County Commission adopts new map of the West Run Planning District

MORGANTOWN — A new official map of the West Run Planning District was adopted by the Monongalia County Commission.

Rich Wood, the county’s director of planning, explained that the new map does not come with any changes to existing zoning classifications, just more accurate parcel data.

“We used the best available data at the time, back in 2009-’10 to create the zoning map that we’ve been using, but that was based on old parcel data and not the most accurate parcel data,” Wood said.

“Since then, we’ve gotten new, up-to-date, accurate parcel data, and what we’re really doing is transferring those same zoning districts with that new parcel data so it matches up and we can put it on the parcel viewer site.”

The county’s parcel viewer site can be found at

Also, the commission approved right-of-way access for the West Virginia Department of Transportation for 100 feet adjacent to University Avenue and Walnut Street.

County Administrator Rennetta McClure explained the access is for the placement of an ADA-compliant pedestrian cutout.

Commissioner Sean Sikora said the state had an independent appraisal completed and will pay the county $4,000 for the easement.

In other news, the commission:

Said that due to a number of requests, the July 11 work session with Morgantown City Manager Paul Brake and Deputy Mayor Mark Brazaitis will be uploaded to YouTube.

Video copies of work sessions are normally available only through request, but a problem with the recording prompted the commission to post it publicly.

Heard from a handful of 4-H participants about recent experiences at 4-H camp, held at Camp Muffly.

The campers, along with Becca Fint-Clark, the county’s extension agent for 4-H youth development, thanked the commission for its support of the program.

Received a request from Brenda Shinkovich, representing the Daughters of the American Revolution, asking the commission to place West Virginia’s first plaque honoring Gold Star Mothers with a plaque on the courthouse square.

Gold Star Mothers have lost a child in service of the United States Armed Forces.

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