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Zoning bill clears W.Va. legislature

March 08, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Legislation that would provide voters a way to petition for an election on proposed amendments to zoning ordinances or zoning changes in their county cleared the West Virginia Legislature on Friday.

House Bill 4511 was made effective upon passage after the House of Delegates agreed to a Senate amendment to the bill, according to the West Virginia Legislature's Office of Reference & Information.

If approved by Gov. Joe Manchin, at least 10 percent of the eligible voters who reside within the area affected by the zoning ordinance to be amended could petition for an election.

The petition of signatures would have to be filed with the county clerk's office within 90 days after county commissioners enacted the zoning ordinance amendments without holding an election, and a properly filed petition also could compel an election for amendments not yet finalized by county leaders, according to Del. Bob Tabb, D-Jefferson.

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"I believe that House Bill 4511 ... has the effect of moderation," said Tabb, who touted the legislation's empowerment of voters on zoning issues.

"The best-case scenario would be that (the petition process) never have to be used," Tabb said.

Though he spent "hundreds of hours" on the bill, Tabb said fellow Jefferson County Del. Locke Wysong deserved most of the credit for getting it passed.

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