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PEC's Madison County office supports our land use and land conservation activities in the County. PEC is dedicated to promoting healthy communities and the preservation of Madison's rural character, environment and historic resources.

  • 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.
  • 61 acres of land in Madison County were protected by conservation easements in 2019. This brings the total of protected land in the county to approximately 15,975 acres.
  • The Covid-19 pandemic is upending many things, but our local governments are continuing to function and provide vital services. Read on for more information on local government decision-making in Madison.

From the Piedmont View

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

On the Ground - Summer 2020

Mar 12, 2020
Updates from around the PEC region, organized by county. Albemarle: Comprehensive Plan Updates. Clarke: StoryMap & Upcoming Webinars. Culpeper: Land Use Update, Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain…

Pushing for Transparency

Jun 18, 2020
Obviously, a lot has changed since March, when you last received a copy of the Piedmont View. Soon after, shut-down orders went into place and, like me, you might have felt like you were trapped in a…

Strengthening Local Food Systems

Jun 18, 2020
Early one May morning, a Maola Dairy delivery truck took an unusual turn through the gates and into the parking lot of the Fauquier Community Food Bank. Nearby, Director Sharon Ames’ excitement was…

President's Letter - Summer 2020

Jun 18, 2020
With so much going on around us that we cannot control, doing what we can to make our part of the world better becomes all the more important. This past spring, our staff made a quick and orderly…

From the Blue Ridge to the Bay

Sep 15, 2019
In June, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, working with the Montpelier Foundation, donated three conservation easements to PEC that permanently protected 1,024 acres at James Madison’s…

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…

More Local Issues

  • crescere rural resort - map with surrounding resources
    Jun 25, 2020

    Weigh In: Crescere Rural Resort Proposed in Madison County

    PEC would like to bring your attention to the newly submitted Special Use Permit for a 749+ acre rural resort, proposed by Crystallis LLC. Crescere Rural Resort would be located on Route 231 and the Rapidan River in Madison County, just northwest of Montpelier. Read More
  • Jun 03, 2020

    Madison Land Use Update - June 3, 2020

    I wanted to let you know that earlier this year the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) intervened in the application process for a proposed telecommunications tower (tower) in Madison County. Community Wireless Structures (CWS) documented their intent for a 199-foot tower via public notice in December 2019. The tower would be located at 950 S. Blue Ridge Turnpike in Somerset, just north of the Rapidan River along Route 231. Read More
  • Mar 27, 2020

    Madison Land Use Update - March 27, 2020

    Madison County declared a local state of emergency on March 13. According to the Madison Department of Planning and Zoning, the March 26 Budget Work Session was conducted via teleconference. The upcoming Planning Commission meeting on April 1 is tentatively scheduled to continue as planned. The status of subsequent county meetings will be determined after the April 1 Planning Commission meeting. Read More
  • Madison County country road
    Mar 28, 2019

    “Rural Resort” Ordinance Amendment Proposed in Madison County

    This coming Wednesday, April 3rd at 7pm, the Madison County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors will hold a joint public hearing to consider a change to its zoning ordinance. If adopted, the change would allow “rural resorts” as a special use in agriculturally zoned areas. Update: the proposal was tabled at the April 3 meeting and there is time to weigh in prior to May 1, 2019. Read More
  • Apr 18, 2016

    Madison's Mountain Heritage: An Open House at Graves Chapel

    On April 16, 2016, Piedmont Environmental Council hosted our fifth annual mountain heritage celebration at Graves Chapel in Graves Mill, Virginia. Nearly 300 attended over the course of the day - visitors learned about the rich culture and traditions of the families that once called these mountains home. Many even walked the trails through Shenandoah National Park to see some of these former home sites in person. It was a wonderful day, filled with music, memories, and a renewed appreciation for the Blue Ridge Mountain heritage. Thank you to all who took part! Event brochure >> Graves Mill historic sites map >> Please consider becoming a PEC member or renewing your membership to help make events like this one possible! Read More
  • Dec 11, 2014

    Madison Update -- Dec 2014

    Text from our Dec 2014 Member Newsletter: In partnership with local landowners and Trout Unlimited, PEC recently completed a survey of 124 road crossings along several high quality trout streams that flow out of Shenandoah National Park into the Piedmont region. Madi­son County waterways surveyed in the study were funded by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and include the Conway River, Rose River, Strothers Run, Garth Run, Kinsey Run, Rob­inson River and the Hughes River. Read More
  • Sep 24, 2013

    Madison Civil War Essay Contest

    As part of the Commemoration of the Battle of Jack's Shop, Madison High School juniors competed in an essay writing contest, describing Madison County during the Civil War. We would like to congratulate Samantha Camilletti for submitting the winning essay. She was presented with a cash scholarship award donated by Virginia National Bank. You can read her essay below. Read More
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    Aug 29, 2013

    Remembering Madison's "Battle of Jack's Shop"

    On September 21, 1863, the largest Civil War battle in Madison County took place. Known today as “The Battle of Jack’s Shop,” it was one of the largest cavalry engagements of the entire war. Madison County historian Harold Woodward, Jr. often quips that “it was the biggest cavalry battle you’ve never heard of.” To recognize the impact it had on the County and the war, The Piedmont Environmental Council, the Madison County Historical Society and the Madison Chamber of Commerce & Tourism have planned a number of activities at Madison County High School and Hoover Ridge Park. This email alert was sent out on August 29, 2013: Read More

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