Category Archives: Friends of Nelson

Friends of Nelson Public Meeting, April 11, 2018


Join us on Wednesday April 11, 2018, Rockfish Valley Community Center, to share information and hear the latest news and updates. Plus a raffle with exciting prizes! Doors will open at 6 pm to give folks a chance to talk informally and pick up information sheets before the 7 pm meeting begins. At the meeting we’ll hear updates on various legal cases, on stream monitoring and water testing, and on the proposed horizontal directional drilling under the Blue Ridge and the James River.

Proceeds from Yoga Classes to Friends of Nelson


During March and April, 100% of the proceeds from Kate Zuckerman’s yoga class (Wednesdays 10:30-11:45 a.m. at Rockfish Valley Community Center) will be donated to Friends of Nelson. Thank you, Kate! Kate’s teaching incorporates the philosophy of yoga and emphasizes presence, peace, and poise in each pose. Students will hold postures for a period of time in order to learn more about themselves and the pose. This class will challenge more experienced students and is also appropriate for all levels.

Friends of Nelson Policy on Signs


A statement from the Friends of Nelson Board:

It has come to our attention that many county residents believe the “Remember Camille” signs are a Friends of Nelson initiative. While we were aware this independent initiative was in the works, Friends of Nelson did not conceive, design, approve, purchase or place any signs or materials related to this campaign. It is and will continue to be our policy to request permission of any landowner prior to placing signs on their property. Please contact us at 434-260-3298 or friendsofnelson@gmail.com for any needed clarifications or concerns.

Floodplain Information and Education Meeting

April 2011 flooding, Goodwin Creek

Friends of Nelson will hold an information and education meeting to help you learn about floodplains and Nelson County’s floodplain ordinance. Drop by any time between 6:30-8:00 pm on Monday February 5, 2018, at Rockfish Valley Community Center.

Dominion & Atlantic Coast Pipeline want to override Nelson County’s important FEMA Floodplain Management Ordinance protections. ACP needs approvals from Nelson County Board of Zoning Appeals to cross 11 floodplains in Nelson County.

Come learn what’s at stake with the Board of Zoning Appeals Variance requests and how to participate in the upcoming public hearings at Nelson County High School at 7 pm on February 12th. We’ll have “talking points” handouts and answer any questions you may have about submitting public comments. We MUST urge the Board of Zoning Appeals to reject Dominion/ACPs request for ordinance protections to put their pipeline through our floodplains – our water is at stake!

The floodplain ordinance is available online.  It is Article 10 of the Nelson County Zoning Ordinance.

New Year’s Message from Friends of Nelson President


January 5, 2018

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year to each of you! This year has certainly been a year of change and challenge. And through it all, we continue to stand ‘Nelson Strong’ in community to maintain the integrity, beauty, and self-determination of our beloved Nelson County.

In this issue we have recapped the 2017 milestones and progress in our opposition to the pipeline. Through your diligence and perseverance, we have clearly stated our concerns and our case is a solid one. In 2018 we will take that body of work and meet them in the courts – the pipeline is NOT a done deal!

Working on the Board during 2017 has been a powerful experience, and given me the opportunity to see firsthand the dedication of so many talented and committed volunteers, the continued and unflagging support of our membership and neighbors, and the effective collaboration with our regional allies – I am truly humbled and inspired.

So with great appreciation and in recognition of all you have done, all you continue to do, and with the knowledge that our community grows ever stronger through our love for our county and for one another – I thank you.

Helen Kimble, President Friends of Nelson