The Weston Planning Commission met for the group's monthly meeting on Dec. 14 at the Weston City Building. Board members who were present included Scott Posey, Jim Bandy, Marian and Joe Jarrell, Cindy Rowan and Julia Spelsberg. Weston resident Michelle Carpenter was also in attendance.
The commission elected officers for the coming year: President Scott Posey; Vice President Jim Bandy; and Secretary/Treasurer Charlotte Workman.
The city of Weston has applied to the West Virginia Development Office for a flexi-grant to create a comprehensive plan. The Planning Commission decided to start the process in case the grant is not awarded. Preliminarily, members of the commission will begin work on the integral parts of a comprehensive plan.
It is important for Weston residents to understand the definition of a Comprehensive Plan and how it applies to the community. Basically, it should be a vision of what a community is to be in the future. The process of developing this plan should be a community-wide effort. All interest groups should have a part in determining what this vision should be. During the past several years, the commission has conducted community meetings and provided an online survey for interested residents to provide that vision.
Goals and objectives for Weston should be developed along with a time frame for implementation. The contents of a comprehensive plan can vary from community to community but in most cases, it should consist of the following elements: land use - both existing and future; demographics - existing and projected; housing; infrastructure; education; recreation; and thoroughfares. The first phase of the process will consist of collecting all available data on these topics. After that process more resident participation process will be developed. After analyzing all existing data and taking input from the citizenry into consideration, goals and objectives can then be developed.
Other discussion for the Commission was the awarding of the Recreational Trail grant of $35,000. The money will be used to create a trail from Haleville to the old Sanitary Plant, along the West Fork River. This will be the first trail in the County.
Weston residents are encouraged to become involved in the Planning Commission. The meetings take place the second Tuesday of each month at the City Building beginning at 7 p.m.