Green Landings approved

September 09, 1998

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A community for light aircraft enthusiasts in Hedgesville, W.Va., got off the ground Tuesday night when the Berkeley County Planning Commission granted final approval to the Green Landings subdivision project.

No one commented on the airstrip-side development at a public hearing for preliminary plat approval.

Green Landings includes six home sites on roughly 27 acres on the south side of W.Va.2/2, about 500 feet west of the W.Va. 2 intersection.

All the sites will have access to an adjacent grass airstrip owned by subdivision developer Kevin Green, an avid pilot and ultralight plane builder who lives on the other side.

Green fielded questions from Planning Commission members regarding his request for a waiver to county subdivision regulations requiring him to pave the 400-foot access road linking the six lots to the county road.


Regulations require subdivisions with lots under five acres to have paved access roads.

Four of the six lots are just under five acres, Green said. The other lots, both along the county road, are 21/2 acres and two acres.

The planning commissioners were concerned about whether residents would use Taxi Way Drive to taxi their planes to the airstrip, whether gravel from the unpaved road would end up on the airstrip, whether the land would be subdivided beyond the six lots and whether approval would prompt a flurry of similar waiver requests.

Green gave assurances that the first three things wouldn't happen.

Acting on a motion by member Robert Butler, the commission went against the county engineer's recommendation and approved the waiver request with a 5-to-3 vote.

Members Jeff Keller, Kay Stout and Linda Barnhart voted against approval.

-Kerry Lynn Fraley

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