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Zoning won't be included in Morgan County committee discussions

January 29, 2008|TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Zoning will not be part of the discussion for the newly appointed land-use management committee for Morgan County.

The Morgan County Commission approved by a vote of 2 to 1 at Friday's meeting appointing an advisory committee.

Commissioner Brenda J. Hutchinson voted against the committee because Commission President Glen R. Stotler did not want to include zoning as one of the options for land-use management.

Before the vote, Hutchinson said she wanted zoning included in the committee discussions because zoning was a "major tool in land-use management."

Stotler said, "No, I do not want to include zoning" as part of land-use discussions.

Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim agreed with Stotler. He told Hutchinson, "Zoning is just one of the tools in the toolbox."

"We are not getting a realistic view if we eliminate zoning as one of the tools," Hutchinson said. "To me, that would be useless," she said.

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Stotler said zoning is one of the issues of land-use management.

"We need to look at other options first before looking at zoning," he said.

"Why are we adamant about zoning?" Hutchinson asked. "Why are we afraid to look at it?" she said.

"Zoning is against the Constitution of the United States. I am against zoning," Swaim said.

Hutchinson said the county has a subdivision ordinance and a comprehensive plan, and the next issue is zoning, which should at least be part of the advisory committee discussions.

"Without it, it is a waste of time and energy," she said.

Stotler said some people have no idea what zoning is, but he did not want to have the discussion about it.

He made the motion to appoint the advisory committee for the county's land-use management but excluded zoning as part of the issue. The motion was seconded by Swaim.

The 13-member committee will include two members from the Planning Commission.

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