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.

Orange County Planning Commission Hearing Summary, May 2nd

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Last night, the Orange County Planning Commission voted unanimously to table the Comprehensive Plan in order to address some of the comments they had received from the public. Over thirty people spoke with the vast majority calling for a plan ...
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Hearing this Thursday: Orange Unveils Sprawling Vision

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As I mentioned last month, the Planning Commission has released a draft plan for the future of Orange County that takes a startling turn from the plan previously approved by residents of Orange. It includes a map that lays out ...
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Orange County Unveils Sprawling Vision

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Just last week, the County Planning Commission put out a pretty shocking map. The maps and accompanying lays out what Orange would look like in 2025 -- including major development along Route 20 and increased residential and commercial development in ...
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Signature Station Rezoning

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Taxpayers asked to subsidize developer profits for speculative rezoning - 230 townhomes and 220,000ft2 of commercial retail ...
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Orange County’s Rural Areas Under Threat

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Since 2008, Orange County has had a subdivision ordinance that calls for time-phased divisions of land—limiting the number of divisions allowed on a property over a specific period of time. This aspect of the ordinance allows the County to regulate ...
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County Discusses Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan Overhaul

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The Orange County Circuit Court ruled that the County does not have the authority to enact a subdivision ordinance with time-phased divisions of land. This invalidates the current ordinance and allows for the immediate division of all agricultural lands into ...
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A Tactical Training Facility in Orange?

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A proposal is before the Planning Commission for a tactical training facility along with new zoning language that will allow such uses in agricultural and industrial zoning districts. The Commission is holding a public hearing on Sept. 20 at 7:15pm ...
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Subdivision Ordinance Changes Being Considered

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On June 7th the Orange County Planning Commission voted unanimously to retain the time-phased component of the subdivision ordinance until an alternative is in place. We will keep you informed as this issue progresses ...
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Victory at Wilderness Battlefield

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In a dramatic win for historic preservation, after three years of controversy, Walmart has dropped its plans to build a Supercenter at the edge of Wilderness Battlefield in Orange County. On the first day of a court case contesting Orange ...
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Walmart Picks Alternative Site for Orange Store

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In late May, Walmart announced that it has chosen an alternative site for its store in Orange County -- a successful outcome for preservationists who, for years, pressed Walmart to build its store at a location that would not negatively ...
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