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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Charlottesville Western Bypass: Not just a local issue

Charlottesville Western Bypass: Not just a local issue

In June 2011, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors shocked constituents by holding an unpublicized, late-night vote to resurrect the Route 29 Western Bypass, northwest of Charlottesville. Since then, VDOT—under pressure from political interests in …
Let's Go 29

Video Shows the Real Solutions to Traffic Problems on Rt. 29

Nobody doubts the need to fix traffic problems on Route 29. But the proposed $250 million Western Bypass is not the answer—nor is it a done deal. View this video produced by The Southern Environmental …
Sketches with Jeff - Part 1 & 2

Sketches with Jeff – Part 1 & 2

PEC's Charlottesville & Albemarle Field Officer, Jeff Werner, has been struggling for many years with how to explain the issues surrounding the proposed Rt. 29 Western Bypass. He decided to give drawing a shot …
Albemarle Revives Controversial Western Bypass

Albemarle Revives Controversial Western Bypass

At their June meeting, the Albemarle Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 to reverse the County's long-held opposition to the Western Bypass–a $250-350 million project that VDOT studies have shown would not reduce traffic congestion on …
1,000 Acres of Jefferson County Preserved

1,000 Acres of Jefferson County Preserved

Members of the Carter family acted together in 2009 to protect nearly 1,000 acres of land in Albemarle County that has been in their family since 1730. The Carters’ ancestors were neighbors to the Jeffersons, …
Highway Through Keswick?

Highway Through Keswick?

Can the local community come up with a better plan for Routes 22 and 231 than VDOT’s plan to make it a highway? The main road through Keswick in Albemarle County—Rtes. 22 and 231—runs through …
Places29 -- Ready for a Vote

Places29 — Ready for a Vote

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors appears poised to adopt the Places29 plan, after making some final changes at its Nov. 10 meeting. PEC has been a longstanding advocate for Places29 — a blueprint for …
A Wasteful Bypass and a Better Plan

A Wasteful Bypass and a Better Plan

VDOT gave plans for the Charlottesville Western Bypass an F. So why spend half a billion dollars on it?That's the question that PEC posed to Charlottesville and Albemarle residents though ads in local papers and …
PEC Initiates Community Discussion on Rt. 22/231 Corridor

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 …