The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 8, 2013

Mount Hope's comprehensive plan now available

By C.V. Moore
Register-Herald Reporter

MOUNT HOPE — This time around, residents will have plenty of opportunity to look over Mount Hope’s comprehensive plan before it is voted on by city council.

Charlie Kidd, chair of the Mount Hope Planning Commission, reports that paper copies of the plan can be viewed at Mount Hope City Hall, Mount Hope Public Library, Mount Hope Housing Authority and DuBois on Main.

An electronic copy of the 151-page document can be downloaded at cityofmount hope.org.

Residents can offer their feedback on the plan at an upcoming public hearing. The planning commission can choose to make revisions to the plan based on citizen input before presenting it to council.

The planning commission held a public hearing for the same purpose in June, but attendees complained about the difficulty of accessing the document prior to the meeting.

The town announced at its June council meeting that the planning commission would hold another public hearing about the document so that everyone who wanted to could participate fully.

The new hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 30 at the Mount Hope Housing Authority offices.

The meeting will give the public another chance to weigh in after they’ve had plenty of time to peruse the document.

A comprehensive plan outlines a community’s long-range goals and aspirations for development.

It guides any land use ordinances the community may create, and makes them enforceable by law.

Mount Hope’s plan, titled “Reinventing the Future: Mount Hope, 2030,” discusses issues like housing, economic development, environment, cultural assets and historic preservation, public services, transportation, community facilities and quality of life, land use and community design, and government.

Its pages shed much light on where Mount Hope is coming from and where it wants to go in the future.

It goes as far back as the year that the Cherokee Nation sold its rights to the land to the governor of Virginia and looks as far forward as 2030.

By that time, the impacts of Mount Hope’s proximity to the Summit Bechtel Reserve will be much better understood. Part of the planning effort was for the purposes of preparing for such impacts and maximizing their benefit to residents.

— E-mail: cmoore@register-herald.com