The Comprehensive Plan is a crucial tool in planning for a community’s economic sustainability in West Virginia.
Wes Virginia Code Chapter 8A establishes guidelines for municipal and county-wide Comprehensive Planning. The purpose of a Comprehensive Plan “is to guide a governing body to accomplish a coordinated and compatible development of land and improvements within its territorial jurisdiction, in accordance with present and future needs and resources.”
A Comprehensive Plan remains in effect for ten years and empowers municipalities and counties to adopt land use ordinances, such as a Zoning Ordinance or Subdivision & Land Development Ordinance (SALDO). Development and growth should be consistent with the goals and vision outlined in a town, city, or county’s Comprehensive Plan.
A list of Comprehensive Plans in the New River Gorge Region are provided below.