Conserve York County Foundation

Protecting Our Region from Congestion, Overcrowding and Overdevelopment

Conserve York County Foundation


Conservation of woods and farmland

Accountability by our County leadership

Reuse and Repurposing of existing developed sites

Education on how citizens can get involved

Supporting landowner’s rights within existing zoning

Conserve York County Foundation

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Conserve York County Foundation

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CYCF is committed to protecting and preserving our community’s ambiance by advocating for smart growth and conservation.  We want to see the beauty and wonder of our county through YOUR eyes.  We’re hosting a PHOTO CONTEST!


  • Best of York County (show us what you love!)
  • Worst of York County (what could use a little love?)


  • 1st place $75, 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25 in each category
  • each participant may win up to two prizes
  • winning photos will be featured on our website, social media pages and more!

Email photos with the subject line “Best of York County” or “Worst of York County” to by June 15, 2022.  Winners will be announced on July 15, 2022.  Submission of any photograph constitutes agreement with the detailed contest rules.

Here’s the latest:

Conservation Award!

Conservation Award!

In case you missed it, the Conserve York County Foundation was awarded the Historic Virginia Land Conservancy 2021 Commitment to Conservation Award! This award recognizes "extraordinary efforts to protect and preserve our community ambiance in the Historic Triangle by...

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In a nutshell: What does the Board of Supervisors do?

In a nutshell: What does the Board of Supervisors do?

The York County Board of Supervisors is an elected body that passes legislation for the county. They approve or deny rezoning proposals, for example, based on recommendations from the Planning Commission, county staff and public input. Their meetings are generally...

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In 2020-2021, citizens banded together to oppose a rezoning on Fenton Mill Road, in York District 1.  This land is zoned Rural Residential, which allows for 288 homes.

Had the rezoning been successful, the developer would have built 599 homes, more than TWICE as many as allowed by current zoning (slide the arrow to see what would have happened to this land).

Citizens displayed signs and bumper stickers, wrote letters, and spoke out at meetings of the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.

And York County Leaders listened.  The rezoning was UNANIMOUSLY DENIED!

Click here to learn more about our successful fight to Preserve Fenton Mill.



York County
Rezoning Timeline

  • In July, our partners in Smithfield, who opposed a rezoning that will increase the population of that town by 25%, with 812 additional homes on land zoned for 261, were crushed by special interests and the town council. Over 100 concerned citizens showed up to the town council meeting and ALL 37 public comments were in opposition. Residents pleaded for the council to “do what is right and reject the application” but instead the council immediately moved for approval without even a discussion and then inexplicably voted for the rezoning. Smithfield leaders simply did not respect or listen to their own residents. Special interests won the day in Smithfield.
  • Over 300 acres of land on Lightfoot Road on former Williamsburg Pottery Property is considered for major development by a company named GAWK Capital LLC, as Lightfoot Rd is considered one of the worst roads in the State for congestion and delays.
  • CELEBRATE WITH US!  On March 16, the Board of Supervisors voted UNANIMOUSLY to DENY the Fenton Mill Living rezoning application!
  • CONSERVE YORK COUNTY FOUNDATION WAS CREATED to fight overdevelopment throughout York County and the Greater Williamsburg area, and to demand accountability from our County Leaders
  • Mid-Atlantic Real Estate quietly submitted the FENTON MILL LIVING rezoning application, to enable them to build 836 homes instead of the 288 allowed by current zoning.  A citizen discovered the rezoning request and sounded the alarm, and Preserve Fenton Mill was born to fight the rezoning.  Citizen outcry led to a reduced proposal for 599 homes, and a UNANIMOUS Planning Commission recommendation for DENIAL of the rezoning
  • MARQUIS HILLS: this rezoning allows 600 new residences on Marquis Parkway
  • KELTON STATION: this rezoning allows 248 new residences in on Lightfoot Road.
  • SMITH FARM: this rezoning allows 113 new residences on Yorktown Road.
  • PHOENIX SENIOR HOUSING: this rezoning allows 170 new residences on Byrd Road.
  • ARBORDALE: this rezoning allows 493 new residences off of Mooretown Road



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The Historic Virginia Land Conservancy has a 30 year track record to prove it.  We are proud to join them in their efforts to protect our region.