Orange Land Use Update – March 27, 2020

First, I hope that all is going well for you and yours during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please practice social distancing, and take care of your health — going outdoors to enjoy a fresh spring breeze has been a great outlet for me.

The Piedmont Environmental Council continues to work from home during the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to follow local and state government decisions and meetings, are planning for upcoming events, and are researching comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances.

Orange County declared a local state of emergency on March 16. The Town of Gordonsville and the Town of Orange closed their offices to the public on March 23; and Orange County closed most of its offices on the same day.

As a means to keep you updated, I wanted to share with you that the Orange County Board of Supervisors “passed an emergency ordinance allowing meetings of the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, and other County boards, commissions, authorities, or public bodies to be conducted electronically. This action ensures the continuity of operations for Orange County…” and “guidance on how meetings will be handled will be included as each meeting is announced”, according to Interim County Administrator, Brenda Garton.

To continue following electronic meetings, refer to the Orange County Online Agenda.

If you have any questions during this period, as always, feel free to reach out to me via email or phone call.



Chris Hawk
Field Representative – Culpeper, Madison and Orange
The Piedmont Environmental Council
540-347-2334 ext. 7047

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