The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 9, 2012

Fayetteville seeks comprehensive plan

Open house workshop slated for Monday evening

By C.V. Moore
Register-Herald Reporter

FAYETTEVILLE — On Monday, Fayetteville is set to hold its first “open house workshop” to create a comprehensive plan, which will guide the community's future land use.

“This is your opportunity to provide input on the future of Fayetteville,” say event organizers.

Members of the public are invited to drop by the open house for a few minutes or stay for the full two hours to share their thoughts with town officials, staff, and fellow residents.

The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, 125 N. Court St.

A comprehensive plan describes a community’s aspirational vision for future growth and serves as the centerpiece of all its land use planning.

It contains discussion of housing, transportation, infrastructure, and economic development, among other topics. It is also required in order to legally enforce any land use ordinances.

Creating a comprehensive plan with lots of community input ensures that people have a say in what happens in their future. And with several development projects in the pipeline near Fayetteville, now is the time to act, say those leading the comprehensive planning process.

The town launched itsplanning efforts this summer, with the assistance of the WVU College of Law Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic.

Back in 2004, the state Legislature mandated that local governments pass comprehensive plans by 2014. If they don’t, they cannot enforce any of their land use regulations.

Fayetteville’s plan has not been updated since 1968, before U.S. 19 radically changed the county's accessibility and potential for development.

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Questions can be directed to Dennis Hanson, chair of the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission (304-574-2580) or Christy DeMuth, land use planner with the WVU College of Law (304-293-4614).