Orange County

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

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Planning Commission Public Hearing on Wilderness Crossing Set for March 23

Even after 18 months, it is still unclear what the applicant has planned for the 2,618 acres of land included in the Wilderness Crossing rezoning proposal — still unremediated of toxic hazards from historic gold …
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Orange County Planning Commission Questions Wilderness Crossing Developer at Recent Work Sessions

The Orange County Planning Commission held three work sessions (January 5 and 19, February 9) on Wilderness Crossing. A fourth is scheduled for Thursday, February 16 …
Nine-county land conservation totals 6,651 acres in 2022

Nine-county land conservation totals 6,651 acres in 2022

Last year, landowners partnered with The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) and other land trusts and conservation agencies to permanently protect 6,651 acres of land in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Orange and Rappahannock counties …
SELC & PEC Joint Letter to Orange County Planning Commission

SELC & PEC Joint Letter to Orange County Planning Commission

Read our joint letter with the Southern Environmental Law Center in advance of the Orange County Planning Commission’s third work session on REZ 22-03, Wilderness Crossing. While the applicant’s current proffer language agreeing to ‘enter’ …
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Wilderness Battlefield Coalition Letter to Orange County Planning Commission

Wilderness Battlefield Coalition Letter to Orange County Planning Commission

Read the Wilderness Battlefield Coalition’s letter in advance of the Orange County Planning Commission’s third work session on REZ 22-03, Wilderness Crossing …
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2023 General Assembly Crossover Update

2023 General Assembly Crossover Update

This Tuesday marked the halfway point of Virginia’s 2023 General Assembly Session, a date known as ‘crossover.’ The House and Senate have each finished voting on the bills their members put forward, and now move …
aerial photo of orange county where wilderness crossing is proposed

Wilderness Crossing: Breadth of Rezoning and FOIA Results Prompt New Concerns

We want to highlight how ridiculously broad this proposed rezoning would be and share some important information gathered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request PEC submitted to Orange County …
aerial photo of orange county where wilderness crossing is proposed

Wilderness Crossing: An In-Depth Look

Wilderness Crossing is a huge development proposal on a site with known, unmitigated hazards, and located at the gateway to a historic Civil War battlefield …
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Achieving Conservation Wins Together

As our 50th anniversary year comes to a close, we are taking stock in the effects of our collective efforts over the last half century toward meaningful conservation and better communities in Virginia’s Piedmont. We …