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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 (next meeting is June 28th – see below for details)


[Public Participation Materials]:

RVAP_Public Survey (online version – link to Survey Monkey)

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

  • 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

RVAP_Public Survey – Print Version

RVAP: Questions / Comments / Suggestions

RVAP: People’s Dictionary


[Project Introduction Materials – from 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

[Upcoming meetings]:

“Public Meeting 2: RVAP Community Open House”

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

You are invited to join the RVAP process and make your voice heard regarding important community issues in the Rockfish Valley!

This public meeting is an opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the planning project, and to share your questions, concerns, and opinions. The open house will include a short presentation from the project team, which will be delivered once at 6:45 and again at 7:30. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A sessions with staff from Nelson County and TJPDC.

RVAP_June 28 Public Open House Flyer


[Previous meetings]:

Public Meeting 1: RVAP Project Introduction

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_2014-10-28_web-res



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_Nelson Co_Rockfish Valley Area Plan

AFID Planning Grant Application_Nelson Co_Rockfish Valley Area Plan_Attachments_webres

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