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The Subdivision and Land Development Regulations are now in a new draft form which can be found here in PDF form including the two Appendices. This draft has reorganized the March 2020 (i.e. last year) draft into a clearer and easier to follow format (at the request of reviewers of the March 2020 draft) Note: Some Wayfinding and Section References may change due to reorganization.  

This draft comes after having held numerous public meetings late last year, a developer round table, and extensive review for compliance with WV 8A, the supervisory state code.

After review of the draft, there will be the public hearing to be scheduled. Due to COVID-19, the current proposed timeline (All Dates Subject to Change) paralleling last year’s dates (i.e. before Covid) is shown below. We will update both Facebook and this Page if dates change. 

  • April 19 – Final Subdivision and Land Development Regulation Draft Available to Public
  • May 30 – Final Guideline/Toolkit Draft Available to Public
  • In Progress – Finalizing the Regulation Draft, Editing of Errors, Formatting, and Pagination
  • August 26 - Engineer's Workshop
  • November 16  - Surveyor Workshop
  • November 18 - Developer Workshop
  •  November 30 - Deadline for Text changes/Improvements
  • December 1 - Present Final Draft
  • January 11 and 12, 2022 - (minimum 30 days) – Public Hearing/Potential Adoption
  • January 18 and 19, 2022 - Backup Snow Dates for Public Hearing
  • July 1, 2022 – Ordinance Goes Into Effect (if adopted)
  • December 31, 2022 - Proposed End of Grandfathering
  • July 1, 2023 - Reevaluation of Ordinance

-            Dependent issues: Extra Staff, County Engineer, and Subdivision Review Board

  • TBD – Sunset Date for Submitting Grandfathered Developments
  • TBD – First Review of the Regulation

There was an Engineer's workshop on Thursday August 26, 2021 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  
There was a Developer workshop on Thursday November 18, 2021 from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

In addition to these workshops, staff created a series of videos regarding various aspects of the Ordinance: 

  1.  Overview of the Current Draft form (showing the organizational changes since the online draft from March 2020)
  2. Exempt and Minor subdivision processes
  3. Major subdivision process (1 phase standard and expedited reviews)
  4. Major with Phases subdivision process (standard and expedited reviews)
    1. Part 1
    2. Part 2
  5. How to Do Changes and Amendments to Plans and Plats
  6. How to Use the optional Online Widget to provide site drawing information
    1. GIS widget tutorial on a development site
    2. GIS widget tutorial on a building/home addition
  7. Overview of the Preferred Design
  8. Preferred Design Detailed How-To videos
    1. Site Design Issues (slope, parking, etc.) – under construction
    2. Roadway Design Issues (width, setback, road slope,…) – under construction
    3. Transportation Design Issues (Connectivity credit, multimodal credits, expediting roadwork,…) – under construction

Along with the proposed subdivision regulations, MCPC staff have created a set of guidelines to help developers, surveyors, and other applicants better understand what is required by the regulations. The draft Subdivsion and Land Development Regulations Guidelines can be found here in PDF form.  This March 2020 draft (i.e. last year) is not intended to be the final draft and are provided for informational purposes only. 

There is also an FAQ which may help answer some of the questions you may have. For further information beyond the above, please contact the County Planning Office at 304-284-7302 or email at