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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Route 29 Improvements on Track in Charlottesville

Route 29 Improvements on Track in Charlottesville

In our last newsletter, we shared great news regarding the demise of the ill-conceived Western Bypass. As you might recall, a major blow to the project had been delivered back in February, when the Federal …
Western Bypass Shelved

Western Bypass Shelved

Big things are happening, or rather not happening, with the costly Western Bypass of U.S. Route 29 just north of Charlottesville. We’re enthusi­astic to report that the ineffective project has come to a halt, and …
A Real Chance

A Real Chance

Email alert text: The 2013 Election Day results show without question that the Western Bypass was a key concern for county voters. Now, with a new Board of Supervisors and a new administration in Richmond, …
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Trump Tees Up New Plan for Albemarle’s Countryside

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 …
Transcript of WINA interview with former CTB member Jim Rich

Transcript of WINA interview with former CTB member Jim Rich

Charlottesville Right Now, Thursday, May 30, 2013 Jim Rich, a former member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, shares his thoughts on the Western Bypass. http://wina.com/podcasts/jim-rich/ …
CATCO Green Book

CATCO Green Book

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Transportation Coalition (CATCO) is a citizen group formed in 1988 to respond to proposed improvements to the local Rt 29 corridor. Their objective was the development of real solutions to emerging congestion problems …
Fuzzy Math, Shoddy Design

Fuzzy Math, Shoddy Design

The saga continues. In order to keep the Rt. 29 Western Bypass proposal within their budget, VDOT accepted a “modified design” to the southern terminus last year that is significantly different than the one presented …
The Future of Albemarle County

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 …
Rt. 29 Western Bypass Not Shovel Ready

Rt. 29 Western Bypass Not Shovel Ready

When it comes to the Western Bypass, I feel like I’ve been jumping up and down for a while, trying to get the decision-makers to pay attention. But quite recently, a number of things have …
Army Corps & EPA Call Out Flaws in Western Bypass Review

Army Corps & EPA Call Out Flaws in Western Bypass Review

[12/17/12] This has not been a good few weeks for those pushing the Rt. 29 Western Bypass. In late November, a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency was made public that calls into question the …