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Planning commission forms land-use subcommittee

June 24, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Morgan County Planning Commission established a subcommittee on Tuesday night to study land-use issues, replacing an earlier committee established by the county commission.

County commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson requested the new study group be a part of the planning commission to take advantage of the planning commission's expertise.

Planning commission President Jack Soronen said he and Hutchinson had been discussing the idea of the subcommittee serving as a technical resource.

Planning commission members Sue Parker, Amy Lane and Brad Close volunteered to serve on the subcommittee, and Wayne Omps, who was not at the meeting, was volunteered by Soronen.

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Soronen also will serve on the subcommittee.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said.

Morgan County resident Barbara Tutor, who attended the meeting, also will participate. Soronen said the subcommittee wants input from the public.

Tutor participated in last year's committee meetings that discussed the county's land use for six months and were chaired by former Commissioner Glen R. Stotler.

Stotler had said zoning was not going to part of the land-use discussion, and Hutchinson declined to attend the meetings.

In April, Tutor asked the county commission to resume the land-use study with new leadership and a new direction.

The first meeting of the new subcommittee will be Tuesday, June 30, at 7 p.m. at the commission meeting trailer.

Hutchinson said land-use issues should be categorized by whether they can be addressed by amending a current ordinance, some form of zoning or a state rule.

The subcommittee would forward its recommendations to the county commission for review. The county commission would decide how the recommendations would be used, Hutchinson said.

Soronen said he wants the information-gathering step to be as expansive and inclusive as possible with a "large dialogue from the community and from as many sources as possible."

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