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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PEC Responds to Dominion Energy’s Proposed 2023 Integrated Resource Plan

In September, The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Director of Land Use Julie Bolthouse submitted public comment on Dominion Energy’s proposed Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) as part of case number PUR-2023-00066 before the Virginia State Corporation Commission …
Mitigating Data Center Development's Impacts

Mitigating Data Center Development’s Impacts

Virginia is home to the largest concentration of data centers in the world, widely cited as hosting 70% of global internet traffic. This massive industry is continuing to grow very fast, requiring huge amounts of energy, …
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Albemarle seeking input on cell tower changes

Albemarle County is considering changes to its regulations for wireless infrastructure. The County has launched an online survey, where you can submit feedback about the quality of your cell service and how you think towers should …
Webinar: Solarize Virginia

Webinar: Solarize Virginia

In this webinar, Local Energy Alliance Program’s (LEAP) Solarize Virginia director Katie VanLangen and Solar Energy World Vice-President of Sales Brian Hacker explain everything you need to know about the Solarize campaign and the nuts-and-bolts …
The Fifeville Community Trail

The Fifeville Community Trail

Nestled in an urban forest, the Fifeville Community Trail makes it possible for neighborhood residents to travel safely to Cherry Avenue, Tonsler Park and into the heart of Charlottesville without the company of fast-moving traffic.  …
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Copper Ridge Data Center Rezoning Tabled Until August 15

The Town of Culpeper Planning Commission moved to hold any decision on the rezoning application until its next regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m …
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CODE RED: A Call to Action for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

On July 13, PEC joined The Coalition for Smarter Growth and 39 other organizations from Maryland, D.C. and Virginia in calling on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to take urgent action on climate change, …