Policy & Advocacy
Legislative Priorities for Planning and Communities WV APA Legislative Priorities
In the coming years WV APA has a plan to develop legislative goals and strategies and engage constituents at various level with planning issues including:
- Creating a legislative committee/liaison position and method for creating a legislative agenda.
- Identify an engage individuals and groups to support legislative changes.
- Identify lobbying tactics to effectively reach elected officials.
- Work with partner groups on specialized days/presentations to legislature.
West Virginia has gone through a lot of changes legislatively for Planning Practice :
- 1931 -Zoning was first allowed via WV Code 8-5, which allowed for municipalities to regulate land use in accordance with a comprehensive plan.
- 1959 - The 1931 zoning version was repealed in its entirety and replaced with a new WV Code 8-5 entitled “Urban and Rural Planning and Zoning” via SB 264.
- 1969 - The 1959 Chapter 8, Article 5 was repealed and recodified in Chapter 8, Article 24, entitled “Zoning and Planning.
- July 1, 1986 - WV 36B adopted to govern common interest communities (HOAs) created after this date if 12+ units.
- April 28, 1989 - The State Building Code is first adopted.
- April 12, 2004 - The 1969 Chapter 8, Article 24 was repealed and recodified in Chapter 8A.