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.

On the Ground

On the Ground

Read On the Ground updates for Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties …
County Rewriting Telecommunication Plan

County Rewriting Telecommunication Plan

Piedmont Environmental Council has concern about some of the changes being proposed in Fauquier County's rewrite of the Plan for Commercial Wireless Facilities. This section of the County Comprehensive plan sets the policies and goals …
It's Time (Once Again) to Speak Up for Orange County!

It’s Time (Once Again) to Speak Up for Orange County!

Back in October, facing a packed public meeting room, the Board of Supervisors decided to postpone their vote on a new vision that calls for more sprawling residential and commercial development in Orange. The Board …
Comprehensive Plan Updates

Comprehensive Plan Updates

CULPEPER, FAUQUIER, ORANGE — PEC’s staff follows Comp Plan updates and revisions in our nine-county region closely, and we’re currently keeping a sharp eye on the process in Culpeper, Fauquier and Orange Counties …
Concerns Regarding Opal Service District Draft Plan

Concerns Regarding Opal Service District Draft Plan

The Opal Steering Committee has been meeting for about a year and has developed a plan that is ready for public review. Although PEC supports aspects of the plan, we also have several concerns about …
Comprehensive Plan Amendments Happening in Fauquier

Comprehensive Plan Amendments Happening in Fauquier

It can be easy to tune out these updates, but revisions to the ‘Comp Plan’ can mean drastic changes to the look, feel, and functionality of your county, town, and day-to-day life. This is because …
Facts about the Opal Gateway Project

Facts about the Opal Gateway Project

The day before the Board of Supervisors November 14th public hearing the applicant proposed changes that were only made available to the public hours before the hearing. The changes are peripheral in nature. Although the …
Orange County Considers Major Changes to its Comprehensive Plan

Orange County Considers Major Changes to its Comprehensive Plan

The draft being considered is a severe departure from Orange’s current Comprehensive Plan, creating brand new classifications such as Town Suburban Residential and recommending expanded commercial activities both south of Orange on Route 15 and …
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The Outer Beltway -- Water, Air & Climate Impacts

The Outer Beltway — Water, Air & Climate Impacts

Email from November 21, 2013: ….yesterday, we joined with more than a dozen prominent conservation organizations — including the National Wildlife Federation, the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, and the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra …
Busy October -- Including an Important Comp Plan Rewrite

Busy October — Including an Important Comp Plan Rewrite

Happy Friday! It's officially fall, and there's a lot going on throughout the region and in Fauquier County in particular. There are rezonings and zoning amendments under consideration, we've also got tabling at Fauquier Heritage …