By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Residential growth was down slightly last year in Berkeley County, and one official says the change may be due to a surplus in building lots.
Last year, the Berkeley County Planning Commission approved 35 new subdivisions, creating 418 new lots in the county, according to the agency's annual report.
In 1995, 51 subdivisions were approved, creating about 660 new lots, said Harry L. "Sonny" Carter, interim planning director.
County officials took an inventory of lots about three years ago and counted about 6,600 of them, Carter said.
Carter said a large number of those lots remain vacant, which may be causing developers to hold off on getting approval for more.