Mountain State Land Use Academy

2022 5th MSLUA - Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem, WV, May 17-18

  • Featured Speaker: Mel Jones

WV APA Citizen Planner Award - Bob McCalley, Grant County

Joyce McConnell Award for Professional Contributions to Planning - Breanna Shell, Director of Planning for the City of Huntington

Community Achievements in Planning Award - Upper Kanawha Valley

2022 MSLUA Agenda (downloads)


2021 MSLUA

No MSLUA Held or Planned. It was cancelled due to Covid-19.


2020 5th MSLUA - Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem, WV, September 29-30

This MSLUA was cancelled due to Covid-19.

In lieu of this the Clinic and the West Virginia Chapter of APA have joined forces with the Maryland Chapter of the American PlanningAssociation, the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Rural Planning Caucus of Virginia and the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association to provide education for citizen planners and AICP planners across the region, and nationally.

An eight-part webinar series was held in November and December 2020. 

Additionally the 37th annual  Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Conference was held on November 9, 2020 as a virtual (digital) event. Their association invited WV APA members to participate. 


2019 4th MSLUA - Canann Valley Resort and Conference Center, Davis, WV, May 14-15

  • Featured Speaker: John Robert Smith, Chair, Transportation of America, and Policy Advisor, Smart Growth America, Spoke On: Revitalizing Rural Communities

WV APA Citizen Planner Award - Tom Widder, retired engineer from Moorefield

Joyce McConnell Award for Professional Contributions to Planning - Chris Fletcher, Director of Planning for the City of Morgantown

Community Achievements in Planning Award - City of Beverly

2019 MSLUA Agenda (downloads)


2018 3rd MSLUA - Adventures on the Gorge in Fayette County,

  • Featured Speaker: Anne Hazlett, assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Spoke On: Stemming the Opioid Epidemic through Local, State and Federal Partnerships
WV APA Citizen Planner Award - Marie Dockery from McDowell County was honored for her work to include all voices in her community in the planning process

Joyce McConnell Award for Professional Contributions to Planning - Anna Ziegler, Attorney, on the board of directors for the New River Conservancy

Community Achievements in Planning Award - City of Richwood

2018 MSLUA Agenda (downloads)


2017 2nd MSLUA - Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV, May 2-3

  • Featured Speaker: Peggy Kirk Hall, Assistant Professor and Field Specialist, The Ohio State University, Spoke On: Rural Land Use Planning

WV APA Citizen Planner Award - Mary Jean Davis, councilwoman for the the city of Charleston

Joyce McConnell Award for Professional Contributions to Planning - Jennifer Brockman, County Planner for Jefferson County

Community Achievements in Planning Award - City of Weston, first recipient

2017 MSLUA Agenda (downloads)

2016 Event - Greenbrier County Public Library, Nov 3

A one day seminar was hosted explaining how to plan for the next flood.


2016 Event - Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted, WV, Nov 2

 Topics on the agenda include the Open Government Meetings Act (OGMA), dilapidated buildings, comprehensive plans, and floodplain issues.


2016 Event - The RailYard, Bluefield, WV, Sep 21

Topics included: the comprehensive plan, zoning, Subdivision and Land Development Ordinances (SALDOs), procedural requirements in the planning process, success stories, and dilapidated, vacant, and uninhabitable buildings.


2016 Advanced Leadership Conference - Inn at Mountain Quest, Frost, WV, June 15

This was the first year it was held as an annual State-wide conference.


2016 1st MSLUA - The Resort in Glade Springs, Daniels, WV, May 4

Topics covered will include regional comprehensive planning, economic development, and dilapidated buildings. 

Joyce McConnell Award for Professional Contributions to Planning - Melissa Scott, County Planner for Hardy County, first recipient 


2015 - The Inn at Mountain Quest, Marlinton, WV, Sep 16


2014 - Pipestem, WV, April 30 & May 1


2014 - Flatwoods, WV, Sep 30 & Oct 1