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March 5, 2015

**RESCHEDULED** FOR MARCH 10TH Dominion Open House on Atlantic Coast Pipeline Alternate Routes 5 PM to 7:30 PM at NCHS

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is postponing its informational open house that was scheduled for Thursday, March 5, in Lovingston, Va., at the Nelson County High School because of the winter storm that is forecasted for Central Virginia.

The open house has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 5-7:30 p.m., at the high school.

Dominion Provides Alternate Routes in Nelson and Will Hold A Public Meeting on Thursday March 5, 2015 at Nelson County High School From 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) has identified several potential alternate routes for the interstate natural gas pipeline through Nelson County and parts of Augusta and Buckingham counties. We are sending letters today to landowners along the alternatives seeking their permission to survey. Surveys are the only way to understand fully the potential benefits and constraints of these potential alternatives.
These alternate routes are in addition to the proposed route. A map of the proposed route and the alternatives is attached.

These alternatives are a natural part of the routing process. They are the result of conversations with local, state and federal officials; landowners and other stakeholders. It is consistent with our promise to work with all parties to find the best route with the least impacts to people, the environment, and historic and cultural resources. It also is consistent with what we have done elsewhere along the proposed route.

No decision has been made on which route will be submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Agency (FERC) as the preferred route. That will require surveying the alternatives as well as the completing surveying work on the proposed route.

Throughout the development of the ACP, Dominion’s construction, engineering and environmental teams have reviewed and evaluated more than 3,000 miles of route variations. Typically, the first steps in evaluating route alternatives are: (1) to identify and try to avoid potential constraints and (2) to conduct surveys and environmental studies along the potential alternative route corridor. In almost all cases, evaluation of alternate routes is an exercise of balancing competing constraints. Identifying the least impactful route is always the objective. And, building and operating safely is our paramount concern.

The ACP will host an informational open house on these alternate routes on Thursday, March 5, at a time and location to be determined. (Nelson County High School from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM.)

The Appalachian Trail South Alternative:
The ACP must cross the Appalachian Trail (AT) as it continues from West Virginia through Virginia and on to North Carolina. Many other natural gas pipelines, electric transmission lines and other infrastructure projects already cross the trail. Our proposed route has a constructible crossing that we believe minimizes any potential impact on the trail and its surrounding area.

After discussions with stakeholders, Dominion has identified another viable route on a section of the AT that is in the George Washington National Forest, about 8 miles southwest of the proposed crossing. We are requesting permission from GWNF officials to survey this alternate route.

On this alternate route, Dominion has studied and determined that it would be feasible to use Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) construction to install the ACP well below both the AT and the Blue Ridge Parkway, with no trees removed and no long-term visual impacts.

While the construction is more challenging and several more roads are crossed, this alternate route would be about 1 ½ miles shorter and cross about 10 fewer water bodies than the proposed route. It would change the route in eastern Augusta County to align with one end of the boring. Surveying this alternate route would affect 155 new tracts of land – 95 in Augusta and 60 in Nelson.

East of Lovingston Alternate:
Many Nelson County landowners and residents have asked us to consider avoiding the areas damaged by Hurricane Camille in planning the ACP route. This alternate route avoids areas identified by The Nature Conservancy as critical habitat, Davis Creek, and areas that were hardest hit by Hurricane Camille in 1969. This alternate route would straighten out the proposed route east of Lovingston, the Nelson County seat, and is about 5 miles shorter than the proposed route. 95 new tracts of land would be affected.

East of Lovingston Connector:
If the AT South Alternative is chosen for crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains, the ACP must rejoin the original proposed route or connect with the East of Lovingston Alternate route. This connector would be about 5.4 miles in length and surveying this alternative would affect 15 new tracts of land.

Wingina Alternate:
Interstate natural gas pipelines make every effort to avoid historic districts where possible. During conversations with landowners and community leaders along the proposed route, Dominion was made aware of a pending historic district designation for the Norwood – Wingina section of Nelson County because of its unique historical significance. The Virginia State Review Board and the Department of Historic Resources has recommended that the Norwood – Wingina Historic District be eligible for nomination to the national and state registers. Formal nomination to the National Register of Historic Places is expected in March 2015.

The Wingina Alternate would move the proposed route to avoid the Norwood – Wingina Historic District. It would shorten the length of the route through Nelson County by about 1 mile and cross the James River under a narrower section of the river, approximately 3 miles northeast of the proposed route. It would require a slight route variation in Buckingham County. Surveying this alternative would affect 16 new tracts of land.

Start: March 5, 2015 5:00 pm
End: March 5, 2015 7:30 pm
Venue: Nelson County High School
Phone: 434-263-8317
Address:
6919 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston, VA, 22949

March 6, 2015

The Currys live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

The Currys live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company.

Start: March 6, 2015 7:00 pm
End: March 6, 2015 10:00 pm
Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Phone: 434-361-0088
Address:
2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, Virginia, 22958

The Sean Peterson Experiment live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

The Sean Peterson Experiment live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort.

Start: March 6, 2015 9:30 pm
End: March 6, 2015 11:55 pm
Venue: Wintergreen Resort
Phone: 434-325-8065
Address:
39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA, 22958

March 7, 2015

Community Breakfast at the Rockfish Valley Community Center

Community Breakfast at the Rockfish Valley Community Center.

Start: March 7, 2015 8:30 am
End: March 7, 2015 10:30 pm
Venue: Rockfish Valley Community Center
Phone: 434-361-0100
Address:
190 Rockfish Lane, Afton, VA, 22920

Mardi Gras Weekend at Wintergreen Resort

Mardi Gras Weekend at Wintergreen Resort.

Start: March 7, 2015 9:00 am
End: March 7, 2015 6:00 pm
Venue: Wintergreen Resort
Phone: 434-325-2200
Address:
39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA, 22967

Community Market at Rockfish Valley Community Center

Community Market at Rockfish Valley Community Center.

Start: March 7, 2015 9:00 am
End: March 7, 2015 12:00 pm
Venue: Rockfish Valley Community Center
Phone: 434-361-0100
Address:
190 Rockfish Lane, Afton, VA, 22920

Grand Opening of Rockfish River Gallery of Fine Arts and Exquisite Crafts

Grand Opening of Rockfish River Gallery of Fine Arts and Exquisite Crafts at Rockfish Valley Community Center

Start: March 7, 2015 10:00 am
End: March 7, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: Rockfish River Gallery of Fine Arts and Exquisite Crafts
Phone: 434-294-4668
Address:
190 Rockfish School Lane, Afton, VA, 22920

Greg Ward live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

Greg Ward live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort.

Start: March 7, 2015 3:00 pm
End: March 7, 2015 6:00 pm
Venue: Wintergreen Resort
Phone: 434-325-2200
Address:
Wintergreen Drive, Wintergreen, VA, 22958

Wintergreen Rail Jam, Event 5 of 5 at Wintergreen Resort

Wintergreen Rail Jam, Event 5 of 5 at Wintergreen Resort

Start: March 7, 2015 4:00 pm
End: March 7, 2015 8:00 pm
Venue: Wintergreen Resort
Phone: 434-325-2200
Address:
39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA, 22967

Moon live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Moon live at Wild Wolf Brewing Company.

Start: March 7, 2015 7:00 pm
End: March 7, 2015 10:00 pm
Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Phone: 434-361-0088
Address:
2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, Virginia, 22958

Byron Massie live at Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub

Byron Massie live at Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub.

Start: March 7, 2015 7:30 pm
End: March 7, 2015 10:30 pm
Venue: Rockfish One Fifty-One Pub
Phone: 434-996-6992
Address:
9278 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA, 22920

Alberene live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort

Alberene live at The Edge at Wintergreen Resort.

Start: March 7, 2015 9:30 pm
End: March 7, 2015 11:55 pm
Venue: Wintergreen Resort
Phone: 434-325-8065
Address:
39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA, 22958

March 8, 2015

Mardi Gras Weekend at Wintergreen Resort

Mardi Gras Weekend at Wintergreen Resort.

Start: March 8, 2015 9:00 am
End: March 8, 2015 6:00 pm
Venue: Wintergreen Resort
Phone: 434-325-2200
Address:
39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA, 22967

Live Music at Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Live Music at Wild Wolf Brewing Company.

Start: March 8, 2015 11:30 am
End: March 8, 2015 10:00 pm
Venue: Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Phone: 434-361-0088
Address:
2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, Virginia, 22958

March 9, 2015

Appreciation Days at Wintergreen Resort

Appreciation Days at Wintergreen Resort.

Start: March 9, 2015 9:00 am
End: March 9, 2015 9:00 pm
Venue: Wintergreen Resort
Phone: 434-325-8065
Address:
39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA, 22958

March 10, 2015

Appreciation Days at Wintergreen Resort

Appreciation Days at Wintergreen Resort.

Start: March 10, 2015 9:00 am
End: March 10, 2015 9:00 pm
Venue: Wintergreen Resort
Phone: 434-325-8065
Address:
39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA, 22958

Board of Supervisors Meeting-Afternoon Session 2 PM ONLY – Evening Session CANCELLED

The Nelson County Board of Supervisors will meet in the General District Courtroom on the second Tuesday of each month: afternoon session at 2:00 pm & evening session at 7:00 pm.

EVENING SESSION AT 7 PM HAS BEEN CANCELLED

AGENDA
NELSON COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
March 10, 2015
THE REGULAR MEETING CONVENES AT 2:00 P.M.
IN THE GENERAL DISTRICT COURTROOM
AT THE COURTHOUSE IN LOVINGSTON

I. Call to Order
A. Moment of Silence
B. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Consent Agenda
A. Resolution – R2015-13 Minutes for Approval
B. Resolution – R2015-14 COR Refunds
C. Resolution – R2015-15 FY15 Budget Amendment
D. Resolution – R2015-16 Jefferson Madison Regional Library -The Big Read 2015
E. Resolution – R2015-17 FY15-16 VCA, Local Government Challenge Grant

III. Public Comments and Presentations
A. Public Comments
B. Presentation – Blue Ridge Medical Center Programs (P. Whitehead)
C. VDOT Report

IV. New Business/ Unfinished Business
A. Virginia Department of Health, Pump and Haul Septic Permit (R2015-18)
B. Authorization for Public Hearing: Proposed Ordinance to Repeal and Re-Enact Article V, Agricultural and Forestal Districts to Include new State Provisions (R2015-19)
C. Referral to the Planning Commission of Proposed Amendments to Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances to Designate DEQ as Administrator of the Local Stormwater Management Program (R2015-20)
D. Authorization for Public Hearing: Proposed Amendments to Zoning Ordinance, Addition of Artist Community (R2015-21)
E. Nelson County Animal Control Use of Force Policy (R2015-22)
F. FY15-16 Budget Introduction

V. Reports, Appointments, Directives, and Correspondence
A. Reports
1. County Administrator’s Report
2. Board Reports
B. Appointments
C. Correspondence
D. Directives

VI. Adjournment – Evening Session Has Been Cancelled

Start: March 10, 2015 2:00 pm
End: March 10, 2015 9:00 pm
Venue: County Courthouse, General District Courtroom

**RESCHEDULED** FROM MARCH 5TH Dominion Open House on Atlantic Coast Pipeline Alternate Routes 5 PM to 7:30 PM at NCHS

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is postponing its informational open house that was scheduled for Thursday, March 5, in Lovingston, Va., at the Nelson County High School because of the winter storm that is forecasted for Central Virginia.

The open house has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 5-7:30 p.m., at the high school.

Dominion Provides Alternate Routes in Nelson and Will Hold A Public Meeting on Thursday March 10, 2015 at Nelson County High School From 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

ACP-Alternate-Routes-2-23-15

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) has identified several potential alternate routes for the interstate natural gas pipeline through Nelson County and parts of Augusta and Buckingham counties. We are sending letters today to landowners along the alternatives seeking their permission to survey. Surveys are the only way to understand fully the potential benefits and constraints of these potential alternatives.
These alternate routes are in addition to the proposed route. A map of the proposed route and the alternatives is attached.

These alternatives are a natural part of the routing process. They are the result of conversations with local, state and federal officials; landowners and other stakeholders. It is consistent with our promise to work with all parties to find the best route with the least impacts to people, the environment, and historic and cultural resources. It also is consistent with what we have done elsewhere along the proposed route.

No decision has been made on which route will be submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Agency (FERC) as the preferred route. That will require surveying the alternatives as well as the completing surveying work on the proposed route.

Throughout the development of the ACP, Dominion’s construction, engineering and environmental teams have reviewed and evaluated more than 3,000 miles of route variations. Typically, the first steps in evaluating route alternatives are: (1) to identify and try to avoid potential constraints and (2) to conduct surveys and environmental studies along the potential alternative route corridor. In almost all cases, evaluation of alternate routes is an exercise of balancing competing constraints. Identifying the least impactful route is always the objective. And, building and operating safely is our paramount concern.

The ACP will host an informational open house on these alternate routes on Thursday, March 5, at a time and location to be determined. (Nelson County High School from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM.)

The Appalachian Trail South Alternative:
The ACP must cross the Appalachian Trail (AT) as it continues from West Virginia through Virginia and on to North Carolina. Many other natural gas pipelines, electric transmission lines and other infrastructure projects already cross the trail. Our proposed route has a constructible crossing that we believe minimizes any potential impact on the trail and its surrounding area.

After discussions with stakeholders, Dominion has identified another viable route on a section of the AT that is in the George Washington National Forest, about 8 miles southwest of the proposed crossing. We are requesting permission from GWNF officials to survey this alternate route.

On this alternate route, Dominion has studied and determined that it would be feasible to use Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) construction to install the ACP well below both the AT and the Blue Ridge Parkway, with no trees removed and no long-term visual impacts.

While the construction is more challenging and several more roads are crossed, this alternate route would be about 1 ½ miles shorter and cross about 10 fewer water bodies than the proposed route. It would change the route in eastern Augusta County to align with one end of the boring. Surveying this alternate route would affect 155 new tracts of land – 95 in Augusta and 60 in Nelson.

East of Lovingston Alternate:
Many Nelson County landowners and residents have asked us to consider avoiding the areas damaged by Hurricane Camille in planning the ACP route. This alternate route avoids areas identified by The Nature Conservancy as critical habitat, Davis Creek, and areas that were hardest hit by Hurricane Camille in 1969. This alternate route would straighten out the proposed route east of Lovingston, the Nelson County seat, and is about 5 miles shorter than the proposed route. 95 new tracts of land would be affected.

East of Lovingston Connector:
If the AT South Alternative is chosen for crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains, the ACP must rejoin the original proposed route or connect with the East of Lovingston Alternate route. This connector would be about 5.4 miles in length and surveying this alternative would affect 15 new tracts of land.

Wingina Alternate:
Interstate natural gas pipelines make every effort to avoid historic districts where possible. During conversations with landowners and community leaders along the proposed route, Dominion was made aware of a pending historic district designation for the Norwood – Wingina section of Nelson County because of its unique historical significance. The Virginia State Review Board and the Department of Historic Resources has recommended that the Norwood – Wingina Historic District be eligible for nomination to the national and state registers. Formal nomination to the National Register of Historic Places is expected in March 2015.

The Wingina Alternate would move the proposed route to avoid the Norwood – Wingina Historic District. It would shorten the length of the route through Nelson County by about 1 mile and cross the James River under a narrower section of the river, approximately 3 miles northeast of the proposed route. It would require a slight route variation in Buckingham County. Surveying this alternative would affect 16 new tracts of land.

Start: March 10, 2015 5:00 pm
End: March 10, 2015 7:30 pm
Venue: Nelson County High School
Phone: 434-263-8317
Address:
6919 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston, VA, 22949

March 11, 2015

Appreciation Days at Wintergreen Resort

Appreciation Days at Wintergreen Resort.

Start: March 11, 2015 9:00 am
End: March 11, 2015 9:00 pm
Venue: Wintergreen Resort
Phone: 434-325-8065
Address:
39 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA, 22958

March 12, 2015

Portuguese Wine Dinner at Basic Necessities

Portuguese Wine Dinner at Basic Necessities.

Start: March 12, 2015 6:30 pm
End: March 12, 2015 8:30 pm
Venue: Basic Necessities Restaurant and Wine and Cheese Shop
Phone: 434-361-1766
Address:
2226 Rockfish Valley HIghway, Nellysford, VA, 22958