The West Virginia State Planning Enabling Law allows counties to establish Planning Districts for the purpose of developing land use policies and enacting zoning regulations. On October 1st , 2003 , the Monongalia County Commission adopted an ordinance that created four planning districts in the northeast portion of the county - Stewartstown, Cheat Neck, Cheat Lake, and West Run.
The Planning Districts have unique qualities and natural landscapes that are genuinely enjoyed and deeply valued by residents. These areas have seen the largest concentrated growth within the county over the past two decades. Development trends have resulted in distinctive pressures on the rural lifestyle that make these communities desirable.
The Monongalia County Planning Commission has organized Advisory Committees for each of the Planning Districts. The Committees, comprised of citizen planners residing within the Districts, are charged with developing a future land use vision for their communities. The Planning Office facilitates this visioning process by using technology and strategic planning tools for comprehensive planning, inventory existing land use, and craft proposed zoning regulations to guide future land use that will later be considered by the County Planning Commission and enacted by the County Commission .