BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Elkins asking for input on plan

ELKINS – Elkins officials are asking for residents’ input on the city’s comprehensive plan during an open house event Monday.

City Clerk Sutton Stokes said it is important for the city to receive feedback on the plan.

“The Elkins Planning Commission began working on the plan a year ago,” Stokes said. “There is a process in state code where you have to take public input.”

Stokes said the Commission has the framework of plan outlined and will present the draft issues and recommendations to the public during the meeting, slated for 5-7 p.m. Monday at The Old Brick Playhouse. Although the meeting is slated for two hours, residents can come for only a portion of the meeting to give their input.

Stokes said the plan is issue-based and that West Virginia state code outlines many of the topics that must be included. He noted the plan includes sections devoted to traffic and pedestrian safety, economic development and public safety. Topics covered in the plan include ways to create a more thriving downtown, address crime and drug use and improve walkability around town.

“A comprehensive plan is not a law, but more of a policy document that lays out a 10-year plan,” Stokes said. “Residents should come out unless they want someone else deciding what the community will look like in the future.”

Stokes said once implemented, the plan could influence issues like zoning and funding.

“If you want your voice represented you should participate,” he said. “Changes in the plan that are possible will get smaller as time goes on.”

The city hosted a similar meeting in September to begin outlining the items to be contained in the plan. Elkins City Council will have to approve the plan before it goes into effect.

For more information, please contact Stokes at 304- 636-1414, ext. 1211.

framework of the plan outlined and will present the draft issues and recommendations to the public during the meeting, slated for 5-7 p.m. Monday at The Old Brick Playhouse. Although the meeting is slated for two hours, residents can attend only a portion of the meeting to give their input.

Stokes said the plan is issue-based and that West Virginia state code outlines many of the topics that must be included. He noted the plan includes sections devoted to traffic and pedestrian safety, economic development and public safety. Topics covered in the plan include ways to create a more thriving downtown, address crime and drug use and improve walkability around town.

“A comprehensive plan is not a law, but more of a policy document that lays out a 10-year plan,” Stokes said. “Residents should come out unless they want someone else deciding what the community will look like in the future.”

Stokes said once implemented, the plan could influence issues like zoning and funding.

“If you want your voice represented you should participate,” he said. “Changes in the plan that are possible will get smaller as time goes on.”

The city hosted a similar meeting in September to begin outlining the items to be contained in the plan. Elkins City Council will have to approve the plan before it goes into effect.

For more information, please contact Stokes at 304- 636-1414, ext. 1211.