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Rockfish Valley Area Plan


The Rockfish Valley Area Plan (RVAP) was completed on March 29, 2017. The project was presented to the Nelson County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. A copy of the PowerPoint Presentation is available here.

The RVAP can be downloaded, viewed, and/or printed: Rockfish Valley Area Plan_Area Analysis and Asset-Based Strategies_web-res

The RVAP Appendix items can be downloaded, viewed, and/or printed by clicking on the following links:

RVAP Appendix Items 1-5

This (above) includes the appendix cover sheet; appendix table of contents; 1. S.W.O.T. Analysis, 2. Summary of Previous Plans & Existing Studies; 3A. Community Survey Summary; 3B. Community Survey Responses (by Question); 3C. Community Survey Responses (Written Comments); 4. Summary of Open House Meeting (June 28, 2016); and 5. County Ordinance Review.

RVAP Appx A_Area Analysis Posters_All 5 Topics_web-11×17

This PDF (above) contains all 10 poster exhibits that summarize the “area analysis” of the Rockfish Valley through five plan topics: Agriculture, Economy, Community, Transportation, and Natural Resources. For more information, please see RVAP pages 8-18. [Note: These files were reduced from the original (24″ x 36″) format to a (11″ x 17″) format.]

RVAP Appx B_Asset Inventory_All 4 Maps_web

This PDF (above) contains all 4 “asset inventory” maps: Basemap, Infrastructure, Green Infrastructure, and Amenities. For more information, please see RVAP pages 8-12.
[Note: The resolution of these (24″ x 36″) maps was reduced to create a smaller electronic file size.]

RVAP Appx C_Zoning and Land Use_Commercial_web

This PDF (above) contains analysis of the study area’s zoning and land use patterns. Specifically, the exhibit contains one map showing all properties that have commercial zoning, as well as a second map showing the locations of all commercial land uses (regardless of zoning designations). For more information, please see RVAP pages 21-22.
[Note: The resolution of this (24″ x 36″) exhibit was reduced to create a smaller electronic file size.]

RVAP Appx D1_Future Dev Areas Map_web

This PDF (above) identifies the potential locations of future development areas throughout the Rockfish Valley. These potential development area locations were identified based on an analysis of former land uses, current land uses, and anticipated near-future trends of growth. The potential development areas also take into account the locations where new commercial highway entrances might be most appropriate, as determined through an informal “highway suitability” analysis. For more information, please see RVAP pages 35-36.
[Note: The resolution of this (24″ x 36″) exhibit was reduced to create a smaller electronic file size.]

RVAP Appx D2_Asset-Based Strategies_web

This PDF (above) identifies asset-based strategies that could benefit residents, businesses, and visitors. These strategies are intended as a supplement to the goals, objectives, and strategies that were identified for each plan topic (Agriculture, Economy, Community, Transportation, and Natural Resources). More specifically, the asset-based strategies are designed to help pursue community goals and objectives across all 5 plan topics. For more information, please see RVAP pages 37-38.
[Note: The resolution of this (24″ x 36″) exhibit was reduced to create a smaller electronic file size.]


Phase 1: Community Engagement (Public Survey)

The Public Survey, which was initially released to the public in May 2016, was closed on Friday, July 15, 2016. A total of 431 responses were received; 95% of respondents self-reported as Nelson County residents. Approximately half of all respondents provided written comments after completing the 28-question survey.

RVAP Public Survey – Summary Analysis

RVAP Public Survey – Responses (Questions)

RVAP Public Survey – Responses (Written Comments)

RVAP Public Survey Questions – Paper Copy

RVAP Public Engagement & Meetings


A project update was presented to the Nelson County Planning Commission (PC) during their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 27th. This presentation provided the Commission with an informational update, and allowed the project team to receive Planning Commissioners’ questions, comments, and requests.

Another project update was presented to the Nelson County Board of Supervisors (BOS) during their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 9th. This presentation provided the Board with an informational update, and allowed the project team to receive specific guidance and requests from County Supervisors’ for consideration during the process of finalizing Phase 1 documents and initiating Phase 2 tasks.

The presentation to the BOS is available for download.

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


Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Rockfish Valley Community Center
190 Rockfish School Ln, Afton, VA 22920

This public meeting – which was attended by approximately 25 community members – included a formal presentation by project team members, as well as a community “listening session.”

The presentation included an overview of the Area Plan project; numerous highlights from each of the Phase 1 (“Area Analysis”) tasks; and a draft community vision statement for the Rockfish Valley which is reflective of the essential themes identified during the public engagement process. The “listening session” provided an interactive opportunity for members of the public to present comments, concerns, recommendations, and questions to a panel of project team members, and to receive responses from the project team.

The presentation materials for the meeting are available for download (below – with more material to be added when available). Full-size electronic copies of maps and other presentation materials can be made available upon request.







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: All 5 Topics (11×17)

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 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 Project Update: “AFID Planning Grant”

The Rockfish Valley Area Plan was 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, provided Nelson County the necessary resources to undertake and complete the RVAP project. County participation in this AFID Planning Grant program included the establishment of a citizen-based working group to assist members of the RVAP project team; this “ag working group” evaluated the evolving roles of agriculture in the local economy and local community, and helped identify key issues that were 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 County Rockfish Valley Area Plan

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