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Jefferson County Commission asks Manchin to veto law on land-use power

February 29, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission on Thursday passed a resolution asking Gov. Joe Manchin to veto a proposed law that would allow county residents to vote on new land-use regulations in the county.

The resolution, which was approved by a 3-2 vote, asks Manchin to veto the proposed bill if it passes in the Legislature.

Commissioner Greg Corliss, who believes the proposed bill interferes with county government, suggested the commission pass the resolution.

Commissioner Dale Manuel, who voted against the resolution along with Commission President Frances Morgan, said Corliss' resolution was premature because changes might be made to the bill.

The House of Delegates this week passed House Bill 4511 on a 99-0 vote, Manuel said. It now will be considered in the Senate.

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Jefferson County is in the process of drafting new land-use regulations - referred to as zoning - and the proposals have been criticized by some as being complicated and contradictory.

Berkeley County also is in the process of considering zoning, which has been controversial.

Although the Jefferson County Commission is working on new zoning laws, some local officials and state lawmakers believe residents should be able to vote on any new regulations.

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