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.
  • Over 1,700 acres of land in Albemarle County were protected by conservation easements in 2016. This brings the total land protected by easements in the county to approximately 98,799 acres.

From the Piedmont View

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

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

  • 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

Charlottesville Office:
410 East Water Street, Suite 700
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: 434-977-2033


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

Jessica Palmer
Farms & Food
434-977-2033 ext 7081

Peter Krebs
Greenways Project
434-977-2033 ext 7065

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

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