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Rockfish Valley Area Plan


About the Rockfish Valley Area Plan (RVAP)

The RVAP is a public community planning effort focusing on the Rockfish Valley (including Afton, Nellysford, Beech Grove, and Woods Mill). The project is being conducted by Nelson County and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. For more information about the RVAP project, please reference the following “project intro” handout materials (below). And please consider actively participating in the RVAP project by:

  • completing and submitting the public survey and/or other public participation materials; and
  • attending upcoming public meetings (additional meeting date(s) to be determined)

Public Participation Materials:

The Public Survey, which was initially released to the public in May, was closed on Friday, July 15th. The project team is working to compile and analyze the submissions; the results will be made available to the public upon completion.

The following participation materials can still be completed and submitted via any of the following methods (below).

RVAP Questions / Comments / Suggestions

RVAP People’s Dictionary

  • deliver to: Planning & Zoning Department – 80 Front Street – Lovingston, VA
  • mail to: County of Nelson – Planning & Zoning – P.O. Box 558 – Lovingston, VA 22949
  • scan and email to: Stormy Hopkins at <shopkins@nelsoncounty.org>
  • fax to: (434)-263-7086

Project Introduction Materials (October 2014):

RVAP Project Intro: Why is this project important?

RVAP Project Intro: Where is the project study area?

RVAP Project Intro: What project work will the Area Plan contain?

RVAP Project Intro: Why is this project happening? (Project Intent & Purposes)

RVAP Project Intro: How does this Area Plan project relate to the proposed pipeline?

RVAP Public Meetings

A project update will be presented to the Nelson County Planning Commission during the regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 27th. This presentation will provide the Commission with an informational update, and will allow the project team to receive Planning Commissioners’ questions, comments, and requests.

Another project update is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, August 9th at the regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting. This presentation will provide the Board with an informational update, and will allow the project team to receive County Supervisors’ questions, comments, and requests.

For meeting information or other details, please check the County Calendar or contact County staff.

Previous Meetings:


Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Rockfish Valley Community Center
190 Rockfish School Ln, Afton, VA 22920

This public meeting – which drew approximately 125 attendees – provided members of the public an opportunity to learn more details about the five main “plan topics” for this Area Plan effort, and to share questions, concerns, and opinions in a variety of interactive formats. The meeting included a short presentation from the project team, which was delivered once at 6:45 and again at 7:45. Each presentation was followed by informal Q&A sessions with staff from Nelson County and TJPDC at five stations around the auditorium.

The presentation materials for the meeting are available for download (below). These materials include a meeting summary report which summarizes trending topics and comment card submissions; a copy of the PowerPoint presentation slides; and copies of each of the “plan topic” posters.

RVAP June 28th Open House Meeting Summary

RVAP Open House Presentation

RVAP Open House Posters: Agriculture (11×17)

RVAP Open House Posters: Community (11×17)

RVAP Open House Posters: Economy (11×17)

RVAP Open House Posters: Natural Resources (11×17)

RVAP Open House Posters: Transportation (11×17)

RVAP June 28 Public Open House Flyer


Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Rockfish River Elementary School
200 Chapel Hollow Rd, Afton, VA 22920

This initial public meeting for the Rockfish Valley Area Plan was attended by more than 70 members of the public. After a project introduction slideshow was provided by the project team, the meeting transitioned to an “open house” format which allowed attendees to review informational exhibits and maps, to engage County staff and project team members with questions and feedback, and to complete and submit the (voluntary) public participation materials.

RVAP Project Intro (copy of PowerPoint presentation slides)

RVAP Project Intro Presentation (web-resolution)

RVAP Project Update: “AFID Planning Grant”

The Rockfish Valley Area Plan was recently awarded a Planning Grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID), which is a program administered through the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).

This grant award, announced on November 16, 2015, will provide Nelson County with additional resources to undertake and complete the RVAP project. County participation in this AFID Planning Grant program will include the establishment of a citizen-based working group to assist members of the RVAP project team; this “ag working group” will carefully evaluate the evolving roles of agriculture in the local economy and local community, and will help identify key issues to be addressed throughout the overall RVAP project.

For more information, please reference the following announcement and the AFID Planning Grant application:

Grant Award Announcement from Governor McAuliffe (November 16, 2015)

Nelson County Times article (November 19, 2015)

AFID Planning Grant Application: Nelcon County Rockfish Valley Area Planey Area Plan

AFID Planning Grant Application: Nelson County Rockfish Valley Area Plan (attachments)