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Zoning advisory panel named in Morgan Co.

November 06, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Six Morgan County residents were chosen Thursday by the Morgan County Commissioners to serve on a zoning advisory committee. 

Commissioner Stacy A. Dugan named Barbara Tutor and Mike Pearse; Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim named Bob Marggraf and Reuben Darby; and Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson chose Helena Moser and Rebecca MacLeod. 

Dugan said Tutor was very knowledgeable about zoning issues and that Pearse, a Realtor, knew a lot about land use. 

Hutchinson said Moser is a former Paw Paw, W.Va., mayor and is an "excellent choice" to represent Paw Paw issues. MacLeod knows land use and would be an advantage to the committee, she said. 

Swaim said he chose Marggraf because he was easy to work with, very intelligent and has worked in zoning and nonzoning areas. He said Darby "basically opposes zoning, but he would be fair."

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Resident David Schwartz said he had concerns that if people on the committee don't believe in zoning, they would stall it and raise objections. He said the commission has to be specific and that only relevant and meaningful concerns should be discussed. 

Hutchinson said the Morgan County Planning Commission's land-use study will help the zoning advisory committee meet its deadlines. The zoning study should be completed in January and a draft zoning ordinance is to be finished in May, she said.

Hutchinson said she spoke with Jack Soronen, Morgan County Planning Commission president, and the focus will be on a timeline. 

"The zoning study will go forward," she said.

The discussion is no longer whether to have zoning, but what forms of zoning, Hutchinson said. 

The committee will make decisions regarding density problems; recharge areas for the springs; the commercial and industrial areas for growth in the county; and billboard issues, Hutchinson said. 

Hutchinson said the committee will meet twice a month, beginning Tuesday, at 7 p.m.  

The ordinance will be put on a ballot in 2010, Swaim said. 

"When we get it on the ballot, we hope it will be passed," Hutchinson said.

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