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.

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An Albemarle and Charlottesville Update

It has been a busy summer here as PEC continues to work to protect and restore the lands and waters of the Virginia Piedmont, while building stronger, more sustainable communities …
PEC Presentation on Energy Infrastructure and Data Centers (Upperville)

PEC Presentation on Energy Infrastructure and Data Centers (Upperville)

On Oct. 23, The Piedmont Environmental Council hosted a community meeting in Upperville, Va. on data centers and associated energy infrastructure …
Creating Walkable Piedmont Communities: A Resource Guide

Creating Walkable Piedmont Communities: A Resource Guide

This guidebook is intended for local government staff, community stakeholders, and residents interested in revitalizing downtown main streets, making neighborhood streets safer, and connecting parks, civic and natural amenities with trails …
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Data Centers, Surging Power Demand Take Center Stage

The size, scale, and speed at which applications for data center projects are coming in and being approved is astounding. Just this month, massive proposals moved forward in Culpeper, Louisa, and King George counties, with more being reviewed in Caroline and Stafford counties …
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Making Biscuit Run Park Available to Everyone

Biscuit Run Park is going to be a magnificent resource, and it wouldn’t be right for people of the Southwood community to be able to see the park, but not get to it easily …
The Environmental Footprint of the Digital Age

The Environmental Footprint of the Digital Age

Virginia is subsidizing billions of dollars in data center development on the backs of its ratepayers, without a full understanding of the long-term ramifications …
Cville Area Land Use Update: Week of September 25, 2023

Cville Area Land Use Update: Week of September 25, 2023

Charlottesville City Council to begin their review of new zoning code; Water and sewer projects status before Greene Supervisors …
One Approved, Another on the Horizon

One Approved, Another on the Horizon

Approval of Copper Ridge; Cielo data center campus proposed just east of Town …