Albemarle County & the City of Charlottesville

The staff in PEC’s Charlottesville office work with residents and communities to address land use and conservation challenges and opportunities facing the Charlottesville and Albemarle area. Learn more about our local approach in this interactive story map

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PEC Senior Conservation Fellow Kat Imhoff, Albemarle Supervisors Ann Mallek and Liz Palmer, and PEC board member John Birdsall stand beneath the new Moormans Scenic River sign.

Signs of a Scenic River

In western Albemarle County, the cold, pristine waters of the Moormans River spill over a towering Sugar Hollow Dam and wind eastward for 14.3 miles. Flowing gently at first through historic Sugar Hollow and White …
Week Ahead for June 14, 2021: Chipotle to replace College Inn on the Corner; Albemarle takes up affordable housing update

Week Ahead for June 14, 2021: Chipotle to replace College Inn on the Corner; Albemarle takes up affordable housing update

The third week of June looms, and it’s another week of decisions to be made in local and regional governments in and around Charlottesville. As the second half of the year approaches, the pandemic continues …
Week Ahead for June 7, 2021: Charlottesville PC to discuss homestay regulations; Albemarle to hold community meeting for solar panels at landfill

Week Ahead for June 7, 2021: Charlottesville PC to discuss homestay regulations; Albemarle to hold community meeting for solar panels at landfill

Two more weeks until the summer solstice, but there’s never really a slowdown in local and regional government in the Charlottesville area. There are 23 meetings listed in this week’s installment …
Charlottesville surrounded by countryside

Cville Comp Plan; National Trails Day; Mobility Survey

As you may be aware, the city is in the midst of updating its comprehensive plan. This email will fill you in on where things stand and how to share your input by June 13 …
Week Ahead for May 31, 2021: Albemarle PC to consider new hydroelectric generation on Hardware River; city tree panel to hear more on Ash crisis

Week Ahead for May 31, 2021: Albemarle PC to consider new hydroelectric generation on Hardware River; city tree panel to hear more on Ash crisis

A four-day work week for most begins Tuesday, a day after the observance of Memorial Day. But this is a fairly light week, which I think many of us welcome! This is a time of …
Solarize Piedmont 2021 campaign available in ten different localities

Solarize Piedmont 2021 campaign available in ten different localities

The Solarize Piedmont program is back through June 30 and available to homeowners and business owners in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock counties, and the City of Charlottesville. Solarize Piedmont …
Week Ahead for May 24, 2021: Charlottesville Council to discuss 7th Street parking garage, proposed CAT bus route changes

Week Ahead for May 24, 2021: Charlottesville Council to discuss 7th Street parking garage, proposed CAT bus route changes

This is effectively the last week of May, a month that seems to have just started. I am still going through everything that happened so far and hope to have a full week of episodes …
Week Ahead for May 17, 2021: Greene Planning Commission to talk economic development

Week Ahead for May 17, 2021: Greene Planning Commission to talk economic development

For many, virtual meetings have lowered the barrier to entry. if you’ve ever wanted to sample what local government is about, this is the time to do so. It remains to be seen how accessible …
Week Ahead for May 3, 2021: Another month, another mass of meetings

Week Ahead for May 3, 2021: Another month, another mass of meetings

Another month begins with the finalization of the budget process in Albemarle and Nelson counties. Fluvanna will consider tax incentives for another affordable housing complex proposed by Pinnacle Construction. Albemarle’s design review board will take …
Screen shot from Zoom meeting

Virtual Event Recap: Cycling for Sustainable Cities

On May 7, 2021, researchers Ralph Buehler (top-right) and John Pucher (second from top-right) spoke about their new book, Cycling for Sustainable Cities (MIT Press), which describes ways to make city cycling safe, practical, and …