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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.
  • Over 6,200 acres of land in Albemarle County were protected by conservation easements in 2019. This brings the total land protected by easements in the county to approximately 106,840 acres.
  • Our local governments are continuing to function and provide services. Read on for a list of what we know is happening soon.

From the Piedmont View

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

A Few Highlights from 2019

Dec 16, 2019
Through the generous support of our members and help from PEC's partners, a lot of great things have happened this year! We've pulled together this quick list of some of the highlights from 2019…

Greenways Plan Complete. Next Step: Implementation

Sep 15, 2019
Albemarle and Charlottesville reached an important milestone this spring when the Jefferson Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan received final approval. This document maps a comprehensive network of…

A Dirty Secret: How Construction Waste is Making its Way Onto Rural Lands

Sep 15, 2019
Steve and Jennifer Rainwater's world was turned upside down in 2017 when an access road was built along their property line and hundreds of dump trucks started arriving to dump dirt, non-stop, on a…

Albemarle County Reaches Conservation Milestone

Mar 08, 2019
Only the second locality in the state to reach such a milestone, Albemarle County surpassed 100,000 acres of land permanently protected by conservation easements! In 2018, an additional 1,055 acres…

Working Toward a More Connected Community

Mar 08, 2019
Greenways are safe and durable routes where people can walk, bike and run in nature-rich settings. For more than a year now, PEC has been working with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District…

Speaking Up for Land Conservation

Dec 14, 2018
(By Rex Linville) My job with The Piedmont Environmental Council usually has me visiting farms and forests in Albemarle and Greene counties and advising landowners on conservation strategies for…

Trail Blazing

Dec 19, 2016
Pedestrian and bicycle trail systems can improve our health, increase property value, provide sustainable transportation choices and even strengthen a community’s economy — especially in an urban…

More Local Issues

  • Jul 06, 2020

    Week Ahead for July 6, 2020 (Alb/Cville/Greene)

    It’s back to another full week, but Charlottesville City Council’s summer break sets the tone for a relatively quiet five days. Do you know of anything happening Thursday or Friday? How are you faring in these early days of middler summer? Drop me a line and let me know what you think the community should know. Read More
  • Jun 29, 2020

    Week Ahead for June 29, 2020 (Alb/Cville/Greene)

    We’ve reached the midpoint of a tumultuous year. There is a brief pulse of activity this week before the 4th of July holiday begins. As we mark the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, this is a good time to reflect on where we want to go into the future. Read More
  • Jun 23, 2020

    Online Event: Local Update for PEC Supporters in Charlottesville & Albemarle County

    Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Zoom meeting, A Local Update for PEC Supporters in Charlottesville & Albemarle County on Tuesday, June 23, 2020! While we certainly miss seeing folks face-to-face, we hope you enjoyed the online presentation and learned a little bit more about the things keeping us busy these days. Read More
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    Jun 23, 2020

    Week Ahead For June 23, 2020 (Alb/Cville/Greene)

    The world may not be back to normal, but the future is what we create through a series of decisions. This week does not feature as many government meetings, but there will be some key conversations on our water supply, Greene County’s desire to attract new business, and the future of our transit system. Read More
  • Take Action Monticello Trail Connector
    Jun 12, 2020

    Take Action: Support the Monticello Connector Path

    The proposal to design and build a shared-use path along Route 20 from Charlottesville to the newly reopened Saunders Monticello Trail faces a crucial test at the Wednesday, June 17, Albemarle Board of Supervisors meeting. Read More
  • Woolen Mills Pedestrian Bridge
    Jun 09, 2020

    Connectivity Update / New Pedestrian Bridge Installed at Woolen Mills

    Albemarle County took a significant step forward last week. On Tuesday, June 30, Brian Roy’s team at Woolen Mills lowered into place a new pedestrian bridge spanning Moore’s Creek, closing a critical gap in the Rivanna Trail. It brings what had been a little-used trail section back into service, providing everyday access to nature for nearby residents and opening the door to several enticing additional connections, including a pedestrian crossing of the Rivanna River, which is currently being studied. Read More
  • Jun 01, 2020

    Week Ahead for June 1, 2020 (Alb/Cville/Greene)

    Protests continue across the United States of America against police brutality and the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. These extended to Charlottesville, where peaceful protesters marched through downtown on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday afternoon, Albemarle High School Black Student Union hosted their own event outside the Albemarle County Office Building. Read More
  • May 26, 2020

    Week Ahead For May 26, 2020 (Alb/Cville/Greene)

    A short week, but sometimes these are deceptively busy. This is one of those weeks. As we approach the summer, there will be no slowdown in government activity, particularly as we carve out a new normality as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Charlottesville joins Albemarle this week in holding virtual meetings. There are also meetings of regional bodies that in many ways are more accessible than before. This week there are no major land use decisions in our area. Read More
  • May 18, 2020

    Week Ahead for May 18, 2020 (Alb/Cville/Greene)

    As the pandemic enters its third month, many institutions of local government have managed to get public meetings going again. It is crucial for the public to have access to information to what is happening and to have context by which our decisions are made. The goal of this newsletter continues to help you know what is happening and to let you know how you can get involved. Read More
  • May 04, 2020

    Week Ahead for May 4, 2020 (Alb/Cville/Greene)

    Even though the quarantine continues, local government is continuing to come back to life with actual meetings where matters are discussed and votes are taken. On April 22, the General Assembly ratified a budget amendment Governor Northam suggested that opened up meetings to more than just emergency business. That’s why we are beginning to see more appointed bodies meeting electronically, beginning this week with the first meeting of the Albemarle Planning Commission in nearly two months. Read More
  • Apr 29, 2020

    Self-Guided Public Art Bike Tour

    Charlottesville (and urban areas of Albemarle County) has a rich collection of murals and large-scale sculptures that incorporate community perspectives, showcase the talents of regional and international artists, while contributing to the cultural and visual vibrancy of the city. Read More
  • Apr 27, 2020

    Week Ahead for April 27, 2020 (Alb/Cville/Greene)

    The end of the month is in sight! This week is quieter than we can expect in the near future, as more appointed bodies are expected to begin operating online over the month of May. Virginia localities are still easing forward with governance in a virtual age, and we have a watchful eye to make sure you know what is happening. Read More
  • Apr 20, 2020

    Week Ahead for April 20, 2020 (Alb/Cville/Greene)

    The new normal is one where more and more business is being conducted online and that includes local meetings. Last week, the elected bodies in Albemarle and Greene held public hearings and took comments virtually. While we would prefer these meetings to be held in person, there is no end in sight yet for the social distancing restrictions that are helping to limit the spread of COVID-19. Read More
  • Apr 13, 2020

    Week Ahead for April 13, 2020 (Alb/Cville/Greene)

    We are now a month into the state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While much is still uncertain, we do know that local governments across Virginia are beginning to test the waters in terms of what business can be conducted via electronic public hearings. Read More
  • Apr 06, 2020

    Week Ahead for April 6, 2020 (Alb/Cville/Greene)

    Another week of quarantine begins across Virginia, with local government activity continuing but without public meetings. This is a list of what we know is happening for this week and into the rest of the month. It will be updated as new information becomes known. Read More
  • Mar 31, 2020

    Reconnecting To Our Premier Outdoor Destination

    The Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Planning Organization is applying for a VDOT SmartScale grant in the 2020 cycle to build a shared-use path along Route 20, connecting Charlottesville sidewalks and bike lanes to the entrance of Piedmont Virginia Community College and the Saunders-Monticello Trail and beyond. In doing so, the project will link Charlottesville and Albemarle communities together and integrate the area’s most popular trail into the regional network and bring numerous economic, environmental and health benefits. The $2.5M grant request will be submitted this summer. Read More
  • Mar 30, 2020

    Week Ahead for March 30, 2020 (Alb/Cville/Greene)

    We are in the third week of the COVID-19 response waiting for more information and staying at home as much as we can. I want to update you on what’s happening in local government this week. Many localities are beginning to adjust. I hope you and your family are safe. I want to hear from you. Please tell me what’s going on in your area. Please reach out. Read More
  • Mar 24, 2020

    Week Ahead for March 23, 2020 (Alb/Cville/Greene)

    Hello everyone. I hope you are doing well and are prepared for a long period of time when things are different. Most if not all government meetings have been canceled for the time being, though the Greene County Board of Supervisors meeting is still scheduled for tonight. And while Albemarle and Charlottesville do not have any scheduled meetings this week, I’m told that the Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau did meet today via conference call... Read More
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    Jan 12, 2020

    BikeCville is Back!

    BikeCville is a series of relaxed all-ability group bike rides in Charlottesville, VA, hosted by The Piedmont Environmental Council and other local organizations. The purpose is to have fun while raising the visibility of cycling, encouraging hesitant cyclists, educating and fostering the region’s advocacy network. All rides are free, open to all and appropriate for anyone who can ride for half an hour. Read More
  • Albemarle-based Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc. transformed one of its storage rooms into a bike locker. (Photo: Amanda Poncy)
    Sep 18, 2019

    Ten Ways to Make your Business More Bike-Friendly

    Many people tell us that they would like to bike to work. Although the roads themselves may be daunting often the problem lies at their destination--their place of employment. Happily, there are some simple things employers can do to make their businesses more bike-friendly. Read More
  • May 10, 2019

    Support a More Connected Cville/Albemarle

    The Jefferson Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is an important milestone! It maps a comprehensive network of bike lanes, sidewalks, and shared use paths that connect Charlottesville and Albemarle neighborhoods to schools, shopping, downtown and natural areas while also identifying bicycle connections to and among adjoining counties. Add your name or business/organization to our letter of support! Read More
  • Apr 18, 2019

    Train, bus, or something new? Australian professor talks Trackless Trams

    As the population of Albemarle and Charlottesville continues to rise, a world-renowned professor of sustainability is encouraging us to imagine how a new generation of mass transportation could help create even better places to live. Read More
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    Feb 27, 2019

    Jefferson Area Bike and Pedestrian Plan: A Regional Vision Built on Community Dialogue

    TJPDC’s Jefferson Area Bike and Pedestrian Plan is a key milestone in the effort to make the region more connected for people walking and biking. The plan covers Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties, but it focuses on the combined Charlottesville/Albemarle urban core. With support from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, PEC has led extensive community engagement to gather data and input for the plan and to mobilize and coordinate public support for its implementation. Read More
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    Feb 27, 2019

    Regional Walking and Biking Survey Illuminates Resident Views of Safe Connectivity

    As part of of our extensive community engagement, we created a survey to better understand residents’ ideas about desirable places to walk, ride or run for transportation and exercise. We also asked about the barriers they face and solicited their suggestions for a better-connected community. Read More
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    Jul 06, 2018

    A Ride to Surprise and Delight

    About two dozen cyclists gathered on the evening of June 21 in Charlottesville, garlanded their bikes with lights and reflective decorations, and set out for a relaxed four-mile celebration of the Summer Solstice. The route through Charlottesville followed a combination of quiet neighborhood streets and roads with bike lanes. The colorful and musical procession elicited reactions of surprise and delight. Read More
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    Jun 19, 2018

    Sean Tubbs Joins the PEC Team

    The Piedmont Environmental Council is excited to announce that veteran journalist Sean Tubbs will be joining its staff at the end of June as the land use field representative for Charlottesville, Albemarle and Greene Counties. Sean has spent the prior decade covering land use and transportation planning and decision-making in the region through his award-winning work at Charlottesville Tomorrow. Now, with his new role at PEC, he will participate directly as an advocate for strong planning and smart growth within the region. Read More
  • May 11, 2018

    Charlottesville / Albemarle Connectivity Survey

    As part of our engagement effort, we have developed a survey for residents to share their ideas for a thriving, connected community. The 13-question survey asks residents about barriers to walking, running, and biking in the area. Respondents can describe their ideal vision for better transportation options and better recreation mobility. Read More
  • Mar 27, 2018

    Fifth Street Hub: A Project with Momentum

    Charlottesville and Albemarle have many beautiful outdoor spaces but not enough connective greenway corridors. One project that will provide both is coming into view on the two localities’ southern border: the Fifth Street Hub and Trails. Read More
  • Jan 02, 2018

    About the Greenways Project

    The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) are working with communities in the Charlottesville and Albemarle urban core to envision and implement a comprehensive network of connective bicycle and pedestrian trails and greenways. The project is supported by a Strengthening Systems grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Read More
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    Dec 15, 2017

    Proposed Albemarle courthouse relocation would be a move in the wrong direction

    The Albemarle Board of Supervisors is considering moving the County Courthouse from downtown Charlottesville to somewhere on Rt. 29. The move would make both court systems less efficient, cost taxpayers significantly more money, generate additional car trips between separate city and county courts, and further splinter the city-county relationship. This text was taken from an email alert sent out on December 15, 2017. Read More
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    Dec 04, 2017

    Volunteer Opportunities - Charlottesville & Albemarle Greenways Initiative

    Interested in volunteering to help make connective greenways a reality in Charlottesville and Albemarle? Here are some ways you can get involved right now. Read More
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    Dec 01, 2017

    Albemarle to decide on fate of downtown courts

    Since 1762, the Albemarle County Courthouse has been located at its present location in downtown Charlottesville, where both Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe practiced law. However, there is a real and growing concern that the Albemarle Board of Supervisors will attempt a vote to move the county courts away from Court Square Away and in doing so, seek to avoid a county-wide referendum. They could vote as early as December 2017. Read More
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    Nov 21, 2017

    Cypherways Uses Hip-Hop to Generate Ideas and Enthusiasm for Greenways

    The Piedmont Environmental Council and the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation’s Imagination Foundation teamed up with Cyphertank on November 18 to follow-up a successful kickoff event with an evening of facilitated discussion about trails and greenways -- with a beat. Read More
  • Nov 13, 2017

    Packed Room for Greenways Project Kickoff Event

    The Charlottesville / Albemarle Greenways Project kicked off with a packed event at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on the evening of Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Approximately 175 people, including many who have been working on this issue for a long time, shared an evening of fellowship and inspiration. Read More
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    Sep 18, 2017

    Making the Connection

    Bike and pedestrian connectivity is a great way to enhance quality of life and create healthy, thriving urban communities. This is why PEC is teaming up with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission to build support for a comprehensive greenway system in the Charlottesville and Albemarle urban area. “These locations have an opportunity to create a world-class bike and pedestrian system that connects neighborhoods, retail areas and places of work with iconic resources such as Monticello, the Downtown Mall, UVA Grounds, the Rivanna River and Biscuit Run State Park,” says Rex Linville, our Albemarle County field representative. Read More
  • Sep 11, 2017

    ‘Hedgerow’ Property Prompts Important Discussion About Albemarle’s Park Priorities

    We believe it is time for Albemarle County to increase investment towards greenways, open space, and trails within its Growth Area. The County Comprehensive Plan has long held that public infrastructure spending shall be directed toward Ablemarle’s designated Development Areas. It also calls for a Development Area where people can "live, work, and play" with "parks and trails [that] provide respite and recreation." However, despite that laudable goal, only two of the county's thirteen parks are located within the Development Area. Further distancing itself from its goal, the county has retained a consultant to develop a plan for yet another Rural Area park, located on the the 340 acre “Hedgerow” property on Route 29, south of I-64. Preliminary estimates would require an investment in excess of $2-million and approximately $82,000 annually for maintenance and operation. Read More
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    Sep 08, 2017

    Charlottesville's Strategic Investment Area (SIA)

    The City of Charlottesville in the process of creating a plan to redevelop an approximately 330 acre area south and east of the downtown mall, called the Strategic Investment Area (SIA). This target area was identified by the City as a potential “growth” area due to its currently low density of development, vacant parcels, and location as a gateway to downtown, including pedestrian connections to the Downtown Mall area. Read More
  • Aug 16, 2017

    Charlottesville Area Community Foundation grant to help boost urban greenway work

    Through funding from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, PEC is working in partnership with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission on a community engagement initiative to build support for implementation of a comprehensive greenway system. Specifically, we will be engaging the community to build a shared vision for greenways among the public sector, nonprofit organizations, and business and civic actors. Read More
  • Jul 12, 2017

    Charlottesville Area Community Foundation Invests in Regional Bike and Pedestrian Trail System

    The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recipient of its third round of Strengthening Systems grants. Piedmont Environmental Council and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission received a two-year grant of $179,804 to complete plans and generate active community support for a regional bike and pedestrian trail network and begin implementation. Read More
  • Jun 02, 2017

    City of Charlottesville -- 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update Kickoff

    Over the next year Charlottesville will be undertaking an update to the City's Comprehensive Plan. This Plan is the City's vision as a community that guides decision making processes for such matters as Land Use (development and growth), Housing (affordability and access) and Transportation (all modes of transit and parking). Read More
  • Apr 24, 2017

    Albemarle's Mountain Heritage: An Open House at Mount Fair

    On September 29, 2018 PEC held its 7th annual mountain heritage day at historic Mount Fair Farm in western Albemarle County. The property’s owners, John and Dudley Macfarlane, generously opened up their property to the public so that the entire community could take a trip back in time to learn about the mountain culture of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Over the course of the day, more than 300 visitors joined us. We had an incredible speaker series that featured Phil James’ fascinating history of the communities and families that once lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains around Mount Fair, Cathy Mayes discussing the history of the American chestnut trees and its role in the mountain communities, and Celia Vuocolo’s history of fishing in the mountains as well as current efforts to bring back the brook trout. Nearly 150 participants took part in our concurrent walking tours, led by Lynn Rainville and Elizabeth Lipford, which focused on the architectural history of Mount Fair as well as the history of its enslaved community. The display room in the barn was packed full of photos, posters, books and lively conversation throughout the day. Event brochure >> It was a wonderful day, filled with music, memories, and a renewed appreciation for the Blue Ridge's mountain heritage. Thank you to all who took part! Please consider becoming a PEC member or renewing your membership to help make events like this one possible. Read More
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    Aug 03, 2016

    Dominion's Proposed Transmission Tower Choice Causes Controversy in Albemarle

    The following email alert was sent out August 2016 regarding Dominion's plans to rebuild the Cunningham-Dooms line and the upcoming SCC public hearing: Read More
  • 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

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Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: 434-977-2033


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

Peter Krebs
Greenways Project
434-977-2033 ext 7065

Sean Tubbs
Land Use Field Rep
434-977-2033 ext 7046

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