Scenic 250

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Scenic 250 is a citizens organization dedicated to preserving the rural and scenic character of US Route 250 from Charlottesville to the western boundary of Albemarle County[1].

Early history

The group formed formed in 1997[1], before the Virginia Department of Transportation unveiled a recommendation in the Route 250 West Corridor Study to widen the road to four lanes from the Charlottesville city line to the Mechums River near Crozet. During 1997-2000, Scenic 250 "vigorously opposed" the widening of the road.[2] Public opposition led to a May 2000 resolution passed unanimously by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors opposing the proposal and committed the County to maintaining the two-lane configuration of the corridor for all portions of Route 250 in Western Albemarle.

Later advocacy

As of 2009, Scenic 250 was

  • Opposing the...widening of the 250 West corridor by VDOT.
  • Opposing inappropriate commercial and residential development along the corridor.
  • Supporting programs to secure scenic easements and other measures to protect and enhance the visual quality of the countryside along the corridor.
  • Working with the county to make the 250 West corridor a model entrance corridor for use in other areas of the County[1].

Steering Committee

Scenic 250 is run by a steering committee, which includes Scott Peyton. Other representatives include Rick Middleton, Kirk Train, Gardy Bloemers and Alexander Von Thelen.

Former members


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Peyton, Scott "Scenic 250." Background information from Scenic 250 materials. Fax to Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow. 12 Nov. 2009.
  2. "Interview with Scott Peyton, President, Scenic 250." Telephone interview by Brian Wheeler. Charlottesville Tomorrow. 12 Nov. 2009.