Chesapeake Bay Preservation & Erosion Commission


This board hears encroachment issues within the 100 foot buffer of the Protective Resource Area for new homes and additions to new homes within the 50 foot buffer.


  • 2nd Wednesday of the month
  • Old Courthouse
    6509 Main Street
    Gloucester, VA 23061

Member Details

One member from each magisterial district and two at-large members appointed for a five-year term.

NamePositionPhoneEmailTerm Expiration
Rachel StrawnCounty-Wide (Abingdon)804-693-0446Email Rachel Strawn09/30/2027
John R. Sprouse, Jr.County-Wide (Gloucester Point)804-642-3791Email John Sprouse09/14/2026
Walter I. Priest, III County-Wide (York)804-642-5737Email Walter Priest09/14/2026
Bronco Bayless, Chairman County-Wide (Ware)804-854-5371Email Bronco Bayless09/14/2025
Rick KleinCounty-Wide (Alternate)N/A
Chip NeikirkCounty-Wide (Alternate)757-813-6375Email Chip Neikirk
William Pickens, Vice ChairCounty-Wide (At-large)540-535-5199Email William Pickens03/31/2024
Norman L. SibleyCounty-Wide (At-Large)804-693-4500N/A
William "Bill" Walker, SecretaryCounty-Wide (Petsworth)804-693-6540Email Bill Walker09/30/2027
Sarah Crittenden MitchellRecording Secretary804-693-1217Email Sarah MitchellN/A
Ron OwensChesapeake Bay Program Administrator804-693-1217Email Ron Owens

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Related Documents

Chesapeake Bay Area Discussion Map

Chesapeake Bay Preservation & Erosion Commission Bylaws

More Information

Contact the Environmental Programs Office at 804-693-1217 for more information.

Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act

The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (act), section 10.1-2100 et. seq. and section 15.2-2283 of the Code of Virginia, recognizes that healthy state and local economies are integrally related to each other and the environmental health of the Chesapeake Bay. 


The purpose of this chapter is to control and regulate runoff at the source to protect against and minimize pollution and deposition of sediment in wetlands, streams and lakes in Gloucester County which are tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. This chapter is intended to assist in protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries from nonpoint source pollution from land uses or appurtenances within the Chesapeake Bay drainage area. 


Regulations in this chapter are necessary for: 

  • Prevention of any increase in pollution
  • Promotion of water resource conservation in order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of present and future citizens of the commonwealth
  • Protection of existing high quality state waters and restoration of all other state waters to a condition or quality that will permit all reasonable public uses and will support the propagation and growth of all aquatic life, including game fish, which might reasonably be expected to inhabit them
  • Reduction of existing pollution
  • Safeguarding the clean waters of the commonwealth from pollution

Gloucester Chapter

This chapter establishes criteria used by Gloucester County in granting, denying or modifying requests to subdivide or develop land in Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas.

Additional Information

Any questions may be sent via email Ronald Owens.