Text Amendments

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The purpose of this page is to provide information to the public on pending text amendments by listing the status of an amendment as well as any applicable resources.

Please contact the Office of Planning and Zoning for inquiries pertaining to any of the text amendments listed below by emailing planningdepartment@jeffersoncountywv.org or calling the Office at 304-728-3228.


Pending Text Amendments

 ZTA20-02 - Drive-Through Restaurants in the R-LI-C Zoning District

 ZTA20-02 is a proposed text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to change the classification for Drive-Through Restaurants in the Residential-Light Industrial-Commercial zoning district from Conditional Use (CU) to Permitted Use (P).

October 13, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - Planning Commission Public Hearing on draft amendment. [Click Here] to review proposed draft.



ZTA20-01 - Commercial Cemeteries

ZTA20-01 is a proposed text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to create provisions to allow commercial cemeteries to process in the Rural zoning district via the Conditional Use Permit process. The Planning Commission voted to accept the request into their work plan to consider drafting provisions to allow commercial facilities on June 2, 2020.

September 8, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - Planning Commission Public Hearing on draft amendment [Click Here] to review proposed draft.

The Planning Commission voted to keep the public comment period open for two weeks (deadline is C.O.B. on 09/22/20). Written comments can be submitted to the Office of Planning and Zoning by email: planningdepartment@jeffersoncountywv.org. Written comments may be dropped off in person at 116 E Washington St. in Charles Town; or mailed to Office of Planning and Zoning, Attn: Alex Beaulieu; P.O. Box 716, Charles Town, WV 25414

The Planning Commission will review all comments submitted through September 22, 2020 during their October 13, 2020 meeting

 *Note: this amendment does not impact family burial plots on personal property. The amendment is specific to a commercial use.

 ZTA19-03 - Solar Energy Facilities

*Click Here* to be directed to webpage detailing the status of the draft text amendment

File #ZTA19-03 refers to a proposed text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to incorporate provisions to allow Solar Energy Facilities to process in Jefferson County. This amendment is currently in DRAFT form. This amendment has not been adopted and is not in effect. The County Commission is required to hold a Public Hearing on the Planning Commission's recommended draft (received by the County Commission on July 16, 2020), in accordance with State Code Chapter 8A. Changes to the Planning Commission's draft cannot be made until after the Public Hearing.

*Note: Solar panels which are accessory to a residence or a business are currently permitted under the rules in effect. The proposed amendment specifically addresses large scale solar energy facilities that could be established as a principal/primary land use (i.e. not accessory or secondary to an existing land use). The proposed amendment would not impact roof top solar or panels which serve a residence.

09-11-20 @ 1:00 PM: County Commission Public Hearing on ZTA19-03 - Solar Energy Facilities and proposed revisions to Stormwater Management Ordinance. Written comments may be submitted through September 25, 2020.

[Click Here] for Planning Commission's recommended draft text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance (document includes proposed revisions to Stormwater Management Ordinance)

Phase I Greenway Engineering Subdivision and Land Development Regulations Amendment [click to view text]

On June 23, 2020 at 7:00 PM the Planning Commission will hole a Public Workshop to review the most recent draft of the reorganized Subdivision Regulations (with no edits). [Click Here] to review the Legal Ad that was published in the June 3 Edition of the Spirit of Jefferson, which provides a detailed overview of the proposed reorganization.

ZTA14-02 - Mass Event Regulations [click to view text]


On 12-10-19, the Planning Commission voted to forward ZTA14-02 to Greenway Engineering to incorporate into Phase 2 of their contract, depending on the cost. *Phase 2 includes amending the Subdivision Regulations and Zoning Ordinance. Phase 1 includes reorganizing the County's Ordinances.