ROANOKE, WV - The Second Annual Mountain State Land Use Academy Statewide Conference was held on May 2-3, 2017 at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia, organized by the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law, in partnership with the West Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association. The annual conference is the largest gathering of professional land use planners and citizen planners in the state. The plenary sessions focused on rural planning, planning for floods, and the planning accomplishments of several communities in the state. Breakout sessions covered a wide range of land use planning issues and were led by leading experts on the issues in West Virginia.
One highlight of the conference was the presentation of two individual awards and one community award. The Joyce McConnell Award for Professional Contributions to Planning honors a land use planner, attorney, architect, engineer, local government staff person, or other professional who advances land use planning in the state of West Virginia through their professional work. This year’s winner, Jennifer M. Brockman, County Planner for Jefferson County, has over 25 years of land use experience in Kentucky, Colorado, and West Virginia. Ms. Brockman has guided the county through several major changes to the zoning ordinance and a complete update of the comprehensive plan. She also helped develop the county’s first future land use map. She is a leader in the land use planning community and is lauded by co-workers and community members for her kind and generous manner.