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Second Morgan County zoning hearing set for next week

July 22, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A second public hearing on Morgan County's proposed zoning ordinance will be Thursday, July 29, at 7 p.m. at the new Morgan County Courthouse.

Morgan County Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said since changes were made to the ordinance as a result of comments at the public hearing on July 1, a second hearing must be held.

One significant change to the ordinance is if a substantive amendment is proposed, it will require a petition of 10 percent of Morgan County voters instead of 1 percent to halt any change, and it will be placed on the ballot for voters to decide.

Ten percent is the requirement according to state law, Hutchinson said.

She said the 1 percent was a compromise between the commissioners.

Commissioner Stacy A. Dugan said she wants the voters to decide the issue.

Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim had said he does not support zoning in Morgan County, but he wants the voters to make the decision.

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Hutchinson said the commissioners will vote Aug. 5 on whether to move forward with the zoning ordinance to be placed on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.

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