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Terry Tempest Williams at PEC’s Annual Meeting (Highlights)

Terry Tempest Williams at PEC’s Annual Meeting (Highlights)

It was a tremendous honor to host author Terry Tempest Williams at our annual meeting in May. The event, a celebration of PEC’s 50th anniversary, was held at the beautiful Mistwood property in Orange County. A special shout out to Sheldon and Rita Clark for graciously hosting us!

In her keynote, Williams helped us celebrate and reflect on all that has been achieved so far while preparing us for the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 

A huge thank you to all of the supporters, donors, volunteers, partners, staff and board members who have made the last fifty years so successful. Here’s to the next fifty!

Updating the Charlottesville Zoning Code: A Diagnostic Tool

Updating the Charlottesville Zoning Code: A Diagnostic Tool

The City of Charlottesville is in the third and final phase of the Cville Plans Together process: updating its zoning ordinance. Drafting that important document will take place this fall, but the groundwork is being laid right now. We would like to share more details about what is underway and how you can get involved.

Week Ahead for August 15, 2022: Albemarle group to see rezoning for 145 acres south of U.S. 29/I-64 interchange; Greene Planning Commission to continue work Comprehensive Plan review

If it were common practice to number the weeks of year, this would be the 32nd. Time moves on each week, with another set of government meetings taking the place of the ones that came before. Week by week, decisions are made and decisions are deferred. All of it adds up to the world we see around us. This newsletter seeks to help you keep track of it all.

Resources from Warrenton Town Hall Meeting August 10, 2022

Resources from Warrenton Town Hall Meeting August 10, 2022

On August 10, 2022 the local citizen group Protect Fauquier and nonprofit organizations Citizens for Fauquier County and Piedmont Environmental Council hosted a community town hall to highlight our concerns regarding the data center and its broader impacts and to share actions residents can take to oppose the proposal.

Week Ahead for August 8, 2022: Charlottesville PC to get update on zoning rewrite; Greene Supervisors to adopt water and sewer ordinance

I’m looking forward to getting back into a routine and finding new efficiencies for my work. The segments this week may be a bit more brief, but I do hope many of you will review as much of this as you can. Ask questions in the comments, or drop me a line. I just may not get back to you this week.

Week Ahead for August 1, 2022: Charlottesville to review $14.8M in ARPA spending; ARB to review 81-unit building at Premier Circle

With seven months down for 2022, August has submitted an impressive entry in the Busiest First Week category in the upcoming year-end awards. There are a lot of government meetings coming up this week, and this is your source to know what’s on the agendas.

Three local groups unite against proposed Amazon data center and associated transmission line

Three local groups unite against proposed Amazon data center and associated transmission line

The local citizen group Protect Fauquier and nonprofit organizations Citizens For Fauquier County (CFFC) and The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) are united against Amazon’s proposed data center project near Blackwell Road. The data center would sit at the northern gateway into Warrenton, along with a new Dominion electric substation, and would require miles of new high voltage transmission lines supported by 110-feet-tall steel towers, according to Dominion Energy.

Week Ahead for July 25, 2022: Albemarle PC to review growth management feedback, consider 157-unit development in Crozet; Library board to get update on committee to consider potential renaming

We are now at the fourth week of the month again and this is another relatively slow week. But, of course, there’s barely such a thing when you start going through agendas. This newsletter is a comprehensive review for anyone with an interest in the community’s future.