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Municipal Planning Commission finalizes subdivision

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Developers of a long-awaited subdivision received final approval Wednesday from the Municipal Planning Commission.

Harry "Scott" Wallace IV and developer Brooks McCabe, who together make up Elk River Land Co. LLC, will be able to move forward with their plans to create five buildable lots on the 29-acre property.

The commission's approval came with strings attached, however, as the city's planning department recommended Wallace and McCabe install, grade and seed a remaining section of curb to the satisfaction of the city engineer.

"After we had a long, wet, hard summer of construction, we're ready for final approval," Wallace said of the work, which was "in process as we speak."

While one lot lies outside the city limits, Wallace's Point is in the process of being fully annexed to the city. The city approved the measure earlier this fall, but the matter must be taken up with the Kanawha County Planning Commission and the county commission itself before it is finalized, according to Planning Director Dan Vriendt.

"It just makes it cleaner if the entire subdivision is in the city," Vriendt said. "That way it [ensures] that everyone gets all the city services, including trash pickup, snow removal and police and fire protection."

In other business, the Municipal Planning Commission:

  • Bid farewell to two of its commissioners, Angie Baker and Jackie Rosencrance.
  • Welcomed new commissioners Adam Krason and Christie Smith.
  • Vriendt said a resolution would be issued at the Dec. 16 City Council meeting honoring former city council member Jody Connell for her service to the city. Connell has been involved in municipal issues for more than 30 years when considering her time on council, the planning commission and the East End Historic Review Board.

The next Municipal Planning Commission meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 3 p.m. in the City Service Center conference room. The CSC is located at 925 Quarrier Street in Charleston. Reach Rachel Molenda at rachel.molenda@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5102.


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