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Jefferson Co. to host land-use planning meetings

June 25, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - A firm helping to rewrite Jefferson County's land-use laws is scheduled to meet with the Jefferson County Commission twice this week to talk about the project.

Officials with Kendig Keast Collaborative will meet with the commission at 2:30 p.m. today in the Old Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St.

The commission will meet again with Kendig Keast officials at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the library, county officials said.

Although the meetings are open to the public, the sessions are designed to allow interaction between commission and Kendig Keast officials, Commission President Frances Morgan said.

The meetings will also allow the county's first long-range planner to have input on the process, Morgan said.

Tony Redman started work as the county's long-range planner June 1, Morgan said.

Kendig Keast Collaborative officials are in the process of rewriting the county's land-use laws and Morgan said it could be two months before county officials begin considering changes to a county land-use map.

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How residential and commercial growth is regulated in the county is often a hot button topic and Kendig Keast officials have said the county's current land-use laws have not been effective in managing urban and suburban growth or protecting agricultural areas.

One problem with Jefferson County's zoning laws is that they are vague, which has allowed government officials to make different interpretations of them, Jefferson County Planning Commission member Ed Dunleavy said last week.

Kendig Keast officials are working to make the county's zoning laws more predictable, Dunleavy said. Kendig Keast officials also proposed that residential areas be clustered to save more open space, Dunleavy said.




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What: Kendig Keast Collaborative officials will meet with the Jefferson County Commission this week to talk about the work to rewrite the county's land-use laws.

When: The commission will meet with Kendig Keast Collaborative officials at 2:30 p.m. today and again Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Where: The Old Charles Town Library, 200 E. Washington St., Charles Town.

Documents regarding Kendig Keast Collaborative's proposals can be viewed at www.jeffersoncountywv.org.

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