Monongalia County considers Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance

Monongalia and Preston

Monongalia County Commission held a series of public hearings to discuss a proposed Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance on Wednesday. 

The ordinance would provide a minimum standard and requirements for dividing any parcel of land. 

“Generally speaking people think of subdivisions as a collection of residential developments, but anytime you split a parcel that is actually a subdivision of land,” said Richard Wood, director of Planning for the Monongalia County Planning Commission. “Depending on what you’re doing with that land there are different requirements for the development of that land.” 

Wood added in the meeting that this is not to be confused with zoning. 

“Instead of ending up with a 15 foot road as a two lane road in a residential subdivision it has to meet at least a minimum standard where two cars can pass,” Wood said when explaining possible regulations as part of the ordinance. “Or that you can’t build a subdivision and have all your storm water flood out the neighbor down the hill. Just basic, minimum standards.” 

More than 20 people spoke at the hearing during County Commission’s regular meeting, most raising concerns with the ordinance, but Wood says that this version of the ordinance isn’t final. 

“We have the ability to do technical corrections and changes,” he explained. “Most of what I have seen in either the written comments that we have gotten or ones that I’ve heard we can do that. I guess you look at this as kind of a final draft, but still a draft.” 

Commission would have to adopt the ordinance and set an effective date before it was enforced.  

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