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City to team up with WVU on 2015 plan?

Posted: Thursday, Dec 20th, 2012

BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon City Council voted Monday to look at contracting with a class at West Virginia University to finish up aspects of its comprehensive plan that must be in place in 2014.

City Administrator Michael Doss said a formal proposal may be ready for council to view at the first meeting of the new year — Jan. 3, 2013.

At a special meeting Monday, council members heard from Michael Dougherty, a WVU Extension specialist and associate professor who teaches a special topics course called Comprehensive Planning Studio each spring.

The course is a practical experience for students allowing them to use what they have already learned in land use planning and other courses to work with communities on comprehensive plans.

“Buckhannon is a wonderful location because of its proximity to West Virginia University,” he said. “It presents students with a new place to look at, but is not difficult to get to.”

Mayor Kenny Davidson said the planning commission had put together the Buckhannon 2015 plan and the city wanted to see how to incorporate a traffic use study, transportation study and land use study, which are all required elements of the comprehensive plan.

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