Mountain State Land Use Academy

Academy

Mountain State Land Use Academy

September 21, 2016
The RailYard, Bluefield, WV


On September 21, the Land Use Clinic is hosting a Mountain State Land Use Academy in Mercer County from 9am-4pm at the RailYard in Bluefield, WV. The full agenda is listed below. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Erica Hetzel at 304-293-4633 or erica.hetzel@mail.wvu.edu no later than September 6, 2016 at 5pm with your name, title, organization, mailing and email addresses, and any applicable dietary restrictions.

Agenda:

9:00 – 9:20 am: Welcome and Introductions 
9:20 – 10:00 am: The Comprehensive Plan
10:00 – 10:45 am: Zoning 
10:45 – 11:00 am: Break 
11:00 – 11:45 am: Subdivision and Land Development Ordinances (SALDOs) 
11:45 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch and Networking 
1:00 – 1:45 pm: Procedural Requirements in the Planning Process 
1:45 – 2:30 pm: Success Stories 
2:30 – 2:45 pm: Break
2:45 – 3:30 pm: Dilapidated, Vacant, and Uninhabitable Buildings
3:30 – 3:45 pm: Graduation

November 2, 2016
Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted, WV


On November 2, the Land Use Clinic is hosting a Mountain State Land Use Academy in the Upper Kanawha Valley from 9am-4pm at Hawks Nest State Park in Ansted, WV. Topics covered will include regional comprehensive planning, economic development, and dilapidated buildings. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Erica Hetzel at 304-293-4633 or erica.hetzel@mail.wvu.edu no later than October 21, 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
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