PSA: The Subdivision and Land Development Regulations are now in their final draft form which can be found here in PDF form. Appendix A (Definitions) can be found here. Appendix B (Parking) can be found here. Appendix C (Fee Schedule) can be found here. This draft is a working document released only for public review and comment, as is, and not intended to constitute the final draft adopted by the County Commission nor should it be substituted for any current legislative requirements. The final 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. The next step will be the public hearing. Please see below for a new time line for the next few months regarding these regulations.
The current proposed timeline (All Dates Subject To Change):
March 20 – Final Subdivision and Land Development Regulation Draft Available to Public
March 31 – Final Guideline/Toolkit Draft Available to Public
TBD – Engineers Workshop, Location TBD (Please Mark your Calendars)
TBD – Developers Workshop, Location TBD (Please Mark your Calendars)
April 24 – Finalizing the Regulation Draft, Editing of Errors, Formatting, and Pagination
May 27 – Public Hearing/Potential Adoption
July 1 – Ordinance Goes Into Effect (if adopted)
- Dependent issues: Extra Staff, County Engineer, and Subdivision Review Board
Jan 1, 2021 – Sunset Date for Submitting Grandfathered Developments
May - July 2021 – First Review of the Regulation
There is also a presentation from a work session with the County Commission, a copy of which can be found here. This presentation outlines what changes have been made from the prior version presented to the County Commission back in August 2019, the proposed fee structure, and how there will be a way to apply online.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
There have been several other draft versions of subdivision regulations prepared for the county in 1968, 1978, 1994/1995, 2009/2010 and 2015. Of the ten most populous counties in West Virginia, Mon County is one of only three (Mercer and Cabell are the other two) which does not have any sort of land subdivision controls. Mon County is the only one of those three which is also experiencing high growth (10.6% growth between 2010-2018) versus Mercer (5% decrease of 2010-2018) and Cabell (3.2% decrease of 2010-2018) Counties with decreases.
These subdivision regulations will help with stormwater and infrastructure issues that have been happening within County Jurisdiction. These regulations will not be enforced within the municipal jurisdictions. Please note that of the muncipalities, Morgantown does have its own Subdivision Regulations (Part 13, Chapter 3).