Draft Morgantown Annexation Plan

Thank you for visiting the City of Morgantown draft Annexation Plan webpage. The City of Morgantown is in the process of preparing an application for the annexation of 3.8 square miles in the Suncrest, Mileground, and First Ward Areas by a Minor Boundary Adjustment. We will be taking public comments from June 1 through June 30. On this page you will find information regarding the application including an estimated timeline, annexation report and application, instructions for public comment and more.

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What Area is Included in the Draft Annexation Plan?

The additional territory contains approximately 12,830 residents and 367 businesses. The area contains approximately 43 miles of roadway. A survey of the territory is being prepared. The map below shows the current city boundaries
(in purple) and the additional territory being considered for annexation (in orange). To view an enlarged version of the map, and search for a particular address, click the square icon on the top right of the map.

Why Should I Support Annexation?

A Stronger Voice in Decisions Affecting Your Community 

You can help determine the shape of your neighborhood, vote in city elections, and participate on local boards and commissions. Greater influence is gained for the neighborhood when you move into the City of Morgantown. The city has many citizen involvement programs and opportunities for your input that affect the health, safety, and environment of your community.

Lower Insurance Premiums

One of the primary benefits to residential and commercial property owners is lower insurance premiums. The Morgantown Fire Department currently has an ISO rating of 2 which is the lowest in Monongalia County. A lower ISO rating means lower insurance premiums. You're encouraged to contact your insurance provider to see what savings you could receive from the lower ISO rating. Property owners could expect 10-20% or more in reduction on their property insurance policy, but not liability policy.

  • Morgantown - ISO 2
  • Star City - ISO 6
  • Granville - ISO 4
  • Cheat Lake - ISO 5
  • Westover - ISO 4
  • Brookhaven - ISO 4

Enhanced Police, Fire and Street Services

The Morgantown Police Department will protect and serve the territory. The MPD is a full-service, urban police department with 72 officers and 11 civilian employees. The average response time to service calls is 3.5 to 4 minutes. MPD offers specialized services, such as a Detectives Division and Special Response Team, not available through other agencies serving the territory.

The Morgantown Fire Department will provide fire protection services, plan review, and fire code inspection services to the area. MFD has 61 sworn personnel including 4 assigned to the Fire Marshals Division and 3 assigned to the Administrative Division. MFD's average response time for emergency calls with its primary response apparatus is 5 minutes and 31 seconds. MFD has an ISO rating of 2, the best among all county firefighting agencies. The Fire Marshals Division enforces the fire code within the city and investigate and charge arson and other fire-related offenses in which the office has specialized knowledge and training. These services contribute to protection of property from fire damage and ensure safety of residents.

City streets are currently on a 10-year resurfacing schedule, which is funded by the municipal service fee. Streets undergo a roadway condition assessment and, subject to staff and resident input, are scheduled for resurfacing according to condition and usage. The city provides resurfacing and larger sidewalk installation projects through an annual Street Improvement Project contract with outside contractors. The 2019 Paving Plan will expend $1.8 million to resurface portions of 21 streets and install several segments of sidewalk. The streets transferred to the city following addition of the territory would be incorporated into the resurfacing plan.

The city directly provides street cleaning services – through operating of street cleaning equipment and personnel services directly clearing streets of trash and debris, treatment of streets for weather events, and snow plowing and other clearing services with a dedicated Street Department staff.

Additional Benefits

  • Effective land use planning.
  • Access and funding for your neighborhood and community projects.
  • Better access to state and federal programs.
  • 24/7 online city services citizen request tracker.

How Can I Provide Comments on the Draft Annexation Plan?

The initial public comment period for the draft Annexation Plan begins on June 1 and runs through June 30, 2019. During this time, the city is seeking general comments related to the plan. Comments can be emailed to info@morgantownwv.gov. Written comments can be mailed to:

Morgantown City Hall
ATTN: Communications Office
389 Spruce Street. Rm 16
Morgantown, WV 26505 

What is the Estimated Timeline?

  • May 21 - City council reviews the draft application at its regular meeting. (Watch the video here).
  • June 1 to June 30 - Open written comment period.
  • July 16 - Review comments and make adjustments, if necessary.
  • August 6 - Resolution to approve the application at the regular meeting of the city council.
  • August - Present application, survey and annexation study to Monongalia County Commission (depending on survey timeframe).

*Note: This is only an estimated timeline. Timeline is subject to change.

What is the Process for Annexation?

Once a resolution, annexation application plan, and land survey are completed, the documentation is presented to the Monongalia County Commission. Upon receipt of the application, the County Commission schedules a public hearing to consider input on the application. After the public hearing, the County Commission evaluates the application on 7 criteria. The Commission will enter an order stating the reasons for granting or denying the application on those grounds. If the application is denied, the Commission may also offer options to modify the application so it may be accepted. Any party affected by the Commissioner's order may appeal to the Circuit Court.