Floodplain Ordinance Information

The blue dots on the map (look for them along the orange line that is the pipeline route) are the water crossings.

A, AE, and X on the legend are FEMA designated Floodplain Areas. A & AE are the most dangerous part of Floodplains & any permanent structures are prohibited there…with or without Higher Standards. They are called Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA). 

Visit FEMA’s website for more information: https://www.fema.gov/flood-zones

Below are some helpful general information links:


ACP’s Floodplain Variance Request Denied

On December 3, 2018, on a 3-2 vote, the Nelson County Board of Zoning Appeals denied four of Dominion’s applications for the variances to the County’s flood plain ordinance needed to construct the Atlantic Coast Pipeline across flood plains in Nelson. The other seven of the original eleven applications were dismissed in January 2018, and […]

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FERC Asked to Issue Stop Work Order for ACP

On November 27, 2018, a group of six ABRA members – Appalachian Voices, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Sierra Club, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, and Wild Virginia – asked the Federal Regulatory Commission to issue a stop work order for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). On November 9, the same organizations had […]

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Appeals Court Vacates MVP Nationwide Permit

On November 27, 2018, the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers violated the Clean Water Act when it verified that construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project could proceed under Nationwide Permit 12 in West Virginia. The Court vacated the Corps’ verification in its entirety, leaving the project […]

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Dec. 3: Nelson Hearing on ACP Request to Cross Floodplains

A Public Hearing will be held at 7 pm Monday December 3, 2018, in the auditorium at Nelson County High/Middle School (6919 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston) to review four of the deferred floodplain variance applications submitted by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in early 2018. On January 31, 2018, ACP requested the deferrals until such time […]

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Public Hearing on ACP Request to Cross Floodplains

A Public Hearing will be held at 7 pm Monday December 3, 2018, in the auditorium at Nelson County High/Middle School (6919 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston) to review four of the deferred floodplain variance applications submitted by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in early 2018.  On January 31, 2018, ACP requested the deferrals until such time as […]

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Flood Carries MVP Pipe Section Off Site

The Roanoke Times reported on October 12, 2018, that flooding from rains the day before carried two 80-foot sections of pipe off the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s right of way onto Dale Angle’s land.   The sections had been left in the right of way before being set in the nearby trench.  “Both had clearly crossed […]

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ACP Crossing at Jennings Branch

Augusta County Alliance has produced a video showing the recent high waters at the ACP crossing on Jennings Branch.

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Missing, Inaccurate, Incomplete

Those commenting to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in response to the State Water Control Board (SWCB) request for technical information on specific wetland and/or stream crossings are documenting missing, inaccurate and incomplete wetland and stream information in Table B-1 Revised November 30, 2017, “Impact Table of Waters of the U.S. for the Atlantic […]

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NRDC Issues Report on ACP/MVP Threats to Waterbodies in VA

On February 26, 2018, the Natural Resources Defense Council issued a 30 page report, produced for NRDC by Downstream Strategies, which assesses threats and likely impacts to waterbodies in Virginia during the construction and operation of the ACP and MVP. Threats to Water Quality from Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline Water Crossings in […]

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Dominion Didn’t Do Homework

In a Letter to the Editor of the Nelson County Times, published February 14, 2018, Marilyn Shifflett points out the many ways in which Dominion had failed to do their homework when they came to the Board of Zoning appeals on February 5 with applications for variances to cross more than four miles of Nelson […]

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Rainy Days, High Water

Watch Richard Averitt’s quick video, made on Sunday, February 11, 2018, to document the very regular but significant rainfall over the weekend and how the proposed location of the ACP staging areas and pipe across Spruce Creek is destined to fail and wreck this pristine stream. This same thing is playing out across thousands of […]

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Floodplain Info

Floodplains – what they are, how they help us, what our floodplain ordinances say, Dominion’s requests for variances to allow permanent changes to them by building through them, the role of the Nelson County Board of Zoning Appeals in upholding our ordinances – all this and more on our new Floodplain Ordinance Information page. It […]

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BZA Dismisses 7, Defers 4 Floodplain Variance Requests

At its evening meeting on February 5, 2018, the Nelson County Board of Zoning Appeals dismissed seven of Dominion’s eleven requests for variance to Nelson’s floodplain ordinance for lack of standing, and granted deferrals for a hearing on the remaining four. “Lack of standing” means that Dominion requested variances on properties it does not own […]

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Floodplains: Unsung Heroes in Our Communities

Floodplains are unsung heroes in our communities. They are important systems that we need to help our landscapes deal with water, organic matter, filtration, and erosion control. The ACP is asking the Nelson County Board of Zoning Appeals for variances so they can put their 42″ pipeline through our floodplains. What does #4 on the […]

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Update on February 5th Meetings

As reported in the Nelson County Times, the Nelson County Board of Zoning Appeals will meet in open session tomorrow evening, February 5, 2018. (See article below.) This meeting is open to the public and those interested in the upcoming Public Hearing currently scheduled for February 12th may wish to attend. Friends of Nelson will […]

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FPO Hearings May Be Postponed

The Nelson Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) February 12, 2018, public hearing on ACP requests for variances to the Flood Plain Ordinance (FPO) will probably be postponed. Late on February 2, 2018, the Lynchburg News & Advance reported, “In a letter to the county’s planning and zoning department dated Jan. 31, Dominion’s Vice President for […]

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Where It Rains, It Floods

Two recent posts by for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ flood-prepared communities initiative underscore the need for pro-active planning to prevent or mitigate future flood disruption and damage and the need for costly repairs. The authors note that: flooding is our nation’s most common natural disaster: the majority of natural disasters over the last 10 years […]

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Nelson BZA Public Hearing, February 12, 2018

The Nelson County Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s request to obtain variances for 11 floodplain crossings in Nelson County totaling 4.5 miles of floodplain, 3.5 for pipeline and one mile for access roads.  The public hearings will be February 12, 2018, 7 p.m., at the Nelson […]

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Floodplain Information and Education Meeting

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 […]

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Nelson BZA to Hold Hearings on ACP Flood Plain Crossings

The Nelson County Board of Zoning Appeals will hold public hearings on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s request to obtain variances for 11 floodplain crossings in Nelson County totaling 4.5 miles of floodplain, 3.5 for pipeline and one mile for access roads. Variances are required because, under Nelson’s floodplain ordinance, pipelines qualify as critical facilities whose […]

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