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Framework for consideration of amendments to the Zoning Ordinances

The Town’s land use attorney, Mark Sadd, proposes that we consider amendments to the zoning ordinances in stages.  Accordingly, the staff to the Council has developed a framework.  Our priority is enactment of those amendments which will bring the town into compliance with West Virginia state code.  To read more, click here.

Under consideration for second reading on Thursday, 29 January 2015:

Also under consideration at this time is the Zoning Map (click here).

Draft document on parking signs

A document has been drafted for comments concerning residential parking signs, along with sign locations and recommendations.  To read the document, click here.

2015 Harpers Ferry municipal elections information

Elections for Mayor, Recorder, and all five Town Council member seats will be held on Tuesday, 9 June 2015.  Below are important dates leading up to the municipal elections, including candidate filing periods.

  • 1 January 2015:  First day to receive absentee ballot applications from military and overseas voters ONLY
  • 12 - 31 January:  Candidate filing period for Mayor, Recorder, and Town Council
  • 17 March:  First day to receive absentee ballot applications from all other voters (absentee ballots will be sent out beginning on 24 April)
  • 21 April:  Deadline for write-in candidates to file
  • 19 May:  Last day to register to vote in municipal election
  • 27 May - 6 June:  Early voting at Town Hall every day except Sunday
  • 3 June:  Deadline to submit absentee ballot application
  • 8 June:  Last day to submit absentee ballots
  • 9 June:  General election day

New terms begin on 1 July 2015.  Please direct all questions, concerns, and inquiries to Recorder Kevin Carden, at

Moratorium on building permits enacted

On 5 January 2015, the Town Council passed Ordinance 2014-05, which establishes a 45-day moratorium on issuance of project permits.  The moratorium is in effect for all project permits from 6 January 2015 until 16 February 2015.  A copy of the ordinance is available at Town Hall.  The ordinance can also be read here.  Property owners who need to make emergency repairs for which a permit would typically be required should contact the Mayor or the President of the Planning Commission for assistance.

UPDATE!  Proposed amendments to zoning ordinances are before Council for consideration

The Council is preparing to move forward with most of the proposed amendments as revised by Council and by Planning. The proposed changes to the zoning ordinance – Part 13 of our Town ordinances – trigger changes elsewhere in our ordinances, particularly in Part 17 - Building and Housing Code. All proposed changes have been significantly revised in response to the workshops, to public comments received, and earlier legal reviews. The current versions are now under further legal review.  Read more here.

List of businesses licensed in Harpers Ferry

The Corporation has released a list of operators and companies licensed to perform business in Harpers Ferry.  These businesses have volunteered to appear on this public list.  To review the list, click here.

Feedback? Questions? Contact Kevin Carden, Recorder and Webmaster, at

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