Areas for Future Study
Small Area Planning
In May 2015, the Morgantown Planning Commission adopted a set of guidelines to develop small area plans for the several "Areas for Future Study" identified in the 2013 Comprehensive Plan Update. Small area planning is a method to engage stakeholder involvement to develop land use policies (zoning text and/or zoning map amendments) within a defined geographic area for the purpose of advancing the goals, objectives, strategies, and consistency principles of the Update and enhancing the quality of life of each distinct neighborhood.
Small Area Plan
A "Small Area Plan" is a neighborhood - level plan that addresses land use, transportation, and a variety of other topics. For each "Area for Future Study," a plan will be developed that is adopted by the Planning Commission and City Council.
Future Study Areas
The diverse nature of each of the "Future Study Areas" will dictate the amount of time and effort necessary to develop small area plans for each location, as some of these areas will require more extensive study and planning analysis than others.
Note: This page will serve as the repository for information and documents relating to each of the "Areas for Future Study" where a "Small Area Plan" has been initiated.
Future Study Area 16 – Powell Avenue
“Future Study Area 16” is generally described as being located on the opposite side of Powell Avenue from Deckers Creek and the Marilla Center, pool, and tennis courts. The study area is vacant, undeveloped land with steep slopes subdivided into smaller, residentially scaled parcels. The purpose of the study is to evaluate appropriate residential zoning and permitted development patterns over existing shopping center type zoning and permitted development patterns.
Future Study Area 18 – Don Knotts Boulevard
“Future Study Area 18” is generally described as being located between Don Knotts Boulevard to the east, the Monongahela River to the west, BOPARC’s Mountaineer Heritage Park to the north, and Cobun Creek to the south. The study area appears to include a number of commercial land uses no longer permitted in the current I-1 Industrial zoning district.
Future Study Area 17 - Darst & Jerome Street
"Future Study Area 17" is generally described as those parcels bordering Darst Street and Jerome Street that are currently zoned at R-1, Single-Family Residential District. According to the 2013 Comprehensive Plan Update, Area 17 is predominantly vacant, undeveloped land with steep slopes subdivided into smaller, residentially scaled parcels. The Future Study Area 17 - Final Revised Recommendations Report (PDF) was presented to the Planning Commission on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 389 Spruce Street.
Note: This page serves as the repository for information and documents relating to the small area planning process for "Future Study Area 17."
Future Study Area 2 – Willey | Snider | Richwood
“Future Study Area 2” is generally described as being located between the Woodburn Neighborhood and WVU’s downtown campus at the northeast edge of the Central Business District. The study area includes a mix of residential and commercial zoning districts that does not reflect existing uses or future potential. The 2013 Comprehensive Plan Update encourages consideration of permitting higher residential density patterns, permitting mixed uses, incentives to assemble and consolidate parcels for redevelopment, a transition between lower residential density adjoining the Woodburn Neighborhood, and infrastructure improvements supporting higher densities. The final draft of the Small Area Plan Recommendations Report, available here, was presented to the Morgantown Planning Commission on Thursday, February 8, 2018 and unanimously accepted. The presentation to the Planning Commission is available below.
- Study Area 2 Community Forum No. 4 Presentation
- Study Area 2 Community Forum No. 3 Presentation
- Study Area 2 Community Forum No. 3 Postcard
- Study Area 2 Community Forum No. 2 Presentation
- Study Area 2 Community Forum No. 2 Postcard Invitation
- Study Area 2 Community Forum No. 2 Press Release
- Study Area 2 Community Forum No. 1 Dominion Post Article
- Study Area 2 Community Forum No.1 Presentation
- Study Area 2 Community Forum No. 1 Postcard Invitation
- Guidance on Developing Small Area Plans