Strong Communities

A thoughtful approach to land use planning, paired with decision-making that balances growth and development with natural and cultural resource protection, is vital to maintaining a healthy and vibrant Piedmont region.

Managing Fill Dirt and Debris Disposal in Rural Areas

Managing Fill Dirt and Debris Disposal in Rural Areas

As construction picks up in the region, many of our localities are struggling with fill dirt and inert debris dump sites popping up in rural areas. On May 29, 2019, The Piedmont Environmental Council partnered with …
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Action Alert: Loudoun Board to Decide Fate of Transition Policy Area

It’s been about a month since the public hearings on the 2019 Loudoun Comprehensive Plan, and it’s time for another quick update …
Support a More Connected Cville/Albemarle

Support a More Connected Cville/Albemarle

The Jefferson Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is an important milestone! It maps a comprehensive network of bike lanes, sidewalks, and shared use paths that connect Charlottesville and Albemarle neighborhoods to schools, shopping, downtown and …
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Train, bus, or something new? Australian professor talks Trackless Trams

As the population of Albemarle and Charlottesville continues to rise, a world-renowned professor of sustainability is encouraging us to imagine how a new generation of mass transportation could help create even better places to live …
Action Alert: Crunch Time for Loudoun 2040

Action Alert: Crunch Time for Loudoun 2040

In late March, the Loudoun Planning Commission voted to send the draft Comprehensive Plan (a.k.a. Loudoun 2040) to the Board of Supervisors for review and action. Unfortunately, the current draft plan reads like a speculative …
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Loudoun 2040: More of the Same or a New Path Forward?

The draft Loudoun 2040 plan outlines how and where the County intends to grow and how it plans to protect its natural and historic assets. Check out this blog post to learn more about what’s in …
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Action Alert: Board of Supervisors to Consider Loudoun 2040

On Tuesday, March 26, the Loudoun Planning Commission voted to send the draft Comprehensive Plan (a.k.a. Loudoun 2040) to the Board of Supervisors for review and action. Up until now, voices advocating for more residential …
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“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 …
Working Toward a More Connected Community

Working Toward a More Connected Community

Greenways are safe and durable routes where people can walk, bike and run in nature-rich settings. For more than a year now, PEC has been working with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) to …
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On the Ground — Spring 2019

Updates from around the PEC region, organized by county. Albemarle: Housing and Connectivity. Clarke: Water Quality and Conservation Luncheon. Culpeper: White Farm Conserved and PDR Program. Fauquier: Transportation Fixes and New Cell Tower Regulations. Greene: …