Mountain State Land Use Academy


Mountain State Land Use Academy

Advanced Leadership Conference
June 15, 2016
Inn at Mountain Quest, Frost, WV

On June 15, the Land Use Clinic is hosting an Advanced Leadership Conference from 12:00-4:30pm at the Inn at Mountain Quest in Frost, WV. Topics on the agenda include the Open Government Meetings Act (OGMA), dilapidated buildings, comprehensive plans, and floodplain issues. This conference is free and lunch will begin promptly at noon. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Erica Hetzel at 304-293-4633 or no later than June 3, 2016 at 5pm with your name, title, organization, mailing and email addresses, and any applicable dietary restrictions.

The Academy was created by the WVU College of Law to educate and empower community leaders in West Virginia on land use issues.

The Mountain State Land Use Academy teaches the principles of land use planning and land use law, along with the process of community involvement.

Graduates of the Mountain State Land Use Academy will be positioned to mentor other community leaders and to provide land use leadership in their communities and across the state.

Learn more about the planning process in West Virginia including: comprehensive plans, ordinances, future land use maps, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and success stories.

Network with others interested in community planning!

Who should attend? Community leaders, citizen planners, planning commissioners, board of zoning appeals members, local government officials, members of environmental groups, developers, and more!

Steering Committee

The steering committee consists of land use leaders in West Virginia who have tirelessly promoted land use planning in their respective communities and throughout the state. As their input is invaluable, they were asked to serve in helping plan the inaugural Mountain State Land Use Academy. Members of the Steering Committee helped identify participants who are also local land use leaders in order to create a strong network of people interested in planning in West Virginia. The Committee also provided key input on the conference agenda so that it reflected the main issues concerning planning within the state. The steering committee includes the following people:

  • Former West Virginia Senator Brooks McCabe, District 17
  • Michael Dougherty, West Virginia University Extension Professor and Specialist
  • Christopher Fletcher, Director of Development Services, City of Morgantown, and President of the West Virginia Planning Association
  • Patricia Hamilton, Executive Director, West Virginia Association of Counties
  • Kelly Nix, Assistant Professor and Leadership Specialist, West Virginia University Extension Service
  • Timothy Stranko, General Counsel to the West Virginia Municipal League
  • Shane Whitehair, Executive Director, Region VII, Regional Planning and Development Council