Rezoning Request within the Germanna Wilderness Area Plan

PEC Requests Denial of Rezoning Request within the Germanna Wilderness Area Plan

The Orange County Planning Commission held a public hearing on Oct. 1, 2020 for a rezoning requested by Signature Series Development, LLC. The application would rezone a 75.8-acre parcel from ‘C-2 Conditional’ and ‘R-4 Conditional’ to ‘Planned Development – Mixed Use’ along Route 3 located in the Germanna Wilderness Area Plan.