After several years of work, drafts, and legal reviews, the Town Council will recommend geographical boundaries for a new zoning overlay district, to be named the Promontory Overlay District, and an amendment (Article 1313.04) to Part 13–Project and Zoning Code of the Codified Ordinances to establish regulations for building, land use, and site design of the area named as the Promontory Overlay District. Two hearings for the geographical boundaries for a new zoning overlay district and the amendment will be held in late May or early June.
Interested parties may appear and be heard in regard to the proposals and their testimony will be considered by the Town Council in its deliberation on the proposals. The proposed ordinance, 2016-01, can be read here. Copies may also be acquired from the Clerk at Town Hall. Written comments may be sent by e-mail to the Town Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to the Corporation of Harpers Ferry, Attention: Town Clerk, PO Box 217, Harpers Ferry WV 25425. Written comments must be received by the close of business on Friday, 3 June 2016.
Please note that this posted ordinance is only a draft. Additional changes may occur before the date of the public hearing.
The Harpers Ferry Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP) public workshop is to be held Monday, May 9, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Harpers Ferry Town Hall, 1000 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. This workshop will precede the regularly scheduled Town Council Meeting. For more information, click here.
Harpers Ferry has made history yet again! On 16 November, the Municipal Home Rule Board unanimously voted to accept Harpers Ferry into the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program. This is a huge achievement, and a very historic moment, as the Corporation of Harpers Ferry is now the very first Class IV municipality in the State of West Virginia to be granted Home Rule! Thank you to all who helped bring this to fruition so quickly, especially Mayor Gregory Vaughn and WVU Extension Historian & Archivist Chad Proudfoot. Mr Proudfoot has worked closely with the Town government since July, not only on home rule, but also on recovery from the fire in Lower Town.
The Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program was created by the West Virginia Legislature in 2007 and offers broad-based authority to participating municipalities by allowing them to implement ordinances, acts, resolutions, rules and regulations without regard to state laws, with the exception that proposals must comply with the United States and West Virginia constitutions and federal law, as well as Chapters 60A, 61, and 62 of the West Virginia Code. In March 2015, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 323, which mandates that four Class IV municipalities (those with fewer than 2,000 residents) must be permitted to participate in the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program. More information regarding West Virginia home rule can be found on the Department of Commerce site here.
As part of the requirements for applying for home rule, municipalities must draft a plan for presentation to the Municipal Home Rule Board. Harpers Ferry's plan (which can be read here) identifies four powers the Town seeked to gain, which it will now pursue implementation of: improvements to code citation and public nuisance enforcement; improvements to the process for addressing blighted properties; municipal authority to dispose of property without auctions; and authority to enact a 1% municipal sales tax, which would be coupled with a reduction in Business & Occupation (B&O) tax.
A document has been drafted for comments concerning residential parking signs, along with sign locations and recommendations. To read the document, click here.
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.
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