Jefferson Co. Commission OK's moratorium
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission voted 4-1 Wednesday to place a moratorium on communication towers until the Planning Commission comes up with a draft ordinance to regulate them.
The county commissioners said they did not like the idea of enacting a moratorium, but it is necessary to stop other cellular phone companies from erecting towers before the county has an ordinance in place regulating them.
"A moratorium is a very desperate, last-ditch kind of thing," said County Commissioner James K. Ruland.
Currently, cellular phone towers must meet only setback and road requirements in the county.
The moratorium will expire on July 1 if a draft ordinance has not been presented to the county commissioners by then. The moratorium will be lifted before July 1 if an ordinance is approved.