Mayor will ask council to delay vote on boundary

May 09, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith said Monday she will request during a Charles Town City Council meeting next Monday that council members delay action on a controversial growth boundary for the city.

Smith said she wants to delay action on the plan to "calm everybody down" and give a citizens advisory committee time to study the issue.

Council members agreed previously to have a citizens advisory committee assist them with the new growth boundary.

Smith said she believes the council is supportive of a motion to table action on the boundary plan.

She said she is not sure when the issue might come before the council for consideration again if her motion is approved Monday night.

The growth boundary is a line around the city which Charles Town officials use to consider possible annexations to the city.


The city has proposed increasing its growth boundary by 6,382 acres to a total of 14,822 acres.

The proposal is meeting stiff opposition from dozens of county residents and much of the criticism has centered around the plan's proposal to extend a residential growth area to Earle Road where there are farms and Washington family homes.

Charles Town Planning Commission members proposed removing the residential growth area from around the Earle Road area as well as a proposal to construct a western highway bypass in the Earle Road area.

City officials have said they will work to make the proposed changes on a map showing the boundary and hopefully have the map ready for a public hearing on the plan at City Hall at 7 p.m. today.

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